Originally Posted by guitars911
Please keep me informed on your success with the Yagi antenna / cellular modem service.
I live in the sticks and have HughesNet satellite for internet service which blows chunks. Capped at a 425MB bandwidth limit daily and that's when the service actually works. Oversold service!
I recently bought a (b/g/n wireless router) that uses a 3G/4G usb cellular modem and it pulls a 75% to 80% signal with an additional indoor magnetic antenna. I looked at the outdoor antenna versions for $375+ an opted for the $15 indoor version just to see if it would work at all and to my surprise it increased my signal by 40% +/-. Signal strength and actual download speeds don't seem to match up though. Still pretty slow and inconsistent on down load speeds.
I've wondered if the high priced outdoor set up would actually increase the data transfer rates at my home location. The usb modem throughput is on par with others of its kind when traveling or near larger urban areas with better data service.
Will do, same rural setting here as well. My new ISP supplied us with an "axcess-tel CMDA 1xEV-DO" cell modem that is sitting on the corner of my desk. It is 3G (with a 4 port hub/router and WiFi) and we're current peaking downloads at 1.8Mbs, but when the trees leaf out it can drop down to 178kBs. My cellular service believes that with a higher mount, we can see it boost up to near their max of 3Mbs. I haven't monitored the Up versus Down, but I understand it is not 1:1. Still way faster than Hughes' 20:1 ratio and no FAP limits, streaming here we come.
We just put up the TV tower and will have the ISP and tower guy back this spring to hang the Yagi (and a decent FM antenna). I have to move some things around in the basement before then as well. I had my HughesNet modem down there with a long run of RG-6 to a utility closet that I have my printer and hub in. The cellular antenna cabling is heavily sheilded and runs around $2 a foot; I need to run some more Cat5e (or 6) to reduce the antenna cable run.
On a sidenote, we used to subscribe to the HughesNet home plan beginning back in 2003. I ran a WinXP tweak that turned the "Windows background update bandwidth stream" down to zero and saw the 784kBs jump to 1.1Mbs on a DW6000 1-Watt modem. It pretty much stayed there for the 8 years we had their service except during peak evening hours. I'm a morning person and often surfed during their FAP free hours so it was my wife that complained most about it.