Mobile data gone wild
Ok, so you want to boost your internet connection when you are on the edge of civilization. It's not so hard if you know what to look for.
First of all you need a mobile router. You would think there is plenty of routers on the market, but that's not the case. Most of the routers out there does not have external antenna connection which is crucial.ZTE MF93d 4G router from dustin.no.
After picking up the mobile router it was time to do some research on the available network at the cabin. I found the cabin to be just outside the reach of Netcom 3G (HSDPA). Telenor had no alternative option at this location. Then I did some research on the frequencies at this location, and found the 3G (HSDPA) to use the 2100 Mhz band.
Best place to start looking for available networks are:
Some quick reference mobile data standards are listed below.
When you have mounted the antenna it's time to adjust the direction and tilt. To start with you should try to aim it directly at the base station you located in your research. A map and a compass are great tools to achive the best result.
When you have done the base adjustments you should try to measure your signal db, ping times, download and upload speed. If you can't see the base station from the antenna position it can be worth experimenting with the antenna direction. Sometimes reflection signals can be stronger than the direct signals.
|Type||Teoretical Speed||Practical speed||Frequency|
|2G GSM||38.4 kbps||1800 Mhz|
|2G GPRS||170 kbps||<= 40kbps||"|
|2G Edgde||236 kbps||"|
|3G (UMTS)||384 kbps||2100 Mhz|
|3G (HSDPA)||14 000 kbps||4 000 kbps||"|
|4G (LTE)||100 Mbps||1800/2600 Mhz|