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5G/4G antenna for remote locations?

HappyGus

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Hi,

I recently got a T6.1. Quite happy with it! So happy that I'm trying to work from it at some times and already spent a 2 weeks holidays in it.

I mostly do wild camping, often in wood/mountains, but often my smartphone hasn't a reliable connection, which prevents me to work with a nice view :) or just chill one night with my GF behind netflix.

I'm looking for a 5G/4G that would allow me to get internet in those remote location, something that I can easily install on the cali.

I'm sure I'm not the first one with this need, how did you resolve this ? Any good hardware to advice? Or something that fits particularly well the cali?
 
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Lightning

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I’m surprised you are having trouble. I almost always have reception, even in remote places, the coverage throughout the countries I have been through is very good. I use a Vodafone MiFi, and have a Three sim in my iPhone. Occasionally only one of these has a signal. No external antenna.
 
HappyGus

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I’m surprised you are having trouble. I almost always have reception, even in remote places, the coverage throughout the countries I have been through is very good. I use a Vodafone MiFi, and have a Three sim in my iPhone. Occasionally only one of these has a signal. No external antenna.
Not sure what is surprising in having no data connection in mountain ^^
 
WelshGas

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Hi,

I recently got a T6.1. Quite happy with it! So happy that I'm trying to work from it at some times and already spent a 2 weeks holidays in it.

I mostly do wild camping, often in wood/mountains, but often my smartphone hasn't a reliable connection, which prevents me to work with a nice view :) or just chill one night with my GF behind netflix.

I'm looking for a 5G/4G that would allow me to get internet in those remote location, something that I can easily install on the cali.

I'm sure I'm not the first one with this need, how did you resolve this ? Any good hardware to advice? Or something that fits particularly well the cali?
Data only MiFi using a sim from the best network in your country. A MiFi is built to connect and act as a WiFi hotspot without all the bells and whistles of a smartphone.

This is a UK site but there might be something similar in your country.

 
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Not sure what is surprising in having no data connection in mountain ^^
This is where I am sending this from right now.
Signal coverage is has not been a problem for me, I’ve been travelling for a while now, many very remote places. C6155CA1-FDDC-4D82-A1A3-C7B5B33EEDF0.jpeg
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kurienp

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Hi,

I recently got a T6.1. Quite happy with it! So happy that I'm trying to work from it at some times and already spent a 2 weeks holidays in it.

I mostly do wild camping, often in wood/mountains, but often my smartphone hasn't a reliable connection, which prevents me to work with a nice view :) or just chill one night with my GF behind netflix.

I'm looking for a 5G/4G that would allow me to get internet in those remote location, something that I can easily install on the cali.

I'm sure I'm not the first one with this need, how did you resolve this ? Any good hardware to advice? Or something that fits particularly well the cali?

@HappyGus , You have a few options. I have not explored all options, but based on my research.
a) a phone may not pick up signals because of the kind/type of antenna within it. If you know that there is a at least a weak signal at that location, it may be good to try different providers or different phones. I realised that at some places, my wife's iPhone would not pick up signals, I then switched to my Android as a hot spot.
b) I have just recently purchased a NETGEAR AC810 AirCard Mobile Hotspot 4G LTE. My reason for purchasing this model - it has the option to attach dual external antennas. This can increase the reception of mobile signals at hard to reach places. This is another option - keep the router inside the van, have an external antenna. I have not tested the power reach of it as yet, but a good external antenna should help increase signal capture. Another reason I went with this option is that it is relatively cost effective and multi use.
c) The third option, if money not a constraint is a dedicated outdoor LTE router which has an inbuilt signal booster and SIM, which can give you a good network.

PS: Satellite based solutions are frightfully expensive and it seems, they do not provide the required bandwidth for internet application

Hope this information helps.
 
kp64zl

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I am interested in this too. Not just mountain areas with poor signal.
 
HappyGus

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I am interested in this too. Not just mountain areas with poor signal.
Yes I agree, I trying to find something that connect to the 4g network but with a better reception/emission
 
willwander

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You could search for "In-Vehicle 4G signal booster',
There is different stuff available and a lot of it is country dependent due to different networks/regulations etc.
So you probably want to search for Swiss suppliers first.

Something like this
 
Billylou

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Definitely, have you already received/tested it?
Its still stuck in a Royal Mail warehouse at the moment. My van is having warranty work carried out and we should have it back on Monday. If everything is in place we should have tested it by Wednesday next week. We opted for a pay monthly SIM from Vodafone, £19/24GB a month for the first purchase which will go up to £26 thereafter, no contract and top it up when needed. From what I understand the 24GB is good for overseas travel.
 
HappyGus

HappyGus

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Its still stuck in a Royal Mail warehouse at the moment. My van is having warranty work carried out and we should have it back on Monday. If everything is in place we should have tested it by Wednesday next week. We opted for a pay monthly SIM from Vodafone, £19/24GB a month for the first purchase which will go up to £26 thereafter, no contract and top it up when needed. From what I understand the 24GB is good for overseas travel.
Do you mind sharing the results of your tests when you receive it?(I've already the SIM card).
 
Billylou

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No problem. I'm not techy so it'll be based on my general opinion of performance.
 
HappyGus

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Would be interesting to install a speedtest app(and make a test where you don't have a good reception )
 
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LuRay

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+1 for sharing results.
Working remotely from Swiss mountains wonderland is many times a daunting experience.
 
Billylou

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+1 for sharing results.
Working remotely from Swiss mountains wonderland is many times a daunting experience.
Antenna and router still stuck in the Royal Mail sorting warehouse. Fingers crossed it arrives early next week.
 
Tomato

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Ive bought Kuma Caravan Motorhome 4G Unlocked Internet Mobile Hotspot WiFi Kit + Antenna for my 6.1 Beach, due to be fitted soon by a guy who knows what to do, will report back. Reviews good, supposedly adds 1.5km to 4G range. We’ll see.

We have Vodafone 4G data SIM plus o2 and three mobiles so have plan b and plan c dependent on network that’s best wherever we are in Europe.
 

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