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Old 03-27-2015, 04:16 PM   #41
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Except for "Road Warriors" a smartphone's hotspot capability is great. That capability is usually a function of one's rate plan. The newer shared data plans for both AT&T/Verizon include this feature. Older unlimited data plans do not.

Some customers like mifi as they don't drain down the battery on the smartphone and usually have better battery performance anyway. Another reason I refuse to use a phone with a battery you can't switch out. Am usually swapping my battery while camping as the battery drain is higher when the signal is lower or non-existent. In those situations you can turn you phone to Flight Mode to conserve the battery but still use it as a clock or night light.
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:56 PM   #42
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You can get a separate plan for a MiFi or a "bundled" plan from many carriers. I guess the bundled plan treats the MiFi as an add on device. In that case they would probably share the data on the plan.
Right. I have a phone and a mobile hotspot (not a MiFi, another brand of equivalent device) on a Telus plan. They could be handled separately, but I buy a voice package for the phone, pay a flat fee to add the mobile hotspot as an additional device, and buy a block of data which is shared between the two devices. This plan allows any number of devices to share data, with the fee per device depending on the type of device.
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Some customers like mifi as they don't drain down the battery on the smartphone and usually have better battery performance anyway.
In my case, the Sleek Cradle has a USB port on the side. I use it for the charging cable of the Hotspot. I'm not sure if keeping it fully charged (plugged in) is detrimental to the Hotspot device, so I occasionally unplug it and let the battery deplete before plugging it back in.
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I'm not sure if keeping it fully charged (plugged in) is detrimental to the Hotspot device, so I occasionally unplug it and let the battery deplete before plugging it back in.
It presumably has a lithium-ion battery. While they handle deep cycling well (although they are destroyed by complete discharge), I don't think there is any problem with floating them. My mobile hotspot is left powered for days at a time, and never deliberately run down. When I do accidentally leave it on without external power, it still goes for hours. If it is left on with external power and no WiFi activity, the device - including its battery - doesn't get warm.
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My Droid Maxx phone worked quite well as a hot spot in the trailer with the sleek. I did not try it outside. We had it just aft of the fridge in the overhead. The trucker antenna was just above mounted on the roof. No issues with feedback even that close.
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It presumably has a lithium-ion battery. While they handle deep cycling well (although they are destroyed by complete discharge), I don't think there is any problem with floating them. My mobile hotspot is left powered for days at a time, and never deliberately run down. When I do accidentally leave it on without external power, it still goes for hours. If it is left on with external power and no WiFi activity, the device - including its battery - doesn't get warm.
A number of us have had problems leaving a MHS291LVW in a Sleek. The Sleek gets fairly warm and the battery in the hotspot swells to the point where the back will not stay on. To be honest, I don't know if it is just the heat, overcharging, or a combination of both, but after replacing the battery, I only power both when necessary.
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A number of us have had problems leaving a MHS291LVW in a Sleek. The Sleek gets fairly warm and the battery in the hotspot swells to the point where the back will not stay on. To be honest, I don't know if it is just the heat, overcharging, or a combination of both, but after replacing the battery, I only power both when necessary.
That's interesting. My hotspot's battery is slightly swollen as well, but not to the point of being unable to get the back of the case to stay on. I wonder if being in the cradle - which surrounds the device - is making heat problems worse. All of this radio gear gets hot in use, and I've never seen an accessory from the device manufacturer which surrounds the device - they offer docks for some hotspots, but know to stand the device up rather than envelop it in a cradle.
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:42 PM   #48
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My setup uses the same parts. Had a 12V drop put into the driver side cabinet aft of the fridge in my 21, where the antenna was installed, then added a side mount cig outlet to power the cradle, which connected through an adapter to the antenna. Cradle works great sitting in the cabinet, so no need to mess up the outside of the cabinet with a holder for the cradle. Male plug-in has a USB output to charge the phone while it's online. Makes it simple to replace the antenna should that be needed.
OK after reading through this thread, I'm still confused. My build sheet is due on Monday so I hope someone can help me on this. I ordered the antenna and shipped that to ETI. I did not order the adapter or the cradle because I thought we could just bring that with us and install it ourselves. Please let me know if I'm wrong on that.

Also I'm confused about power sources that are needed for this. Am I right in understanding that I need ETI to install a 12V outlet at the antenna location for the antenna, plus an additional 12V for the cradle? The 'side mount cig outlet' is confusing me. Why is a side mount needed? Probably just to keep things out of the way, but I just want to be sure.

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Old 08-28-2015, 07:14 PM   #49
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The antenna does not require power. The cradle, or booster, does require 12v. I think the "side mount cig outlet" is just an additional 12v outlet that allows for surface mounting rather than having to drill a hole. Either 12v outlet will work.
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Just 12v for the cradle, wherever you want it to be. I usa a USB cable instead of the cig lighter job. It does need the higher 2.4A USB power supply though.

The antenna cable should terminate in the same area as it connects to the cradle too.
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