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Old 03-31-2016, 09:04 PM   #41
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There are differences between a repeater and a repeater bridge.

With a Repeater:
A) DHCP & NAT enabled
B) Clients on different subnet from primary router.
C) Computers connected to one router cannot see computers connected to other routers in Windows Network.

With a Repeater Bridge:
A) Wireless Repeater capabilities with DHCP & NAT disabled.
B) Clients on the same subnet as primary router.
C) All computers can see one another in Windows Network.

So, if you want your own LAN behind it, you'd need repeater mode, not repeater bridge mode. Luckily, DD-WRT supports both.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:33 AM   #42
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After exploring I decided to try this SolidRF Booster that was by far the least expensive 4G model that I could find. In our rural area our Verizon LTE signal strength is usually 1-2 bars on our phones. With the booster we show 4 bars. The booster itself seems very well made, and the real bonus has been the helpful vendor (UCloud). I asked some questions about adapters and cables to work with various external antennas and the vendor offered to start handling an external omni-direction antenna that he thought would be appropriate for mounting on the roof of a fiberglass trailer. Omni-Antenna He offered to find and enclose the necessary adapters and cables in exchange for me letting him know how well the antenna works.
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:40 PM   #43
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The SolidRF unit at $199 on Amazon looks like a safe bet- and about half the price of a Wilson 4G-X. Interesting to see that at Ubersignal.com it said: "The manufacturer is currently undergoing a patent challenge, so we've stopped offering this product for the time being." Could that be Wilson- aka We Boost?

I prefer this type of booster vs. the cradle as it is more versatile and supports more than just one device at a time.

Not sure about the antenna though- would test it before drilling/mounting. It is a 3DB gain, whereas both the Wilson mag-mount and trucker antennas are 5 at the 824-894 MHz most of us would be using with either Verizon or AT&T.
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After exploring I decided to try this SolidRF Booster that was by far the least expensive 4G model that I could find. In our rural area our Verizon LTE signal strength is usually 1-2 bars on our phones. With the booster we show 4 bars. The booster itself seems very well made, and the real bonus has been the helpful vendor (UCloud). I asked some questions about adapters and cables to work with various external antennas and the vendor offered to start handling an external omni-direction antenna that he thought would be appropriate for mounting on the roof of a fiberglass trailer. Omni-Antenna He offered to find and enclose the necessary adapters and cables in exchange for me letting him know how well the antenna works.
Thanks for the detailed recommendation, Eric. We're picking up our 5.0TA on 3 May, using it as extra guest housing for the summer, but then traveling, and we'll want this or similar. Looking forward to further comments and experience reports before we pull the trigger.
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Rossue, I read that about the patent suit, but I figured that it would not matter to me as the consumer. It would be interesting to know if it is Wilson suing them.

I had ordered one of the Wilson antennas, but then the SolidRF vendor explained that the one I bought was not rated as 4G compatible so I returned it. I then managed to confused myself by reading too much about cell frequencies. It appears (and I could surely be incorrect) that some of the Canadian wireless companies use frequency bands for 4G that are not within the rated response of the Wilson antennas. The SolidRF booster is 5 band and the vendor encouraged me to try a 5 band antenna (maybe because it is what he could sell? ) I like the compact design of the antenna he found and with the bottom flange looks like it could easily be well sealed on the roof. It will be interesting to see how well it does with pulling in signals. He has been very helpful and since I bought it through Amazon I can return it.
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My experience using amplifiers is that 4G & especially LTE are mostly confined to more urban areas, where is many cases you don't need an amplifier. Out in the countryside it is mostly 2G with some 3G.

The Solid antenna looks great, but don't let the form be the overriding factor. Getting the best reach you can with the amp/antenna is appreciated when you can at least get a text message out when others don't have squat.

That mini mag-mount that they, along with Wilson show as the stock one included with their kits are better for data. In more urban areas this antenna is desirable, however going out in the more remote areas and especially campgrounds...such as many in the Moab area for example one will get better overall performance with a coil omni-directional or trucker antenna.
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Rossue, thanks for any and all advice. I understand electromagnetic spectrums, but have no real knowledge of cell frequencies, antennas, etc. That would be in my brother, the ham radio guy, sphere of knowledge.

Curiously in the places we have been in the Midwest, we almost always "see" a 4G but it will drop back to 3G, then 2G and sometimes go away completely. It's kind of game for Mary and I to sit there with my iPhone 5s and her 6 to see who is getting what signal as we try to set one up as a wifi hotspot. I was thinking that as more and more towers are converted to 4G that is might be a positive to get those signals?

I had thought the mag antennas needed the conductive roof of the vehicle as a ground, but the vendor said it would still work on the fiberglass roof, just would not stick? Is that correct?

Leon and I will experiment in my favorite campsite in Northern WI this year as he will have the Wilson and I'll try this omni one. It is one of the places with a signal that drifts in and out like a ghost.
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There seems to be some confusion here between the generations of wireless communications (2G, 3G, 4G), the protocols used (GSM, HSPA, LTE), and the radio frequencies (from around 700 MHz to around 1.7 GHz). The cell or mobile network amplifiers are pretty crude things - just repeaters, not digital traffic routers or bridges - so they should only care about frequency. Published lists of what is covered will generally make assumptions about what protocol is used to deliver what generation of service on what frequency, so "works for 4G" probably means some specific frequency band... which might not even be correct everywhere in the U.S., let alone in the Canadian market which is almost completely ignored by the manufacturers and distributors of this gear.

If the equipment specifications don't list frequencies, I don't think you know what it will work for.

I'm looking forward to the use of the 700 MHz band (which was freed up by the discontinuation of UHF TV channels 52 through 69) for wireless phone/data networks in rural areas, where it will work much better than the too-high frequencies currently used.
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Thanks Brian. Part of what you say is what confused me looking at the Wilson antenna. On a wikipedia page it listed frequencies used by major carriers in the US and Canada, and it looked to me as if the Wilson one was not designed for some of the Canadian frequencies. I have Verizon, and apparently Verizon partners with many different Canadian providers. Thus I'm been looking for antenna that list the widest frequency range, like the one I have on order.

I wish I paid more attention to the antenna lectures my ham brother inflicted on me as a kid......
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I just noticed the vendor now has these on Amazon.ca for $199 C$ - even a better bargain that it is on US Amazon, but only lists 2 in stock SolidRF Cell Booster
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