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Old 07-29-2020, 09:41 PM   #1
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I have two hotspots, both grandfathered unlimited unthrottled. One is a VZW unlimited on a 8800 Jetpack, the other my original Mobley ATT in a United Explore hotspot. This has worked well but now I'm more remote and I think i need better equipment, including outside antennas.

So if you had two unlimited, un-throttled SIM cards, what router would you get? And what antenna system? I'm prepared to spend some money and some time getting it all installed but I need some help in setting up a good system. Here's your chance to upgrade a system at no cost to you, just your advice. Anyone?

Just to direct this the right way, I'm kind of thinking something like a Peplink Transit Duo and a Poynter antenna. But that's just based on what I've read in these forums. I'm open to any legitimate suggestion.
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I use a Mobley 4500 sim7 for my Verizon plan and the Netgear Nighthawk for my AT&T. Both have external MIMO antenna ports if that is needed. I also have the Weboost Drive x RV for low signal situations but really use the MIMO more than anything else. Both routers will work with either sim card but the external antenna ports have different connections so adapters are recommended.
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I'm currently using a Jetpack 7730L for my grandfathered prepaid unlimited Verizon SIM, a Netgear Nighthawk for my OTR Mobile AT&T SIM and a ZTE A7 Prime for my Visible SIM. Most hotspots have pretty good modems, often better than what you can get in a router at a reasonable price. I'm not convinced that with these low-cost unlimited internet connections such as I am using that going to exotic solutions with Cat 18 modems is really going to buy me all that much. I probably will upgrade my ZTE phone to something that has at least a Cat-6 modem but I'm not at all sure that upgrading the other two will provide much, if any, benefit. JMO

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We use the ATT Connected unlimited plan but have moved the SIM to a Netgear Explore which has external MIMO antenna ports. Most of the time the Explore pulls in enough signal to stream. When it doesn't I pull out the mimo antennas.
I built a suction cup base (Harbor freight) that I cut some indexing into the top. I mount the base to the driver window.



I added a 6ft pvc pole and mounted 2 mimo antennas . I slide the pole into the base, run the cables through the slightly opened drivers window and to the Explore. I use an app to find the closest or all nearby cell towers. When I first tested this set up, the closest towers didn't have much free bandwidth and then I tried a tower about 15-20 miles away which these antennas pulled in 5 bars from.




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That's great news.... just what I need for my 7730L hotspot.
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Interesting setup, Lee. Not much cost involved. I know my United Explore has MIMO ports. not sure about the 8800. The latter has two rubber plugs but I haven't explored getting them out.

Kind of adds to Joel's comments that better antennas may be a better option than more exotic (and expensive) equipment.

This would work well when I am parked for longer times, and for short overnight trips I don't care that much. Thanks again, I'll look into that.
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Interesting setup, Lee. Not much cost involved. I know my United Explore has MIMO ports. not sure about the 8800. The latter has two rubber plugs but I haven't explored getting them out.
My 7730L has two similar "plugs" that hide antenna jacks. Verizon doesn't officially call them antenna jacks, but that's what they are.
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We use the ATT Connected unlimited plan but have moved the SIM to a Netgear Explore which has external MIMO antenna ports. Most of the time the Explore pulls in enough signal to stream. When it doesn't I pull out the mimo antennas.
I built a suction cup base (Harbor freight) that I cut some indexing into the top. I mount the base to the driver window.



I added a 6ft pvc pole and mounted 2 mimo antennas . I slide the pole into the base, run the cables through the slightly opened drivers window and to the Explore. I use an app to find the closest or all nearby cell towers. When I first tested this set up, the closest towers didn't have much free bandwidth and then I tried a tower about 15-20 miles away which these antennas pulled in 5 bars from.






Rick, I like the indexing set up I am going to have to modify mine, thanks for this added idea! Looks like you are running the cables down inside the pipe?
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