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Old 02-17-2021, 02:37 PM   #15
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I was checking using the real time status window to watch the cellular one and cellular two graphs. I was seeing both windows pegged near the same relative download speeds I was seeing when I speed tested them individually. That did not seem result in the download on speed test being the sum of the two added together, in other words a bonded stream, but was consistently faster by around 30%. I was also seeing higher CPU utilization on the Peplink during tests. This was consistent across 3 different speed test utilities.

An interesting side note is one modem was using my FMCA Sprint plan which is prepaid and the other was using a T-mobile post paid sim from a tablet plan. Both were reported as using the same band 41 with lte-a connections.

Obviously, this is all rather crude and anecdotal and far from scientific. I have noticed when the Sprint gets deprioritized I can drag the T-Mobile from standby status to shared priority one with the Sprint and I'm back to same relative speeds as above. That may be a similar situation as your 4X4 mimo cat 18 situation.since it's the same band and sort of the same provider. I have a grandfathered prepaid Verizon sim in the same modem, second slot as the T-Mobile sim but haven't been using it because the performance is wretched in the 1000 site RV park I'm at. I may try some file transfers when I get some place where the Verizon and T-Mobile service is similar. I've only had this particular setup a month and still need to setup a VPN and Speedfusion bonding configuration. Also interested in tinkering with the wifi-as-wan function when I hit a campground with decent free wifi. Interesting times.

Thanks for the feedback. Interesting information.

We have really good WiFi at our RV park. I've played around with distributing the RV park WiFi signal through the Peplink with mixed results.
I am pretty sure the problem I am experiencing is not from the park WiFi, instead it's the signal distribution inside the RV. The issue can be mitigated by placing the Peplink device in a different location.
I'm hoping a more central location of the Peplink & installation of the Poyngting 7-1 antenna will improve the WiFi signal inside the RV.
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Old 02-17-2021, 04:14 PM   #16
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Docj what was the draw to choose Millenicom for your Att data and what router do you use with it? I read the list but wondering if others will work also.
I had been with OTR Mobile until they crapped out. I wanted an AT&T SIM and I've dealt with Millenicom before and they had been trustworthy. At present there aren't that many reliable AT&T resellers and of the ones that do exist some are gouging people on prices IMO.

As for routers, Millenicom had a limited selection of hardware that would work with its AT&T SIMs. I bought one but IMHO the price was worth it if I could get a high data limit AT&T plan. I'm now on a 400GB/mo plan.
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Thanks for the feedback. Interesting information.

We have really good WiFi at our RV park. I've played around with distributing the RV park WiFi signal through the Peplink with mixed results.
I am pretty sure the problem I am experiencing is not from the park WiFi, instead it's the signal distribution inside the RV. The issue can be mitigated by placing the Peplink device in a different location.
I'm hoping a more central location of the Peplink & installation of the Poyngting 7-1 antenna will improve the WiFi signal inside the RV.
I had issues with my rear bedroom wif reception staying at 5ghz. My coach is 40' with the tech cabinet above the passenger seat. I ended up making a 5ghz only SSID that the android TV box and bedside tablet use. I kept one wifi paddle antenna on the Peplink and the second to the Parsec rooftop antenna that seemed to solve the issue.
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Old 02-17-2021, 05:01 PM   #18
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:29 AM   #19
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I had issues with my rear bedroom wif reception staying at 5ghz. My coach is 40' with the tech cabinet above the passenger seat. I ended up making a 5ghz only SSID that the android TV box and bedside tablet use. I kept one wifi paddle antenna on the Peplink and the second to the Parsec rooftop antenna that seemed to solve the issue.

My setup is the inverse of yours. Tech cabinet is in the back of the 40' coach. Not sure it will stay there. Perhaps a more central location.

When I get around to installing the antenna, I'm thinking I will get one of the Peplink AP One Mini's to help with the signal distribution inside the RV. Yeah, a little expensive, but, I really like the Peplink products and the U/I.
No need to stress about this right now. Until we start traveling again, our present setup with internet connectivity provides everything we need.
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My use case is relatively basic. We are relatively new full timers 91 yr). Up until about 3 months ago, we utilized a hotspot with ATT sim from OTR for our streaming and basic internet service. I have used a Uibiquity nanostation and air gateway setup for extended range wifi when needed. After a lot of research looking at Mofi 4500, Peplink, Wifiranger, etc, I decided that the Wifiranger Aspen best supported my use case. My basic requirements were dual band wifi, minimum cat 6 modem, and capability for load balancing

I have only had a couple of chances to really stress the Aspen with ATT from OTR, but it performed, well for my needs.

Fortunately, my current campground has a reasonably priced 30Mbps plan, so the Aspen has been linked to campground wifi, with ATT sim set up as hot backup, which has engaged a few times.

I also use a GL.iNet Slate to tether my VZW cell phone, with TTL set to overrides the 600 kbps limit on the VZW phone. So far the Aspen works well for us but we have not stressed this setup yet. I can confirm that Aspen gets better connection to ATT than either one of my hotspots. And surprisingly, OTR is still working for me with little to no hassles. I am looking to switch to Millenicom in near future.

As noted, my use case is relatively basic. I am a retired engineer with software background, so I am not averse to experimenting and trying different setups. Aspen works for men. JMHO.
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"I also use a GL.iNet Slate to tether my VZW cell phone, with TTL set to overrides the 600 kbps limit on the VZW phone."

I think you are saying, AFTER you reached your "unlimited" cap, they turned you down to 600KBPS? So to confirm..by resetting the ttl you are now able to stream unlimited the rest of the month?
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No, on my plan hotspot is always capped at 600 kbps. With the ttl fix, I get best available speed. I have seen as high as 30Mbps.
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Not answering the question directly, but a relatively new sponsor to the forum is Nomad Internet. They are an UNLIMITED, pay as you go, no contract, cellular/internet provider (they ride on top of multiple networks).

The reason I bring up is that they provide you with a cellular router from on of several different brands. Most come with EXTERNAL ANTENNA CONNECTIONS. IMHO, this is key if good speed is important to you. One of the router that they supply to their customers is the AMERICA 4G CELLULAR ROUTER. It has gotten good feedback on several YouTube channels.
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I have no experience with Nomad so I won't comment but a while ago I looked up the web site of a historic tourist attraction close to the town in New Zealand where I was born and my elderly parents still live.

I clicked on a link that said Motorhomes and was kind of surprised to see the picture from the Nomad ad. https://www.firthtower.co.nz/motorhomes (Scroll down because the covid message is in the way)

The name Maui is on the door. That's a New Zealand rental company. I'm not sure if it's a real photo but I'm disappointed that it doesn't show the Southern Cross in the sky.
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Not answering the question directly, but a relatively new sponsor to the forum is Nomad Internet. They are an UNLIMITED, pay as you go, no contract, cellular/internet provider (they ride on top of multiple networks).

The reason I bring up is that they provide you with a cellular router from on of several different brands. Most come with EXTERNAL ANTENNA CONNECTIONS. IMHO, this is key if good speed is important to you. One of the router that they supply to their customers is the AMERICA 4G CELLULAR ROUTER. It has gotten good feedback on several YouTube channels.
I don't know if I'm tired, not smart enough, or what but I cannot seem to make the Nomad website work. I got as far as "they recommend the blue plan" and show me three different ways to get started (just a sim to a couple different routers) and then that's it. Anyone else having this issue?
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Hi Folks,
I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask the question and maybe someone can direct me to another thread that is better..... but

I currently use a PepWave Max BR1 MK2 Router with external roof mounted antenna. I only have one sim card installed. It is AT&T sim from my wife's iPad. It works pretty well in most areas but we getting ready to do a big trip and I want a secondary source of data. What plans doe anyone know of out there that give the best alternative coverage and will allow me to use their sim card in the Pepwave? Any thought will be appreciated. Mostly I use the router for general internet and a lot of Netflix and Prime streaming. Probably 150GB per month or so.
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'Best data plans' are a moving target. One of the best sources of information on 'data plans' can be found at the Mobile Internet Resource Center.
They provide a list of providers as well as summaries of current offerings by carrier.
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I currently use a PepWave Max BR1 MK2 Router with external roof mounted antenna. I only have one sim card installed. It is AT&T sim from my wife's iPad. It works pretty well in most areas but we getting ready to do a big trip and I want a secondary source of data. What plans doe anyone know of out there that give the best alternative coverage and will allow me to use their sim card in the Pepwave? Any thought will be appreciated. Mostly I use the router for general internet and a lot of Netflix and Prime streaming. Probably 150GB per month or so.
One option is the T-Mobile $50/100 GB mobile internet plan (gone in the prepaid version but still available postpaid.) T-Mobile doesn't care what device the SIM is used in.
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