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Old 12-28-2019, 09:10 PM   #1
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What's the best way to improve internet speed?

I currently have the weboost drive 4G-X. I was wondering if there was something else I could do to improve internet speeds?

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You are dealing with a basic radio signal. So anything that can affect a radio signal will also affect and type of cell phone/jet Pac etc. Up/down speeds are fastest over Fiber cables. The colder you are to a cell tower the faster it may be. When Fifth Gen cell comes on line, what I have read they will need twice as many towers and is more line of sight like tv is now.
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An external antenna may help. Even if it doesnít increase the number of Ďbarsí, it may decrease the noise, which will help with speed.
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Old 12-29-2019, 07:34 AM   #5
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Depending on which flavor of “unlimited” you have, your bandwidth may be constrained for network management or congestion. The carriers are not very transparent about this topic.

For example, we’ve used three different flavors of Verizon unlimited:

The plan offered for 55+ was literally useless because it was always slowed in the presence of any network load.
The prepaid plan was truly unlimited, but the hotspot was constrained to lower bandwidth of 600k.
The full price postpaid plan is seldom slowed, until we hit 22GB (IIRC the monthly allowance) then it slowed to 600k.

Unlimited does not equal fast in today’s phone marketing speak.
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IMHO the problem with any single cellular internet connection is that the connection speed is constantly varying on a second by second basis. It you use a speed testing site such as "speed of me" you can see this very graphically. Using a WeBoost ensures that you have a strong connection to the tower but it can't do much about the speed you will receive from that connection.

However, there are ways to "bundle" multiple internet connections together to improve your overall internet performance. There are two principle ways of doing this. The most elegant "high end" approach is called "connection bonding" and it literally uses two (or more) internet connections to create a combined one that is faster than either of them. That's a feature found on some Pepwave routers and it does work but it's not inexpensive nor is it simple.

However, there's a less expensive approach known as Load Balancing that can provide many of the same benefits by switching your internet data packets back and forth from one connection to another in order to utilize whichever connection is fastest at that moment. The result is that your connection pretty much avoids the occasional slowdowns that exist with most cellular connections.

Load Balancing capability is found in WifiRanger and Pepwave routers (and probably some others). We use our WiFiRanger in Load Balance mode with a grandfathered Verizon unlimited prepaid connection and an AT&T SIM obtained from OTR Mobile. Last night we watched quite a few hours of streaming video without any pauses or loss of resolution.

The Ranger has a display which allows me to observe, in real time, how it sends packets through one connection and then the other as the connection speed varies with time. Sometimes there are several minute stretches where it uses one connection in preference to the other and then times when that situation is reversed. In general, it provides for us a significant improvement in the quality of our video streaming experience and in the "page load" response time of our overall internet experience. According to the Ranger, over the past 24 hours we have used 1.8GHz on our AT&T connection and 1GHz on Verizon.

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Thanks for pointing out "Speed of Me" speed test
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