Mobile Wi Fi Kit...

LordElpus

Subscriber
Now I’ve done quite a bit of research on this issue and its not quite as straightforward as you might think.

There are 5 frequencies that are used by all the major mobile providers. I am with 3 and they use the 800/1800/2100 MHz bands. This site explains how this works

https://www.4g.co.uk/4g-frequencies-uk-need-know/

Now where we are in Lincoln we can only get a 1 bar signal on 3G only, there is no 4G! Most ‘multi-band’ boosters generally only give a 2dbi boost to the signal which, if you only have 1 bar on your phone, is not going to improve the signal very much. Also, dealing with all 5 frequencies means there has to be some compromises just to keep the price down hence the low signal boost. The unit you originally linked to says it’s a 4G booster, so that’s the signal it probably concentrates on, but it will boost the other frequencies too, perhaps not as *strongly*.

So, considering a single ‘quality’ frequency booster, which will boost the signal to a guaranteed *5 bars*, starts at around £150 it is no wonder that ‘quality’ Tri-Band boosters of sufficient power cost around £400. In addition you have to make sure that the tri-bands are the ones you need. A 5 band booster is considerably more expensive. These three sites will show you what I mean.

https://www.myamplifiers.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwnfLVBRCxARIsAPvl82GWiKHBoLM2U2YolUGrcmUnok-s5r9BwdJnKTG_SZ-J9BIlYA8Xq1EaAiBcEALw_wcB

https://www.mobilesignalboosters.co.uk/?s=Tri+band+booster

https://www.mobilerepeater.co.uk/collections/ee-signal-booster

For me I need a ‘no compromise’ system so I am still undecided as to which one to go for. Fortunately the above sites have advisers you can chat to for some advice & clarity, of course trying to see through the ‘sales pitch’, but from what I have learned so far your original item is fine IF you have a fair signal to start with. Hope I haven’t confused the issue for you.

Gary
 

manda3000gt

Active Member
We are also in rural Lincolnshire, with the Motorhome Wi-fi kit we have gone from no signal inside the RV to 1.5\2mbps mifi device on the roof to 6 - 15mbps (lately around the 25mbps mark) using the Motorhome Wi-fi set up
Only network we could get any signal with at our location was with EE borrowed several different mifi’s fitted with different network sims
We are currently a few miles outside Doncaster and getting over 40mbps
 

Ruff Nomads

Subscriber
Now I’ve done quite a bit of research on this issue and its not quite as straightforward as you might think.

There are 5 frequencies that are used by all the major mobile providers. I am with 3 and they use the 800/1800/2100 MHz bands. This site explains how this works

https://www.4g.co.uk/4g-frequencies-uk-need-know/

Now where we are in Lincoln we can only get a 1 bar signal on 3G only, there is no 4G! Most ‘multi-band’ boosters generally only give a 2dbi boost to the signal which, if you only have 1 bar on your phone, is not going to improve the signal very much. Also, dealing with all 5 frequencies means there has to be some compromises just to keep the price down hence the low signal boost. The unit you originally linked to says it’s a 4G booster, so that’s the signal it probably concentrates on, but it will boost the other frequencies too, perhaps not as *strongly*.

So, considering a single ‘quality’ frequency booster, which will boost the signal to a guaranteed *5 bars*, starts at around £150 it is no wonder that ‘quality’ Tri-Band boosters of sufficient power cost around £400. In addition you have to make sure that the tri-bands are the ones you need. A 5 band booster is considerably more expensive. These three sites will show you what I mean.

https://www.myamplifiers.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwnfLVBRCxARIsAPvl82GWiKHBoLM2U2YolUGrcmUnok-s5r9BwdJnKTG_SZ-J9BIlYA8Xq1EaAiBcEALw_wcB

https://www.mobilesignalboosters.co.uk/?s=Tri+band+booster

https://www.mobilerepeater.co.uk/collections/ee-signal-booster

For me I need a ‘no compromise’ system so I am still undecided as to which one to go for. Fortunately the above sites have advisers you can chat to for some advice & clarity, of course trying to see through the ‘sales pitch’, but from what I have learned so far your original item is fine IF you have a fair signal to start with. Hope I haven’t confused the issue for you.

Gary
I'm with you Gary about compromise, however the choice and tech behind this stuff is such that ease, cross compatability and cost all mean that I don't think you'll ever know what compremise you're making if any.

I think I've found the all round cost effective set up tha'll work home and away as well as giving us a simple away from RV method of maintaining Data. Bearing in mind our plan is for being away for months on end and all the limitations that brings.

I'll read through your links before I set card to pay...

I'll post it in a bit and I'd be glad of your thoughts.
All the best
 

Ruff Nomads

Subscriber
Ok, so after much deliberation, though and consideration of how we need to use this facility, this is what I have almost decided on...

Unless you know different. Next job will be to find the SIM deal that works best.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00C1DGFPS/?coliid=I3K8ILUAGZDJD1&colid=2W21WU507C4UM&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XK41XRQ/?coliid=I1AH32AYZKB929&colid=2W21WU507C4UM&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01BHT39ZK/?coliid=I1DP21GEUT7UMX&colid=2W21WU507C4UM&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

I did look at the 300MPS HotSpot but that years away from the EU me thinks so I've saved my self a few quid.

What say you?...
 

Ruff Nomads

Subscriber
The mifi device shown in your list does not have Ariel input sockets unless there under the cover on the right hand side of the pic

https://www.motorhomewifi.com/product/4g-huawei-e5372/
Yes it does. Two TS9 sockets for dual pole antenna.
The link in your post goes to the E5577 which actually details the ports.

In the Amazon image they are indeed under the cover to the right of the USB port.



Motorhome WiFi look like a good firm but the kit is drawn from separates and sold with a mark up. Good for them and they are very helpful.
 
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