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Please recommended a budget (Less than £100) 4G Router.

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by Spooter, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. ScoTTyBEEE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 1, 2004

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    Location: London

    Great info WJA96. I’m planning on one of those mikrotik wap lte modems on the roof of my campervan. I did fancy a sxt but it’ll be too much faff setting it up every time I move.
     
  2. WJA96

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 13, 2005

    Posts: 14,298

    Location: Norfolk, South Scotland

    For a camper van, can I suggest LtAP?

    https://mikrotik.com/product/ltap

    It’s designed to be powered from a vehicle 12/24V supply and as well as an 802.11bgn Access Point and LTE modem you get 3 SIM card slots, space for 2 more modems and GPS. And it’s cheaper too.
     
  3. ScoTTyBEEE

    Wise Guy

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    Man, you're on fire!
     
  4. WJA96

    Capodecina

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    Location: Norfolk, South Scotland

    It’s basically my job...
     
  5. ScoTTyBEEE

    Wise Guy

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    It shows. That ltap is pretty boss with the ability to track a vehicle with the built in gps, an added security bonus. Seems a bit odd it's wall rather than roof mounted but luckily I have stuff on my roof so I can still mount it vertical up there. Perhaps 360 omni antennas work well enough attached to a side, but also if it's designed for fleets I guess they're using it in a moving environment compared to me being stationary.
     
  6. WJA96

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    I think the typical installation is on the back wall of the sleeper cab of a truck tractor unit. Hence the vertical install
     
  7. Steveocee

    Soldato

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    @WJA96 You're taking my spot of MikroTik's biggest fanboi on these forums lol
     
  8. WJA96

    Capodecina

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    I’m off to Mikrotik HQ in Latvia soon to do my trainer certification. I do think someone hit a nail on the head though in another thread where they said they bought an SXT LTE and downloaded the app and couldn’t make it work. So they paid someone £500 to install it. I sometimes think the RouterOS people really delight in it being inaccessible at first.
     
  9. Spooter

    Wise Guy

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I went with the Huawei B525-4G which seems to work fine. At the moment we are only getting between 6-10 Mbps but thats quicker than the 1-2Mpbs available on ADSL. It appears EE is better in the area so I will switch from the Three (Smarty) Sim at the end of the month.

    Only downside so far is getting the phone feature to work. Tried multiple phones and cables but none of them work. Unfortunately the call reciever hears no sound. As the caller I can hear them but not the other way. I've made sure the network setting is on Auto so it can downscale to 3G for calling but no luck. Also tried different SIMs to see if it was the network but no luck either.
     
  10. ANDARIAL

    Soldato

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    Moved the SXT to inside the attic facing a different mast,bit further away
    https://i.imgur.com/9B0ggt8.jpg
    Speeds seem all over the place from 43 down to 9 but i expect that is more to do with it being a mobile signal?
    and what about SINR?
    seems to be jumping about all over the place from 10 to -1
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2019