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hi i have this coupled to a netgear router works for me got me a workable speed for netflix ect ,,,but as others said i doesnt make a signal appear ,,but does boost a weak one ,,,

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One of the Teltonika Routers and a Poyntings external aerial, you would need a separate sim for the router.

I’m running a Teltonika RUTX12 which has twin modems and dual SIM cards running on different networks. It can be set to failover to one of them if the other drops out, otherwise they are normally configured as 50/50 load balancing, (might alter the bias when I drop a Eurozone SIM in when abroad), and so far it’s been rock solid. The Poynting MIMO V-3-17 is also a good match for the router with 4x4 LTE, 2x2 Wi-Fi and 1x GPS connectivity.
 
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Jan 27, 2023
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Can anyone recommend the best 4G Booster.
I Host a lot of Zoom meetings and am constantly dropping out!
Any advice would be appreciated.
Different sims are better in different regions so my Smarty 4/5G sim with aerial on the roof is sometimes worse than my vodaphone sim in my iPhone inside.
I’m parked in the Cotswold water park (lake 32) with worse WiFi off the roof than on this phone.

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We have just ventured into this space. I trying a Poynting Puck 2 with a battery powered ZTE modem and a EE data SIM. Cost just over £100 for both. We are testing with a magnetic roof mounting via the skylight before making a final decision about drilling through the roof.
So far EE and the puck has been a marked improvement on my phone with a 3 SIM.
 
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We have just ventured into this space. I trying a Poynting Puck 2 with a battery powered ZTE modem and a EE data SIM. Cost just over £100 for both. We are testing with a magnetic roof mounting via the skylight before making a final decision about drilling through the roof.
So far EE and the puck has been a marked improvement on my phone with a 3 SIM.
The problem with the Puck it has naff all gain in the 800mHz bandwidth so it is not much use in rual areas its fine in built up areas where they use the higher bandwidths.
 
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Can anyone recommend the best 4G Booster.
I Host a lot of Zoom meetings and am constantly dropping out!
Any advice would be appreciated.
I fitted a Motorhome Wifi unit…. EE data only sim. Never not had wifi connection even in the highlands, the depths of wales etc… can definitely recommend it.

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I have a Starlink on the roof that works like a dream. Converted flat with a star-Mount Systems case. Works everywhere with a faster connection than I have at home and a very small power requirement.

Do you use it abroad as well? Wondered how well it works in France. I imagine just as well as the UK, but always interested in first hand experiences.
 
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Can anyone recommend the best 4G Booster.
I Host a lot of Zoom meetings and am constantly dropping out!
Any advice would be appreciated.
The booster will only be as good as the router capability. Ideally you need a CAT 16 - CAT 20 router. Don't bother with the Huawei type sold for motorhomes.
 
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So what would you recommend please?
I'd look at a Netgear Nighthawk mobile router M1 or above. They're a bit pricey but offer consistent coverage even without a booster. Don't worry about 5G as that'll take years until there is full network coverage plus 4G+ LTE available today is just as good if not better.

We've used our M1 everywhere, from the Med coast to the Harris Tweed shop carpark up in Tarbet Isle of Harris, never needed a booster. Streamed live football on the Isle Arran where no one else could find a signal - again no booster.
 
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Excuse my ignorance but would one of these Netgear Nighthawks work well regardless of what networks sim you used?
 
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You can't boost what isn't there in the first place. So if there is little or no signal you will be disappointed.

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Is that true? I have found that in Scotland I can be parked up and get no mobile phone signal, but my IPad through Router,booster and roof top aerial I can get a good signal for streaming even. All with same provider EE.
 
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Is that true? I have found that in Scotland I can be parked up and get no mobile phone signal, but my IPad through Router,booster and roof top aerial I can get a good signal for streaming even. All with same provider EE.
There is a difference between 4/5g mobile network signal and your WiFi.

To get the best WiFi, use a router inside the van that has an external aerial to the mobile signal.

Mobile phone signal could be poor inside as the signals are weakend as they come through the walls and roof of the van; having an external aerial and internal router solves this problem and adds extra benefits such as multiple WiFi connections, local WiFi boosting, etc.

As said, your connection to the internet and ability to stream, work, browse, email, etc. is subject to having a strong phone network signal outside in the first place.

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There is a difference between 4/5g mobile network signal and your WiFi.

To get the best WiFi, use a router inside the van that has an external aerial to the mobile signal.

Mobile phone signal could be poor inside as the signals are weakend as they come through the walls and roof of the van; having an external aerial and internal router solves this problem and adds extra benefits such as multiple WiFi connections, local WiFi boosting, etc.

As said, your connection to the internet and ability to stream, work, browse, email, etc. is subject to having a strong phone network signal outside in the first place.
I did the test of getting outside the van with mobile and made no difference. What’s the difference between 4g phone signal and van WiFi ? It all comes from the same mast ?
 
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I did the test of getting outside the van with mobile and made no difference. What’s the difference between 4g phone signal and van WiFi ? It all comes from the same mast ?
Same sim card/phone network? If so the aerial and router are doing a better job of utilising available signal. If not, could be the difference in provider.

4g is the global/national over the air signal to carry voice and data, it comes from the various providers masts. The aerial sucks all yhis ul more efficiently than a phone and the router converts this to local WiFi.
 
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I did the test of getting outside the van with mobile and made no difference. What’s the difference between 4g phone signal and van WiFi ? It all comes from the same mast ?
WiFi is a local area network it is absolutely nothing to do with 4g. The only places with WiFi masts are campsites an a very few towns.

The WiFi from your Mifi in your van just distributes the signal to your devices on the LAN (local area network). The 4g signal picked up by your Mifi is effectifly on the WAN (wide area network) of your router.
 
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WiFi is a local area network it is absolutely nothing to do with 4g. The only places with WiFi masts are campsites an a very few towns.

The WiFi from your Mifi in your van just distributes the signal to your devices on the LAN (local area network). The 4g signal picked up by your Mifi is effectifly on the WAN (wide area network) of your router.
Am I being thick? I assumed the OP was referring to a booster in his van.
When I said WiFi I meant MiFi used inside my van, so when parked up away from a campsite so no fear of connecting to sites WiFi, if I try to use my mobile phone and it shows a week signal or non at all, then use my IPad via MiFi, the IPad gets a far better connection via the MiFi which I assumed was receiving the same signal as my mobile phone but boosting it to a useable level, (doing what it’s supposed to do I thought!). I didn’t think there were 2 different types of signal pushed out by the provider( in my case both sims in phone and MiFi provided by EE).
 
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I did the test of getting outside the van with mobile and made no difference. What’s the difference between 4g phone signal and van WiFi ? It all comes from the same mast ?

A decent roof mounted antenna can make a major improvement to the service received. If the mobile router has the required inputs then a 4x4 LTE MIMO will be a good match. Description HERE
 
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