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I've looked at various threads on this - but way too advanced for me ....

I have tried my van Huawei mifi in the house with very acceptable results. So:

1. Would I expect better with a dedicated home WiFi system?

2. If an external aerial is required I understand the router would need to be fairly close to it, so I would need some kind of repeater?

3. Any recommendations for equipment that wouldn't cost the earth would be much appreciated.
 

Lenny HB

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Depends on which Huawei mifi you have, if it's just a 5577 or similar yes you would benefit from a proper 4G/5G router, TP link ones are good value or have a look at the Teltonika router. A router has the advantage of having network (RJ45) connections for hard wiring a network.

External aerial needs to be as close to the router as possible 2m of cable max.
If you need a repeater cheap repeaters are a waste of money it is best to fit a Mesh system.

Poyntings aerials are very good if you need an aerial.
 

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Have a look at the home ‘mobile’ broadband offers from ‘3’, etc. Of course, it all depends upon the mobile coverage in your area - are you 4G, 5G or what? :unsure:
I echo what Lenny HB says about repeaters and mesh……. (y)

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No 5G unfortunately, and I'll definitely check all the various coverages before doing anything.

I'll certainly have a look at mesh, but I want to try and keep costs down.

Is there any way I can utilise a (BT) broadband router in a setup?
 
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I have a Huawei B535 which was on Three and in a house it works really well just sat on window sill (obviously depends on signal from carrier) and works well in the motorhome with an antenna on the roof.
 

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If you have a physical connection to your house (copper landline) you ‘should’ be able to use the BT Hub 6 - BT don’t seem to mention it on their website! - but it would not be suitable for a ‘mobile broadband’, i.e. wireless solution. For that you’d need a router with a SIM slot……

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Any recommendations for a MESH system?
 

AndyPK

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Also look at the Deco X range, especially if you have wi-fi 6 devices - more expensive but better coverage and speed. (y)
 
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I have a Huawei B535 which was on Three and in a house it works really well just sat on window sill (obviously depends on signal from carrier) and works well in the motorhome with an antenna on the roof.
From this I assume it's both 240v and 12v?

Which antenna do you use in the MH?
 
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Another vote for TP Link Deco M5. One in the loft next to the router and two further units downstairs gives whole house coverage. Note we have 18" walls so not normally good for Wifi.

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I tried it for a year using a HUAWEI 5577 and an external aerial but it was okay during the day but at nighttime the signal was not strong enough for streaming anything.
Only paying £23 a month for unlimited fibre broadband so went back to that we just loose out when we are in Spain but as that’s less than 3 months nowadays it’s not too much to suffer.
 

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I’ve used a Huawei B535 in the ‘van with just the attached antenna - seems to pick-up mobile signals well without attaching an external aerial - but obviously depends upon mobile coverage - we used a ‘Smarty’ SIM (3 network)
 
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From this I assume it's both 240v and 12v?

Which antenna do you use in the MH?
The B535 is 12volt into unit, 240volt brick plug, I run it through a 12volt buck
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The antenna is this one
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Ive just cancelled my BT land line and broadband and will soon be going mobile wifi using a Teltonika RUTX 50 5G and Poynting XPOL-2-5G aerial on EE so will let you Know how it goes over the next couple months I also have Teltonika 955 in the van which has been great for the last year

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No 5G unfortunately, and I'll definitely check all the various coverages before doing anything.

I'll certainly have a look at mesh, but I want to try and keep costs down.

Is there any way I can utilise a (BT) broadband router in a setup?
 

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