Best Rural Internet Option?

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oduscott
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Best Rural Internet Option?

Post by oduscott » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:15 am

I'm looking to get on a Verizon prepaid hotspot plan in a very rural location. There is a new Verizon 199 foot monopole at the end of the road I'm looking to move to, which in a direct line, is about 3 miles away. In testing at the house with my postpaid Pixel on Verizon, I can get band 13 but with minimal speeds of about 15 mbps or less. The tower is broadcasting band 4, but it's not going out very far from the tower (maybe a mile and half, road wise). As such, with the limited people that live in the area, I can get 100+ mbps within that area on band 4.

So here are my questions:

What would be the best router/modem combination be to get into that band 4 optimally (a way to lock band 4, maybe)?
Would I be better off getting specific antennas that only fall within that band 4 spectrum?
Would an 8800L be a viable option for such (aware it only has two test/antenna ports for 2x2 MIMO)?


I'd appreciate any assistance in the matter, gotta have that internets haha.

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Re: Best Rural Internet Option?

Post by swwifty » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:03 am

If you can get over 100mbps on band 4 alone, I'd probably just try and get some yagis designed specifically for that frequency range.

They could be used on any router/modem combo you wanted, it all depends on what you need inside the house.

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Re: Best Rural Internet Option?

Post by oduscott » Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:03 am

Ideally, I'd like to use an existing TP-Link AC 1900 within the house to supply things. I have a good deal of smart light bulbs and google home minis already set up with that, it would help to keep that the same.

My assumption is that it was just band 4, I was using LTE Discovery on my Pixel and that was showing as the current band.

I guess my other question would be what would be the easiest way to take, lets say an 8800L or a sierra wireless card in an enclosure as examples, to the router?

I'll look into specific antennas for just that band, I know I saw some on LTEFix. I really enjoyed your antenna review, lots of good info, swwifty.

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Re: Best Rural Internet Option?

Post by swwifty » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:56 pm

You could be getting carrier aggregation in addition to band 4. I don't think LTE discovery shows CA info for some reason.

The other option is to get some of those 9-11dbi log periodic antennas. they perform really well, and have a very wide bandwith.

I'm not sure what your question is exactly, though about the enclosure?

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Re: Best Rural Internet Option?

Post by oduscott » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:34 pm

So the question I'm asking is what is the best way to attach either a 8800L or an EM7565 to an existing router.

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Re: Best Rural Internet Option?

Post by swwifty » Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:41 pm

oduscott wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:34 pm
So the question I'm asking is what is the best way to attach either a 8800L or an EM7565 to an existing router.
Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with that, but I suspect some kind of USB enclosure, and a router that has USB port will work?

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Re: Best Rural Internet Option?

Post by JimHelms » Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:25 am

oduscott wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:34 pm
So the question I'm asking is what is the best way to attach either a 8800L or an EM7565 to an existing router.
One, you can see if there is a GoldenOrb build for the router you are considering using.

If so, you can install the EM7565 in a USB3.0 to M.2 Adapter enclosure and plug it directly into the USB port on the router.

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Re: Best Rural Internet Option?

Post by oduscott » Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:42 pm

Turns out I was getting carrier aggregation of bands 13 and 4 from that particular tower. I’m thinking I’ll be looking to get antennas that cover both spectrums.

My other thought is maybe doing a raspberry pi setup to get Ethernet out to the existing router.

So:
Enclosure -> Pi (running golden orb) -> Existing router

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