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Posted by Jerome Hansen on March 01, 2015
There are number of ways to improve the cell signal to your cellular USB modem device. Improving the cell signal to your device will boost Internet download and upload speeds.
One neat trick to improving the cell signal to your USB Cellular Modem is to use a USB extension cable. An extension cable will allow you to put the modem where the signal is better such as next to a window or outside wall. Putting it outside the building or vehicle usually works best. You'll need a USB cable A Male / A Female - A Male connector on one end and an A Female connector on the other.
Cost: Less Than $10
Mounting an external cellular antenna (preferably outside your building or vehicle) and connecting it to your USB Modem is a low cost but very effective method of boosting your cell signal.
Most USB modems come with one or more external antenna ports. Some have a port for 3G and another for 4G. Unfortunately, not all hotspots have external antenna ports. For these, you'll need a cell signal repeater type system that takes the signal outdoor, amplifies it through a powered signal booster, then rebroadcasts the signal via an indoor antenna. See "Powered Signal Boosters" below.
Connecting an antenna is usually easy. Just match the antenna connector with connector type on your device. For those devices that do not have standard connectors, we have specific antenna adapters.
The typical components required to connect a hotspot to an external antenna are:
We have USB Modem adapters and antennas for many cellular USB modems devices.
Cost: Between $30 & $100
If an external antenna by itself does not give you enough signal improvement, you can add an inline or DirectConnect type amplifier. The amplifier goes in between the external antenna and your USB modem. We have these types of amps for 3G and 4G signals.
The way these boosters work is they receive your service provider's signal from the outside antenna, amplifies it then sends it to your modem via your modems external antenna port. The advantage of this system is that the booster greatly improves the cell signal. These units are also small and easy to fit into tight spaces like vending machines. The disadvantage is that it requires a power source and must be directly connected to your modem and outside antenna.
Cost: Between $130 & $200
A very popular option to boost the signal to your USB Modem is a powered cellular signal repeater system. The advantage of this type of system is that no connection to your USB modem is required. The system takes the signal outside your vehicle or building, amplifies it then repeats it inside.
The typical components required for a powered signal booster system are:
Cost: Between $100 & $900
Need help determining just what you need to boost the signal to your cellular Internet device? Feel free to Contact Us. Let us know the make and model of your device and what type of help you need.
More Info: Signal Boosters For USB Modems
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