In this article we will show you our testing of the MIMORAD 4G Antenna when used with the Proroute SPEEDROUTE CAT6 4G Router.
The Speedroute H820Q Industrial 4G Router uses the latest CAT6 4G Modem from Sierra Wireless which has the potential to provide the fastest 4G Mobile Broadband Connectivity compared to other Industrial 4G routers that use older CAT4 modems.
Our test will put that into practice and also help to demonstrate the benefit of using the MIMORAD MiMo 4G antenna installed in a prime signal position and the extra performance it can provide for 4G connectivity.
We will be performing the tests from our Romford office rather than in a rural location, and we are served by many local mobile phone base stations so this will give you a clear indication of the merits of installing an outdoor 4G antenna in a good signal location even if you already get a pretty decent signal strength. We will do a rural 4G mobile broadband speedtest in the near future.
First we will set up the Speedroute 4G router in our office with the standard cellular antennas supplied with the router which are the blade type antenna that connect directly to the router. We will use an EE 4G SIM Card and once we have configured the router APN settings we will will leave the router for around an hour and then we will begin our testing.
We will Show the router status page which will show the signal strength and we will perform speed tests at set times during the day and display the results below.
We will then leave the router in the same position within the office but will now connect it to the MIMORAD outdoor 4G antenna which is positioned at the front of our office on a mounting bracket. Of course we will connect the MIMORAD 4G Antenna with the router powered off. We will then power on the router and again leave it for an hour before making any tests and as before will show signal strength using the router web interface and then perform speed tests at the same time of day as the previous tests.
As you can imagine this is a two day process to gather the results so it is not something we can do live or show in a video but at some point in the future we will do a quick test showing the immediate difference between using the standard 4G router antennas compared to using an outdoor 4G antenna.
We will update this page in the next few days with the results.
When considering purchasing a 4G antenna to use with your 4G router you should consider the purpose and use of your antenna to meet your demands.
In many cases your 4G router will be supplied with Cellular 4G / LTE Antennas and these antennas will already have a dBm Gain.
Most 4G routers are supplied with antennas with a 3, 4 or 5 dBi Gain and are either screwed directly to the router antenna ports or some routers have these LTE antennas inside the router housing so you can’t see them, for example the Huawei E5186 4G Router has high-gain 4G antennas inside the housing which provide around 6dBi gain.
However these cellular antennas that are supplied with your router, either via the external screw type antennas or internal antennas are being used in the physical location of your 4G router. So if your router is indoors where these is a poor 4G signal then you may benefit by replacing these standard antennas with a different 4G antenna.
The classic example is where you have a very good signal outdoors, but a poor signal indoors where you install your router. In this case you can put an outdoor LTE antenna like the MIMORAD antenna outdoors where there is a stronger signal and run the antenna cables to the router – then the antenna can receive the stronger 4G signal and deliver to the router.
In the same scenario described above, if you just purchased a Magnetic Mount 7dBi Gain 4G Antenna and put this next to the router then this is just going to pick up the same signal that your original router antennas were receiving, but now they have 3-5m of cable for the signal to travel along so you may even get worse performance – that is why we keep repeating that you should install your antenna in a location with a better signal.
Another scenario might be that your router is installed inside a metal data cabinet, or under the stairs or in a comms room with very poor signal, but there may be a good signal a few meters away, eg. on top of the metal data cabinet, in the hallway next to the under stairs cupboard or in the room adjacent to your comms room. In this case you could install the antenna indoors where there is a stronger signal and run the antenna cables to the router which is in a location with a poor signal. But even in this case, the fact remains the same, install the antenna where there is a stronger 4G signal which is delivered along the cables to your router which is installed in a location with weaker 4G network.
Many 4G Mobile Broadband Internet users will frequently carry out speed tests on their 4G connection and are usually disappointed with the results they get from their 4G router and decide that they will get a 4G Antenna to ‘boost’ their signal and improve their 4G download and upload speeds.
The biggest problem is that most users will compare the speed of their 4G router speed test to a speed test carried out on their mobile phone, and generally will do the speed test on the same mobile phone but connected via WiFi to their 4G router. There are several problems with this.
First of all you need to check that you are comparing apples for apples – your iphone will typically be using a CAT6 LTE 4G module and will have a high speed processor and will only be performing a single task ie. the speedtest. Your 4G router may only have a slower CAT4 4G module and the router may not have a superfast processor. Plus there is the price, your typical iPhone will cost £600 for all of that high speed processing power and CAT6 module, whereas most home users will only spend £100-£150 on their home 4G router and in some cases even less and expect the same performance.
So – if you want to compare the speedtest on your smartphone 4G connection to that of your router, you will need to ensure that your router has a CAT6 LTE module and you will need to connect a high speed PC to the Gigabit Ethernet port of your 4G router rather than connect using WiFi which can also skew your results if you have slow WiFi, you will then need to ensure that your PC is not running any other applications and that all automatic software updates are turned off. Typically the first thing that your computer does when you connect it to the Internet is to start checking for software updates and downloading them which could affect your results.
Once you have done all of that, and assuming both your router and smartphone are using the same mobile network and connecting to the same mobile base station then your smartphone and 4G router speed test results should be similar.
You should also take into account that your 4G download and upload speeds will be different through the day because 4G Internet is a shared service so the more people connected to the same base station as your 4G router and downloading movies etc then your speed will reduce. To get a fair performace review of your 4G router you should test it at 4:00AM, 9:00AM, 1:00PM, 4:00PM, 6:00PM, 8:00PM and 10:00PM to show that at peak times your performance issues are probably related to the mobile network rather than your actual router.
So… How does all of this relate to buying and using a 4G antenna with your router. Well – you will first need to understand the reason you want to buy and install an antenna for your 4G router. If it is just to boost your signal in the hope that it will improve your download and upload speeds then you probably don’t need to buy an aerial at all. You need to examine your environment and by this we mean move your existing router to different locations around your house and test the download and upload speeds and if you get better performance in a different location then simply move your router to that location. Whilst doing this you can also plug your router into a mains extension lead and take it outside and try different outdoor locations and if you see a big improvement then you are now ready to buy your 4G antenna because you can position your 4G antenna in the location where you received the best performance and run the antenna cables to your router to deliver that stronger 4G signal from the antenna to the router.
Many of our customers will purchase a 4G antenna to help stabilise and improve their 4G mobile broadband service and many of these customers are home or business users that rely on their 4G Internet service because they have made the switch from slow wired broadband becuase we live in a society where we need Internet access and want fast Internet services.
Apart from the initial cost of the 4G router and antenna, the biggest cost that residential and business users face is the 4G SIM Card rental charges. Until now there have been very few large data SIM cards that provide enough inclusive data per month for the average home or business.
All of that is changing and the first 100GB per month Data SIM is now available and this means 100GB per month, every month, not just a one or two month special offer. This is a real 4G mobile broadband Internet service for users that want to enjoy the benefits of high speed 4G Internet without running out after a week or two.
THIS OFFER HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED
This 100GB 4G Data SIM Card Plan is available for the Vodafone or O2 Network and is £70.00 per month for 100GB of inclusive data. If you do not want such a large data plan then there is also a 40GB per month data plan for just £40.00 per month. Prices excl VAT and are subject to a 24 month contract.
In order to apply for this Data Plan you will need to call us on 01708 838058 and provide your details and we will send you a mobile data SIM card contract and direct debit which you will need to complete and return. Once we receive your completed contract then your order will be processed and once approved your Vodafone or O2 100GB Data SIM will be dispatched to you which can take 3-5 working days.
Once you receive your SIM card, pop it into your 4G router, configure your APN settings and enjoy 100GB per month of high speed 4G Internet.
This SIM card will provide a normal 4G connection and just like most SIM cards supplied directly by the mobile networks will use CGNAT (carrier grade NAT) so your router IP address will be a PRIVATE IP address. This means that this SIM card will not be suitable for any application that requires remote access to your router eg. CCTV, VPN
Your router IP address can’t be accessed from the Internet because it is a private IP address on the mobile network – this also means that Dynamic DNS (DDNS / DYNDNS) will not work.
If you need remote access to your router then you should purchase a Fixed IP SIM card instead.
Many of the latest home and business 4G routers like the Huawei E5186 will use 4G MiMo antenna technology to provide optimum performance for 4G mobile broadband connectivity.
MiMo stands for Multiple In Multiple Out which means that it uses several radio signals to improve data transmission quality and reliability, this leads to an overall improvement of 4G connectivity data speeds because less ‘bad data’ has to be re-transmitted.
MiMo antenna technology needs two LTE 4G antennas to work and this is why your MiMo 4G Router that enables the connection of an external 4G antenna will have twin antenna connector ports. This is to enable the connection of 2 x 4G antennas. To simplify things, The Fullband MIMORAD antenna has 2 x LTE antennas in a single radome antenna housing, with twin antenna cables to connect to the Main and Aux antenna ports of the router.
This high efficiency MIMORAD antenna can be located where there is the strongest 4G signal and deliver this along the antenna cable to the 4G router which may have been installed in a location with poorer 4G service.
The MIMORAD outdoor 4G antenna will provide excellent MiMo performance in the majority of cases, but for the ultimate 4G service you could use the Fullband XPMIMO Antenna which, just like the MIMORAD is a single housing containing twin LTE antennas, but the antennas inside the casing are at angles to each other. This type of antenna configuration is commonly called Cross Polarised / Cross Polarisation. This type of cross polarized antenna will help improve 4G data signal transmission quality because the radio waves sent to and from the 4G base station are sent at angles, so this Cross Polarized antenna configuration will receive and transmit the radio signals in greater alignment, thus enhancing the transmission quality and reducing bad data.