Thank you. I agree that 700-800 range seems to work better and be a sweet spot, at least from LTE choices… A while back I did lots of experimentation with walkie talkies and that proved to be true… And yes, my tower data is from cellmapper.com, which relies on the public, but I know it’s a US Cellular tower, b/c that area used to have 0 coverage (booster or not), and it was “big news” when it was installed. Carriers usually own same bands across geographies. Wikipedia says: US Cellular’s LTE network is primarily built upon two low-frequency LTE bands; 12 and 5). It continues “Through the agreement with King Street Wireless, US Cellular has access to the lower 700 MHz A, B, and C blocks across most of their operating markets.”, so band 71 is feasible, but the modem is either not picking it up, or locking in on band12, or public data is no good… not sure if would matter much (band 12 or 71, as they’re both in 700-800 range),… Still don’t know why “band 2” is seen by modem … based on limited research band2 is used by Verizon and AT&T for LTE, not by US Cellular. The SIM card I have is for a LTE modem only, and doesn’t usually work if I ever travel out of US Cellular area (and is actually sold on agreement that it “must be kept in single location”)
The antenna is already about 35 feet off the ground… The reason I had the panel antenna, is b/c the previous LTE router had two inputs, and there wasn’t a lot of choice at the time (3 yrs? ago), or I didn’t do enough research… plus it worked “good enough” when I got it (with carrier’s router)…
My house is on a slope, and not only does signal have to go over my hill, but also over a mountain (albeit, not a very tall one) before it gets to the tower… I know I can get very good signal on on top of my hill (4 bars 15megs/3megs with Proxicast 6.5~8 dBi 12.6" magnetic car antennas), but I am hoping to avoid investing in solar, batteries, box, wireless link, to put the router on the hill… plus I’d much rather keep the router in house, as I’d like to have it accessible so it’s a bit more portable when I travel.
The pole I do have is about 10ft at the ridge of the top of the house… not sure longer would be practical or safe, as it can get pretty windy few times per year. I found a " Log Periodic Directional Yagi Antenna 15dbi" on Amazon (looks to be sold by maxmost dot com), and that’s what I will probably give a shot, it’s “only” about $130 incl. shipping and had great reviews, including from those that used to have a panel antenna.
Edit: Question, would I still want to use the panel antenna with the Aux connection and should I use some signal combiner/splitter?
Edit2: replaced different with same above