The Verizon MiFI 7730 is plugged into my Balance One as a failover device. See Balance One, both WANs dead, ideas for Cellular
This generally works great and was really easy to do.
The only problem: the Balace One is located in a rack in a server closet with only 1-2 bars of LTE service. It’s surprisingly good even with this poor signal, but still I’d like to get a stronger signal on the MiFi.
From the server closet to the Attic is about 15’ straight up and is relativley easy to run cable to.
What’s the best solution?
- Leave the MiFi in the server closet, and run one or two antenna cables from the MiFi to the attic
- Put the MiFi in the Attic, and get a USB extender cable. Does the Balance One use USB 1.0 or 2.0? What’s the maximum cable length? Can I use a passive cable or would I need an active one?
- Put the MiFi in the Attic, with some sort of hypothetical USB->Ethernet dongle. Then run ethernet from there to the Balance One.
- other ideas?
From what I’ve read, it seems like running long antenna cables is hard to get right.