Hoping you can provide some advice to optimize the set up of our Internet gear in our Airstream. It worked really well for us over the last 15 months, but I’m wondering if it could be better. I was recently doing some research to do a write up on our gear and I stumbled across some information regarding MIMO and signal boosters…and they should not be used together.
We have a Pepwave Max BR1 Mini router as the base of the system. On the roof we have a Mobilemark 4-1 omni antenna. 2 of those lines are cellular, and one is labeled “Main”. The “Main” line has a WilsonPro Signal Booster in line with it. The booster can be turned on separately. We primarily use the omnidirectional Mobilemark WITHOUT boosting it. Boosting it has seemed to help us out in the past.
We also have a Wilson Electronics Wideband Directional Antenna that we can patch in (manually) as the “Main” cell, with the booster inline. This only comes into play in dire situations.
The booster shows significant improvement when the Wilson directional gets deployed.
Based on what I’ve been reading, it seems that boosters add a lot of noise when using MIMO, and they should be out of the signal path. Is this correct?
- Would we be better off removing the booster from the MIMO configuration altogether?
- If that is the case, we would still want to boost the directional antenna in remote areas. If we do that, should we disconnect the secondary cellular running from the Pepwave?
Hope this makes sense! Thanks for your help!
Below is a diagram of our set up.