I’m a customer of OTR Mobile, now reselling T-Mobile as their backhaul. I’m on a hill within 2 km of a trio of towers (AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon). I bought a MAX-BR1-MINI-LTE-US when OTR switched from AT&T backhaul to T-Mobile and my speeds are now nearly unusable (molasses would be an upgrade). Current = 1.7 mbps down, 0.26 mbps up.
I’m trying to figure out if the issue lies with T-Mobile in general, the tower, or my modem configuration. Cellmapper.net reports the tower as weak but I get the following not-abysmal numbers:
- RSSI: -75 dBm
- RSRP: -102 dBm
- RSRQ: -6.5 dB
Using the small stock antennas at the moment because similar antennas on other modems in the same physical location worked stellar hitting the AT&T and Verizon towers (with prior ISP’s now no longer options because of plan changes). I’ve got an external Yagi and a 60ft tower onto which to hang it but am currently so far in the “suck” range I’d like to troubleshoot my basic setup a little better before hauling myself up the tower for no potential gain.
Side notes – I bought a pre-paid Verizon SIM and observed tower connection but the modem would never negotiate connection to the Verizon network. Similar behavior with an AT&T SIM. Bands & freqs all left to ‘auto’.