So my wife and I are developers - who are also full time RV’ers. For the last year on the road, we’ve been using an AT&T Nighthawk with unlimited data and a Verizon Home MiFI with 15gb of data for area’s where we have no AT&T signal. We’ve had a few instances over the last couple months where it would be nice to pull in WiFi as a WAN into our network as one of our machines needs a wired connection.
Last week, I purchased an older Pepwave BR1 Max LTE router, currently running 6.3.0 build 1967 to test out to see if this concept would work. I used Speedtest.net to run the tests and manually selected the same server not too far away.
Currently, we’re at an RV park that has very good wifi. I ran several speed tests to determine a base line and figure out why the Pepwave is so slow. Currently, it’s located in an office right in front of a window with direct line-of-site to an AP - about 40 feet away. I also have a Weboost 4g RV booster. Also using a ubiquity AP.
For each of the tests, I ran it 3 times.
AT&T Nighthawk (Wired to AP) 27ms, 37mbps down, 24mbps up
Verizon Home Mifi (Wired to AP) 30ms, 44mbps down, 40 mbps up
Laptop direct to campground wifi - 12ms, 82mbps down, 75mbps up
AT&T - 55ms, 3.5mbps down, 1.2mbps up
Verizon - 40ms, 4.5mbps down, 3mbps up
Campground Wifi - 90ms, 5,23mbps down, 0.39mbps
Signal strength seems ok and identical on the Nighthawk/Mifi/Pepwave
AT&T: RSSI -72, RSRP -80, RSRQ -15 band 4
Verizon: RSSI -80, RSRP -85, RSRQ -10 band 12
Is there any reason the Pepwave would create such a issue? The idea behind switching to this was to get rid of the multiple devices (2 hotspots, switch, router, ap) and go down to just one box plus we have to switch between AT&T/Verizon often. However, with this huge of a speed hit there is no way this can work.