Ahoy, I’m on a boat in a marina trying to use cellular hotspot technology, so upon advice from a neighbor I bought a Pepwave MAX BR1 mini LTE. This device collects the cellular LTE signal and then transmits (routes) the signal into a WiFi signal used by my computer inside the boat. I’ve subscribed to a cellular service called OTRmobile and I’ve installed their SIM card, which uses the T-Mobile cellular network 1700 2700.
I can almost see the cell towers from where I am. They are probably about 1 mile away across the water.
The problem is that my Internet speed is extremely poor most of the time to non-existent at other times.
The Pepwave BR1 mini LTE has two cellular antenna, one labeled “Cellular Main,” the other labeled “Cellular Diversity/Aux.” These antenna are small, about 5 inches long and their connections are spaced about one inch apart. There is also an 8 inch wifi antenna as well as a connector for GPS (which I don’t think I need).
I’ve tried placing the Pepwave device at different locations on the boat with no success in finding a “sweet spot” that can collect the cellular more efficiently. The wifi inside the boat is also poor, but that may be because I’m not getting decent download speeds. When I use “speed test” sometimes I get .03Mbs to “unable to connect.”
I’m thinking that there may be a better way to capture the cellular signal using some of omni directional externa (or internal) antenna.
The fittings on the Pepwave device I believe are called SMA fittings. (Male threads with female coax connector)
I am totally new to radio/cellular/wifi technologies,