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matseffect

Casual Member
Hi guys,

I recently siwtched to an unlimited EE sim for my 4G broadband and getting around the same speeds as my 3 sim 20-30Mb but much better ping and gone are the issues of web pages hanging etc etc. I have been using an TP-Link AC750 4G MR200 for about 2 years and its worked well but wondering are their better options out their or what you guys recommend? Say at the most I wanted to spend Ā£150 and would be happy to have an external Antenna stuck in the window or something as well.

Note: The sim is 5G ready but not gona have 5G in my area any time soon šŸ¤£

Thanks! :)

Matt
 

matseffect

Casual Member
I actually upgraded to the beta firmware for the MR200 that now allows band selection. I have done a little research into this but any advise on the best way about finding the best band will it help much? Thanks.
 

Lucian

Top Member
Well, check attached for EE bands, you can try them one by one, but with EE band aggregation usually works well and makes the difference if router supports it.

Are you rural or urban btw? Do you have any idea where the EE mast is? Judging by the radio signal values you should benefit from an external antenna, but make sure you have exhausted all the options before spending money.

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matseffect

Casual Member
Thanks. Fairly rural looking into where my closest EE mast is to make sure I have it positioned as well as I can.
 

Buggerlugz

ULTIMATE Member
Well, check attached for EE bands, you can try them one by one, but with EE band aggregation usually works well and makes the difference if router supports it.

Are you rural or urban btw? Do you have any idea where the EE mast is? Judging by the radio signal values you should benefit from an external antenna, but make sure you have exhausted all the options before spending money.

View attachment 523

Thats good to know. I'm currently on three waiting for an EE sim to try out. Interestingly EE shares the same mast, so I wonder if they have to use different frequencies to three? And how come bands 7 and 38 share the same frequency?
 

Lucian

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TTJJ

ULTIMATE Member
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Thats good to know. I'm currently on three waiting for an EE sim to try out. Interestingly EE shares the same mast, so I wonder if they have to use different frequencies to three? And how come bands 7 and 38 share the same frequency?
7 and 38 share different parts of the 2600MHz frequency. 38 I believe is much lower. Perhaps for urban areas. Iā€™m not exactly sure.
 

GavinAshford

ULTIMATE Member
7 a

7 and 38 share different parts of the 2600MHz frequency. 38 I believe is much lower. Perhaps for urban areas. Iā€™m not exactly sure.
B38 is TDD (Time Division Duplex) whereas B7 is FDD (Frequency Division Duplex)

So different carriers on one mast can effectively use the same bands, but they use different frequencies?
Absolutely, that's why the Ofcom auctions are for a 'band' and depending how much of the band (the Mhz slice width) a company bids for is what they might get.
Peter's visual representation of this is useful here
Take the 800Mhz B20 band for example, Three own the lowest 5Mhz, then EE 5Mhz and Vodafone then O2 with 10Mhz each.
In theory Three's B20 frequency allocation lower in the band should travel (slightly) further than O2's, but in practice the 20Mhz difference between 791Mhz and 811Mhz of the start of their allocations is unlikely to make any difference.
 

Ell-RSR_Communications

RSR Comms ISP Rep
Hi, one of our suppliers has just started stocking Robustel SIM routers, seem like a good Linux based router with lots of options on the web interface.

I believe the Linux based firmware they use is called "Robust OS"
 
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