01-04-2018 10:06 AM
Can anyone confirm the origin of the 4 G external antenna now supplied & installed by EE?
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01-04-2018 11:56 AM
Many thanks for this but the datasheet describes the antenna as directional and I thought the EE supplied antenna was omni directional?
01-04-2018 12:18 PM
01-04-2018 12:33 PM
I see. I could have a problem with it then as I do not have line of site to/from the mast. In fact using the OpenSignal iOS app, I seem to be getting the signal from a reflection off the surrounding hills rather than from the direction of the mast. Presumably this would indicate that an omni directional antenna would be best for my location.
01-04-2018 12:39 PM
What is your postcode/one near to you? Opensignal can give rather dubious information due it relying on crowdsourcing.
01-04-2018 12:45 PM
SY7 0ER. I thought OpenSignal actually detected the direction of the signal rather than predicting it through crowd sourcing. If you are correct then my presumption is ill founded.
01-04-2018 01:05 PM
I've looked into your area and 4G servers will likely be one of the following:
97149 Leinthall LoS
63260 Bucknell ?LoS
63257 Broome ?LoS
I'd recommend contacting the antenna team. Directional antennas can work well in areas with reflections.
01-04-2018 01:20 PM
I believe I am connecting to the Bucknell mast, the nearest by far and the geographic location of which I know precisely. I do not know the significance of the 63260 figure you quote but if it enables you to confirm which mast I am connecting through then Field Test Mode gives Cell ID as 4974594 & Physical Cell ID as 463. I do not know myself how to relate these figures to any particular mast.
01-04-2018 04:48 PM
The numbers I provided are EE's site IDs. However, they are not related to the cell IDs the site broadcasts. The best thing to do would be to visit Bucknell and observe what field test says as the systems I have access to don't have eNB cell data for that area.
01-04-2018 05:45 PM
Unless I can relate the Cell ID to the Bucknell mast I do not see how even accessing Field Data Mode whilst standing alongside it will help in determining that I would be connected to it and not some other mast. A matter of commercial confidentiality I believe though the rational of this is beyond me. Anyhow many thanks for your help in giving me your take on all this. Looks like a 'suck it and see' approach is the best I am going to achieve.
01-04-2018 05:56 PM
Should be able to relate the PCI for sure. There are some very good crowdsourced mast maps but sadly no data has been collected for your area.
Sorry I couldn't be of more assistance.
01-04-2018 05:59 PM
No Problem and as I say many thanks for taking the time and trouble to discuss.
P.S. sorry for Rational - Rationale typo in last post.
01-04-2018 06:08 PM
Would it not be far easier to purchase a omni directional 4G antenna which should plug straight into your 4G router?