by IntradayTrader Contributor
Contributor

Would a directional high-gain external antenna give me more consistent 4G+?

I was playing with my Netgear Nighthawk M1 today and the best internal signal I can obtain is a full 5 bars 4G (RSRP -64dBm/RSRQ -6dBm). Occasionally, the 4G+ network is connected, which I'm about 100m outside of according to the EE coverage checker. I'm quite happy with the up/down 100/40Mbps speed, but the faster the better, right? Would fitting a good quality directional high-gain external antenna give me a more consistent 4G+ connection?

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EE Community Support Team

Re: Would a directional high-gain external antenna give me more consistent 4G+?

Hi @IntradayTrader

 

I'm delighted to see the speeds that you're getting and that you're happy with them. 🙂

 

This is a bit above my level of expertise, I'm afraid.

 

@Peter_C or @XRaySpeX may be able to advise on this? 🙂

 

Chris

by Ace Contributor
Ace Contributor

Re: Would a directional high-gain external antenna give me more consistent 4G+?

Yes, a directional, high gain external antenna will provide a far more consistent 4G+ signal experience. 

The Nighthawk M1 uses two TS-9 antenna connectors, whereas most antennas use SMA so adaptors will be required.

 

Solwise is a retailer that sells what is required: 

SMA to TS-9 adaptors 2x ADAP-TS9-SMASKT here

Top end antennas: 2xNET-3G-LPDA-0092 here

 

by
EE Community Support Team

Re: Would a directional high-gain external antenna give me more consistent 4G+?

Thanks @Peter_C 🙂

 

Chris

by IntradayTrader Contributor
Contributor

Re: Would a directional high-gain external antenna give me more consistent 4G+?

Thanks for your reply @Peter_C.

 

I have one of these arriving tomorrow, which will be useful for when I'm travelling. I'll test whether or not I can get a good external 4G+ signal with that before deciding to go with one of your suggestions, or the Poynting and Panorama Antennas alternatives I've seen.

by EamonnC Contributor
Contributor

Re: Would a directional high-gain external antenna give me more consistent 4G+?

The M1 has 4 internal aerials to get speed you require. Using the 2 ports to connect to an external aerial may improve connection but reduce speed.

by Ace Contributor
Ace Contributor

Re: Would a directional high-gain external antenna give me more consistent 4G+?

The vast majority of sites are 2T2R and therefore the additional antennas will only help by virtue of receive diversity. The gain from external antennas should very substantially outweigh this.

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