22-10-2017 12:54 PM
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?
22-10-2017 03:54 PM
22-10-2017 04:32 PM - edited 22-10-2017 04:36 PM
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
23-10-2017 09:30 AM
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.
23-12-2017 05:55 PM
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.
23-12-2017 06:24 PM
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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