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Mobile Broadband

Best 4g broadband option using external dish

Daveyboy5
3: Seeker

Hi,was going to go for the gigacube option but with the walls being so thick just wondering if there’s a dish alternative or add on?  

Many thanks Dave

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alwaysreading
4: Newbie

hi Dave , I'm sorry I'm not 100% sure I understand the question correctly 

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gipjon
16: Advanced member

the cube works on the mobile phone network 

so the first thing is to make sure you have a very good mobile phone coverage (poor coverage result in poor speed )

you can buy a wifi extender to extend the range of wifi from places like Argos 

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Daveyboy5
3: Seeker

Hi, ok so my only wired option seems to be with bt for an internal router, so was thinking of connecting via 4g, am currently with Vodafone for my mobile and hoping for a good deal with them.

it seems the only option at the moment is using a gigacube but that would have to be internal and although the 4g signal is good outside, Inside its not good so wanted to know if there is an option to use a dish outside and still stay with Vodafone? 

Do I have to use a gigacube or can I use a dish externally instead?

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BandOfBrothers
17: Community Champion

Good Evening Dave,

 

As an alternative have you considered Vodafone Home Broadband Pro  as well as the Vodafone Gigacube that your looking at now.

You can check your local and surrounding masts via status-checker which give an indication as to what you may receive but isn't guaranteed.

Current Phone > Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G - SM9860 Snapdragon.

Samsung One Ui 3.1  / Android 11.

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Daveyboy5
3: Seeker

Thanks, the 4g is good outside but not inside as the walls are so thick, can I use a dish outside instead or as an add on?

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gipjon
16: Advanced member

the cube 

External antenna port:2 x Ext. antenna ports (TS-9)

google antenna ports ts-9 , about £13 on amazon for the ariel

 

https://www.vodafone.co.uk/gigacube/

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AnnS
17: Community Champion

Hi @Daveyboy5 

 

You may be thinking along the lines of a mobile phone repeater to improve the signal/reception at the location.  There is further information here: Ofcom - Mobile Phone Repeaters 

 

As the Gigcube works of the mobile phone network, there is no reason why you would be unable to use a repeater with the device but you will be looking at spending at least £400.00 for something decent.

 

It would also be worth checking the speed you can expect to receive at the location from the coverage checker at the top of the page but with your thick walls getting a decent 4G signal indoors will be difficult.

 

Not sure of the reason wanting to go with an expensive Gigacube where you would be able to get fixed broadband at half the cost.

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Daveyboy5
3: Seeker

Thank you,the only fixed provider at the property is bt ,

external 4g signal is good hence wanting to look at the dish options as an alternative or add on to gigacube

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WelshPaul
11: Established

It's not a "dish", it's an external antenna.

Just Google "4g router with external antenna".

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BandOfBrothers
17: Community Champion

Hello again @Daveyboy5 

 

On inputting your information into the link about Vodafone Home Broadband Pro is this not available where you live ?

I appreciate your wanting to explore all avenues, and I wish you all the best with this and suggest you go with the best isp for your area that tailor's to your needs.

Current Phone > Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G - SM9860 Snapdragon.

Samsung One Ui 3.1  / Android 11.

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gipjon
16: Advanced member

you could try the cube and if you have a issue with signal you then could buy the ts-9 ariel from amazon or ebay with the cube having 2 x Ext. antenna ports (TS-9) which you could put in the window or outside and if you have an issue with wifi, buy and try a wifi extender from Argos and same again you could return if it does not work out  

I would guess the Vodafone contract will have a cooling-off period so you could cancel and return the router 

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Daveyboy5
3: Seeker

Thank you, that’s made sense to a non techy lol

checked today and the 4g isn’t too bad inside so if I can add on external aerial it may be the way to go, just need to check with Vodafone what the expected speed is and what deal they will do

thanks again, much appreciated 

Dave

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