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Building 3G Signal: Setting Up Point to ...

A good antenna configuration maximizes the gain of a cellular repeater system (whether a 3G signal booster antenna or another variation). This resource is a quick guide to the two types of antennas, the two types of antenna configuration, and to measuring the gain of antenna(s) during installation. When it comes to antennas, positioning (maximizing gain, minimizing interference) is everything. Let’s start with the basics. Every antenna configuration consists of one or more of these two types of antennas: – A directional antenna, like the popular Yagi-Uda antenna,...
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What is EVDO?: Deciphering the Mobile Br...

As the viability and popularity of mobile broadband grows, one four-letter acronym is being thrown around a lot: EVDO. It can be difficult to decipher the many acronyms of the tech world and EVDO, short for Evolution-Data Optimized, is as esoteric in longhand as it is in shorthand.   But in actuality EVDO modems and EVDO wireless Internet are anything but esoteric. In fact, you probably already own an EVDO modem, or two. Any device that connects to a mobile broadband network – devices like smartphones, e-readers, tablets, and new computers and laptops – has a...
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Use Your 4G Mobile Data on Your Computer...

USB modems (also known as USB dongles) are dedicated devices that supply portable Internet to one other device. USB dongles provide a faster connection than the alternative, mobile hotspots, and are also smaller and, therefore, more portable.   A USB modem is compatible with devices that have a standard USB port – so any computer, laptop, or e-reader, but only some tablets (and never iPads). Some USB modems require a software installation to run. USB Modems provide a faster connection than mobile hotspots. Every carrier offers its own USB modem models, here are...
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Hotspot Sweet Spot: Which Mobile Hotspot...

Mobile hotspots let users access mobile Wi-Fi on devices that are not necessarily compatible with mobile networks on their own (computers and laptops, for example). Hotspot users can access the Internet anywhere there is network coverage, which frees them to use the Internet while traveling, commuting, or experiencing a power outage. Here are the hotspot options:     Built-in Hotspot: How to Tether a Device to Your Phone Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows smartphones all contain Wi-Fi chips and support tethering. You can locate the “Personal Hotspot”...
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Forget Tethering, There are More Effecti...

In less than a decade, smartphones have revolutionized the ways and the reasons users today go online. The professional, practical, and social benefits of accessing the Internet from anywhere have caused a shift in consumer behavior away from prioritizing wireline (DSL, cable) access towards prioritizing wireless (mobile) access.   Mobile hotspots let travelers surf in commute on their own network But, as fewer Millenials invest in wireline access for their first-time homes [1], the need to connect devices other than smartphones to the Internet persists. Creating a...
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The Next Generation: Five Things To Know...

The next generation of mobile broadband, 5G, is distant on the horizon. There is still so much untapped potential in 4G LTE (which, theoretically, could reach download speeds of up to 100 Mbps) that 5G is not on any American provider’s priority list just yet. In fact, when Japanese provider Huawei and Russian provider MegaFon announced a partnership with plans to introduce 5G for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, they were met with some skepticism from the industry [1]. Three years just seems too little time to build a network that could significantly surpass the...
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Pew Study: Data Caps are Bad News for Sm...

A study released 1 April by the Pew Research Center shows that data caps kicked one in three smartphone users offline in 2014. The study, conducted at the end of 2014, found that one in three users occasionally maxed out their monthly data and one in seven users frequently maxed out their monthly data [1]. These users were all left without mobile Internet access at some point in 2014. Smartphone users today depend on their phones to perform a diverse collection of tasks, from online banking and applying for jobs to online gaming and streaming video. Despite a growing...
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Compare and Contrast: Unlimited 3G vs. C...

3G is more reliable, but 4G is sexier…choices, choices. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of the two most popular EVDO options: unlimited 3G wireless Internet service and wireless 4G LTE Internet service. To Infinity and Beyond: 3G Unlimited Let’s get this out of the way first: unlimited plans are not really unlimited. Unlimited usage actually means unlimited normal usage and unlimited plans are officially or unofficially capped at around 150 GB per month. Providers penalize heavy users by throttling (slowing down) their Internet speed. That being said, where...