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  Reply # 1118421 30-Aug-2014 10:31
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May as well wait for a unit that supports ' carrier aggregation ' then as well

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  Reply # 1118563 30-Aug-2014 14:22
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Reminder that the requirements are as future proof as practicable using currently available gear.

Looks like there is no cat 4, band 28 compatible option available at this stage.

How does this look like for a top two?
Netcomm NTC-140
RouterBoard: Mikrotik RB433GL or RB953GS-5HnT, enclosure ??? internal cabling and antenna connectors ???, Sierra 4G/3G MiniPCI card ??? MC73xx maybe.

Antenna: AY-15 log periodic antenna

Could someone please help me with a shopping list for the Mikrotik build.

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  Reply # 1118727 30-Aug-2014 19:52
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It looks as though we will have a fully embedded router with Cat4 Band 3 (1800Mhz) available over the next few weeks. Still waiting for confirmation around model etc and then testing but PM me if you want more info. 
Delivering better broadband services

UFB fibre, Rural fibre on EA networks, RBI wireless, Ruralnet & Ultra wireless, wireless networks

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  Reply # 1118766 30-Aug-2014 21:22
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Thanks Mike, not able to share the info here?

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  Reply # 1119932 1-Sep-2014 20:30
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I found a couple of Cat 4 cards the will do LTE band 3 and UMTS bands 1,2,5,8

UBlox:  Data only Data and voice

Intel xmm7160
The Cat 6, 40 band, carrier aggregating xmm7260 looks promising but I doubt if anyone can get their hands on one. Like wise the Qualcomm MDM9x35...

Looks like I am heading for a RB912UAG-2HPnD with an external enclosure, a 7-9db 2.4g Omni for the built in Wifi.

Still not sure on the 3G/4G mini PCIe card and directional 700-2100MHz antenna though.

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  Reply # 1120008 1-Sep-2014 21:35
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Good plan with the RB912. Set that up on top the house and feed it down to a RB951G-2HnD.

The 951 could then have your WISP connection terminating on it too. Then it's just set up the failover and she's all good!

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  Reply # 1120088 1-Sep-2014 22:36
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Thanks chevrolux,

I am using a Cisco 897 POE for my switching, security and VPN duties so I am thinking of trunking my Vlans up to the 912s Wifi adapter to give me a 2GHz (n) LAN outdoors, pity it doesn't do 802.11ac like my Ubiquiti indoor WAP... Hopefully I can get the 912 to do a WAN IP passthrough to a POE port on the 897 which would also power the RB. I can then use EMM scripts, IPSLA, two static routes, two route maps, and two NAT statements for WAN fail over. I also have to try and configure DMVPN for tunnels with non static IPs along side my point to point VPNs over my existing static IP WAN link.

Still confused about the directional antenna for 700-2100Mhz and which LTE card to get though.

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  Reply # 1121452 3-Sep-2014 22:15
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OK so here is the shopping list so far:

Mikrokit RB912UAG-2HPnD PCIe with built in 1000mW 2GHz Wifi module. I didn't go for the 5HPacD which would give me 5GHz ac connectivity as my WISP is running on 5GHz 

LTE/3G cards:
Cat 4 cards the will do LTE band 3 and quad or penta band UMTS bands 1,2,5,8:
Data Only
Data and Voice
Intel xmm7160

Cat 3 old faithful

RF Elements StationBox ALU IP65 weather resistant, shielded, with plenty of knock outs for the two chain MIMO Wifi and the LTE/3G antenna 
KamFab large OR small

Antenna 2G Wifi MIMO:
2X 8dbi ZyAIR Outdoor dual polarised Omni with N jacks $160 each.
2X 6dbi Ubiquiti Outdoor Omni with SMA jacks $25 each.

Antenna wide band Log Periodic for LTE/3G:
Cellphone Mate 10-11dbi 700-2700MHz $75
Cellutronix 10-11dbi 700-2700Mhz (all most certainly the same as above) AY15, mounting clamp, adaptor cable & 10m LMR cable $249 



  • Any preferences for any of the above?
  • Should I have any preference for N or SMA jacks?
  • Will I run into any compatibility/driver issues using the UBlox or Intel Cat 4 PCIe cards?

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  Reply # 1128261 14-Sep-2014 12:34
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OK for the cable at least I went with this, total overkill as I couldn't find any Cat6 shielded gel filled with an ESD wire and UV resistant jacket.


It looks like there are no known compatible Cat4 or above PCIe cards for any Mikrotik boards ATM... :/

I should have a band 3/28 tower light up with LOS shortly though. :)

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We can sell you an RBI connection with 5 gb peak 50 gb off peak (midnight to 6 am)for back ups, were abouts are you based?, based in Balclutha South Island.

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