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Topic # 245584 11-Feb-2019 22:36
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I need to get 3 scoreboard laptops online (reliably but with low bandwidth) in a disused (Smales) quarry but I'm on a (sports club) budget.  Their separation (120 m through trees) means I need 2 WiFi APs to get all three connected.  I expect it'll be easier to provide LTE connectivity at two unconnected APs.  There is no requirement for comms between the laptops (only laptop to cloud and laptop to court-side displays) so this seems efficient.

 

 

 

2DM is my preferred (existing) mobile vendor but I've spent a long time on their web site and visited 2 different physical stores and they don't seem to even understand what I'm trying to do, let alone offer anything like such a solution.  Am I missing something?

 

 

 

I am considering purchasing a pair of unlocked Huawei B310 B310s-518 4G LTE CPE WIFI router/modems with antennae at about $70 each on AliExpress, bunging in a couple of 2D sims and buying a $10 data pack for each whenever I want to use them.  Are there any compatibility gotchas that I'm likely to walk into?

 

 

 

For a slightly higher cost I could buy three unlocked Huawei E3372 E3372h-607 (plus a pair of antennae) 4G LTE USB modems at about $50 each and use my existing WiFi AP for on-site WiFi to the courtside displays.

 

 

 

I'm keen to get this network running for a competition at the end of the month so I've got to pull my finger out but I want to avoid buying the wrong stuff and having to start again with no time or money left.  This must be a fairly common thing to want to do so I expect there is a heap of experience that I can draw on here.

 

 

 

Thanks in advance.  Jef.


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  Reply # 2176806 11-Feb-2019 22:45
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I've got a couple of 2degrees-compatible Huawei B315-607 units on Trade Me at the moment

https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1944004660

They have built in antenna but we typically install them with these to boost signal:

https://www.gowifi.co.nz/700-directional/ant-228.html

Covers all the bands 2degrees use for 3G/4G.

In some cases we use higher gain frequency specific antennas, depends on the location.

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  Reply # 2176809 11-Feb-2019 22:55
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Best stick with NZ sourced LTE modems. The B315's Vodafone variant as above would be ideal. I've seen too much imported stuff that has issues, especially on the LTE 700 band.




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  Reply # 2176811 11-Feb-2019 23:25
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myfullflavour: I've got a couple of 2degrees-compatible Huawei B315-607 units on Trade Me at the moment
https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1944004660

They have built in antenna but we typically install them with these to boost signal:
https://www.gowifi.co.nz/700-directional/ant-228.html

 

 

 

Thanks for the pointer.  My quarry is very urban; I haven't the means to judge LTE signal strength but I'd be surprised if the internal antenna wasn't adequate.

 

Is there a way to assess the likely adequacy of this device's WiFi capability?  What is the gain of the internal WiFi antennae?

 

Buynow price for the two?


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  Reply # 2176983 12-Feb-2019 11:04
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JeffWright:

myfullflavour: I've got a couple of 2degrees-compatible Huawei B315-607 units on Trade Me at the moment
https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1944004660

They have built in antenna but we typically install them with these to boost signal:
https://www.gowifi.co.nz/700-directional/ant-228.html


 


Thanks for the pointer.  My quarry is very urban; I haven't the means to judge LTE signal strength but I'd be surprised if the internal antenna wasn't adequate.


Is there a way to assess the likely adequacy of this device's WiFi capability?  What is the gain of the internal WiFi antennae?


Buynow price for the two?



Router broadcasts a wifi signal typical of most home routers if that's what you mean.

I'll send you a message, can do 2x for $200 outside of Trade Me incl courier.

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