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Author Topic: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month  (Read 6782 times)

meritez

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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #30 on: January 18, 2021, 04:27:26 PM »

I don't believe that version supports carrier aggregation.  My "SXT LTE Kit" which is a later model does not.  The "SXT LTE6 Kit" does support CA, I know someone who's using one on Three and aggregating B3 and B20.

Have you seen the new LHGG: https://youtu.be/lY2l6FD-Z-Y
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https://mikrotik.com/product/lhgg_lte6_kit

no mine does not support Carrier Aggregation, might try and find a Band 7 signal with it though

I need to find out if my Tapo camera will be accessible over a mobile data connection.

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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2021, 05:50:33 PM »

Cheers, I hadn't specifically noticed that one.  Elsewhere Mikrotik reps were hinting or implying forthcoming product releases with Gigabit Ethernet.

I've found a few issues with the Smarty/3 connection after using it as our full time home Internet for nearly two years now.  Quite a few services seem to be uncomfortable with the changes in IP address, for example Paypal always makes a fuss, and once even refused to let me log in without changing my password.  Our company ERP system also gets upset and used to keep throwing me off, to work around that I've directed that URL down my VPN so my connection originates from the office Internet.  However I'm starting to think that to get a fully functional home network on 4G you want to run a VPN over the top of it, maybe something like AAISPs L2TP service.
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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2021, 08:01:22 PM »

I've just picked up a Huawei B818 for some experiments (and potentially cover me if I cancel VM due to price rises), these i also a Huawei Huawei  5G CPE Pro and Huawei Huawei  5G CPE Pro 2
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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #33 on: January 18, 2021, 08:33:33 PM »

Cheers, I hadn't specifically noticed that one.  Elsewhere Mikrotik reps were hinting or implying forthcoming product releases with Gigabit Ethernet.

I've found a few issues with the Smarty/3 connection after using it as our full time home Internet for nearly two years now.  Quite a few services seem to be uncomfortable with the changes in IP address, for example Paypal always makes a fuss, and once even refused to let me log in without changing my password.  Our company ERP system also gets upset and used to keep throwing me off, to work around that I've directed that URL down my VPN so my connection originates from the office Internet.  However I'm starting to think that to get a fully functional home network on 4G you want to run a VPN over the top of it, maybe something like AAISPs L2TP service.

I paid upfront for a five year purevpn deal in August, might get that working.
Ordered a 10 voxi SIM, interested that YouTube, Netflix and prime video doesn't count against usage.

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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #34 on: January 18, 2021, 08:34:25 PM »

I've just picked up a Huawei B818 for some experiments (and potentially cover me if I cancel VM due to price rises), these i also a Huawei Huawei  5G CPE Pro and Huawei Huawei  5G CPE Pro 2

Any particular network you'll be trying those with?
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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #35 on: January 18, 2021, 08:55:26 PM »

I'll be testing on Three, I'll start a thread later in the week. I've only got the B818, the other two are far to expensive for an experiment as we don't currently have 5G available. Rather annoyingly Margate has Three 5G according to the checker, which is just over two miles away, so close yet so far.
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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #36 on: January 18, 2021, 11:40:14 PM »

@Ronski

A Mikrotik LHGG would reach, sadly it's not a 5G device yet.
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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #37 on: January 23, 2021, 09:07:26 PM »

Update, Vodafone have no band 3 or band 7 coverage in Northampton  :lol:
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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #38 on: January 23, 2021, 10:48:56 PM »

I paid upfront for a five year purevpn deal in August, might get that working.
Ordered a 10 voxi SIM, interested that YouTube, Netflix and prime video doesn't count against usage.

I've also ordered a Voxi SIM, as its not hard to just route my video playing devices over a given WAN so it could be useful to offload video off my VDSL lines entirely.  I do wonder though if they will be heavily throttled, like forcing 1080p when I should get 4K, we shall soon see.
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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #39 on: January 23, 2021, 11:20:49 PM »

@Ronski

A Mikrotik LHGG would reach, sadly it's not a 5G device yet.

There's also an awful lot of buildings between us and Margate.
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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #40 on: January 30, 2021, 12:44:47 PM »

Just to follow up, Voxi so far has been nuts here.


That's faster than both my VDSL lines combined, which incidentally if I run all concurrently:
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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #41 on: February 01, 2021, 11:28:06 AM »

Just to follow up, Voxi so far has been nuts here.

That's faster than both my VDSL lines combined, which incidentally if I run all concurrently:


That's pretty impressive, is that via the huawei b535?
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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #42 on: February 01, 2021, 07:30:29 PM »

Alex, you're getting great 4G results there - hope you're able to get 5G soon. 
I've had my connection over 10 days now and it has been pretty consistent. 
Just got this speed during the evening peak - bloody impressive.

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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #43 on: February 01, 2021, 08:04:50 PM »

That's pretty impressive, is that via the huawei b535?

Yeah that's the impressive part, Voxi is working as well as the S10 whereas Three was a lot slower.  But then the Vodafone mast is insanely close by, was able to have the b535 in pretty much line-of-sight sat on top of my router.


Currently back on Three as I missed the little detail that you can't upgrade your Voxi package mid-month so I ran out of data. :(

Interestingly even though I'd think this would be more obstructed from the Three mast, it improved my upload.
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Re: Leaving FTTC and going to Smarty 4G for 18.75 a month
« Reply #44 on: February 01, 2021, 08:11:28 PM »

Alex, you're getting great 4G results there - hope you're able to get 5G soon. 

Its not really worth the investment as FTTP should be available later this year.  But as a short-term solution to improve downloads, if it stays like this then its definitely worth it.
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