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Author Topic: Storm Arwen = Faster Internet  (Read 465 times)

aesmith

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Storm Arwen = Faster Internet
« on: November 29, 2021, 08:51:20 AM »

The high winds at the end of the week took out a lot of services, difficult to be precise as for a lot of the time we were blind because power was off.  However it seems like one effect was to completely take out the mast that we normally get our LTE from. Our router is now connecting to a different mast, about the same distance but completely blocked by our metal clad dutch barn. I've seen the router jump onto that occasionally under fault conditions, it gets a really poor signal strength and correspondingly poor performance. It's always used B20 in the past, the "different mast" has B3 but I've never managed to pick that up from here.

This time it's connected to Band 3, and although the signal is still poor RSRP -114dBm compared to -80dBm from the normal mast, it is actually giving us a really good speed.  Download has tested between 35 and 50meg, compared to our normal of around 20.  Strangely upload is slower, 5 instead of 10. 

It's looking like it might be worth having another go getting our router high enough to see over the barn, or some location that looks past it.  The mast is line of sight from normal eye level, although of course I don't know how high up the Three gear is.
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Re: Storm Arwen = Faster Internet
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2021, 12:14:13 PM »

Have you managed to get the router higher?
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aesmith

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Re: Storm Arwen = Faster Internet
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2021, 01:30:32 PM »

I had a try. The router is in the roof space on a bracket clamped to one of the timbers, and I found that moving it up higher gives a worse signal. I presume the minimal improvement in signal path is countered by the closer proximity of the slates on the two sides. So it would need to be externally mounted to get higher. I suppose where I am at just now is that our normal mast is back in service giving me a reasonably consistent 25 meg, and I am not convinced that a faster service would give enough of a benefit to offset the hassle and potential problems of an external router. I may change my mind if I can work out any sort of jury rig to try the router outside, and see how it performs.
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Alex Atkin UK

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Re: Storm Arwen = Faster Internet
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2021, 08:28:22 AM »

I tried to run WiFi from the loft years ago, I was reminded that slates are very very bad for radio signals.  You're kinda better off with a cavity wall as slates bounce the signal like crazy causing crosstalk.
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