Claro modem antenna advise ?
Awhile back we signed up for Claro's 4G internet service, which should provide downloads up to 5Mbs on the HSPA+ network. Since we live in the campo about 1k SE of the town of Nandasmo we expected a lot worse, and got it. Typically downloads are less than 100kbps on the EDGE network. That's good enough to surf the web, slowly, and deal with banking, but not much more. The RSSI is about -83dBs. We're line-of-sight to towers in Catarina and Nandasmo, blocked only by trees. I've discovered that if I take the computer 200m north, to where I can see the towers, the download jumps up to as much as 4000kbps on HSPA+, and more importantly, I can use my MagicJack.
Now, I just received my Wilson Electronics magnetic-mount cellular antenna with a connector for the Huawei 367 modem from Claro. It's up on the zinc roof. Amazingly, the RSSI improved to -57dBs, but download only improved to 160kbps, with upload around 80kbps, below MagicJack's minimum 128kbps. Still only on the EDGE network. I did find that the MagicJack will now work to call my other Magicjack in Phoenix, and also to my mother's ATT landline in Calif, but anything else is choppy. Strangely, while connected, it operates at 20kbps up/down. When I connect down the road to cellphones in the US, without the antenna, it operates at 80kbps. Also strangely, the RSSI while on HSPA+, is around -93dBs.
So, What's going on here? Are signals cancelling each other out. Tomorrow I'll move the antenna to the back of the house, thinking the neighbors zinc roof is blocking the tower in Nandasmo. I don't know much about this stuff, but expected a much better improvement in the download speeds, especially with RSSI at -57dBs. Any ideas out there? Thanks, Mike