Live in rural area, trying to evaluate options for internet. Have 4G LTE reception.
1. Reception (with cell phone) is best at one end of house/property. How far can the antenna be from the router? Is that connection via coaxial cable? Can the antenna be afixed to a post or other structure away from the house and be connected by a buried line?
2. Assume a good location for 4G signal reception. If an LTE Internet (Installed) antenna and a Verizon Jetpack were set side by side, would there be a difference in performance (assume to a device connected via Wi-Fi)?
3. Can I speak to the local installation contractor/company before I decide whether to order the system? How do I find out who serves my location? The Verizon dealer for this system doesn't know who the installers are in their area, or how to find out.
Antenna = HBA
Router = HBR
(1) Unknown! YES! Unlikely -- VZW requires that you use their professional installation service and older posts suggest they want to attach the HBA to the house using the shortest coax run possible to the HBR. Since VZW controls all aspects of LTE Internet (Installed), consumers are stuck with how they say it must be done.
(2) I don't know! A Jetpack simply isn't designed for fixed station service. Other than that, the HBA will likely have better overall cellular performance and the HBR will likely have better Wi-Fi performance. Cellular and Wi-Fi are radio and radios don't work without antennas. The simple fact is the bigger and possibly better antenna is in the HBA and the HBR when compared to a Jetpack.
(3) What I know is Verizon doesn't do anything for a customer that will cost them money. You wanting to speak to an installer can only benefit you and cost Verizon money and it could prevent you for buying the product. They aren't in the habit of stabbing themselves in the foot.
With the money Verizon wants to get LTE Internet (installed), you can get some serious equipment elsewhere. The 3GStore has third party M2M solutions from Pepwave and Craddlepoint you might like. Consider 3G fallback and the ability to change providers using the same equipment. The external antennas carry RF so cable length needs to be as short as possible. Data service is at the regular rates ($185/30GB) which might be a disadvantage compared to $120/30GB, but if you know how to control your data use, you buy what you can afford.
LTE Installed is awesome and definitely much better than jet pack. The installer will of course do the easiest and quickest install for them. I have since moved my exterior antenna to a 22' tall antenna pole with 150' of coaxial ran. I went from 1-5mbs where they Installed it to 25-30mbs on antenna pole.