I just got the 3g broadband service and am thinking I need to try an antenna since the downloads are so slow. I did discover the signal get much stronger from the front to the back of the house. I am only about one mile or less to the tower and the speed is nothing to write home about. If anyone has any info on antenna or signal amplifiers please respond.
Well I took a ride with the 760 up and traveled right up to the tower that is less than a mile from my house as the crow flies. I just needed to see the capability of the modem where I knew it had no reason to not produce its best signal strength and transfer rate. Well I know now that it is capable of 1.2 Mb/s at close range to the tower. I ordered a cheep antenna to try and see if I can get a better signal to my office. Got the one off the Verizon website. We will see.
Before I had my MIFI I used a phone that I could connect to my PC. I live in a metal roofed building with a few other things that interfere with signal strength. I got a signal amplifier from Wilson - the least expensive one was for "desktop" use - which meant that the inside portion needed to be 3 feet from my wireless phone. It worked quite well once I got the logistics worked out. I got the MIFI when it came out and I switched some things around. Then they came out with USB cables with repeaters - enabling them to got further than 10'. I have no need to use my MIFI for more than one connection so I have always left it connected via USB cable. I got a repeater cable for my printer and I tried it with the MiFI, It worked well for me so I got another. That allowed me to move things into a much easier working situation. It also made me think that if I didn't already have the signal amplifier I probably could just use the longer USB repeater cable to get my device to a place inside where I do have a good signal. I haven't tried it without the amplifier but since it has allowed me to relocate things inside and I suspect as long as I could find a spot inside with a good signal and didn't mind the USB connection (limiting me to one connection) that I wouldn't need the amplifier.
Yes Antennas work find out what your RSSI is first:
If you have a line of site with the tower go for a yagi antenna if not or you got trees, mountains, or buildings go for a Omni Antenna 18inch.
My husband has been using Verizon wireless for his Alienware 9700 Laptop since 2006. He purchased a cell phone signal booster from Radio Shack that was for a car and a power converter so/as he could also use it in the house. The whole setup cost around $400.00. We live way out (100 miles north of Los Angeles) and it has enabled us to get a excellent signal ever since. He now has a Mifi and I have the HP mini notebook. We can take it when we go to visit family that lives in remote areas also.