I recently got a Pantech/UTStarcom UM175 setup. I am on the 3g fringe, about 5 miles from the
nearest tower in a rural area. I use the connection on my desktop as well as the laptop. When using the
desktop, I place the modem in a nearby window which faces the tower.
My RSS was running about 89-90, and was frequently degrading to national access.
I bought an external antenna which did nothing for the reception. After reading hundreds of posts on
different forums, I was about ready to return the modem and forget about "high speed internet".
I saw an article about people in a remote rural town using the lid of a kitchen pot held up by their phone
to improve the reception. I didn't have a pot lid the right shape, so I used a 10 inch aluminum skillet.
Positioned it behind the modem in the window,,,,and.....my RSS stepped down and down to _75.
I looked at it on the"field test" screen(CTRL D diagvzw) and the signal strength was frequently running
down to -72. I now stay on "BROADBAND" all the time, and I'm HAPPY.
I almost spent 3 or 4 hundred dollars on a booster and antenna. You can take the handle off the skillet
to make it look a little better.
Hope this helps someone else, especially those of us who have put up with 20kbs connections for
Never heard of that one, but I did read of another "reflection antenna", and it worked.
I took a Pepsi 12-can Pack, cut the sides out til I had a 90 degree angle with the base still in tact (stood up).
Covered it with alum. foil (incl the base)...
stood it up about 6 inches behind the modem, and VOILA. my HDR RSSI went from 78 to 73. Not much of a gain, but I did gain
1 bar out of that, and a bit of a faster connection.