I live near Shelburne, ON within about 1.5 km from a Rogers 4G tower. I typically get about 3 M/s download speeds with my 3G27WV, which I can live with. I'm not using an external antenna at present but am planning to install one. Recently I did a test and found that my iPhone 5, placed at the same position as the Netcomm modem, has 50% faster download speed than the Netcomm. I attributed that, probably wrongly, to the fact that the Netcomm is receiving 3G whereas the iPhone has HSPA+ capability. The Netcomm specs, though, say that it's HSPA+. Any idea why the iPhone should be faster (three tests, so likely not an anomaly). Do I need a different SIM card for HSPA+?
If I upgrade, I'd like to get a hotspot with the following specs:
1. capable of LTE (should I live so long)
3. External antenna port
4. At least one ethernet port
5. Display data usage
6. Portability is unimportant as the hotspot is not going to be taken on trips.
ZTE has announced a new modem called Flare that looks interesting, likely overkill for me, but I'd appreciate any advice about a replacement modem. The hub Rogers currently sells (all corporate stores are out of stock) is the ZTE 271 but it doesn't have an external antenna jack.
Thanks for your comments. Although I had compared download speeds twice the other day, when I tried it today, there was no difference in download speed between the Netcomm and my iPhone, in both cases about 3 MB/s. The iPhone shows four out of five dots, so the signal strength inside our country house is good. I set the iPhone in Airplane mode, of course, in making the comparison.
The iPhone displays 3G. What should the display be if Rogers is transmitting HSPA#? The tower map indicates 4G, but that's not what I"m seeing.