In our country home, we live fairly close to a Rogers tower, and when we moved in four years ago the transmission was 3G. So, I bought a Netcomm modem, which produced 3 MB/s if we were lucky, often less. When I finally realized that Rogers had upgraded this tower to LTE, I bought a ZTE MF275, and without any external antenna, the download speed went from 3 MB/s to 59 MB/s when I first tried it. I don't expect that speed all the time, but the difference was amazaing to me.
Sorry I'm a bit new to figuring out how to get MF275R into "modem" mode. What I'm trying to accomplish is using the MF275R as a backup internet for our business in the event that our cable internet service goes down.
We are using a Zywall 310 firewall that currently has the cable internet connection plugged into WAN1, and that feeds all the other ports (LAN1, LAN2, LAN3, etc.). So idea is to plus MF275R into WAN2 post and set it up as failover.
To get the MF275R to act as strictly a modem I have disabled WiFi (2.4 and 5.0GHz) and turned off DHCP server function. I've also changed the static IP of the MF275R to 10.0.0.2 just to keep that network seperate in my head.
Where I'm stuck is this: Am I better off to use DMZ setting and allow full access and connectivity from outside traffic as my firewall would be protecting the LAN networks. If I do the DMZ option do I need to still set port forwarding or is an either/or option?
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I haven't come across the same setup in the forums you are trying with MF275R. Did you end up putting it in DMZ?
Yes I ended up not using port forwarding and instead putting it into DMZ. On firewall I specified a static ip for WAN2 and then put that static IP into the DMZ section of the MF275R.
This seems to be working after testing, so basically when the first WAN goes down (cable internet) the firewall kicks over to the second WAN (MF275R) and our connection continues on without a problem. Not sure if this is the "right" way to do this but it does work as intended.
Upgraded to the MF275R and am impressed. My speeds almost quadrupled over my NetComm 3G but they're still a lowly 7-9Mbps. More than adequate for my usage BUT..my signal strength is quit low (-110 to -113 dBm according to the HUB ). Is there a reltively cheap and easy way to increase my signal strength? (some sort of external antenna that actually works).
It's good to know that the speed has almost increased 4 times after upgrading to MF275R. We have an ongoing discussion about gaining the signal strength and increasing the speed with an external antenna, I would suggest participating in this thread to gain more ideas, thank you.
I'm not a telecom engineer, but here is my experience. Our country house is about 2km from a microwave tower, which until fairly recently transmitted 3g wireless signals. At our house, using a Netcomm 3G modem about five years old, I got 3 Mb/s download speed, sometimes less, seldom faster. With my iPhone at the base of the tower, the download speed was about 25 Mb/s. When I finally realized that the same tower had been converted to LTE, I bought a MF275R modem and without an outside antenna, as I've previously reported, the download speed increased to about 60 Mb/s, with the MF275R modem in exactly the same location as the Netcomm modem. The conclusion is that signal strength does matter, unless you're fortunate as we are in having good signal strength without an outside antenna. Not having realized the improvement I'd get with the MF275R, I purchased a yagi antenna made by Wilson, and low loss cable, with the intention of installing the antenna on a TV tower attached to our house. If you need an antenna, you must determine what frequency the antenns should be made for: 700 Mhz is Rogers LTE at our location. The antenna I bought works well for 700-800-900 Mhz frequencies. The closer your antenna is made for the frequency you wish to receive, the better in terms of signal strength gain. My antenna is said to have a gain of 18db which is excellent, and it's only about one meter in length. Of course you have to point the antenna carefully to get maximum signal strength, and it's also very important to use new low loss cable, not cheap coax typically used for TV reception, as the impedance of the cable has to match the native impedance of the antenna. Hope this helps.
Thanks that was a lot of help. We're about 8 miles from the tower in the middle of an aspen forest and a Yagi antenna would probably help.I guess though , since 6-8 Mbps is perfectly adequate for what I do (browse , UTube , the odd online movie and game) and all of these worked quit well at 2 -3 Mbps on my old NetComm 3G , there really isn't much point in the added expense (not to mention work lol) to gain a few extra Mbps.
But thanks for the feedback.
So kinda need the coles notes version of the difference between these 2.
We do not need telephone lines just internet access.
Is the speed the same etc.........
All I can really find out is that one offers phone and the other doesn't.
Much Appreciated 🙂
I've added a MF275R to our network. Currently it is the second WAN connection on our Asus router. From in our house everything works beautifuly, great speed, all systems go vs. the previous Bell ADSL connection. Problem I now have is from outside the house I can no longer access our security cameras or shared NAS device remotely that were previously working.
I suspect it has something to do with how I have configured either the DMZ or port forwarding rules. Any suggestions to fix this issue would be most appreciated.