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mmax
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Re: Rocket HUB external antenna

Thanks.  I found the same seller on ebay... less $

 

Newbie question - is the "transmit" antenna for WiFi?  If so, am I better off keeping that antenna using the single rabbit ear inside our cottage or using both in the combo antenna on our roof?

ManicMechanic
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Re: Rocket HUB external antenna

Hi mmax,

 

Based on my testing and observations both the external antennas are used for the cellular LTE connection.  I think the wi-fi antenna is internal to the base unit.

 

On the antenna on eBay, just make sure that it comes with the coax cables to lead from the unit to the outside antenna.  I found some antennas on-line that you needed to buy the cables separately, so the price wasn't quite as good as it initially looked.

Geezer
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Re: Rocket HUB external antenna

I checked out the MiMo antennas listed in Amazon and the small indoor/outdoor ones seem to be identical although the listing mentions specific Hubs targeted for their use. The antenna listed for the MF275R is this one:

 

http://www.amazon.ca/Indoor-Outdoor-Antenna-MF275R-Rocket/dp/B0182ISUX0/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A3...

 

It appears to have a double ended pigtail connector and comes bundled with two low-rent 30' cables which I would probably want to replace with heavier low loss cables.

 

I just have to consider whether the small boost in performance would be worth the $135 price tag

Boomer13
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Re: Rocket HUB external antenna

I just bought this external antenna for the subject Rocket Hub.

 

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00VTQKQ3A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

The instructions say "When the adapter is placed over the internal antenna of any hotspot, hubs, USB modem or data card the it will divert its signal to a more powerful external antenna."

 

Has anyone had any luck with this device?  I have tried placing this adapter all over the MF271 with no luck.

 

I am pretty sure my External Yagi antenna is pointing to the proper tower.

 

Thanks for any input,

Boomer

ManicMechanic
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Re: Rocket HUB external antenna

Hi Boomer13,

 

The MF271 is different than the MF275 that was the unti that I provided the information on.  The MF275 has actual female SMA antenna connectors on the base unit, so the external antenna connects right to it.

 

I can't comment on that passive patch for the MF271.

 

Hopefully someone else on the forum can help.

Geezer
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Re: Rocket HUB external antenna

There is a dealer somewhere in Quebec who used to sell something like that in a full kit (antenna, amplifier, and a passive thing that looks like the picture of the Amazon thingy). He was asking something like $500 for the kit and I don't think he got many orders for it. It was for the ZTE MF28B that has no antenna connectors either. I think the site has disappeared. I have been looking for it but have come up empty.

Boomer13
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Re: Rocket HUB external antenna

Thanks for the comments.

 

I started a new thread with this question for this particulat Hub and it was moved to this one.  I am assuming because it was very similar.

 

Anyways, I did get the following reply back from the supplier.

 

The Question was:

Q

"Where on the rogers zte mf271 lte rocket hub is the internal antenna located? i tried all around it and the signal did not change."

A

"The is passive adapter which doesn't work as good as adapter which can plug into the device directly. Normally, it's back of device at the bottom or along the side edge. You can attach adapter and wait for a while to watch signal change, You can also move device to different places to test. Rogers has new hub available now, the model is ZTE MF275 which has antenna port, it's better than ZTE MF271."

 

I have not have a chance to try this yet (wait a while longer), but I will this weekend and I will share the results.

 

Thanks

 

Boomer

Boomer13
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Re: Rocket HUB external antenna

Just a follow up to my last reply........

 

I tried using the passive adapter this weekend for a while and did not get any results.

 

Thanks

Boomer

ManicMechanic
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Re: Rocket HUB external antenna

Hi Boomer13,

 

Not sure if you still have warranty on the MF271 or how much of a DIYer you are, but I would be tempted to open up the MF271, find the lead that goes to the internal antenna(s) and solder an external connector onto it. Then you should essentially have the MF275 as they look pretty similar just don't have the external antennas.

 

BTW, what is the signal strength you currently have on the MF271?  Is adding the external antenna really required?

Boomer13
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Re: Rocket HUB external antenna

Spoiler
 

Thanks Manic:

 

No, adding an external antenna is not vital for me, but I have to put the MF271 at a certain place in my house to be able to get an LTE signal and the associated speed.   This place is far enough away from where we ussually use the connection that I require a wifi extender.  Not a big deal, but I would perfer the signal right from the Hub itself.

 

I believe the best signal strength I can get is around 92 to 95 dB (as read by the hub) while where I would perfer to put the hub it is about 10 to 15 dB more than this and drops the signal to 4G.

 

Like I said, it is not a big deal, I just like playing around to find the best signal.  I am out in the country and this hub with the 100 GB package is the best I can find for my location. 

 

Boomer