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3G -80 dBm vs. 4G LTE -100 dBm
November 5, 2014
12:24 am
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Michael Tobias
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We’re staying in south Texas in the hill country this winter. I have 2 options for internet connectivity and would like to know your opinion on the pros and cons of each.

Using the Verizon Pantech Jetpack and an outside antenna I can get 3G service with -80 dBm signal strength, or, using the Verizon Pantech Jetpack with a Wilson Mobile 4G Smart Tech III and outside antenna I can get 4G service, but with -100 dBm signal strength.

It seems like the 4G option provides the best upload/download performance for large files with a lot of graphics or video, but the 3G seems to give equal performance for routine surfing, e-commerce, etc. It is very difficult to quantify the performance of these 2 options.

I have also heard that using the 4G option will use up my available monthly Data faster than using the 3G. Is this true even taking into consideration that it doesn’t take as long to download some of the files when using 4G?

November 5, 2014
9:26 am
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That is getting pretty Geeky! Those different numbers will fluctuate, and not really matter much in that range.

I always opt for the fastest available broadband connection. I have a need for speed. An unlimited data plan makes it easy.

It is true you will burn through more data when you are on a higher speed connection. You will need to manage it either way. You can usually modify your bandwidth if you see you are using more or less.

So, it comes down to you making the determination of how you want to use Internet resources. Casual browsing, or bandwidth intensive activities.

Let us know how you do.

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