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Hardware used for cell hotspots and signal boost.
May 20, 2015
9:24 am
Michael Dorsey

Good morning Geeks. While in Florida recently, I chose to replace a cable TV/internet plan with a 30 GB/month data plan and a dedicated WiFi hotspot device from AT&T. That combination worked well for the few months I needed. Now I am back north and have a new Samsung Galaxy S5 phone which can replace the hotspot device. I also needed to improve my cell signal inside my home so I installed a zBoost ZB545 device and that has helped.

I am curious as to what cell hardware you have and how it’s installed, that you use to produce your weekly shows. Makes and model numbers would be helpful.

May 20, 2015
12:08 pm
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We use a variety of devices. Our main connection to the Internet is usually by creating hotspots with our Verizon smartphones.  Chris has a Samsung Galaxy S5 and I have a Galaxy Note 3. We have grandfathered unlimited data plans on both devices. We use the FoxFi app to enable the hotspots. We have an iPad Mini with an AT&T 5gig cellular plan that we can make into a personal hotspot and an iPhone 6+ on T-Mobile with a 3gig plan for covering all the bases. We have a Wilson Mobile 4G booster which I only deploy when we are in a marginal signal area. One of these days I may mount it permanently on the motorhome.

For our bandwidth hungry weekly shows, I connect my Surface Pro computer to my hotspot and run the Hangout On Air from that. Chris connects our seminar computer, an Asus laptop hybrid to her hotspot and we use that for screenshare with our Ziggy document camera and the PowerPoint slideshow. If we have the bandwidth, we will connect another device to a separate available WiFi to monitor the show. Rarely is available WiFi robust enough to do the show. Verizon XLTE speeds are great.

One of our upcoming shows will showcase how we do the show.

Verizon recommends using the dedicated WiFi hotspot over using your phone as a hotspot. Their reason is that additional heat and battery drain is bad for the phone. I don’t know what AT&T has to say. 

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May 20, 2015
1:40 pm
Michael Dorsey

Thanks for the info. I am looking forward to the upcoming show about how you do your show.

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