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Need recommendation for wireless 3G USB modem where signal is very weak

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#1 morlaine


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Posted 12 February 2016 - 07:46 PM

I am using a Toshiba laptop, 64-bit, 8mb ram, running Windows 10 Home.  This area is limited to 3G wireless.  The phone company says they may be going to the 4G wireless in the next few years, MAYBE.


I currently live in a rural area of Costa Rica and the only option I have for an internet connection is to use a 3G chip in a USB data stick provided by the local phone company. The signal is very weak and many times I cannot connect at all. Plus the data stick only picks up the signal in one room in my house. Not the room where the computer is located.


At the suggestion of a person at the phone company, I put the 3G chip in my cell phone which gets a somewhat better connection but still only in that one room. The cell phone acts as a modem and a wireless router, if I am understanding those functions correctly. As I understand it, the modem picks up the signal from the phone company, transfers it to the wireless router which then transmits it throughout my house.  Sorry, I'm not much of a techie.


I have a Zoom wireless router that I bought to use with the data stick but it doesn't boost the signal any, and I guess it's not supposed to. I bought it before I found out the data stick was going to be pretty much useless. 


With all that long explanation, here's my question. I would like some recommendations for a wireless 3G USB modem that will use the 3G chip and will pick up the signal at least as well as my phone does. And perhaps suggestions as to where I might buy it.  I really need my cell phone, to use as a phone, as house phones are not available here. I do not have it in the budget to buy another decent cell phone. The cell phone signal here is worse than the internet signal so the new phone would be really expensive.


Any modem suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance.

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Posted 13 February 2016 - 04:19 AM

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good luck my friend

#3 britechguy


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 08:57 AM

What it sounds like is that you're located in a cellular signal "dead zone" (or almost dead zone) and in the area where I live there are a lot of those secondary to the topography and where the cell towers are placed.


As Guest_nikko_* has suggested it's likely that either a cellular antenna (whether a directional one or an omnidirectional one) mounted outside and high enough that you can get a good signal coupled with a booster unit in the house will likely allow you to get a signal that your USB dongle wireless modem or cell phone can pick up the signal anywhere within the house.

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