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How can I boost my WIFI speed?

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May 1, 2013 3:45:39 PM

To start with, I'll give some brief background information. Currently, I live in the rural areas, meaning no cable broadband or DSL is available. The only types of internet I can use are: Wireless, Satellite, and Dial up.

I used dial up for a month or so before switching to a Verizon jetpack ($90 a month, 10GB limit). I am now on a new jetpack (Mifi 2200) but it's provided through PagePlus and operates on a 3G network.

I'm a gamer that used to have cable broadband, but I've had to settle with what we can use currently, and I want to boost my connection as much as possible. While I'm knowledgeable on wired connections, I'm no so much on wireless.

If it's possible, could you list some ways or hardware I could use to maximize my connection? I have a Belkin n150 wireless router I do not use, but I'm not sure how to hook it up with my jetpack (no cables).

Thank you for any responses, I'll provide additional information if needed.

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May 1, 2013 3:53:55 PM

Which are you trying to "boost", Tower to router, or router to device?

Oh, and don't get satellite. Ever.

Edit: And welcome to Tom's Hardware!
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May 1, 2013 4:00:22 PM

i8myhippo said:
Which are you trying to "boost", Tower to router, or router to device?

Oh, and don't get satellite. Ever.

Edit: And welcome to Tom's Hardware!


I want my overall connection to be increased. IE: Lower Latencies, higher download/upload speeds.

And thank you!
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May 1, 2013 4:25:34 PM

Is it a big house? Where is hotspot located? 3G isn't the fastest in the world, nor is it made for gaming or low pings, etc. If you live a few floor house and the hotspot is located on the first floor, I would move it as close to the roof as possible, connect my router to it via wifi, then connect my devices to the router via cables.
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May 1, 2013 4:35:44 PM

getochkn said:
Is it a big house? Where is hotspot located? 3G isn't the fastest in the world, nor is it made for gaming or low pings, etc. If you live a few floor house and the hotspot is located on the first floor, I would move it as close to the roof as possible, connect my router to it via wifi, then connect my devices to the router via cables.


I actually have the device within reaching distance. How do I connect my router to it? All the device has is a cord that plugs into the wall to keep it charged.
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May 1, 2013 4:46:29 PM

Kraizer said:
getochkn said:
Is it a big house? Where is hotspot located? 3G isn't the fastest in the world, nor is it made for gaming or low pings, etc. If you live a few floor house and the hotspot is located on the first floor, I would move it as close to the roof as possible, connect my router to it via wifi, then connect my devices to the router via cables.


I actually have the device within reaching distance. How do I connect my router to it? All the device has is a cord that plugs into the wall to keep it charged.


Depends on the router, certain routers can be configured as repeaters and the router can connect to the device via wifi. Depends on the router though or if there is DDWRT firmware for your router, which would probably let you.
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May 1, 2013 4:51:20 PM

What kind of speeds are you getting? At my parents house out in the country Verizon 3g is only around 1-1.5 Mb.
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May 1, 2013 5:13:32 PM

affroman112 said:
What kind of speeds are you getting? At my parents house out in the country Verizon 3g is only around 1-1.5 Mb.


I'm getting around 145kbps download. My 4g jetpack (10gb limit, no can do) was 1.7mbps download.
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May 1, 2013 5:34:52 PM

Other than putting it near a window, that is the best you can do. The jetpacks are really designed to be used as your home internet connection. That would be home fusion from Verizon.
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May 1, 2013 6:54:22 PM

affroman112 said:
Other than putting it near a window, that is the best you can do. The jetpacks are really designed to be used as your home internet connection. That would be home fusion from Verizon.


So a wireless amplifier wouldn't be worth getting?
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May 1, 2013 7:21:35 PM

Kraizer said:
affroman112 said:
Other than putting it near a window, that is the best you can do. The jetpacks are really designed to be used as your home internet connection. That would be home fusion from Verizon.


So a wireless amplifier wouldn't be worth getting?


Probably not, your problem isn't wireless, it's celular data that you're on. A cell booster might help, one designed for 3G that works on the same band as your carrier but they aren't cheap.

Do you have a cell phone or tablet or laptop? Use speedtest. net or their app and connect to the device and then move it around your house and see where you get the best signal. My carrier in Canada uses the 1700/2100 band which isn't the best indoors and I can go from 0 bars and in roaming in my basement to full bars up a level or two.
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