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Was thrilled to get this unit today and couldnt wait to get it set up and running. Of course one of the first tests is to do a speedtest.net test lol!

I'm confused as to how my speedtests went however; when 3G only, my speeds ranged from about 2.5 to 1mbps download. When 3G+, my speeds declined to ridiculously slow, around 0.20mbps down and upload speed so slow it didnt even register.

Now, I didnt select what type of connection I receive (3G vs 3G+), it just seemed to happen on its own.

3G seems faster than +

Why would the speed vary so much? I would love my Rocket Hub to just stay put on 3G if this is the case but dont know if I can do that via its built in router interface or not (or if I even should).

Can anyone help? I'd like to maintain at least 1.5mbps download and at least half of that speed for upload. Thanks in advance!
 

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I have roughly 50% of full signal on my Rocket Hub. I'm under the impression that signal strength does not dictate speed necessarily. I'm well within the coverage area although terrian/trees might hamper my signal strength. After having satellite internet for 6 years I am enjoying what I'm getting thus far with the Rocket Hub but will order an antenna to see if that helps any.
Just curious what I should be getting speed-wise based on my 3G+ connection @ 50%. I hit just over 2.0mb/s download since last speedtest but results seem to be "allovertheplace" lol. Still pretty happy camper though.
 

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RE: Rogers Hub

Hey unwired,

I would love to get feedback from you, regarding how well the antenna works.

I'm going to try out the Hub within a few days, and since I'm totally surrounded by trees, I'm wondering whether I will need an antenna to boost the signal.

TIA!
 

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unwired, I, too, am interested in 1) what antenna you get, 2) how well it improves your reception, and 3) price. Please let us know how this works out for you.

My most recent results using the Rocket Hub:

 

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Just picked up my Rogers Rocket Hub a week ago. In the meantime, ordered over $700 USD in cell reception gear to bost my signal. I am roughly 5 km from nearest tower and the reception wihtout boster is ok, but not spectacular.

My location: Angus / Essa area (L0M 1B1)

Here is what I get: (just Rocket Hub):
0.5 - 1.0 mbps down
0.2 - 0.4 mbps up
20% signal
150 ms ping
HSPA +

With boster setup:
Wilson 801245 amplifier (50db gain up & down)
Wilson 304411 Multi-Band High Gain Yagi Antenna
20' Ultra Low Loss cable

1.5 - 3.5 mbps down (sometimes goes higher but it depends on tower load)
0.5 - 1.5 mbps up
100% full signal
80 - 99 ms ping
HSPA +

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Overall, the results are better with bostser and external antenna. I am still waiting for some other gear to arive to bost my indoor 3G cell phone signal. I am a web developer and need top notch signal qulity around my property, therfore I am also going to bost a signal for 2500sqf area around my office.

I also noticed, that the speed is crap during peak hours between 5pm to 10pm. Speed drops by 50-70%. I am going to complain to Rogers to address this issue.

The Rocket Hub is fairly new, and selling fast (When I wanted to buy one, it was sold out for 3 weeks in Toronto area - May 2010). If Rogers/Bell will not do anything, Rocket hub will congest wirless internet even more. A lot of people in my area use usb modem sticks and I can see the speed drop like a stone after 5pm.

 

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Hi Trojan007,

Thanks for that review. :)

I realize that as a web developer, it's probably well worth it for you to invest an extra $700 on antenna equipment.

For those of us who might not necessarily need 100% signal strength, I'm thinking that might be overkill...

Has anyone tried a less expensive antenna (say ~10dB gain) who can report how much the signal strength has improved for them??

Thanks!
 

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I have had a Rocket Hub now for 3 months.

I too have spent money on the same equipment. I have a 70ft tower where my antenna sits on.

Same equipment

Wilson 801245 amplifier (50db gain up & down)
Wilson 304411 Multi-Band High Gain Yagi Antenna
75' Ultra Low Loss cable

PLUS a TV Rotor so I can aim at any tower near me and adjust 1 degree at a time.

My signal is 100% all the time now and I too have experienced the reduction of internet between 5:00 PM and 11:00 PM every day and also at some times on weekend. I had contacted support and I sat at 2nd line support for 25 days before they finally admitted the problem (I suspected that).

My Towers are congested!!.. The priority goes to Cell traffic so any person doing data on a Stick/hub and now iPad during prime hours will have problems. During those times I can get drops and 2000-3000 pings. So what Rogers is selling for High-speed internet is Good internet during day and bad internet during the time when most people want to use it.

The only ray of hope is this the direction Rogers/Bell and Telus has said is the future for Internet. So they have to address the issue.

I am in the Horseshoe Valley/Highway 93 Craighurst area. (lucky for me there is a new tower being tested at the moment and will go live soon)

PS.... for now there is a cap on what overage they charge you.. max of $50 -- so any overage past 20GB a month is free now (how long this will stay is unknown as Bell (using Identical modem) and Telus announced their same or similar solutions - but they charge $15 / GB overage)
 

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Antenna

I have just installed a 24 db yagi antenna from CityWireless ($75.00) plus taxes and shipping. My signal is now four full segments compared to varying between 1 and 3 segments before. I can say that the speed has improved but not drastically. However, I do now have a consistent, reliable signal with no disconnects which I experienced before the antenna installation.
 

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Hi fordescort,

Thank you for that antenna update. Do you mind including your current up/down speeds? (speedtest.net)

TIA
 

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Speeds

My speeds range from 0.5-2.5 mbps up and 0.2-0.4 up. Not as fast as I'd like but a far cry from dial up. Also to be truthful, I have experienced extremely slow speeds during peak times due to I assume, tower load. Research on the internet indicates that this issue is being addressed by Rogers otherwise they will have alot of unhappy customers, myself included.
 

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Thank you, fordescort... Greatly appreciated! :)

So it appears that a 24dB antenna has improved a flaky 1-3 signal to a steady 4 strength. (at least for fordescort)

How much would a 10-12dB antenna help? (These can be purchased on eBay for $25-$35 USD.) Anybody have any comments on this?
 

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How much would a 10-12dB antenna help? (These can be purchased on eBay for $25-$35 USD.) Anybody have any comments on this?
I'm looking at a 9dB indoor antenna. Haven't ordered it yet so can't comment on its efficacy. Anyone else try something in the 9-12dB range?
 

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I have just installed a 24 db yagi antenna from CityWireless ($75.00) plus taxes and shipping. My signal is now four full segments compared to varying between 1 and 3 segments before. I can say that the speed has improved but not drastically. However, I do now have a consistent, reliable signal with no disconnects which I experienced before the antenna installation.
fordescort,

Where did you get your pigtail connector/adapter to connect your yagi antenna to the rocket hub? Apparently CityWireless does not carry that.

TIA,
Tom
 
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