A friend of mine recently discovered, through trial and error, a little trick with AT&T Hotspot Internet for strong rural internet.
It starts with a hotspot SIM Card from AT&T. Which plan you get is completely on you and we assume zero, none, nada, zilch responsibility for charges or overages you may incur.
The secret is the hardware.
What he discovered was by using two readily available pieces of equipment and if needed an antenna he could get download speeds as high as 40Mbps down and 17Mbps up!! He can visually see the tower from his house, which no doubt helps. I myself, when hotspotting my iPhone 6s with two bars have no trouble playing my PS3 online or streaming Amazon Prime Video (try it here) or youtube.
Now that you have your hotspot sim card, you need something to put it in. Enter the Netgear 4G LTE Modem LB1120. This baby has an Ethernet port (which you’ll need for hardware piece number two), as well as antenna hookups for an external antenna. This puppy is on sale at Amazon as of this post with free shipping. Click here to get it.
Next you need the NETGEAR Orbi Home Mesh WiFi System which provides you with superior WI-FI coverage. Operating as a mesh system, there is a base unit ans then satelite units that plug in to wall outlets, creating a larger coverage area with enhanced speed, without comprising your network like a regular range extender may.
Although you may not need to, you have the option with the Netgear modem to add external antennas to increase your signal even further. This is but one of many available on Amazon, and it’s manufactured by Netgear as well. Click here for that antenna.
I can’t wait to try this at home myself. Having used my iPhone as a hotspot for the past couple of years since my DSL died and AT&T has no desire to let anyone back on that this is currently my best option. And with cell providers putting all there money into bandwidth and speed on their networks, it seems like the most logical choice as well.
Special thanks to Chris Anderson for doing the research and testing on this. Hopefully it helps many across the nation get the broadband we deserve.
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