A 4G carrier network usually provides only high-speed Internet. In your modem or mobile phone’s product packaging or box it might indicate there to be “4G”, but don’t get that wrong there. It only goes to show that the device is capable of establishing a connection to the Internet through 4G enabled areas.
You can verify this from your carrier’s coverage map. By this measure, you’d know if you can operate within their offered 4G covered zone, just before you decide to go any further.
If you happen to be situated in a rural to a suburban area or you happen to be traveling, there is no need for you to have access to a 4G antenna.
So, what kind of antenna to look for?
The 700MHz or Band 28) and the 2600MHz, also known as Band 7. These are two new frequencies that you can take into consideration.
700 MHz is a qualified wide span network, a long-range one. If there should be one drawback here, it should be that its base station can only accommodate a limited number or same amount of subscribers, but currently can cover a much larger geographic area.
This signifies that the 700Mhz is going to be a lower speed network and this can be attributed to the increased number of users. Therefore to reach the best possible speed, a little trick may be necessary to get on the way.
While the configuration of the network is set first at 2600 band preference and 700 MHz as the last, higher performance can be made possible with the use of an antenna the comes with a much higher gain in the upper bands. This allows the modem to achieve a connection, an association to such networks to provide higher connection capacity.
To make use of such network features to our advantage, we need to look at how the majority of available antennas operate or work across multiple bands, normally by LPDA or high-performance panel.
Multiband antennas have their share of the dark side, and that is when it comes to increasing the operating bandwidth, you need to lower antenna gain. Another option is to come with a heavy and large antenna.
To maintain the level of practicality, multiband antennas need to sustain a maximum gain of around 10-11dBi.
High Gain Antennas
It is possible to establish a long-range 4G connection, and this is made possible with the use of high gain antennas. High gain antennas come available at a frequency bandwidth cost, meaning to say at ranges that come more than 20km, you need to pick one frequency to continue operating.
Since not every single 4G base station is capable of broadcasting all 4G frequencies, it is of prime importance to make some research first to figure out the frequency that the target base station is operating on before the selection of an antenna.