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Best 3G router for Saunalathi 900Mhz frequency

  • 6 toukokuu 2011
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Hi everybody,

I read all your post as far as I understood them. It seems that I haven't found the "best" solution for a fixed Antenna-Router solution.

My Challenge is to get a 3G signal to a wifi network. My first thought was a Huawei Stick with antenna connected to a USB enabled router. Is there no fixed 3G-Router with an antenna socked that I could buy in Finland. Similar to my old set up with the @450Mhz external antenna and a router connected to a Wifi router.

What is the best solution here?

Kiitos / Thank you already for any information you can give me on the topic :) 

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Hello,

I presume you are looking for a router with a built-in 3G functionality. From  what I have read I think that the unit I would
buy now would very probably be BandRich Bandluxe R300. It seems to be a kind-of a Rolls-Royce of all-in-one boxes.
It is a bit pricey, though. On the other hand you do not need an external modem with it.

At the modem+router frontier I have read good reviews of the Dovado 4GR but you will need a supported modem with it. I
have used the Telewell 3G router (which is very unreliable with any modem) and the A-Link WNAP which sort-of works but
far from a truly reliable solution. Anyhow, it provides a 3G-to-WiFi route and I have been using it for months now.

Today I would possibly go for either Bandrich or Dovado (and be sorry afterwards).

Sorry to confuse you 🙂
Thanks for the information, very helpful. Yeah with about 150 for it plus the antenna I'm not sure if it is worth it, since you can't upgrade it to a higher standrad as far as I read.

I have to consider the other option router-modem, you have to look for a modem that supports the 900 Mhz and is reasonable new and a router that supports it. I'll check out your solution and will see what makes more sense.

In general you could use any modem that supports 900Mhz for Saunalahti? You don't need any special software that runs on it for the router?
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In general you could use any modem that supports 900Mhz for Saunalahti? You don't need any special software that runs on it for the router?


I do not think that any working router has any restrictions as to which frequency the modem uses.
Once you find a router with a supported modem (which in turn will support the 900 MHz range) you
should be pretty safe.

I would vote for one of the latest Huawei ones (excluding the 1820) or the ZTE 668 with a compatible
router. My neighbour has been running th A-Link WNAP with Huawei 173 for a few weeks without any
problems. I am still using ZTE-636 with an XP workstation + Internet connection sharing plus an A-Link
with an older E220 (which does NOT suppport the 900 MHz range).
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Kunniamerkki +3

My first thought was a Huawei Stick with antenna connected to a USB enabled router.


On many Huawei sticks the antenna connector is only for secondary antenna. On those sticks, the internal antenna is always the main antenna. Thus, even if you plug a powerful outdoor antenna to a Huawei stick, you will not get good signal indoors.

If you dare to void the warranty and risk damaging your stick, you can try to remove the internal main antenna and solder an antenna cable in its place.

Is there no fixed 3G-Router with an antenna socked that I could buy in Finland.


Yes, http://www.option.com/en/products/products/mobile-broadband-routers/globesurfer3/ ' TARGET='_blank. It is a stable UMTS 900/2100 router with integrated UMTS (no USB sticks). The external antenna connector works as main antenna, too.

At our summer cottage, which used to be right on the edge of the coverage area (by looking at the map), UMTS 900 was unusable with device internal antennas, even outdoors. A six element Yagi antenna carefully directed at the basestation and plugged to Option Globesurfer III however works fine.

Option GlobeSurfer III has been on market already for two years and its maximum speed is 7.2/5.76 Mbit/s. Thus, you may want to check the forementioned http://www.bandrich.com/R300-Spec.html ' TARGET='_blank too, which is a 21/5.76 Mbit/s device.
Thank you very much for the information. It seems that the Router-Modem solution is a bit tricky with an external antenna.

Its between the GlobeSurfer III and the BandRich Bandluxe, I can't seem to find any reviews of the bandRich Bandluxe R300 and the antenna it supports is just a normal antenna not a directional one.

I'll see if I can find anything, but I think the Option GlobeSuefer III ise the one, since the supported speed at the cottage won't be over 7,2 mb. At the end it doesn't need to be that fast, since you normal have enough time to spare at the cottage 🙂

Thanks again for all the good advise 🙂

By the way, is there a website that lists the cell towers? I know of Open Signal Map that is crowed sourced via the android app, it hasn't got a lot of data on Finland unfortunately 😕
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Its between the GlobeSurfer III and the BandRich Bandluxe, I can't seem to find any reviews of the bandRich Bandluxe R300 and the antenna it supports is just a normal antenna not a directional one.


Any antenna should fit in both of these models; both directional and a 'normal' one. As for tests I have not yet been able
to spot any (aside from "sales talk").

The price of GlobeSurfer seems to be going down and  it is pretty affordable now:

http://www.verkkokauppa.com/fi/product/26271/cdxnj


By the way, is there a website that lists the cell towers? I know of Open Signal Map that is crowed sourced via the android app, it hasn't got a lot of data on Finland unfortunately 😕


Well, that is a question asked several times here and the general feeling is that it may have been
easier to find a good map of all Chicago speakeasies during the Prohibition of the 1920's than
it is to find a map of cell towers :)

It is very difficult and the situation changes all the time as new units are installed.
I have order the GlobeSurfer III 🙂

Well I will try with the OpenSignalMap App for Android to locate the surrounding cell towers and then just test each one and see what the nearest or the one with the least traffic.

Thanks again you all were very helpful :) 
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Kunniamerkki
Configure this: In most cases those coordinates you get from OpenSignalMaps-, OpenCellID- or any other similar database have nothing to do with the actual location of the base station. 

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