This is really well written. I did something similar late last year, and went through most of this. I used Mikrotik gear.
Care to share what gear?
I’ve been thinking of getting a backup connection for my home, if
I were to work more from home and would need a backup for that.
As my current 4G contract is basically unlimited (ok, 30 GB a day)
and cheap (~100 USD monthly for three SIMs) I might as well use
This is really great information on how to set up good 4G links but I find his final results confusing.
The “4G on phone” results actually look a little better than “Internet Speeds - With 4G Router and Extenral Anteenas” for his aim - videoconferencing - to me. Bandwidth is lower but fine for videoconferencing and ping is bad but jitter is lower than with his router/antenna setup. I’d also worry that his TP-Link router probably has bufferbloat which is a big wrecker of zoom calls for most people. In his introduction he mentions much worse figures for “before I did anything” so perhaps the “4G on phone” is not the before state?
Great Post! Thank you very much!
I can recommend to configure the router to reduce Bufferbloat and test with https://www.waveform.com/tools/bufferbloat.
see also https://ghuntley.com/internet/
I don’t know about india, but 4G and 5G are ridiculously cheap in south east asia. Service providers were competing to put out unlimited data packages for as low as 5USD per month. Some even offer unlimited data for some certain app: youtube, tiktok, facebook.
That enables remote work a lot more vs the price I have seen in both NA and EU. It seems like the infrastructure growth required for these in western countries are a lot slower than asian countries? 🤔
I would imagine, due to population density it’s much more cost effective to upgrade services in Asian countries than North America. In Canada people often complain about the high price of wireless, and while there is lots of factors, the huge areas to cover and smaller population do drive the price to some degree.
The EU is pretty hetrogenerous, most countries are very
different from the others. I live in a remote, artic region and I
can see my nearest 5G tower, and even the most remote parts of
this muncipality (and country!) are getting fiber (FTTH)
connections soon. And just across the border to our neighbouring
countries, this region isn’t remote and rural, it’s populated with
great infrastructure et c.