EVDOinfo Tip of the Week #37: Use a USB Extension for Improved Performance with Router + 4G Modem

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Friday, 15 January 2010

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Use a USB Extension for Improved Performance with Router + 4G Modem

Despite the fact that Cradlepoint, WiFiRanger, and Nexaira all support 4G WiMAX and/or LTE modems, some users were reporting performance issues when using their WiMAX or LTE 4G modems in routers - a drop in signal strength upon inserting the mode, and/or a slowdown in performance.

After doing some testing, our tech support experts were able to identify the problem, and luckily, it's a simple one: we found that in some cases the WiFi signal broadcast by a router will interfere with the WiMAX or LTE signal from a modem. This is obviously a common problem, since most users are accustomed to attaching their modems directly to their routers, but there is a very easy way to solve it: simply use a USB extension cable between your 4G modem and your router!

We highly recommend that anyone using a 4G or 3G/4G modem in a router use a USB extension cable like the 118" (3 meters) cable or 3' cable sold by 3Gstore to provide sufficient seperation which will reduce interference and provide optimal results from your modem.

This is an easy and affordable way to make sure you're getting the maximum performance from your modem!

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Last Updated ( Friday, 15 April 2011 )
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