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Can I Boost - Extend a Verizon hotspot?

by simara01 / November 23, 2014 1:44 PM PST


I'm working on a 100% mobile, portable solution and need to access the internet via verizon Pantech MHS291LVW hotspot. My uses are accessing this via iPads - WiFi connection.

the issue is the signal isn't strong enough - users area a little dispersed, outdoors and I need them to had access up to 50 yards from the hotspot.

Wondering, is there a way to boost this through a range extender of some sort? Any assistence, thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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In theory any should do.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2014 1:21 AM PST

Just one recurring gaffe. They consistently place the WiFi repeater near the hot spot or at the client location. It goes in the middle.

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So is this a yes...
by simara01 / November 25, 2014 4:02 AM PST

Hi -

Sorry - I'm by no means a "techy" - is this a "Yes"?

i.e. if I purchase a repeater, can I boost the signal - say 30 yards - so that if I have the hotspot on the sideline at the 50 yard line (football field), and the repeater same location, and connect the repeater to the WiFi - hotspot, it'll increase the signal?

My assumption is the repeater, having an internal amplifier and dual antennas, will 'boost' the signal.

Since there's no physical connection though I'm unsure and do not want to spend the money on something that won't work.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 25, 2014 4:09 AM PST
In reply to: So is this a yes...

Keep in mind that 802.11n only has one non-overlapping channel in its 40MHz OFDM mode (noted at ) which is why this is far more technical than most want to read or hear about. I pull the system back to 802.11g mode so I have more options.

It will NOT boost the signal. It relays packets. Yes, I'm being exact here but a booster would be something else.

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by simara01 / November 27, 2014 5:26 AM PST
In reply to: Maybe.

Okay - Trying to start over and dumb this down.

I need a simple, 100 percent PORTABLE Internet Solution that needs to span the distance of a football field's side lines. We need to be able to RECEIVE signals - download short video clips, to iPads using proprietary software called HUDL

Currently I'm using a Verizon Hotspot - BUT the signal isn't strong enough at each end of the coach's box.

So I am looking for a way to strengthen the signal to the hotspot.

Also note: While these are Verizon iPads - there's a BUG in the HUDL software causing a 10 to 12 minute delay in the downloading, and we are using this for realtime / game-time decision making.

for reasons unknown to us, when connecting to the wireless hotspot we can download and view within seconds of upload.

Also - we're in the section championship gam Saturday and on to State after that - thus time is of the essence.

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Why not use two verizon hot spots?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 27, 2014 5:58 AM PST
In reply to: STARTING OVER
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