RUTX11 much slower than Verizon MiFi 8800L Hotspot

I did a few hours of testing today and my Verizon MiFi 8800L 4g hotspot is about three times faster down and ten times faster up connected to the same hard mounted antenna as my RUTX11 which is pretty disappointing considering the massive price difference $25 used vs $360 new.

I have a WaveForm 2x2 Cross-Polarized MIMO Outdoor Panel Antenna about 10ft above my roof and pointed at a nearby Verizon tower. I spent about half an hour spinning the antenna around testing the connection with it attached to the RUTX11 to find the best signal.

I tested each 4g channel manually on the RUTX11 to find the best combination:
Channel/s - Down/Up - Band
B2 - 1.81/1.05 - 1900mhz
B4 - 1.41/0.03 - 1700mhz aws-1
B13 - 7.82/0.00 - 700mhz c
B66 - 2.62/0.00 - 1700mhz extended aws
B4/B13 - 7.55/1.74
B4/B2 - both wont connect
B4/B66 - both wont connect
B2/B13 - both wont connect
B2/B66 - both wont connect
B13/B66 - 4.57/0.00 - 3.74/0.00

The auto mode and my testing determined that the best combination of channels is B2/B13. My speeds tested to the same server within about 25 minutes were:

RUTX external Waveform antenna on roof - 07.55 down - 1.74 up
RUTX Stock Antennas in my house - 05.78 down - 0.00 up
5g Cell Phone in my house - 03.80 down - 0.37 up
MiFi with built in Antenna in my house - 12.08 down - 2.21 up
MiFi external Waveform antenna on roof - 23.73 down - 20.00 up

Is there some magic setting on the RUTX11 I am missing, I can’t figure out why there would be such a big speed difference??


Thank you for the detailed information and your research.

Your existing Verizon MiFi 8800L device is equipped with a more advanced LTE category (CAT 16) in comparison to the RUTX11 (CAT 6). As a result, there is a distinction in the data transfer speeds between the two. The data transfer speed of a mobile device is closely linked to the LTE rating of its modems; generally, higher ratings correspond to faster speeds. However, it’s important to bear in mind that this advantage in speed is accompanied by an increase in power consumption. In scenarios where prioritizing lower power consumption takes precedence over speed, individuals often opt for devices housing LTE modems with lower ratings.

Additionally, it is noteworthy that the antennas you employ also play a role in this context. It’s worth mentioning that a higher dBi value associated with an antenna doesn’t automatically guarantee a universally superior coverage. For a more comprehensive understanding of this matter, you can refer to our dedicated wiki page: Third-party Antennas - Teltonika Networks Wiki.

If you require any further assistance or clarification during this process, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are committed to ensuring a seamless experience for you.

Best regards,

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