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Inseego Wavemaker 5G FX2000 Optimization Guide

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Looking to get the best possible data rates from your Inseego FX2000?

You’ll want to purchase and connect external MIMO antennas to the device’s four TS9 ports.

In this guide, we'll:

  • Recommend the best external antennas to use
  • Show where the TS9 ports are located.
  • Explain how to aim the antennas for best results.

NOTE: The Inseego Wavemaker 5G FX2000 ONLY supports bands B42, B48, and n78 for use with external antennas. Please consult your carrier to verify these bands are supported and available at your location prior to purchasing any external cellular antenna equipment.

In this guide

What You Can Do

NOTE: The Inseego Wavemaker 5G FX2000 ONLY supports bands B42, B48, and n78 for use with external antennas. Please consult your carrier to verify these bands are supported and available at your location prior to purchasing any external cellular antenna equipment.

Option #1: Use a MIMO External Antenna kit (if bands B42, B48, and/or n78 are available)

Unfortunately, the Inseego FX2000 ONLY allows for bands B42, B48, and/or n78 to be used through it's external antenna ports.

As a result, a MIMO External Antenna kit can only provide you with a boost in performance if bands B42, B48, and/or n78 are available at your location.

Using a MIMO antenna outside your building, pointed at the nearest tower, can help you get the fastest LTE data rates possible for these bands.

The Inseego FX2000 has four TS9 ports on the side, which allow for a 4x4 MIMO antenna to be connected to the device.

Which of the two different 4x4 MIMO External Antenna Kit options to use depends primarily on how much time you're willing to spend on aiming.

The easiest antenna choice for the FX2000 is our QuadMini Antenna Kit. With up to 5.2 dBi of omnidirectional gain and multiple mounting options, it is designed to be extremely simple to install outdoors or indoors, at home or in an RV.

Easy install, no aiming

Upgrade your 5G in minutes with no aiming, and four easy mounting options.

However, if you're willing to spend a little bit of time aiming, our QuadPro Antenna Kit will generally get you the fastest data speeds, thanks to its 9.1 dBi of directional gain. This is particularly important if you're on the edge of coverage, or have very weak signal.

Best performance, requires aiming

Aim QuadPro at your nearest tower for blazing data, even at the edges of cellular coverage.

However, if you have line of sight to the nearest tower, we recommend using a MIMO log periodic antenna kit instead. The higher gain on these antennas can often get you better performance, but only when you have a straight shot to the tower.

Option #2: Optimize the Inseego FX2000 Location (if band B42, B448, and/or n78 are NOT available)

If bands B42, B448, and/or n78 are NOT available at your location, a MIMO External Antenna kit unfortunately can't provide you with a boost in performance.

However, there is still hope for improving the performance of your Inseego FX2000! Here are the best steps for optimizing the position of your Inseego FX2000 within your home:

  1. Look up your nearby towers. This can be time consuming and difficult to get right - we've listed our suggestions in an article on the Best Ways to Locate Nearby Cell Towers
  2. Run speed tests with your Verizon Internet Gateway at the windows closest to each nearby tower (If you have multiple floors, perform this process on each floor).
  3. Place your Inseego FX2000 at the location with the fastest data speeds.

This process is simple but effective if you haven't already optimized the position of your Inseego FX2000, however this method will likely provide only a small improvement to data speeds compared to Option #1.

Why External Antennas Are Critical for Improving Data Rates

Most people think that external antennas primarily help you increase your data rates by increasing the signal strength. But that's not the case.

An increase in signal strength is often less important than other ways that external antennas help.

Here are the three main ways that external antennas help you increase your data rates:

1.They Improve Signal Quality

In 4G LTE and 5G networks, signal quality is measured as SINR (Signal to Interference plus Noise Ratio) or sometimes as RSRQ (Reference Signal Received Quality).

Improving signal quality has a huge impact on your data rates.

Higher data rates allow your hotspot to communicate using "higher order modulation schemes." That means they can use the same wireless spectrum to send more data per second.

However, there's one big caveat: In order to improve your signal quality, you need to both aim and shield your outdoor antenna properly. We talk more about this in the next section.

2.MIMO Isolation

MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology uses signals travelling along multiple paths simultaneously, increasing both bandwidth and reliability in wireless connections.

MIMO isolation is the antenna's ability to handle several data streams at once, cleanly and without interference, leading to quicker data speeds and steadier connections

Our external antennas are specifically designed for superior MIMO isolation, and dramatically outperform standard built-in antennas found in most home devices.

This means you'll see a more reliable connection with enhanced bandwidth, ensuring smoother streaming, gaming, and browsing with minimal interruptions.

Positioning and Aiming MIMO Antennas

Positioning and aiming MIMO antennas well is crucial to getting the best performance from your Inseego FX2000, or indeed any other hotspot.

We've actually compiled a detailed instruction manual to accompany our own MIMO Antenna Kits, where we go into depth on the best ways to aim the antennas.

The goal is to find the best location and direction for the antenna(s), to maximize data rates to the Inseego FX2000. It can take a little patience, but can have a huge impact – it’s worth a bit of extra effort!

Before getting started, it's always a good idea to run a couple of speed tests indoors from a device connected to your Inseego FX2000's WiFi. The results will fluctuate a little, but this is the baseline you're trying to improve.

TS9 adapters connected to the Inseego FX2000

TS9 adapters connected to the Inseego FX2000

Now connect the 4x4 MIMO antenna(s) to your Inseego FX2000 via the four TS9 ports hidden under the two external antenna tabs labeled "1" and "2" and go outside with your "test-rig".

With each location and direction you try, run a couple speed tests, and make a note of the results. Here are all the locations and directions where we recommend testing your MIMO antenna:

Where to test your signal

Where to test your signal

Pro tip: Don’t just go to the highest point of the roof! While signal is generally stronger the higher you go, there’s also often more interference. We’ve found it’s often better to mount the antenna(s) on the side of the building where the structure can shield the antennas from interference.

Once you've found the position which gets you the highest data rates to the Inseego FX2000, that's where you'll want to install the MIMO antenna. Go ahead and mount the antenna, run cables inside, connect everything up, and enjoy superior data rates!

Inseego Wavemaker FX2000 Technical Specifications

NOTE: The Inseego Wavemaker 5G FX2000 ONLY supports bands B42, B48, and n78 for use with external antennas. Please consult your carrier to verify these bands are supported and available at your location prior to purchasing any external cellular antenna equipment.

Supported Cellular Bands (for external antenna use)

Wavemaker FX2000 (T-Mobile)

  • 4G LTE: B48

Wavemaker FX2000 & Pro FX2000e (Unlocked)

  • 4G LTE: B42, B48
  • 5G: n78

Supported Cellular Bands (for internal antenna use only)

Wavemaker FX2000 (T-Mobile)

  • 4G LTE: B2, B4, B5, B12, B25, B26, B41, B46, B48, B66, B71
  • 5G: n2, n25, n41, n66, n71

Wavemaker FX2000 & Pro FX2000e (Unlocked)

  • Supported 4G LTE bands
    • AT&T: B2, B4, B5, B12, B14, B17, B29, B30, B46, B66
    • Verizon: B2, B4, B5, B13, B48, B66
    • T-Mobile: B2, B4, B5, B12, B25, B26, B41, B66, B71
    • Other: B1, B3, B7, B8, B11, B18, B19, B20, B21, B28, B32, B38, B39, B40, B42, B46
  • Supported 5G bands
    • AT&T: n5
    • Verizon: n2, n5, n40, n66
    • T-Mobile: n41, n71
    • Other: n1, n3, n7, n8, n12, n25, n28, n38, n40, n46, n48, n77, n78, n79, n83

Cellular Modem

  • Model: Qualcomm Snapdragon x55
  • MIMO Support: 4X4 w/ internal antennas, 4X4 w/ external antennas
  • LTE Performance Category: Cat 20 for FX2000 (T-Mobile), Cat 22 for FX2000 & Pro FX2000e (Unlocked)

Wi-Fi

  • Technologies: WiFi 6 - 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  • Bands: Simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz

Ports

  • Cellular Antenna Ports: 4x TS9
  • SIM (4FF Nano) Ports: 1x SIM for FX2000, 2x SIM for Pro FX2000e
  • Other Ports: 1x 1 Gbps LAN; 1x USB 3.1 Type C

NOTE: Wavemaker (FX2000) vs Wavemaker Pro (FX2000e)

The key difference between these two Wavemaker models is that the Wavemaker Pro has "Dual SIM" support for (2) Nano 4FF SIM cards. This allows the Wavemaker Pro to have multi-carrier support with auto-switching.

Other Helpful Resources

Inseego Wavemaker 5G FX2000 Announcement Video

Inseego Product Pages for the Wavemaker FX2000 series

Wavemaker FX2000 (T-Mobile) Documentation

Wavemaker FX2000 (Unlocked) Documentation

Wavemaker Pro FX2000e (Unlocked) Documentation

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