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Many households are opting to use 4G or 5G cellular connectivity instead of cable or fiber broadband. People choose cellular for various reasons: sometimes due to the expense of wireless broadband, but most often because in rural areas cell signal is simply the fastest option available.
But LTE and 5G NR have their limitations. Slow LTE and 5G data rates are common. In this article we discuss exactly how you can improve 4G LTE and 5G data rates.
There are three things you can do to improve your data rates:
Each of these options has a different set of effects on your 4G/5G signal, and thus your data rates:
w/ External Antennas
|Signal Quality||No effect||May Improve||May Improve|
|Conencted Bands||May Improve||May Improve||May Improve|
|Tower Congestion||May Improve||May Improve||May Improve|
|MIMO Support||May Improve||May Improve||No effect|
If you want the very best data rates, and don’t mind relying on WiFi for distributing indoors, use the latest hotspot from your carrier with external antennas mounted outside the building or vehicle.
If you don’t have a hotspot, or can’t afford the monthly charges associated with adding a line of service, or if you simply want wireless LTE/5G coverage indoors, use a cell signal booster.
A cell phone signal booster amplifies the signal from outdoors, rebroadcasting indoors wirelessly to get you the best data rates. Check out our in-depth review of the best cell signal boosters to find the right model for you.
There are five factors that affect the LTE/5G data speeds you experience.
Roughly by order of importance, these are:
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