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  NR5103E in EPNT2 blown up with lightning new setup required.
Posted by: Eagle - Yesterday, 11:48 AM - Forum: Mobile Broadband - Replies (4)

Unfortunately the setup I made with putting an NR5103E has gotten blown up by blasts of lightning last night. So back to the drawing board again  Big Grin The landline cable was arc'ing and the fuse box also made a blue flash . The paint along the cable is off the wall and the plastic cover for the landline shot from one side of the room to another. 

So then in the morning when I put the fuses back on and tried to power on the router this morning with the remote plug the PoE injector made a very loud bang and sparked as well. 
The huawei B535 I also use for Wi-Fi is fully dead and won't turn on either  Dodgy Ill attach picture of some of the damage.

Should I try going for the NR5103E again with cell locking (swedish version that was on ebay) or should I try get the Three ireland NR5103E if even available. I wonder is the EPNT2 itself damaged as theres alot of plastic dust inside it now. Going to probably need another outdoor ethernet cable as well and PoE injectors etc.  
Just wondering if there's any improvements I can do now that I'm forced to and what I will need again? Big Grin 

Unsure whether to get that swedish version with cell lock capability , or go for the V2 if it's even available or just get the same again ...

One other weird thing is the router randomly updated itself to B15 while using a Three sim so I wonder since Three Ireland also have the device does that also mean FW updates for theirs are getting installed onto this or does is it still coming from the UK Three.
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  BT Launch Narrowband Internet of Things
Posted by: Patrick - Yesterday, 11:24 AM - Forum: Mobile Broadband - No Replies

BT Launch Narrowband Internet of Things

Is there any plans for this in Ireland and what are it's uses?

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  Chateau 5G ax - RG502Q-EA 5G NSA issue
Posted by: nsmith1979 - 21/02/2024, 08:52 AM - Forum: Mobile Broadband - No Replies

Hi all,

I've mentioned this issue in a previous post here, but wanted to start a post just focused on this issue.

I've recently changed my 5G router from the Zyxel NR5101 to the Chateau 5G ax, I'm generally very impressed with this router but I'm encountering an issue with 5G NSA so wanted to see if anyone has the same issue and knows of a possible fix I could try.

I'm using Vodafone UK and have a 4G mast about 350m away from me, with the Zyxel NR5101 (which also uses the RG502Q-EA module) I always get 5G NSA from this mast on all the available bands (1,7 & 20). With the Chateau 5G ax I almost never get 5G NSA, it's manage to connect once since I started using it but only held the connection a short time before dropping back to 4G (I've tested with the Zyxel router again just to make sure Vodafone haven't changed something and it still works every time).

I can lock to other cells further away and 5G NSA is available but the 4G signal is obviously much better from the local mast. 

Modem firmware versions:

Chateau:   RG502QEAAAR13A03M4G
Zyxel:  RG502QEAACR13A04M4G

I'm assuming it's probably a module firmware issue, I've spoken to Mikrotik but they haven't been a huge help so far.

Does anyone have any ideas on anything else that could be the problem, I'm wondering if I'm missing something?

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Question Using GoMo or Clear Mobile in a router?
Posted by: Morby - 18/02/2024, 05:16 PM - Forum: Mobile Broadband - Replies (3)

Hello everyone,

Only just discovered this website and I'm thrilled to have found it, it seems like an excellent resource. Thanks to all who contribute.

My parents have recently moved into a very rural part of Clare and I'm trying to get some reliable form of internet set up for them. 

They can't currently get any signal with Three, (they're in a real black spot) however Eir/Vodafone look more promising.

I have a Huawei B525 modem for them (currently looking into seeing if I can get this unlocked for them) and I was thinking of getting them a GoMo or Clear Mobile SIM for them to test out in it.

I know that Clear Mobile offers unlimited data but that this is capped at 5Mbs. GoMo I know would (should?) be faster but it is capped at 120GB FUP - though it looked like they may be able to go over this and have their speeds capped at 5Mbs after?

I'm just wondering if they could get a decent and reliable 5mbs speed would this be sufficient for them? They like to watch a lot of Netflix and YouTube.

Also wondering of getting a new router if I can't get the Huawei B525 unlocked easily - I see some second hand newer Huawei ones locked to Vodafone and Eir - would a Clear Mobile and GoMo SIM work in these respectively?

Any suggestions or advice at all would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks ☺️

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  Antenna coax length advice
Posted by: Padraic - 16/02/2024, 09:14 AM - Forum: Mobile Broadband - No Replies

Hi Sean & everyone. I'm currently using a Teltonika RUTX50 5G router here at home and I frequently use it in my campervan with a Poynting Puck 5 . I'm currently thinking about upgrading the antenna to a Poynting Mimo 4 17 as it will have connections for all 4 antennas. 
I'd also like to use an extension cable as I need to place the router in a different place but I'm wondering will it be too long. The antenna has already got 2 meters and the extension cable is 3 meters. Will this length degrade the signal?

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. 

Regards Padraic.

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  Antenna for rural broadband
Posted by: deanfourie - 12/02/2024, 09:14 PM - Forum: Mobile Broadband - Replies (7)

Hi there, im on a One NZ mobile 4g broadband, which is not too bad but can be huge with latencies at times.

My SINR generally sits between 3 and 7db but fluctuates hugely. I will often get huge lag spikes from time to time. I am trying to reduce that.

I am looking at getting one of these LPDA MiMo antennas, just wanted a second opinion before spending the 300 on it.


Appreciate the feedback/



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  High ping and packet loss on mesh
Posted by: Patrick - 11/02/2024, 08:33 PM - Forum: Mobile Broadband - Replies (2)

Installed a Tenda MW12 mesh in a house with a fibre connection. Having problems so swapped out to a Deco M5. Still issues, showing no connection on phones sometimes. Did a ping test there, shocking bad. At second node, average 91ms, worst 1245. Got similar at main node. Fibre router wifi perfect all <20ms. Went to secondary node again, ping had settled to average 18, but now serious packet loss, 10% in 80 seconds. Main node was ok next time I tested.
 What could be causing this, forgot to do a wifi channel scan. Originally had router wifi turned off. There is also a second Sky box in the house. And a sky booster(?) connected to the router. I'm actually not familiar how Sky works with a second TV so if any one can explain the Sky setup also please. The sky signal also troublesome at the second tv. No signal for few days. There is an external wall and 2 internals between the main sky box and the 2nd tv with a sky booster box in the room in between. They had no issues before got fibre apart from poor speed from the 3 router.

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  MikroTik LHGG LTE18 inside and its m.2 EG18-EA modem
Posted by: Seán - 10/02/2024, 08:30 PM - Forum: Mobile Broadband - No Replies

The MikroTik LHGG LTE18 has a similar construction to the earlier LHG LTE6, including a physically identical dish and pipe clamps, but with a few changes to the PCB.  Opening the top is much like the basic LHG models, where there are three plastic tabs holding the cover with the heat sink in place.  These easily pop out using a blunt butter knife or spudger.


The modem is an m.2 based Quectel EG18-EA in this EU model and has two U.FL antenna ports connected for 2x2 MIMO.  The rear of the PCB has the antenna elements physically attached and fed through to the two U.FL ports on the top of the PCB, just like the LHG models.  A DIY modification for 4x4 MIMO is possible by running U.FL to SMA connectors to the spare two ports on the modem, however, this would involve drilling additional holes for the SMA ports on the outer case, not to mention weatherproofing these ports. 

Its SIM slot takes a micro SIM and is easier to insert / eject than the earlier LHG models that took a full size SIM.  The SIM needs a blunt tip object to fully push in and to push again to eject.

The following shows the reverse side of the top cover with the thermal transfer pads.  As these make contact with a few components such as the black IC chip above, the unit should not be kept powered off while the cover is off. 


It has a Gigabit Ethernet port which can take a PoE voltage range of 12v to 52v and will also power from MikroTik routers that have a PoE output, such as the hAP ax³ WAN port I was testing it with.

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  Questions about Mobile Broadband in Ireland
Posted by: Essexman - 07/02/2024, 09:46 PM - Forum: Mobile Broadband - Replies (4)

We are looking into moving from the UK to rural Ireland in the next couple of years.  Among the long list of issues to consider, broadband access is obviously high on the agenda.

I have been successfully using 4G broadband (on Three UK) here in Essex for over a year now and are sufficiently clued up on the technology etc.

With regards to mobile broadband in Ireland I have a number of relatively general questions and hope to get some answers here:

1) Which providers assign public IPv4 addresses (no need for a static one, if it is sticky for a few days in a row, that would be fine)?

2) Are there any providers that support IPv6 (in case I can't get a public IPv4 address)?

3) Are you allowed to use a "phone" SIM in a router, or do I need to get a "data only" SIM?

4) I found a few "deals" online, all for unlimited data, are there cheaper deals around for say 50/100/120 GB per month (I rarely exceed 50GB)?

5) In the UK, there are loads of cashback/Black Friday/Cyber Monday etc. deals around, often through retailers.  Do you have similar deals in Ireland (and if so, how can I find them)?

6) Finally, do providers generally throttle the speed for connections, not just when exceeding a monthly FUP limit?

Thanks in advance

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  Semi rural internet speed via 5g router
Posted by: adgieman - 06/02/2024, 03:38 PM - Forum: Mobile Broadband - Replies (4)

Hi all,
 i live semi rural - i say semi as we have roads and villages within a mile or 2 Smile 
Sumbled on this forum and done a lot of reading but a lot of the bands, terms and technologies are a bit like a rabbit hole you could go down for a few months and still come up confused... 


I have an EE 5G router with unlimited speed  / data SIM which ive had for over 18 months now. I get a 5g Signal and the router is placed currently in my conservatory as occasionally this was getting me 150-200mb speeds but recently this has reduced a lot to 30-50mb. 

I have had to play around a LOT to keep the router on teh same mast, as it seems to jump around a lot to others on 4g or 5g but with lower speeds. I'm considering either replacing the router as i keep having to restart it daily to either return speed or recover from having no internet (gateway does ping ok ) and it seems to randonly just drop all connections for 4 or 5 seconds. Or get an external antenna. 

Currnetly the router has these stats: (Cell ID is the Fastest one i can get from trial and error) 
Network name:EE
Network type:5G
RSRP:-91 dBm
RSSI:-75 dBm
Cell ID:3696898

ipv6 disabled. 

Do you think replace the router or is it just likely signal problems potentially solved by an external antenna? I should mention i live on the top of a hill overlooking several of the masts etc and at times the router seems to pickup a mast about 17 miles away for some reason!! 

thanks for any replies / advice you may have.

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