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Update on rural Internet access

Omnidirectional vertical EVDO/cellular antenna

DSL speeds!

For reasons I don’t really understand, I’m getting better EVDO performance with an omnidirectional antenna than with a directional Yagi antenna pointed at the nearest Alltel tower. Small improvements in antenna placement also have made a substantial improvement. The antenna wants to be high and in the clear (as opposed to perched on the roof of the trailer). The antenna also likes a metal base with ground-plane wires roughly the same length as the antenna. You can see the ground-plane wires dangling from the base of the antenna.

I now feel like I’m getting my money’s worth out of Alltel. I’m also getting a decent Internet experience, at last.

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