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How do I increase the reception on my 3G modem. Tech guys please assist. my connection is flactuating WAAY TOO much and i just cant have it. How do i resolve this problem. PLEASE assist ladies and gentlemen.

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by Guru (88.1k points)
buy a 3g wireless router
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Thanx macd, however, could you be so kind as to explain why the 3G router is better for boosting reception (FROM THE ISP INFRASTRUCTURE, i.e base stations). I thought the router's purpose was just to provide ability to share the network. ENLIGHTEN me please. Also, where can I get one in Zimbabwe, Harare and at what price? Does the router have a slot to place a sim card (data card)  built into it. Thanx once again.
by Guru (88.1k points)
lts a little bit trick to explain but in my own opinion l believe a router does improve reception if you have time to play with settings. l experimented this with a 3g  wireless router plugged to PowerTel modem.

The very first thing and most important for me was issue of drivers and modem overheating. When you have 3G modem, you quickly clear the issue of drivers since the router only requires Dial number, no need for APN, username and password. For PowerTel, they use PAP authentication(you need to look for this in the router initiation logs as PowerTel will not provide you with such information)

Secondly, because there are no driver issue, the modem rarely overheats and is away from PC generated heat.

Thirdly, you can move the router about even putting on roof top of your house to gain better reception if you have wireless access from your PC or mobile phone.

After using the one which takes USB modems, l dont recommend it and yes you can still get the ones which takes any simcard, l will post results once l get one to test. lm in the process of getting one.

l have never bought one from Zimbabwe but you can search one from www.alibaba.com. They take pay-pal, western union, bank transfer and a lot and post to anywhere in the world since its located in China. You can also buy one or bulk from the manufacturers.

Good luck, hola me if you need more help!
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again, thanx macd for being a great help. will try out the powertel network withh a different modem and really see whether its viable to keep the service or ditch it for a better one. i only managed to do good skype for 1 day out of the entire month that i had the modem. will let you know if i have any problems. by the way, how do you see the powertel network..i.e are you using it well and also do you know of any areas around town where the network is good. funny enough, today i have 5 bars on my EVDO network signal but the browsing is painfully slow. have lost all hope for a great connection.
by Guru (88.1k points)
PowerTel at the moment is rubbish, l would say wait until they have the Mutare link working. l tried it around Harare with that wireless router, it was even worse at their HQ. Having full signal with PowerTel does not automatically gives good speeds.

l have given up hope with PowerTel!
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