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SIM as Mobile Wifi

Hi all - my parents live on a farm so I've recently got an unlimited data SIM to use as mobile Wifi which will be loads better than their cabled broadband service. I'm using a TP-LINK - Archer MR400 router and I get download speeds of c10mbps, much better than the c1 Mbps with TalkTalk - however, my own phone uses EE and I get download speeds of c120 Mbps. Do we know why this would be and do we have any tips for improving the speed? Thanks

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Hi Ben_2020,

Although VM use the EE network, because VM are an MNVO they haven't been given access to the full EE network.  This wil change when VM complete the network switchover to either Vodafone or probably O2.

Current VM network bands

1800MHz

Band 3

2G & 4G

2100MHz

Band 1

3G & 4G

2600MHz

Band 7

4G

 

The EE network bands are

FrequencyFrequency BandNetwork

800MHz

Band 20

4G

1800MHz

Band 3

2G & 4G

2100MHz

Band 1

3G & 4G

2600MHz

Band 7

4G

3400MHz

Band 425G

 

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Hi Dave - thanks for getting back to me so quickly!

That makes a lot of sense, and isn't surprising really however is there anything I can do to improve the speed I get? Can I get on specific bands through my router? Would any other tech help me be able to get faster speeds?

[aplogies if these are basic questions]

Thanks, Ben

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Good afternoon @Ben_2020

 

Welcome to the forums, thank you for taking the time to post. 

 

Is there anything else we can assist you with? 

 

Kind regards,

Zak_M 

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Hi @Zak_M

Thanks for following up - are you able to answer the follow up question:

Simplistically the aim is to get the fastest speed possible 🙂 however it's clear (and understandable) that VM have access to fewer bands than someone like EE but... is there any way to understand the speed on each band? Then choose the fastest band? Or is this something that the TP-LINK - Archer MR400 router will do itself?

Cheers, Ben_2020

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Re: SIM as Mobile Wifi

Thank you for coming back to me. 

 

You wouldn't be able to split the bands, It would automatically pick this for you. 

 

Kind regards,

Zak_M 

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As a none supported device I'm not sure how much Virgin can help.

I have no idea how these work but I would be very surprised if the router didn't act in the same way as a mobile phone and latch on to the strongest signal available.

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Hi both,

Thanks for getting back to me and again, apologies if the questions were incorrect. I suppose in my head I was just double checking that there wasn't anything I can do from a network provider side - which it sounds like there isn't.

Again, really appreciate all your comments!

Ben_2020

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