We would like to know our customer wishes and use cases on what kind of future LTE technology would be interested in?
1. Which LTE Category you are interested in most - CAT6, CAT7, CAT9, CAT11, CAT12, CAT16 or some other?
2. Which LTE bands and which Carrier Aggregation combinations should be supported?
3. Should it also support Legacy technology like 3G or 2G?
4. Which World/Region/Country would you use it?
5. Which LTE carrier provider you are interested connecting and is there speed/monthly cap for the subscription plans?
Well, I don't know if Mikrotik still read this thread, but let's see.
1. At least cat 6 (300Mbps), it's the minimum in 2018.
Cat 7 would also be nice, il would support 150mbps upload
, only the Netgear M1 and Huawei E5788 support that upload speed currently. I'm using a LTE connection on a distance site for video-surveillance, I would really appreciate better upload performance.
Currently you are stuck with old Cat4 modems (150Mbps dl) on your products, your are out of the game, you are losing a big part of your potential customers.
2. 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600MHz
CA, well all variants.
3. Not necessary, but it should have the ability to receive and send SMS (I think it only works over 3G or 2G)
5. NOS/Vodafone. No limit/30GB. 300/300Mbps
I would suggest to use a Qualcomm X16
modem (the X24 may be too expensive).
It support LTE 1Gbps in 4x4 MIMO mode, but in 2x2 mode it still support 600Mbps. It's available on M.2 module (It connects over USB 3 or PCIe)
https://www.sierrawireless.com/products ... ts/em7565/
Now, I have other suggestions that would allow you to differentiate from your competitors
(some features are already implemented on some of your products):
- Dual SIM
- External antennas (SMA connectors, not TS-9)
- Maybe you should use a SFP connector on your current LTE Dish antenna/modem, but I don't know if there are modules available that are rated for low/high temperature environment. I prefer an optical isolation (fiber) to protect the rest of the network equipment from potential lightning surges/strikes.
You still need a 12/24V PSU, but it won't be connected directly to the rest of the network equipment and is therefore easier to protect.
I will NEVER connect the LAN cable of the LTE dish antenna on the roof, directly on an expensive router. And it wouldn't surprise me if your routers aren't equipped with surge and transient protections (GDT, MOVs and TVS diodes) needed to have a chance to avoid damages to the electronic.
Currently my external antenna is connected to a media converter (TP-Link MC220L) RJ45<->SFP. Integrating the SFP port on the dish antenna would be a good idea I think. Most of the routers have a SFP port that can be used as WAN port.
It's not unusual to make use of fiber for dish antennas. There ara already some LNBs (TV DVB-S), that uses fiber optics:
https://www.rantex.com/615-thickbox_def ... supply.jpg
- Bridge mode
- Manual selection of the LTE bands (not like the Netgear modem where the user hasn't any possibility to force the modem to use one particular band)
By the way, your LHG 4G kit
is a great product, It only needs a brother which support at least 300Mbps. 150Mbps is a no-go in 2018, sorry.