Not really ham, but still radio, and bits behind it, I’ve had a hell of a last month or so fvcking about with it.
My internet connection.. about 18 months ago, I had an 802.11ac connection to a tower on a mountain with an 11km radio shot. Net result was 5-10Mbit. Shite, and expensive at $100/mo.
AT&T then released their wireless home internet, 4G, $50/mo for (now) 350GB. Then their tower shat the bed for best part of a week, so I got T-Mobile’s 4G service, same price, but unlimited data, and ran both in parallel. My Cisco router will actually aggregate both, but it doesn’t work well in practice. So I used T-Mo as the primary and AT&T as the backup. The 4G services got 35 (T-Mo) or 50Mbit (AT&T)(better antenna).
Then T-Mo launched 5G, so I ”upgraded” to a 5G gateway. I‘ve been fvcking about with this shit for a month. I figured out that the internal antennas were giving me ~120Mbit, but I could almost double that with better antennas. So I ordered those, and indeed posted them on here. So now I can get ~200Mb.
But... the gateway device V1 failed on me. No problem, send me another. That failed too, inside a week. Send me another. That’s been OK now for a couple weeks. I have my external antennas, and if I connect directly to the gateway, I get the el-rapido connection. But through my Cisco router? Like shite, ~100Mb. So I need a new router. I bought a Ubiquiti UDM Pro, which is a nice router. Immediate buyers remorse, it will control cameras, but only Ubiquiti ones. Which cost a fortune. And looking at the specs, it’s a quad-core ARM 64-bit. In other words, a Raspberry Pi 4, which I could have bought for a quarter of the price.
So the UDM Pro goes back, and I get an RPi 4. Which the Ferking T-Mo Gateway doesn’t like as a router behind it, with double-NAT. The voodoo magic of IPV6 also is playing a part. If I turn off IPV6 in any part of the network, it sulks and cries. OK, fvck it, the Gateway can be the NAT box, but its features are so limited, it really is a gateway, not a router. I cant’ tell what DHCP addresses it’s dished out, as an example.
So now I have a pretty fast internet connection due to me figuring out the 4x4 MIMO external antennas that it doesn’t support D), but can’t tell for shit what’s going on in my network, and an RPi 4 that I’m configuring as a NAS/NVR/Camera control box. But so fvcking fatigued with trying X, Y and Z just to get what should be a straightforward job done, and getting fvcked over at every turn.
I might eventually even get the fvcking ham radio antenna plugged back in !