Broadband External Antenna for Wireless. Next G

Submitted: Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 15:36
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I want to use Next G Wireless Broadband on the notebook. The Bigpond Web site mentions an external antenna may improve service quality in low signal areas but the information is not very reassuring.

A local supplier and installer is prepared to install an antenna on my vehicle for around $200 plus but I was not encouraged by his lack of enthusiasm.

Has anyone any experience with using an external antenna on their vehicle to for wireless broadband? If so can you provide details and approximate costs please.

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Reply By: Gob & Denny - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 15:39

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 15:39
i await the answers with bated breath as i wish to set up somthing similar in my caravan

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Reply By: Andrew from Vivid Adventures - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 15:41

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 15:41
I recommend trying it without first... my Samsung SGH-A701 seems to work pretty well without an aerial... I'm not sure about what benefit the aerial would give.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:12

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:12
Phil, as I understand the Telstra antenna you should be able to buy one for $30 that is the standard one. I guess the installer may like to fit a broomstick type but that requires a patch lead to the Next G modem. Just as a guide the broomstick I have for the LG car kit we have. It lifts the sgnal strength pretty well but could get pretty quick speeds from my office last week just from the window ledge.

Have a look here at Whirlpool Site Link for information (well discussion) on external antennas

Looks like you can get a high gain Yagi antenna for that price on eBay or this broomstick landed for $108 Site Link

The broomstick can give you better range, you could use the same one for your phone too assuming you had one of those. You can use your phone for the modem but for goodness sake buy a Data Pack by phoning to buy it. Ph 125 111
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Reply By: Dustin - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:20

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:20
Go the "broomstick" solution, its a high gain antenna and onmi directional. My data card on my laptop has a "hole" for the external antenna, all I needed was an adapter cable from the antenna plug to the modem and away I went. I bought this from the local Telstra shop.
If you are in good coverage areas the diference is not noticable as you have decent coverage anyway but if you are on the edge of good coverage the difference is similar to going from dial up speeds to broadband. The external antenna negates all the loss from being in the car.
Check out maps and you can see the areas of marginal coverage.
Stay away from yagi solution unless for a permanet solution as this antenna is directional and you need to know where to point it.

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Reply By: PhilZD30Patrol - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:33

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:33

Thanks for your quick responses.

I will investigate the broomstick option as I want to try to log onto broadband while camping on a slow trip around OZ. I realize that there are many places where I will be completely out of range but what I want is a reasonable response if I am on the edge of a transmission area and I cannot do what I want for the want of an antenna.

Once again, thank you

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Reply By: pprass - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:51

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 16:51
What sort of rates are people paying for using Wireless Broadband. I downloaded 2 mb on my laptop using the mobile phone as a modem and it cost me $85! (that was about 18 months ago)
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Follow Up By: Flash - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 19:14

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 19:14
I Gig a month for $49.95
Telstra NextG wireless modem.

Works very well with the "broomstick" CDMA antenna (same frequency as NextG) - it makes a big difference.
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Reply By: Wingwang - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 18:28

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 18:28
check out this graphic for coverage difference from gsm cdma and Next G
bottom picture of 3 messages
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Reply By: Muddy doe (SA) - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 18:42

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 18:42
If you are using the Maxon data devices on NextG or if your device has an SMA connection then visit Maxon at and check out their new full range of antennas. Very comprehensive range provided your device supports the connector.

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Reply By: MartyB - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 19:01

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 19:01
A friend tried the data speeds in a marginal area. He got approx 50k with no extrernal antenna, 500k with a paddle pop stick sized antenna and 1.5m with a yagi. Yagi is directional so only really useful in a permanent location.
WES components has plenty of Next G accessories including antennas.
from Marty.
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Reply By: kingswoodwagon - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 20:00

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 20:00
I've been using the High Powered Magnetic Base (60cm) external antenna from Maxon for a couple of years now (CDMA Broadband) - it has a 4m cable.
Being portable - I mount it on the roof of the camper, roof of the camp kitchen, car, tree - what ever tall thing is around me - I'm sure I'll never sit in the one place and use it.

Maxon's website is pretty ordinary, their good to deal with over the phone and quick to deliver orders. Maxon also have a forum somewhere at their site - where you might see the occasional reply from their tech support.

Telstra are no help at all.

Also - as i mentioned in a thread last week. All CDMA broadband Telstra customers will automatically be supplied with Next G hardware for free (if there still on contract) - Well so they have informed me.

disclaimer : I'm not affiliated with Maxon or Telstra.
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Reply By: huntin - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 20:04

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 20:04
Hi, I got the USB card Next G Broadband last month from Telstra. It has access for an external antenna. I use a 3db gain magnetic base antenna inside my home ( marginal country area), it virtually doubles the signal indoors. I also can attach to my CDMA 6db gain antenna mounted on my 'cruiser. I bought 2 external antennas from RFI through Telstra at Tamworth country music festival. The small one has no gain just allows better positioning, the larger about 20 cm high has 3 db gain. They came together and cost $50.

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Reply By: PhilZD30Patrol - Tuesday, Feb 27, 2007 at 08:22

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2007 at 08:22
Hi All

Once again thanks for your advice.

I am now encouraged to do my homework armed with all the info provided.

Cheers and happy and safe 4wding

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Reply By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Feb 27, 2007 at 13:52

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2007 at 13:52
The antenna is most worth it, it will be the difference between reception and none at times. I tested it offshore last week 120KM's on an Island and got reception where Telstra said I wouldn't..! Their coverage maps aren't always accurate, anyhow the antennas are worth it. You can get magnetic based portable types or whip mount type antennas or glass mount etc. Here are some examples on Ebay.. Don't forget your patch lead to suit whatever phone you buy or have.

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