LTE modem for full speed



  • Hello

    I'm currently using a Huawei E398 USB LTE modem with pfsense, this works pretty good.
    The only issue I'm facing is that it seems to be limited to around 20 Mbit.
    If I insert the USB modem in a windows based PC at the same location I'll get around 50 Mbit.
    Searching around in the forums seems to indicate that the issue is the PPP connection that pfsense uses.

    I was wondering if there are other USB modems that do not have this limitation?

    If all else fails I'll probably try the Netgear LB1110



  • @LeetDonkey:

    Hello

    I'm currently using a Huawei E398 USB LTE modem with pfsense, this works pretty good.
    The only issue I'm facing is that it seems to be limited to around 20 Mbit.
    If I insert the USB modem in a windows based PC at the same location I'll get around 50 Mbit.
    Searching around in the forums seems to indicate that the issue is the PPP connection that pfsense uses.

    I was wondering if there are other USB modems that do not have this limitation?

    If all else fails I'll probably try the Netgear LB1110

    The limitation will be the same due to PPP no matter the brand. I’m not sure where you’re located (US or not) but the LB1110 is a basic choice. It will work to make LTE into an Ethernet port but it’s basic with just a few bands and no carrier aggregation. Look at the Nighthawk M1, it will do 4 band CA and a theoretical 1G. If budget is a concern go with the LB1110, it’s half the price but not even close in performance.



  • @gsmornot:

    The limitation will be the same due to PPP no matter the brand. I’m not sure where you’re located (US or not) but the LB1110 is a basic choice. It will work to make LTE into an Ethernet port but it’s basic with just a few bands and no carrier aggregation. Look at the Nighthawk M1, it will do 4 band CA and a theoretical 1G. If budget is a concern go with the LB1110, it’s half the price but not even close in performance.

    Thanks, I wasn't even aware that the M1 existed, it seems to be a very good choice.
    It's a bit more expensive than I originally had intended, but I'll probably end up buying it.
    Would be nice with a cost reduced version without the battery and wifi.



  • I ended up using a Huawei E3372h in hilink mode - it only cost me 10$ so it was worth a shot.

    I only need the bandwidth so the double nat issue is of no concern to me at the moment.

    To mitigate this slightly I decided to flash a modded WebUI that allows me to enable DMZ for my pfsense router.

    I used the partial solution here:
    https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=99705.0

    This provides me with around 40Mbit without an external antenna - the reception seems to be a bit lower than my E398.