Initially, my 4g router was getting a signal strength of -110 to -120db, corresponding to two bars and zoom video not working. Spent €90 on an outdoor aerial. Plugged it into the router. Signal now averages -85, four to five bars on the router, zero issues with video calls.
My point being: there’s more than one way to skin a cat and you can often improve your mobile signal if you want to.
1. Teltonika RUTX11: https://teltonika-networks.com/product/rutx11/
Wired is always better; especially in higher density environments. If you are in a rural or low density area then this is obviously less of an issue - but everyone moving to wireless would be an utter disaster where most people live.
If you want metal enclosures (i.e. actual thermal design for prolonged operation), multiple ethernet ports, better routing support, no limits on number of connected devices, wide input voltages, automotive-grade components, etc, that's a much smaller market.
Like Obviously, the sheer resources required to create a router are minuscule compared to a phone, so then who exactly will be pocketing these extra resources that I'm paying for, and why?
I have heard that the Huawei ones that accept external antennas are also decent, be it with a much smaller featureset.
They make lots of different types:
I wonder if a 4G aerial would work as well in this kind of environment? The roof is wooden rafters with a slate covering.
1. It might route too many people to where the network is fast, thus making the network not fast anymore and wasting a lot of people's time as they "go."
2. It might also route a bunch of "digital nomads" to my local art café where they will hog the tables, like Waze did with commuter traffic to my residential street.
How do you avoid those two problems? Or at least the first one, which is a problem for your target users?
As for #1, there are physical capacity limits you are likely to first exhaust. Only so many people will fit.
For #1, if you have ten people all on Zoom meetings at the same time, isn't that going to kill your fast-for-a-café bandwidth?
Not unless they all start at the same time. If they start a little staggered from each other, there will be time to boot the first person out for trying to do a video call in a cafe around other humans before the next one starts.
Working in a cafe is completely reasonable, and wouldn't disturb other people. Taking a call is ridiculous.
They need to replace some filters and other pieces so that more frequencies can be allocated to upload.
W.r.t 2nd, Yep!
In France, Germany and Italy for instance I couldn't find a monthly prepaid 4G offer with unlimited data, especially in France you frequently even need a local bank account and in Germany 4G is so bad in many places that it wouldn't make a difference how much data is in the plan. Other places like Austria offer monthly prepaid as low as EUR 20, though speed may be limited to 25-40Mbps, which should suffice for 1:1 video calls.
My solution for now is to at least have my workstation connected somewhere with a fast connection and someone who could reboot it if needed, connect to that from where I am and have that do all the heavy lifting. Doesn't solve the video conference issue though.
Having flexible and reasonably quick connectivity, or an EU wide subscription, would really lift the value of locations outside of cities - I don't understand how badly this is done compared to other infrastructure investments (e.g. roads are pretty amazing in Western Europe and not that bad in places I've been in Eastern Europe compared to the US). I hope non government actors like Starlink manage to close this gap.
See for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag
Developing and maintaining an app on multiple platforms (and keeping the code bases in sync) is no small undertaking (hence the existence of write-once / hybrid app frameworks such as Ionic).
Regarding iOS 14 my guess is SwiftUI.
Although from personal experience, data on Hotel Wifi Test is often not reliable, at least for Dubai
But please, why it should be a mobile app? Looking at the landing page animation it looks like there's nothing plain (like in "jQuery only for fancy animation") web site cannot do.
Thus I've found in the past 11 months that I've been nomadicking around Europe that you often depend on getting some good wifi which is quite the hassle (especially in rural destinations). I have high-hopes for apps like this to create a knowledge-base for areas with good broadband.
- adding an option to partially omit or edit the address would be great since not every part of the world shows the exact address accurately
- inform what datas are stored (i did wonder why they show the latitude and longitude, because privacy reasons)
- add prompts for isp/carrier provider, subscription/plan type, and other granular details so people know what to pick or expect
- minor improvements on the user interaction, like autofocusing on the input so users can instantly type, or tap an entry to view more details
Overall, looking forward to share the app to my fellow iOS 14 users!
So as good looking as this app is, the real challenge is with the accuracy of its data and keeping it from getting stale. Not sure if the OP realizes this, but it's a 24/7 grind that also requires a sizable userbase.
It's not a bad idea in its core, but this belongs in the OS itself and it should also be On by default to manage to collect enough data to be useful and to keep it current. I doubt that an opt-in model, especially in a form of an installable app, would work well enough to produce any reasonable coverage.
This is a refreshingly straightforward design.
However, I'm not sure to agree with all your points.
Since two weeks I work at my grandpa's in French countryside. 2.7Mbps download and 0.5Mbps upload. I can use Zoom (no video), watch Youtube (480p), and use Slack with no problem at all.
This seems very strange to me. (unless this is a "move fast, break things, collect GDPR fines" sort of thing)