View Full Version : rogers rocket mobile hotspot
Jul 29th, 2012, 07:40 PM
Anybody have this and can comment on how it works ? I have bell internet now and for some reason it is longer working bell does not really help you much. I am up north a lot and the place I go to does not have internet, I am thinking of getting the rogers service 10gb is around $50 a month and I would use it up north and my house canceling the bell, and in my car when I need it I have a 6gb plan through my cell phone at work but I am getting close to using it up each month so I am looking for an alternative ( even though I sign off on all the companies cell phone bills I could get away with going over but that isn't the point, anyone have this and can give some feedback ?
Jul 30th, 2012, 09:37 AM
I've been using Roger's Rocket Hub (not quite the same as the Hotspot, but close enough) since they first came out. Initially, they were pretty flakey reception-wise, but that seems to have improved somewhat over the past year.
As far as the quality of signal/speed, that really depends on the region you're travelling to, and how close to a Rogers cell tower you are. I live in the country where hi-speed internet via cable or DSL is simply not available, so the Rockethub has been the only choice other than sattelite. When it works, it's great, but the data cap is real hinderance if you're using this as your only internet option and spend a lot of time online.
From reading around the web, some people who use these in rural areas have needed to hook an external antenna up to their hubs (no idea if this is do-able on the Mobile Hotspot hardware) to get the best signal. On the hubs, a 4-bar (maximum) connection is required to have proper speeds, and if it drops even to 3 bars, the performance difference is night and day.
Another thing to keep in mind is cellular traffic. My neck of the woods is a tourist hotspot, and Rogers apparently prioritizes cell phone call traffic over data, so as more tourists flock to my region on long weekends etc. with their smartphones, my internet can become infuriatingly slow to completely unusable for days at a time.
Hope some of this helps.
Jul 30th, 2012, 12:31 PM
How's the coverage on your Rogers smartphone, in the areas you plan to use your dedicated mobile-hotspot?
If you're satisfied, then essentially the mobile-hotspot should perform the same.
Jul 30th, 2012, 04:52 PM
thanks for the replys - i think i will pick it up on my way home from work
Jul 30th, 2012, 09:44 PM
Pick it up today seems to work good and it is faster then I thought it would be the rep told me there was some kind of special on it but I'm not really sure what it was signed a 3 year contract for the 10gb lte data package which is around $50 a month
Jul 31st, 2012, 03:39 AM
You could setup an elaborate long range Wifi-based broadcasting station that can stretch it's signal to about 35km at 6-10mbps. It would require a clear line of view.
That would require an amateur radio license though and it would have to run on unlicensed frequencies. It's been done in remote European regions.
You would need some kind of high-speed connection though at one end and those fancy wifi routers with 2.5km radius coverage for mobility.