Hi, Im trying to work out a way of testing which telstra tower im getting service from and which one has the best signal strength for my telstra smart antenna. I live rural on a farm and are 18.26 km and 19.13 km from the closest towers. I have a yagi antenna on a tower beside our house about 15m up facing the closer tower but would like to test if the other telstra tower gets better signal?? also I have a nighthawk M1 for mobile broadband, should i set this up with a seperate yagi antenna or get the signal from the smart antenna?
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If you are going to do the testing yourself, you really need to be using the same equipment for the different scenarios as the two devices will have different reception characteristics which will make a direct comparison unreliable.
If you already have a second Yagi antenna, mount it on the same pole and point it at the other tower, then connect it to the device that you are using as a test.
If your device can accept 2 antenna inputs, you could always leave them both connected (best of both worlds - a bit of redundancy just in case one of the towers goes offline as well).