Improve your UK helium hotspot antenna with a MikroTik LoRa 6.5 dBi omni antenna for better vary
I was a little skeptical when I was first offered to check out the helium hotspot. It just sounded like an expensive piece of tech that wouldn’t stand out.
I’ve been proven wrong for the most part, still stand by my reservations, and would still advise that you only buy it if you know it may not get your money back. However, it turned out to be more profitable than I imagined.
I was fortunate that Blackpool apparently has one of the most hotspots in the country and the actual density of hotspots seems to rival London.
In any case, most users are well aware that you need to try and optimize the location of your hotspot in order to increase its reach and maximize revenue.
Lots of people on Reddit are upgrading their antennas. When I looked at this it didn’t seem that easy to find a suitable antenna in the UK.
There is the fiber optic antenna kit for helium hotspots sold by RAC, which also makes the RAK hotspot miner. I’m sure the first time I checked this website I couldn’t buy it, but it looks like you could ship it to the UK for $ 65.00.
In the end, I tried to go cheap and bought a generic 4G outdoor antenna from Amazon. I learned later that not all antennas work the same. When the antenna seemed to improve things a bit, it at least allowed me to place it outside of my window.
Slightly larger than the original antenna
More recently I’ve been trying to come up with an alternative solution and have come across the MikroTik 824-960MHz 6.5dBi Omni Antenna which is available for a little over £ 50 after shipping through msdist.co.uk.
This comes with just enough cord to run outside my window, but you may need to extend this further.
This includes the frequencies from 824 – 960 MHz, which are compatible with the EU helium hotspot.
It has a higher profit than the option sold by RAK but I think their option is specific to the region and therefore could potentially perform better.
With the MikroTik you have to buy an adapter. In the end, I went for this 15-piece pack which guarantees I had the right adapter.
Before, I only had a connection to 4 hotspots, all of which were within a few streets of me. Since the installation of this antenna, that number has increased to 15 hotspots, about 4 km as the crow flies.
My earnings seem to have gone down a bit lately, but with the new antenna it looks like things have skyrocketed. I only had it two days so I’ll give it a week and see how much the chart shape changes and report back.