I purchased a cell phone booster for the cottage that came with an external yagi. Since its important to get the antenna as far away as possible from the indoor omni, the yagi has about 25 meters of relatively thin coax, smaller than RJ59, permanently connected on the antenna side and with an N-connector on the other. This solution never worked very well, in spite of any geometry I tried I always ended up with feedback on LTE. So I got a ZTE288 wifi router which has external SMAs and plugged it into the same antenna with an N->SMA adaptor. Presto, wifi calling, solid signal.
Now the question(s): The antenna is less than 5 meters from the router, so I assume I could get even better signal if I were to cut the cable down. But I know that getting a good connection on the cable is not trivial.
- should I even bother, or is the line loss not worth worrying about?
- is putting an SMA on as easy as, say, an F-connector on RG6?