Maybe. There are four major factors to the speed of your internet connection.

1. Your signal

2. Your frequency band

3. Your wireless router

4. Congestion

Lets start from the beginning.

1. Your signal can effect how fast your internet connection is. External indicators vary from modem to modem, but on our standard Netgear LB1120, you want 3-5 bars if at all possible. Less than that can indicate that the raw signal you are receiving is not adequate to carry a large amount of bandwidth. Think of it like a water pipe; the bigger the pipe, the more water you can potentially move through it. If you are experiencing weak signal, you may benefit from an antenna installation, which boosts your signal gain from around 3db to 12db. Please note that this signal increase does not guaranty you will receive a 4X speed increase, or any speed increase at all due to the reasons below. But if you have metal roof or siding, or are simply on the edge of usable signal, an antenna may be helpful to you.

2. Frequency bands are the frequency of the radio wave that the carrier is transmitting. Most if not all towers transmit multiple bands/frequencies in the same direction to allow the maximum amount of users to connect to their network at once. Generally your modem will accept whatever frequency the tower determines it should have, or (more likely) your modem will request the connection that is strongest. Unfortunately sometimes the frequency the tower assigns or your modem automatically requests are not the fastest available band, so you may benefit from an advanced modem like the ReadyNet LTE520 or the Mofi 45004GXLTE modems which are able to choose which band they operate on. Note that the common radio bands across all carriers are bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 30, and 66. The Netgear MR1100 (M1 Nighthawk) is the only commonly available modem that can access the B66 frequency, but is unable to lock onto that frequency, so speeds may be vary fast at times, but are likely to vary as prioritization, congestion, and signal power fluctuations occur.

3. Your wireless router is almost always the first piece of networking equipment to fail. Wireless routers take the signal from your modem and rebroadcast that signal via wireless signal to your laptop, tablet, phone and smart devices, as well as expand the ethernet ports to allow for hard wired devices. If you are experiencing slow internet it is always best practice to reboot your router and modem. If you are experiencing NO internet, check to make sure you are connected to your router before beginning to troubleshoot your modem.

4. Congestion is defined as too many users utilizing the same carrier/tower at once. Your speed is limited to what the tower, and more specifically the frequency you are connected to, is able to support. That can be affected by the raw amount of bandwidth available to the tower itself as well as congestion and acts of God. While all cell carriers are working to increase their capacity to make their networks faster, the reality is that it is a slow process to do that, and sometimes rural towers run a little slower than you feel they should. Unfortunately there is not much that can be done about a simply slow tower other than to try an alternate radio band, or an alternative carrier. Note that your plan determines your priority during network congestion. AT&T plans carry a 75GB priority cap, and T-Mobile plans carry a 50GB priority cap. All usage after that threshold is subject to deprioritization during network congestion. Olive IP monitors usage and will send an email notification to the email address on file once the prioritization cap has been exceeded. This is policy is outside the control of Olive IP and is practiced across all LTE and Satellite carriers.