I was referring to Sixfab’s firmware update. Before the time I wrote that post, the firmware would report a number for the reception strength on the connect.sixfab.com page, but afterwards, it was only a graphical representation and did not show the exact number for signal strength.
I am able to get to the exact number using this command when logged into the Raspberry Pi using SSH:
This command will give you two numbers in response (signal strength and signal quality), which together let you know how well your antenna is doing:
In general the lower the absolute value of dBM (decibels), the stronger the signal. For the signal strength, the reported number is better when closer to 31, which is -51 dBm or greater. For the signal quality, the reported number is better when closer to 0, which is -4 to -3 dBm.
I did some research on the Weboost antenna too. I don’t have one yet, but my understanding is that it can increase the reception on one particular frequency, which is useful when out in the boonies and no signal is strong enough to get reception. Since our Sixfab modems have more than one antenna, and can pick up multiple frequencies simultaneously, having one stronger frequency signal may not necessarily result in faster download speeds. You can run a speedtest using a device connected to wifi and see what happens!