Telstra Bigpond Ultimate NetComm 3G42WT Patch Lead
- Connects your home network gateway modem to an antenna
- 30cm of RG174 cable terminated with MS-147 connector
- Helps boost signal strength and speed of 42Mbps device
- Netcomm 3G42WT mobile broadband gateway has two antenna ports. Use Main when connecting only one antenna.

Why use an external antenna?

Next time you're out-and-about look around you - every day thousands of Australians use external antennas to enjoy fast, uninterrupted wireless broadband internet. If you're in a rural, hilly, low signal area, or you can't get a good signal indoors there's no need to tear your hair out over slow mobile broadband crashing or dropping out half way - an external antenna is often all you need.

What does a patch lead do?

Most antenna cables terminate with a standard connection, most commonly a female 'FME' connector. To plug an antenna into your phone or wireless modem, you need a short cable that acts as a conversion from the FME connector to the device-specific connector that will plug into the antenna port on your device.

The Bigpond Ultimate Mobile Broadband Home Network Gateway uses a technology called Dual Carrier HSPA+. While this does not require the use of two antennas, the second antenna port is a "diversity receive" external antenna port designed to stabilise and improve download speeds by capturing a more diverse selection of radio waves.
To check whether your area is DC-HSPA+ enabled, please follow the information provided on our Telstra Coverage Map page.

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Which connector type do I need?

We offer both the standard FME connector that you will find on 90% of antenna cables, and the less common SMA connector sometimes used. The following images will help you identify which connector your antenna cable has, and consequently what patch lead you require. If you don't yet have an antenna, you can find what connector your antenna will have at the bottom of it's description.

FME patch lead vs SMA patch cable


SKU 810
Shipping Weight 0.0450kg
Shipping Width 0.050m
Shipping Height 0.050m
Shipping Length 0.300m