Particle Boron Antenna

Hello,

When I power up my Boron, it gets stuck on a rapidly blinking cyan (Connecting to the Cloud). Does that mean cell coverage is bad where I am located? I am situated in Canada, Alberta. I am using the flexible Taoglas antenna that came with the Boron. I know that the Toaglas is spec’ed for LTE bands from 698 – 3000MHz (https://www.taoglas.com/product/fxub63-ultra-wide-band-flex-antenna/)

If I want to replace the flexible Taoglas antenna with a higher gain antenna, can I use any antenna rated for LTE communication? Such as this one from DigiKey?

https://www.digikey.ca/en/products/detail/linx-technologies-inc/ANT-LTE-WS-SMA/9564444?utm_adgroup=RF%2FIF%20and%20RFID&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Smart%20Shopping_Product_RF%2FIF%20and%20RFID&utm_term=&productid=9564444&gclid=Cj0KCQjwvvj5BRDkARIsAGD9vlLXALuZevuHpkK3DqueUwUvXBF8jSSKOmTJQZ9D4nFpHsUiQDVRgOIaArLIEALw_wcB

For personal use, you can use a variety of cellular antennas. That one should be fine. (If you are manufacturing a product, there are certification issues that can occur with other antennas.)

The Boron comes with a u.FL connector. Most GSM antennas like that one require an SMA connector. A small adapter can be purchased:

At Adafruit, you can get this adapter . At SparkFun this adapter. At Amazon this adapter .

I use this antenna from Amazon which is about 4" long and has a magnetic mount to improve reception in fringe areas.

Thanks for your feedback!