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    • CLEARANCE FEE
    • By CLEARANCE FEE 8th May 19, 11:18 AM
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    CLEARANCE FEE
    Best landline free/4G router?
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    • 8th May 19, 11:18 AM
    Best landline free/4G router? 8th May 19 at 11:18 AM
    Iím moving business premises and I canít have a landline in the building so everyone else uses a landline free router as the transmitter is outside the building.

    EE do these but it is an expensive contract. Does anyone know which other companies do these?
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    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 8th May 19, 11:54 AM
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    • 8th May 19, 11:54 AM
    three £20 plan for 12 months or smarty £25 per 30 days
    Huawei B525, around £100 on ebay.

    or three homefi £22 per month for 24 month

    I would recommend you found someone who have three network on their phone to test the speed before commit to anything.
    Or you get a free sim from three webpage and top up £2 to have a test.
    Last edited by Cisco001; 08-05-2019 at 11:57 AM.
    • CLEARANCE FEE
    • By CLEARANCE FEE 8th May 19, 1:39 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 1:39 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 1:39 PM
    three £20 plan for 12 months or smarty £25 per 30 days
    Huawei B525, around £100 on ebay.

    or three homefi £22 per month for 24 month

    I would recommend you found someone who have three network on their phone to test the speed before commit to anything.
    Or you get a free sim from three webpage and top up £2 to have a test.
    Originally posted by Cisco001

    Thank you for the reply. It was very insightful.

    If Iím understanding this right if I bought the Huawei B525 router I can then get a sim card with a data plan and plug it into the router and it will work as a WiFi router?
    • Mister G
    • By Mister G 8th May 19, 2:07 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 2:07 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 2:07 PM
    Just check that you've got good 3 coverage where you are first.
    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 8th May 19, 2:44 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 2:44 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 2:44 PM
    Thank you for the reply. It was very insightful.

    If Iím understanding this right if I bought the Huawei B525 router I can then get a sim card with a data plan and plug it into the router and it will work as a WiFi router?
    Originally posted by CLEARANCE FEE
    Correct.

    And you don't need to restrict to 'Data plan' if you sign up with three. Normal 'phone plan' would do.

    If you intend to sign up with three, don't forget the extra cashback through quidco.

    i do not recommend TCB, as it didn't track mine when I sign up to three.
    • Croft12
    • By Croft12 8th May 19, 3:00 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 3:00 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 3:00 PM
    Just check that you've got good 3 coverage where you are first.
    Originally posted by Mister G

    https://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Network/_Standalone


    The HomeFi comes with a different router included - all depends on what you need and how long.
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 8th May 19, 4:22 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 4:22 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 4:22 PM
    three £20 plan for 12 months or smarty £25 per 30 days
    Huawei B525, around £100 on ebay.

    or three homefi £22 per month for 24 month

    I would recommend you found someone who have three network on their phone to test the speed before commit to anything.
    Or you get a free sim from three webpage and top up £2 to have a test.
    Originally posted by Cisco001
    Any reason why you'd buy that over say, the Huawei E5573C for around £40?
    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 8th May 19, 4:53 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 4:53 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 4:53 PM
    Any reason why you'd buy that over say, the Huawei E5573C for around £40?
    Originally posted by neilmcl
    OP asked for 4G router not mifi.
    E525 have LAN port and phone port at back.
    Also E525 is LTE CAT6 with 802.11 ac

    E5573 is LTE CAT4 with 802.11n
    However, E5573 which locked with three is only £12 + £1.5 delivery from CEX
    • kwikbreaks
    • By kwikbreaks 8th May 19, 9:37 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 9:37 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 9:37 PM
    I bought a Huawei B310 on ebay last year for £45 which came with a couple of 9dB antennas although I use it with a proper external 4G antenna as the cell is over a couple of miles away. Along with the external antenna connectors and the RJ45 it has WiFi although only 2,4GHz so I use it with a fairly cheap dual band AP.

    If it is going to be a longterm solution you may as well get something free on one of the contracts. I already had a SIM only contract which I was using on a MiFi but wanted better external antenna connectors than that had.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 9th May 19, 8:23 AM
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    I have a Huawei B310 mounted on top of a pole outside. The speed isn't exactly blistering but I'm glad to get anything considering the nearest mast is 8 miles away on the other side of the hill and we are in a deep valley.
    ďNever argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.Ē - Mark Twain
    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 9th May 19, 10:43 AM
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    I bought a Huawei B310 on ebay last year for £45 which came with a couple of 9dB antennas although I use it with a proper external 4G antenna as the cell is over a couple of miles away. Along with the external antenna connectors and the RJ45 it has WiFi although only 2,4GHz so I use it with a fairly cheap dual band AP.

    If it is going to be a longterm solution you may as well get something free on one of the contracts. I already had a SIM only contract which I was using on a MiFi but wanted better external antenna connectors than that had.
    Originally posted by kwikbreaks
    What external 4G antenna you are using?

    I have a Zyxel LTE4506-M606 and thinking about get Huawei instead.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 10th May 19, 8:48 AM
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    I tried all sorts of external aerials with my B310. Cross polarised yagis of increasing gain, high gain omni-directional collinear antenna. You name it, I tried it.

    I found the best results by using the internal aerials in the B310 and mounting the router as high as possible inside a weatherproof housing. It is also directional so knowing where the local masts are helps.

    I find this Android app very useful for tweeking...

    https://vxlabs.com/stats-for-huawei-lte-routers/
    ďNever argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.Ē - Mark Twain
    • harz99
    • By harz99 11th Jun 19, 3:02 PM
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    Thanks everyone some useful info and comments there.
    • markin
    • By markin 25th Oct 19, 6:05 AM
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    I tried all sorts of external aerials with my B310. Cross polarised yagis of increasing gain, high gain omni-directional collinear antenna. You name it, I tried it.

    I found the best results by using the internal aerials in the B310 and mounting the router as high as possible inside a weatherproof housing. It is also directional so knowing where the local masts are helps.

    I find this Android app very useful for tweeking...

    https://vxlabs.com/stats-for-huawei-lte-routers/
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom
    Edit to add the QUOTE.


    Probably a silly Q but did you change the settings to the external antenna? Until i watched a video on it i had no idea about it, and never seen it mentioned here or on other forums on the web.
    Last edited by markin; 26-10-2019 at 5:20 AM.
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 25th Oct 19, 10:38 PM
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    Probably a silly Q but did you change the settings to the external antenna? Until i watched a video on it i had no idea about it, and never seen it mentioned here or on other forums on the web.
    Originally posted by markin
    Who are you refering your question too on a 4 month old thread ?
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