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    • switch76
    • By switch76 5th Jan 18, 7:32 PM
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    Mobile Broadband With Lots Of Data
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    • 5th Jan 18, 7:32 PM
    Mobile Broadband With Lots Of Data 5th Jan 18 at 7:32 PM
    Are there any mobile broadband deals that give unlimited data or have a large data allowance?


    Is there a difference between getting a mobile router, a dongle or tethering a mobile? How easy is it to use a mobile phone to send the signal to my computer so I can use the internet?


    I'm in London. What kind of speeds can I get with 3G or 4G?
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    • woody2234
    • By woody2234 5th Jan 18, 8:01 PM
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    1 are you planning on using it as a home broadband connection

    2 a mobile router is a stand alone broadband connection normally a mifi box or dongle for example

    https://www.vodafone.co.uk/shop/mobile-broadband/index.htm

    http://www.three.co.uk/Store/Mobile_Broadband#wifi


    3 tethering is using your mobile phone as a connection
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    • switch76
    • By switch76 5th Jan 18, 8:26 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:26 PM
    My home internet is having problems and is very slow. I'm looking to replace it if a mobile option exists or just take monthly mobile broadband contracts when I have a lot to watch online.
    • woody2234
    • By woody2234 5th Jan 18, 8:32 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:32 PM
    How long has home internet been having problems
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    • switch76
    • By switch76 5th Jan 18, 8:41 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:41 PM
    My internet speed has been very slow since the end of October. Pages take a long time to load especially pictures. I often get error messages on some web pages presumably because of the slow speed. I am meant to get up to 20Mb. I was getting 14Mb when it was working properly but now I am only getting 1Mb or less.


    My ISP will charge me 210 if they send an engineer and there is a fault in the house. I don't know what is causing the slow speed.
    • woody2234
    • By woody2234 5th Jan 18, 8:49 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:49 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:49 PM
    have you asked your neighbours if there speed has gone down since October and or maybe you need a new router, who you with, Im with plusnet, how old is your router
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    • switch76
    • By switch76 5th Jan 18, 8:56 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:56 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:56 PM
    I don't know if my neighbours have the same problems. I'm with Hotchilli. My router is about 10 years old.
    • woody2234
    • By woody2234 5th Jan 18, 9:11 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 9:11 PM
    so your router is 10 years old so it could be that, how much you paying for Hotchilli broadband and when is your contract end
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    • Hoogle
    • By Hoogle 5th Jan 18, 9:16 PM
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    3 mobile do unlimited data quite cheap on a phone contract, however it is usually limited to 5 gig of tethered data. But you can get apps to trick your phone into believing it is mobile data and not tethered and i should imagine london 4g speeds will be 30+ down 25 up
    • switch76
    • By switch76 5th Jan 18, 9:18 PM
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    15 a month. Monthly contract.


    It could be anything. I don't know how to find the cause without replacing everything.


    How likely is it to be the router working but making the speed slow and causing error messages on some pages?
    • switch76
    • By switch76 5th Jan 18, 9:24 PM
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    3 mobile do unlimited data quite cheap on a phone contract, however it is usually limited to 5 gig of tethered data. But you can get apps to trick your phone into believing it is mobile data and not tethered and i should imagine london 4g speeds will be 30+ down 25 up
    Originally posted by Hoogle


    Is this the one? 35 unlimited data 1 month contract.
    http://www.three.co.uk/Store/SIM/Plans_for_phones


    Which apps?
    • woody2234
    • By woody2234 5th Jan 18, 9:35 PM
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    True it could be anything, surely Hotchilli will send openreach to look at the problem which is 96 looking at this webpage

    https://www.openreach.co.uk/orpg/home/products/pricing/loadProductPriceDetails.do?data=pBzHTRfO4GXC12qz7D CzqUP54d5RrQ9TQD%2BRDuYwQUElMnGHsqdC0vzO163bJmh34D 91D7M0q8u%2FIlSgtIFAKw%3D%3D

    yes you could go for mobile broadband but you need to research the connection speed and the deals and a few years ago I had a three mifi box with 5mb speeds and 15 gigs data for 15 monthly
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    • switch76
    • By switch76 5th Jan 18, 9:44 PM
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    They've quoted me 175+VAT which I assume is 210.
    • editor1
    • By editor1 9th Jan 18, 9:34 AM
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    Just some advice from someone who's recently moved from a fixed line service delivering 1Mbps to a 4.5G LTE service delivering far higher speeds - please note I'm Hong Kong based, but same issues apply.

    First, make sure you have a decent 4.5G equipped router, that's one with a built in Sim tray - try Huawei for these home bases & don't pay crazy prices - you can purchase outright cheaply on eBay.

    Secondly, ensure you are actually able to get a decent signal, this varies across the UK, but even in weak spots, the addition of an external arial helps greatly.

    Thirdly, make sure you have a decent AC Wifi router, ones push the numbers 3200 or 5100 are great for coverage and pushing signals through brick/concrete walls.

    My 'unlimited' service in HK has cost me approx. 600 for two years, included in this cost was a Sim Equipped 4.5G Router & high end Wifi AC Router.

    Whilst my service is now considerably better than anything 'fixed line', we still have an irregular service, this is due to demand constraints on bandwidth available - our 4.5G service being via microwave connections - I live on a small Island, and, more importantly, prevailing weather conditions - in heavy rain we get no service I'm afraid & its rains quite a lot in HK. On the plus side, in 5 months I've managed to burn through more than 2Tb of data, much of this due to using an Xbox and DLing digital games. On average, my speed has been 12Mbps down and 5Mbps up, I say on average because I can get speeds up to 52Mbps down, alas its not 24/7!
    • jamesperrett
    • By jamesperrett 12th Jan 18, 2:43 PM
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    I don't know if my neighbours have the same problems. I'm with Hotchilli. My router is about 10 years old.
    Originally posted by switch76
    It is almost certainly worth getting a newer router - they're less than 50 quid for a decent one and a ready to go spare is always handy if your main router dies for some reason. It is possible that Hotchilli have dropped support for a protocol that your router was using so it has dropped back to a slower protocol.
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