internet

Discussion in 'Computers' started by BobT, May 9, 2012.

  1. BobT

    BobT Trader - Tour Operator

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2010
    Messages:
    305
    Likes Received:
    321
    Location:
    Norfolk
    Can anybody explain to me (preferably in English) the difference between a mobile Broadband stick and a wi-fi dongle? Is either preferable to the other?

    many thanks,

    Bob T
     
  2. Drew

    Drew Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2010
    Messages:
    434
    Likes Received:
    214
    Location:
    Hebden Bridge
    Mobile broadband uses a mobile phone connection to connect to the internet.
    WiFi uses a local wireless link, so you have to be near a link that allows you to connect, MacDonalds have them and you can usually get reception in the car park so don't need to set foot inside.
    Wifi can be free, sometimes there is a charge, Mobile broadband will be chargeable either by the Mb or you can get a package.
    Hope that helps.
     
  3. activecampers

    activecampers Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2008
    Messages:
    420
    Likes Received:
    102
    Location:
    Heathrow
    You've got terms mixed up and hence the confusion.

    "Mobile broadband" is the correct term for the service where a device can connect via the mobile phone network to access the internet. The technology for this is either through a "tethered smart phone" (e.g. using your mobile as a go-between your laptop and the internet), a "mi-fi" type device (a stand alond devie that connects to the mobile broadband and makes a local wifi-network yor laptop connects to), or a mobile broadband dongle (which connects to the internet via the phone network and plugs directly into your computer)

    The term "dongle" is really the "mobile broadband dongle" which is part of the above and plugs in. You could also call this a "stick" :)

    The term dongle isn't used for wifi :)

    Wifi connecting to the internet via any avaialble wifi network (e.g. home/campsite/McDonalds etc). If your laptop doesn't have a wifi device built in (unlikely) you can buy a wifi adapter. But really, no such thing as a "wifi dongle".

    If this doesn't explain it, clarify your question :)
     
  4. slobadoberbob

    slobadoberbob Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2009
    Messages:
    6,159
    Likes Received:
    1,970
    Location:
    Kent, garden of England
    I could use.....

    I could use mobile broadband at Peterborough in the field of mud with the mobile phone tethered to the laptop ...connected by a lead.

    I could not use WIFI as there was no signal anywhere near me.

    I paid to use the mobile phone connection, where as with wifi I may not have.. especially at McD'ds and also Starbucks and Weatherspoons etc.,

    Bob
     
  5. jaygee

    jaygee Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2009
    Messages:
    1,166
    Likes Received:
    718
    Location:
    Harwich, Essex
    1. mobile broadband dongle has a data sim in it and connects to one device only i.e. 1 laptop

    2. Mi-Fi is a stand alone (dongle) that has a data sim in it but is not connected to any one item. You can connect up to 5 items to the mi-fi.

    As said in previous posts, you can only connect to the internet on the above 2 via a data sim which is inserted into either the dongle or the mi-fi, they will then connect to broadband over the mobile phone network

    I started off with a mobile dongle but changed to a Mi-Fi unit and get a 3g "3" data sim off Amazon which lasts for 3 months and costs £9-£11 to put in it.

    edit:
    Having just read Slobadoberbob's post I was connected to the internet on my wi-fi unit using my "3" data sim ok in Peterborough. I even managed to book replacement flights to Spain via this as my son missed his flight due to an accident on the road to the airport!
    I have had trouble in the past using a talk talk sim with not very good coverage.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. BobT

    BobT Trader - Tour Operator

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2010
    Messages:
    305
    Likes Received:
    321
    Location:
    Norfolk
    dongle

    Hi Ryan,
    Thanks for your info.
    I currently have a dongle from Orange for which I pay £10 per month, but it rarely seems to work. I live in Norfolk and apparently reception is not good.
    One of my staff, who is very "techie" told me that he now uses a "mobile internet" which connects to his laptop like a dongle, but it gives much better reception. He said it is costing him £12 per month.
    I am not interested in downloading games, films etc. I just want to be able to read my e-mails and surf the internet when it is convenient.

    BobT
     
  7. aba

    aba

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2009
    Messages:
    2,793
    Likes Received:
    1,119
    Location:
    yorkshire
  8. Drew

    Drew Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2010
    Messages:
    434
    Likes Received:
    214
    Location:
    Hebden Bridge
    If Orange does not offer a good signal try other networks, O2, Vodaphone, etc.
     
  9. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,856
    Likes Received:
    14,508
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    Wifi dongles date back to to Pc's and laptops that did not have an internal wifi card.
    I have 2 BT one's connecting older PC's to my wireless broadband hub.
     

Share This Page