Mifi or iboost?

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  1. klaus Knaus

    klaus Knaus Read Only Funster

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    Wondering which to go for as the best to use in Europe. We don't want to stream films or tv but do like to access the cloud to use music players. Otherwise just normal email and Facebook use to keep in touch with family and perhaps checking the weather to find the sun!
    Interested to hear others' experiences - many thanks.
    Brian
     
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    We use both depending what is available
     
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    Both...

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    we have both, but on a trip to France last month put a 3 sim in Bev's iPad used that as a hot spot as a third option with great results
     
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    Definitely both. Even with both there will be occasions when neither will have a signal. Stick your music on a cd or memory stick, no signal required.
     
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    They are not the same thing! Mifi is your own dedicated wifi hotspot, iboost is used for boosting the signal strength of someone else's broadband so you can receive the signal. I have both and seldom if ever use the iboost, however if I was parked up on sites for weeks at a time I probably would use the iboost to get free wifi!
     
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    MiFi generally although as dabhand says if you like a lot of campsites then maybe a boost as well. I would not buy an Iboost as it is too expensive for what it is. A Ubiquiti Nanostation Loco M2 is exactly the same product and only costs £40
     
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    Both. They aren't really comparable.

    Remember a MiFi does not give you WiFi. It gives you mobile internet the same as you would have on your phone. The chances of getting better than 3G anywhere in Europe are pretty slim.
     
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    I have rarely found a campsite that had sufficient bandwidth to stream a movie, either here in the UK or in Europe, so I would have to lean towards MiFi if that's what you want to use it for.
    However, if you simply want internet access, then the iBoost is for you. Having both gives you the best of both worlds.
    We have a very powerful 4g router with high gain aerials, that gave us excellent coverage all around Europe, apart from Luxembourg, although I should have anticipated that really. The only other place we have failed to get a signal is bizarrely Longleat.
    A 4g internet connection is going to be massively faster than any campsite can offer on WiFi.
    In conclusion, get both, have a collection of PAYG sim cards and an unlocked router. Then if you want to watch some Netflix, top up the relevant sim card and off you go. You can watch without the rest of the site wanting to kill you for using up all the bandwidth, or if you want to pick up emails, turn on iBoost and off you go. :D
     
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    Both here too
     
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