Wi-Fi options?

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  1. euphony290

    euphony290 Read Only Funster

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    In addition to my last post regrading 'essentials' I realised I had ommitted to ask about wi-fi options. This will be quite important to us as we travel.

    I found a wi-fi device that can be fitted to the roof/side of the 'van that detects wi-fi signals in the locality but these may not be secure if accessible. I have a feeling we could buy a Dongle to access the internet but not sure of how this works and/or costs.

    I am aware that we can nip into Mc D's, or similar places, for a coffee and access their free wi-fi but this may not always be an option and so I'd prefer to be self-sufficient if possible.

    We would appreciate your suggestions based on your experiences.

    Many thanks and regards
    euphony290
     
  2. Bailey58

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    This is a constant topic of conversation particularly for foreign travel, a VERY recent thread here.
     
  3. Spenders

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    You could take a peek at http://www.motorhomewifi.com/


    It's run by Addie and Sophie, who are Funsters and have used the stuff they sell all around Europe (so they tell us!)

    Simon
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    Er..... having read that back... just to clarify... they are not selling second hand stuff that they have used, but new stuff that they recommend having used examples.. oh, you know what I mean!!! :Doh:
     
  5. Heyupluv

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    Hi Euphony
    Get a SFR dongle and sim from the sfr shop and ask them to set it up for you.
    ..unless you are a computer wifi techi....if so just get a SFR sim..pay as u go..and keep topping it up....
    If you get the dongle as well as the sim this will set your computer up....:thumb:

    Now the mifi....unlocked of course, now this item is a mini mobile modem which will supply up to 5 devices off one sim.eg lappy...phone 1 or two..iPad/android pad and phones via wifi.(this will be the sim card you purchased from the SFR shop, or taken out of your new SFR dongle and inserted into your mifi)..a mifi is normally running at a faster mbs...around 21mbs..( i think the sfr dongle runs about 7mbs).this mifi you can place in most places in your motorhome for the best signal and all your other devices will wifi from this mini modem ...
    Orange is not that good and cost's more in the long run) I know I have used it for several years over here in France:Doh:
    I hope that has been of some help to you.
    YES I run SFR:thumb:.....I did run Orange but not anymore:Doh:

    Your unlocked mifi...you can use this in any country...UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany ....you will just need to get a PAY as YOU Go sim for the ncountry you are in......and YOU WILL NEED TO KEEP CHANGING YOUR APN ADDRESS ON YOUR MIFI...

    http://wiki.apnchanger.org/France

    https://dataroam.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/97351-mifi-apn-settings-european-sim-card

    http://ftp1.digi.com/support/documentation/europeanprovider.pdf
    Mel
     
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    Hello
    Has the mifi unit got security password to prevent unwanted devise to piggyback on to use up data while it is running please.
    Regards
     
  7. Heyupluv

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    Hi YES you enter your own password......and change when and if needed
     
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    What a particularly useful post from Heyupluv. Is this a viable option for holidays or only longer term? Thinking about contract lengths etc.

    Steve
     
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    Heyupluv Read Only Funster

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    Just a follow on Steve.....when I called in the SFR shop...I asked if a person from the uk could purchase a SFR sim......YES... pay as you go....not sure about a contract sim( I think he said NO unless you are a resident)...but that was about 6 months ago and things do change:Doh:...for a pay as you go sim ....all he did was to take a few details and to copy your Passport....you can top up on line or call in any SFR shop...

    Also it depends what usage you require....and how many times you will need the internet...as a lot of the UK contracts do cover in europe at around £2.00 per day...you can pay that in France on camp sites that don't include free wifi
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  10. Deckard

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    The question is about connectivity - rather than specifically wifi - as no doubt you will need two solutions to this problem, depending on your demands for internet access.

    1 solution - i note has been posted with regards to getting a mifi device unlocked, so you can buy UK and A.n.Other sims in country of destination. Buying local sims is the cheapest option as roaming gets expensive.

    The mifi unti creats your local hotspot eg. inside the van.

    2nd solution is actually about using on site and freely available wifi options such as coffee shops and other fast food outlets.

    I have posted the 2 router option on another thread, but in summary;

    Some sort of booster aerial - with SMA or compatible fitting
    1 router - this will have the booster aerial hooked to it to connect to your "external" wifi source.
    Connect this to a second router via RJ45 link, the second router can now be configured to provide "internal" wifi to which all your devices can connect.

    YOu can buy the MWWF solution (£160?) or the above can be done for maybe £60-70 - even cheaper if you can blag a couple of routers to start with! The tricky bit is to get a router with a screw off aerial to allow you to connect the booster aerial to it.

    The routers need to be configured with the 2nd with DHCP OFF...different IPs - job done - mail me if you need more help with it.

    Given how often this comes up should i write a detailed piece about it and post it up for future reference?
     
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    I await your detailed piece, with full instructions and photo's...prices, where to buy the equiptment :thumb:


    Mel
     
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    k - i'll do it later today and post it up...
     
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    In my experience dongles are often of limited use to me as I like to overnight in quiet places which often do not have a phone signal rendering the dongle useless.

    However I have dongle, smart phone and a laptop and prefer to use wifi whenever possible due to the expensive overseas data costs.

    When I bought a French PAYG SIM card, a couple of years ago, I found that the credit had very short time limits (one month with low top-ups) and that I could not credit the SIM from a UK credit card. The SIM also stopped working if not topped up for 6 months.

    Have things improved?
     
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    Thank you one-and-all for your responses and the excellent info. I have to admit, much of it sounds very technical :Doh:to me and maybe I should stick with periodic trips to Mc D's or other free wi-fi establishments.

    I will keep tabs on replies to this thread and hope to become more techie-minded.

    Thanks again and regards
    euphony290 :thumb:
     
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    We use a Leclerc PAYG sim card (now called Reglo Mobile) as the credit lasts 12 months... 1.50€ per month, for unlocked mobile phones. It has good coverage too, we've found!
     
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    If your serious about Roaming internet the best way is to buy or rent a 'europe' sim card, can be expensive, (normally over a 30 day period) but with the unlocked MiFi plus the sim card you'll be able to go on-line virtually anywhere
     
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    Yes please! The wheels fell off about two posts in for me with my limited knowledge of computers, wifi et al! :Doh:
     
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    Sorry - I will get around to this - just been a bit busy (thankfully).....
     
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