WiFi Repeater / USB Aerial Bargain

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  1. Shaggy

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    That certainly looks good..

    and about half the price of the iBoost directional system at £160 .. which I have already purchased.
     
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    The repeater is a good one. Sold under many badges but is essentially an "alfa r36 router" search under that name for bargains. Alfa network are expected to launch its successor within the next 12 months that will work with MIMO antenna. The r36 may perform as well as the Iboost but the interface is I think not as clean (or supported)

    Dick
     
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    I'm technically hopeless but with some guidence manage to handle the r36

    The above seems a good deal...well done. Why pay more!:)
     
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    You can get the same kit as the iBoost for £90.00 or upgrade to a more powerful antenna which I have for £120.00, both prices include a suction cup mount at £13.00 which the Yachting Software kit does not supply so comes out at about the same price. Not tried the Solwise USB but the "iBoost" kit is rock solid.
     
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    All manner of fixing brackets and suction cup included. See link...
    https://www.yachtingsoftware.com/utp2470-12-directional-usb-wifi-antenna_p319.aspx
     
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    yes, it is.. wasn't suggesting otherwise.. had no problems with mine.. other than actually finding an open wifi

    I'm starting to think the same money would have bought a MiFi with a shed load of 3 data ..
     
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    It says suction cup in the spec so assume it is? I'm not promoting it, I don't even own one yet, just throwing it out there as an option for good money.
     
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    The setup instructions describe using an Ethernet cable to connect to a PC or laptop. This won't work with a tablet that doesn't have a LAN port. I would have thought it should be possible to connect to it wirelessly, but I couldn't find that mentioned.
     
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    Yes the uncertainty of will I find a WiFi near enough or do I have a mobile signal, well I have the WiFi covered as far as I can with the booster (and having a son with BT Broadband WiFi helps) and now the mobile booster which is easy to overcome but at a price... £90.00 for an illegal setup or £500 for a legal one, decided that the illegal route is a none starter and I have a lot more important things to spend £500 pounds on present. Hopefully with 3 rolling out the 800 Mhz band it might improve coverage.
     
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    we also have BT Broadband .. and have successful used Fon in the UK.. but was never able to get a connection to Fon in France..

    and yes, I have read the workaround, but to be frank.. if it doesn't work 'out of the box'.. can't be bothered .. as I mentioned on another thread.. whilst travelling it's not important,. if we have it .. fine.. if not.. no worries.

    I bought the iBoost on impulse.. to date the cost hasn't been justified... just my view.
     
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    @Shaggy I like you looked at numerous options and the Solwise/Alpha was very tempting but in the end I went for the Ubiquiti NanoStation M2/ MikroTik mAP2n combo, same as the iBoost but with an extra 3db gain, wether that helps depends on what is transmitting at the other end. Every review was positive and several American RVer's have put up YouTube videos of the setup process, I am sure the USB route is going to be just as reliable but with mine I have CAT5 network cable that can reach the front windscreen, both sidewalls or rear and I am not sure 5M USB would be as easy to move the antenna around the van for best reception.
     
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    We have the solwise router and you can connect wirelessly with iPad we have the old solwise rocket antenna the suction pads are rubbish.
    They suck not!
     
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    I'll keep you folks updated with my success, or otherwise, when I set mine up!!! Thanks All
     
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    I have gone through many setups over the years from micro routers to massive satellite dishes. I have wasted so much money trying things out only to find out that it has one minor problem that makes it unusable for my use case. As I ran an internet company for many many years I am familiar with networking and understand routers, bridges and all the stuff that goes with them I can sort this stuff out given time and budget.

    The iBoost system is a little on the pricey side when you know the components cost. However I value the package as all the work/setup has already been done for me which is worth the difference in price between the individual components and the complete package. When you buy it you are not buying the components you are buying a fully integrated and tested system.

    I highly recommend the iBoost package. I have no ties to the company and I paid full price for my install. I rely on the internet to make my living and need 24/7 access. The iBoost is a straight forward system that just works.. My only criticism is that it doesn't store passwords and auto connect to previously used connections. But that is nothing a text file with the password in doesn't fix. If you don't have the time or technical knowledge to mess around then the iBoost system is still the best one around in my opinion.
     
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    Well I'm glad of that but not glad if you see what I mean(n)
    I also can't get any fon in France , it is there and I must be fixed up right as I once, and only once got to the sign in thing, outside a cafe but it only lasted about a minute before it cut off and said I had too many devices connected, I'd only got the one, but also like you I have now give up on it as you can useualy find wifi or a phone signal somewhere.
     
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    Where does illegality come into it?
     
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    This is something I can never understand about kodi tv , if the signal is there it's not your fault if it turns up on your tv,
     
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    I've had the to many devices but tried 10 minutes later and connected ok . SFR nearly always have a fon connection at the bottom of there buy minutes page takes some finding at times on ipad.

    joe
     
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