Your iPhone, makes Mifi obsolete ...

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  1. Scotties

    Scotties Funster Life Member

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    Hi, just in case you want to know how to access the Wifi Hotspot in you iphone.

    Download the latest software 4.3 (via itunes). Go into settings on the phone and then to Personal Hotspot and turn it ON. This will give you the wifi password for the ipad. Go to wifi in the ipad settings (or laptop etc) and chose the iphone. Enter the code.

    Hey presto, you now have wifi anywhere with a phone signal (assuming you have data in your phone package).

    The iphone even has a power save facility for when the ipad is not accessing the web.

    Much better than the basic tether, it realy doesn't work between the 2 apple units.

    Being a Hotspot, other users can go on line as well (if you give them the code) but in all fairness 3g data is a bit slower than a line based modem.

    This is exactly what the iphone/ipad users have been waiting for.:BigGrin:

    Hope this helps

    Regards Richard
     
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    Thank you for that. Although when i clicked on personal hotspot I was told I will have to ring orange. (Iphone)

    Just to confirm though, I don't have an Ipad, but can I set up a personal hotspot and then run my laptop through it?
     
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    My Samsung Galaxy S is set up to do this with an AP setting as standard.
     
  4. Jim

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    While I have used the iphone hotspot, its good, especially for low use or casual use, but its just not suitable for us for a couple of reasons; firstly the data tariff we have with the iphone is expensive. I already have a great deal with 3; 5gb for £7.50, so this sim is in the wifi. Also when I leave the van with my iphone, I am not nicking the rest of the family's internet connection, or killing my phone battery. It cost £70 with a card that had 3gb on it. A superb bit of kit that works right out of the box, so 5 devices can connect, just yesterday it was being used in our motorhome via a laptop, ipad and a kindle.

    Also for 15 euros mine is unlocked, which means that data cards from france will work in it along with other PAYG cards I have collected over the past couple of years. To keep swapping these with the phone sim would be a pain. its just so convenient to have your own wifi in the motorhome, independent of your phone. I can't recommend 3 myfi highly enough. :thumb:
     
  5. Scotties

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    Yes Hagnap you should, assuming your provider is not trying to get even more of your 'sheckles'. We occasionally lose the broadband at home (should have paid the bill) and the wifi from the iPhone was very useful.

    For Jim, having a sepparate WiFi makes a lot of sense.

    How did we ever manage without all these clever contraptions:RollEyes:
     
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    I downloaded 4.3, but can't see the personal hotspot item does this apply to the 4G only or the 3GS also?
     
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    Personal Hotspot ...

    Hi, go to settings, down to General, into Network and there it is nearly at the bottom of the page.

    Once we had used it a couple of times it came up on the first page of Settings.

    We are Vodafone and other cariers may be different.

    Hope this helps:Smile:
     
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    I am on 02 so that could be the reason Thanks any way.
     
  9. Geo

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    This personal Hot spot gizmo seems nothing more than a normal tethering bolt on that allows other devices to link up at the same time
    Check your service provider first,:thumb: you could end up paying dearly for the out of plan data used, you cant just use it with exsisting data plans on the i phone with all providers:Eeek:
     
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    Is there a mifi router out there that would take the Vodaphone USB PAYG dongle?
     
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    Yes, just take the sim out of the dongle and fit it in the mifi. Dongle is surplus to requirements, I've kept ours as a reserve, "just in case"

     
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    Yes, the "3" mifi dongle. :Eek!:

    You can buy it unlocked, or just download an unlock procedure from the net.:thumb:
     
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    Also for 15 euros mine is unlocked, which means that data cards from france will work in it along with other PAYG cards I have collected over the past couple of years. To keep swapping these with the phone sim would be a pain. its just so convenient to have your own wifi in the motorhome, independent of your phone. I can't recommend 3 myfi highly enough.


    Jim,

    Can you let us know where you got the mifi unlocked for 15 euros, please.....thats a great deal, and will outstip any UK roaming charge by miles, or ££££:thumb:
     
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    a Vodafone sharing dock will do the trick...

    JJ
     
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    My brother unlocked mine, I'm sure it was unlocked with a download from the web, I will ask him today how he did it. Meanwhile, a quick search says he probably used this site http://www.dc-unlocker.com/
     
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    Just found this too, you can easily buy it unlocked for any network:thumb:

    [ame]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unlocked-Wireless-Modem-Huawei-E585/dp/B003aVHT37U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1301903375&sr=8-1[/ame]
     
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    Thanks chaps - One final question (before we go back on topic) I'm looking for a simple 12v type router that would take my PAYG Vodaphone sim, which I can fix to the van on a permanent basis and it's got to be cheap(ish). Anything fit the bill?

    [ame]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Huawei-E583C-Mi-Fi-router-unlocked/dp/B004BVKH5C[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unlocked-Wireless-Modem-Huawei-E585/dp/B003VHT37U/ref=pd_cp_ce_0[/ame]

    Are these what we're talking about?

    Answered my own question... Here is a good video and a good price
     
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    Yes, they are charged by a mini USB so that can be used with any Cig lighter USB adapter, so could easily be hard wired into the motorhome. The battery on mine lasts about 6 hours.
     
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    Hi Autoquest... do you have a dongle which you use with your sim? If so, the Vodafone sharing dock might be more affordable for you (My Portuguese one was €29. I just plugged my dongle into the dock and Hey Presto... wi-fi in Wagon.

    The Dock came with a 240v/12v adaptor which I use my inverter to power.

    I guess I might be able to power it directly from the van electrics although I think it is 12volts a/c... (I didn't know there was such stuff but apparently there is.)


    Here in the UK I am with T Mobile and am getting a similar thingy from them (£60) which has an internal, rechargeable battery (when the delivery arrives.)

    JJ
     
  20. Autoquest

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    Thanks JJ but my new Huawei E585 arrives this afternoon (unlocked) so in preparation I have my laptop and K3565 Vodaphone dongle in work as well.....

    The shocker is my USB dongle DOESN'T have a micro SD card inside the slot:Doh:

    Suggestions anyone :shout:
     
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