MiFi/WiFi

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  1. PaulB

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    Does anyone do a combined Mifi and WiFi booster device. Before anyone jumps on me I understand that they do separate if related jobs but a phone can handle data and wifi so one box to switch from one to the other would seem a good logical idea.

    Also can someone recommend a supplier who will be at the NEC for me the have a chat/ make a purchase. Thanks
     
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    Dont understand. A mi fi is a wi fi device.
     
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    MiFi converts a phone data signal to WiFi, I actually meant WiFi booster device, now corrected
     
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    I use an i boost for that. Can change between mi fi and the i boost on all my devices.
     
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    I have a Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330. Bought on eBay £25, then bought a £20 SIM card from "3" and have been able to get WiFi almost 90% of Europe

    Colyboy
     
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    I think what the OP is after is a unit like the WiFi booster (which is essentially a WiFi repeater) that can also connect to a mobile 4g network should a WiFi not be available.
    We used to have a router at the office which did that for home broadband, it could act as a repeater, or connect to a broadband. I haven't seen a unit like you describe, but I am sure one must exist.
     
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    I am going to open a can of worms here! What I have used very successfully is a Linux netbook (Samsung NC10) which I connect either to a USB omni directional Wifi aerial first to see if there are any signals I can connect too such as FON, campsite Wifi etc.

    Once I have a signal I run a script which then sets the laptop up as a 'hot spot', essentially a router, which all the device in the motorhome can use. I then use the netbook for browsing, e-mail etc. It also runs PureVPN for secure connections for banking etc. when required.

    As a fall back I use a mifi device which all devices can connect to anyway. This has worked very well in France. As all things Linux, it is a tad painful to set up but once working is seemless and there is loads of support on the net.
     
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    Some of the Huawei Mifi devices can also log in to a WiFi signal, mine can, but it isn't a booster as such. I suppose you might put it on the roof to get a better signal then log in to it from inside the vehicle but when I tried that there was no performance increase

    I think the problem is a mifi and WiFi booster need different aerial designs for best performance.
     
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    I have given up trying to explain the difference between wi-fi internet and mobile data internet.

    I too have asked myself the same question as PaulB in the OP.

    I haven't yet found a signal amplifier that boosts both signals.

    Luckily I spend most of my time in Portugal these days, and the mobile data coverage is pretty good. I don't have much need of other folk's wifi signals anymore.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    likewise.. rarely find free wifi..

    I found I had good coverage in both the UK and France with 3 network ..
     
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    To be properly effective such a device would need two completely separate antennas.

    I seem to find Wifi fairly easily in the UK so the iBoost gets used more here but don't tend to have much luck when abroad so that's when the Mifi comes into its own.
     
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    I've given up on free or even pay as you go wifi in the UK since getting a mifi and using either '3' or EE. Even right up in the north of Scotland I was able to use it. Hoping it will be good down through France and into Spain this Winter.
     
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    I sit outside and drink beer.
    Sit all day in front of a PC so I don't want to be techno connected during leisure time.
    Having said that it is useful to find out where the nearest beer store is.
     
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    I certainly agree that I find mifi on 3 much more consistently than wifi of any kind both abroad and in the UK. I'm even wondering if I need wifi/internet on landline at home.
     
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    If you don't want to watch things like iPlayer then you may well be fine with a broadband connection only. But if you do want to watch streaming things then I suspect you will exceed your data allowance. I'm not aware there are any unlimited data deals left any more and any that claim to be will have something in the fine print about "fair use" which is legal speak for "we can cut you off if we want to". :)
     
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    My only access to the Internet at home and in the MH is Mi-Fi on the '3' network. Admittedly I dont stream TV programmes but do spend a lot of time browsing especially this site!!!

    Works great for me, speed ok and no bill for a landline.
     
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    Chatting to a "Salesperson" in a Vodaphone shop over 20 years ago. He was then predicting that he thought that "landlines" would eventually become extinct!. It is happening, but much slower than was (then) predicted. I have heard that "they" are working on getting download speeds in excess 20 or more gb on "wireless" broadband?.

    I bought a cheap "smart phone" £35 for my Granddaughter to use whilst "over here" from the USA earlier this year. I "tether" it and use it as a dedicated sim only (GiffGaff) Mi Fi , works perfectly for running 4 Devices off.

    I also have one of these from the USA:-
    which pulls in weak WiFi on most sites with "line of sight".

    BTW. has anyone actually tried to check a download using 4G Mi Fi?.

    Pete
     
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    It often says "4g" on my NOS mifi thingy here in Portugal and in some locations it is pretty fast...

    Screenshot_2016-09-02-09-57-03.png

    Sadly my small orchard is not such a good location for NOS data signal. It took ages to upload this screen shot!

    JJ :cool:
     
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    What is the app?

    Pete
     
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    Afraid I can't remember, but I got it from Google Play Store.

    Just looked it up... it is called Ookla

    JJ :cool:
     
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