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Wi-Fi "Bubble" mobile broadband dongle things



 
 
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Old May 8th 12, 04:23 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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Default Wi-Fi "Bubble" mobile broadband dongle things

So, these mini Wi-Fi Bubble type dongles from the likes of Orange etc
that enable you to connect multiple devices wirelessly to the same
"dongle" - I have a few questions.

Does the "dongle" act as a stand alone device i.e. operational without
PC etc? Can it be plugged into a mains USB charger type thing and left
connected (powered up)

How big does the "bubble" extend in open ground and inside the house
(presumably not as far as regular wirelss Access point)

oh, and on the same subject, in an area where T-Mobile has better
coverage than orange will an orange broadband dongle hook up over
T-Mobile or only through Orange?

Any alternative solutions without going the whole hog and buying a
full-blown router that can take a regular broadband dongle?

Cheers

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Old May 9th 12, 09:28 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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Default Wi-Fi "Bubble" mobile broadband dongle things

"www.GymRatZ.co.uk" wrote in message
...
So, these mini Wi-Fi Bubble type dongles from the likes of Orange etc
that enable you to connect multiple devices wirelessly to the same
"dongle" - I have a few questions.

Does the "dongle" act as a stand alone device i.e. operational without
PC etc? Can it be plugged into a mains USB charger type thing and left
connected (powered up)

How big does the "bubble" extend in open ground and inside the house
(presumably not as far as regular wirelss Access point)

oh, and on the same subject, in an area where T-Mobile has better
coverage than orange will an orange broadband dongle hook up over
T-Mobile or only through Orange?

Any alternative solutions without going the whole hog and buying a
full-blown router that can take a regular broadband dongle?

Cheers

--
http://www.GymRatZ.co.uk - Fitness+Gym Equipment.
http://www.water-rower.co.uk


The best solution is probably a normal USB dongle plugged into something
like this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003WK62O...B003WK 62OSIt is cheap, gives excellent WiFi coverage, and allows direct wiredconnection of TVs etc if required. If you want portability there are alsosimilar battery powered devices. The solution is completely stand aloneother than needing to connect a PC for the initial setup.

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Old May 9th 12, 10:19 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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Default Wi-Fi "Bubble" mobile broadband dongle things

MikeS wrote:
"www.GymRatZ.co.uk" wrote in message
...
So, these mini Wi-Fi Bubble type dongles from the likes of Orange etc
that enable you to connect multiple devices wirelessly to the same
"dongle" - I have a few questions.

Does the "dongle" act as a stand alone device i.e. operational without
PC etc? Can it be plugged into a mains USB charger type thing and left
connected (powered up)

How big does the "bubble" extend in open ground and inside the house
(presumably not as far as regular wirelss Access point)

oh, and on the same subject, in an area where T-Mobile has better
coverage than orange will an orange broadband dongle hook up over
T-Mobile or only through Orange?

Any alternative solutions without going the whole hog and buying a
full-blown router that can take a regular broadband dongle?

Cheers

--
http://www.GymRatZ.co.uk - Fitness+Gym Equipment.
http://www.water-rower.co.uk


The best solution is probably a normal USB dongle plugged into something
like this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003WK62O...B003WK 62OSIt is cheap, gives excellent WiFi coverage, and allows direct wiredconnection of TVs etc if required. If you want portability there are alsosimilar battery powered devices. The solution is completely stand aloneother than needing to connect a PC for the initial setup.

Solwise (www.solwise.co.uk) have quite a few routers into which you
can plug a dongle and even a couple which take a SIM directly. I have
one of the ones which takes a SIM directly and it works well.

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Old May 9th 12, 12:33 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
MarkU
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Default Wi-Fi "Bubble" mobile broadband dongle things

www.GymRatZ.co.uk wrote:
snip

oh, and on the same subject, in an area where T-Mobile has

better
coverage than orange will an orange broadband dongle hook up

over
T-Mobile or only through Orange?

snip

Cheers


AIUI with everything-everywhere if you roam from your "home"
network (in this case Orange) to the other network (in this case
T-Mobile) then you only get 2G internet. I don't know if this
will always be the case or if it's a transitional thing.

Regards

Mark


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Old May 9th 12, 07:07 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Steve R
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Default Wi-Fi "Bubble" mobile broadband dongle things

I use a Three Mifi, stand alone unit, up to five connections, small
enough to put in your pocket, battery powered and usb chargeable. You
can get them network unlocked and put your own data sim in. Really
works for me.

Steve

On 09/05/2012 09:28, MikeS wrote:
ipment wrote in message
...
So, these mini Wi-Fi Bubble type dongles from the likes of Orange etc
that enable you to connect multiple devices wirelessly to the same
"dongle" - I have a few questions.

Does the "dongle" act as a stand alone device i.e. operational without
PC etc? Can it be plugged into a mains USB charger type thing and left
connected (powered up)

How big does the "bubble" extend in open ground and inside the house
(presumably not as far as regular wirelss Access point)

oh, and on the same subject, in an area where T-Mobile has better
coverage than orange will an orange broadband dongle hook up over
T-Mobile or only through Orange?

Any alternative solutions without going the whole hog and buying a
full-blown router that can take a regular broadband dongle?

Cheers

--
http://www.GymRatZ.co.uk - Fitness+Gym Equipment.
http://www.water-rower.co.uk


The best solution is probably a normal USB dongle plugged into something
like this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003WK62O...B003WK 62OSIt is cheap, gives excellent WiFi coverage, and allows direct wiredconnection of TVs etc if required. If you want portability there are alsosimilar battery powered devices. The solution is completely stand aloneother than needing to connect a PC for the initial setup.


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Old May 9th 12, 07:50 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Mark
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Default Wi-Fi "Bubble" mobile broadband dongle things

On 09/05/2012 09:28, MikeS wrote:
ipment wrote in message
...
So, these mini Wi-Fi Bubble type dongles from the likes of Orange etc
that enable you to connect multiple devices wirelessly to the same
"dongle" - I have a few questions.

Does the "dongle" act as a stand alone device i.e. operational without
PC etc? Can it be plugged into a mains USB charger type thing and left
connected (powered up)

How big does the "bubble" extend in open ground and inside the house
(presumably not as far as regular wirelss Access point)

oh, and on the same subject, in an area where T-Mobile has better
coverage than orange will an orange broadband dongle hook up over
T-Mobile or only through Orange?

Any alternative solutions without going the whole hog and buying a
full-blown router that can take a regular broadband dongle?

Cheers

--
http://www.GymRatZ.co.uk - Fitness+Gym Equipment.
http://www.water-rower.co.uk


The best solution is probably a normal USB dongle plugged into something
like this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003WK62O...B003WK 62OSIt is cheap, gives excellent WiFi coverage, and allows direct wiredconnection of TVs etc if required. If you want portability there are alsosimilar battery powered devices. The solution is completely stand aloneother than needing to connect a PC for the initial setup.


Agreed.

There is a cheaper 150Mbps version at around 26 quid and it's excellent.
Frankly I can see little advantage in marginally better wifi performance
with a dongle as the BB source.




 




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