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Fionntamhnach

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Re: Broadband
« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2016, 03:54:04 PM »
Cheers Fionn. I am in a border area with no 4G and patch enough mobile signal. This is what led to me querying Satellite.
Even EE's 3G mobile broadband isn't too bad if you have a good signal, and they tend to have pretty good outdoor coverage across the north now. I've been able to hit 10Mbps download speeds with them on 3G alone. A few people I've recommended EE too for general phone use have been all very happy with them.
I would be mainly looking to have broadband in my office. Is there any sort of ariel or receiver type device can be used to improve pick up of 3g to a fixed indoor point or router?
If you're intending to use 3G/4G broadband solely on an office computer, then a USB dongle on the end of a long USB extension cable could work well, that way you could position the dongle to the position of getting the best signal, say on a window facing a base station. Otherwise you're best bet for "fixed" use is a dedicated 4G modem/router. EE will sell you one as part of a contract though they seem to be aiming these at residential rather than business markets presently. Some ADSL/FTTC modem/routers that have a USB port can use some 3G/4G dongles as a modem and then route them via ethernet or WiFi but I've found performance for this can be hit and miss - The Huawei b593 4G router is one I often see recommended as you can fix it to an external aerial if required. But back to EE, they have an offer on the link below of 50GB of data a month with a 12 month contract for £34 a month with a funny looking modem/router thrown in.


http://shop.ee.co.uk/dongles/pay-monthly-mobile-broadband/4g-home-broadband/details


I was also thinking that in your position you might be able to get a 3G or 4G signal from a southern network. 3 IRL & Meteor seem to do decent value mobile broadband packages, but I'll leave others to mention how good or bad their services are.
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Re: Broadband
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2016, 05:40:16 PM »
I do indeed get a good signal from Monaghan. Would I need PAYG rather than a fixed contract due to being on the wrong side of the border?
Is there any easy way to determine which network is providing the best signal before actually buying a dongle?

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Re: Broadband
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2016, 06:35:38 PM »
I do indeed get a good signal from Monaghan. Would I need PAYG rather than a fixed contract due to being on the wrong side of the border?
Is there any easy way to determine which network is providing the best signal before actually buying a dongle?

You should be able to get a contract.
One way is to get an unlocked SIM free dongle and a try a few prepaid SIMS and see which works best.
But even an unlocked phone with 4G capability and a couple of SIMS would show something, or even a NI phone that can roam on these networks (not all can use all though).
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Re: Broadband
« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2016, 08:06:50 AM »
Anyone in the north have any dealing with Vodafone for broadband and landline calls. Had signed up for it as it seemed to be working out cheaper than BT but on reflection now i think it might have been a mistake. The fact that its 15p for a connection charge everytime u make a call is bugging me.
EE have a deal called 4GEE where you can get 50GB download monthly and you get a small device called an mini osprey 2 which has a sim in it for £27 a month. I use this at home and can stream films and all. Measuring up to 30MB speed and I live in the sticks and I mean really in the sticks but have good 4G service on EE luckily.

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Re: Broadband
« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2016, 01:36:31 PM »
Anyone in the north have any dealing with Vodafone for broadband and landline calls. Had signed up for it as it seemed to be working out cheaper than BT but on reflection now i think it might have been a mistake. The fact that its 15p for a connection charge everytime u make a call is bugging me.
EE have a deal called 4GEE where you can get 50GB download monthly and you get a small device called an mini osprey 2 which has a sim in it for £27 a month. I use this at home and can stream films and all. Measuring up to 30MB speed and I live in the sticks and I mean really in the sticks but have good 4G service on EE luckily.

Looks the biz. They also seem to have a 4G home broadband device.

http://shop.ee.co.uk/dongles/pay-monthly-mobile-broadband/gallery?bundleNo=-1&search=:topRated

 What are the main advantages / disadvantages of each? The plans are not directly comparable, with differing contract lengths and data plans.

From what I can see the Osprey is more compact, doesn't require batteries and takes 10 devices (compared to the larger mains powered home device which takes 18.


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Re: Broadband
« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2016, 03:18:42 PM »



Looks the biz. They also seem to have a 4G home broadband device.

http://shop.ee.co.uk/dongles/pay-monthly-mobile-broadband/gallery?bundleNo=-1&search=:topRated

 What are the main advantages / disadvantages of each? The plans are not directly comparable, with differing contract lengths and data plans.

LeoMc, you stated earlier "I am in a border area with no 4G and patch enough mobile signal" so this may not be for you, although it may be useful to Hereiam.
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Re: Broadband
« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2016, 04:18:54 PM »



Looks the biz. They also seem to have a 4G home broadband device.

http://shop.ee.co.uk/dongles/pay-monthly-mobile-broadband/gallery?bundleNo=-1&search=:topRated

 What are the main advantages / disadvantages of each? The plans are not directly comparable, with differing contract lengths and data plans.

LeoMc, you stated earlier "I am in a border area with no 4G and patch enough mobile signal" so this may not be for you, although it may be useful to Hereiam.
Sorry, i made the assumption about 4g based on my poor 3g EE signal and previous experience of non existent Vodafone signal.
It is worth walking round the house with a (borrowed) 4g device to find out before i go the road of satellite or O2 Ireland.

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Re: Broadband
« Reply #22 on: September 08, 2016, 11:30:34 AM »



Looks the biz. They also seem to have a 4G home broadband device.

http://shop.ee.co.uk/dongles/pay-monthly-mobile-broadband/gallery?bundleNo=-1&search=:topRated

 What are the main advantages / disadvantages of each? The plans are not directly comparable, with differing contract lengths and data plans.

LeoMc, you stated earlier "I am in a border area with no 4G and patch enough mobile signal" so this may not be for you, although it may be useful to Hereiam.
Sorry, i made the assumption about 4g based on my poor 3g EE signal and previous experience of non existent Vodafone signal.
It is worth walking round the house with a (borrowed) 4g device to find out before i go the road of satellite or O2 Ireland.


OK, so I managed to borrow an Osprey and I can get an OK 4G signal in 2 upstairs rooms and I can get a decent wireless signal in those rooms, better than BT anyway. However, perhaps due to the house construction the WIFI signal cannot be picked up elsewhere in the house and EE's 4G Router does not have a LAN port. Are there any 4G wireless routers out there to which you can add a 4G sim card and plug into a LAN circuit to give both a wired and wireless network?
« Last Edit: September 08, 2016, 11:32:52 AM by LeoMc »

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Re: Broadband
« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2017, 09:01:23 AM »
http://nibroadband.com/get-superfast

Anyone like to recommend a superfast fibre broadband provider? Its just in the process of becoming available in our area and I've took a scunderin' dealing with BTs customer service end (left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing). Any positive experiences out there in terms of quality of & customer service?
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Re: Broadband
« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2017, 09:52:00 AM »
I have been with Virgin, NTL whatever for 20 years and never had a major problem with them. get 100megs unlimited which does the job for me.
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Re: Broadband
« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2017, 10:13:06 AM »
http://nibroadband.com/get-superfast

Anyone like to recommend a superfast fibre broadband provider? Its just in the process of becoming available in our area and I've took a scunderin' dealing with BTs customer service end (left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing). Any positive experiences out there in terms of quality of & customer service?

I had enough with BTs woeful customer service as well so I moved to Sky for my broadband and find them pretty good.
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