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Paul C

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  1. Technically yes, since the BSS requirements for private boats don't specify a minimum. But common sense should guide you here.....
  2. Yes you'll get decent money if weighed in as scrap.
  3. Is this for me or the OP? Anyway for me, no, because the water fill point (and the well deck) are self draining. But I understand that the OP's situation is different to mine (see above post re: wet doormat).
  4. 1. Turn off water at water point just before its full 2. Shake end of hose and hold above its previous level (I challenge you to be able to hold it below its previous level, while withdrawing from the tank) and withdraw from the tank 3. Put hose outside of boat, then step off and sort out hose ready for storing. £0 spent
  5. The obvious question is, why fit anything? The naked end of a hose fits perfectly adequately into our water tank inlet. You can monitor when its nearly full, whip the hose out and redirect it (there's going to be a canal nearby...) and then walk to the water point to turn it off. Or ask your partner to turn it off. Or simply fill to nearly full. So my question is, what's special about your boat or requirements to need a fitting on the end?
  6. More results, this time at Audlem (nr Shroppie Fly): Lyca mifi (EE) (horizontal aerials).............................................13.5Mbps Lyca mifi (EE) (vertical aerials)....................................................8.3Mbps Lyca mifi (EE) (internal aerial).............................................4.8Mbps Talk.home iPhone (EE) (in boat) ........11.5Mbps Giffgaff mifi (O2)......................................6.5Mbps
  7. Interesting one at Tyrley locks: Giffgaff mifi (O2)..............................................................no connection iPhone (Talk.Home) inside boat.................................no connection iPhone (Talk.Home) outside boat..............................4Mbps Lyca mifi (EE), vertical aerials......................................no connection Lyca mifi (EE), horizontal aerials................................24Mbps The conclusion for today being, sometimes you can be in a really poorly served area where one (or more) networks simply have no coverage; and that the one(s) which do, have horizontal (or vertical) polarization. Also the (I am assuming) omnidirectional aerial within an iPhone doesn't do too well in this low-signal environment.
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  10. I found that too - "time of day" is quite a significant factor in internet speed.
  11. I agree. My theory on it is, its rooted in the way the contracts for frequency spectrum are laid out. The 4 network providers each get their slice of the relevant frequencies, in return for providing (eg) 97% of coverage, based on population. So they're not going to invest in rural areas (very low density of population) and can leave "not-spots" perfectly legally and without challenge.
  12. Now in Grub Street Cutting - long story but we are moored within the cutting, after having driven some of it backwards - and the results are interesting, because we are "on the edge" of internet connectivity: iPhone (Talk.home) within boat..............................no connection iPhone outside of boat..............................................10Mbps Mifi router, Giffgaff (vertical aerials).....................10MBps Mifi router, Lycamobile (horizontal aerials)........no connection Mifi router, Lycamobile (vertical aerials).............7Mbps So it goes to show 1) EE isn't always the best signal, sometimes O2 or another is, 2) horizontal aerial position isn't always best, sometimes its vertical, 3) its not possible to rely on tethering to a phone within the boat.
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  16. Are you saying that the iPhone, when connected to the same wifi network as (for example) a laptop computer, gives much worse speed test results? It would seem odd, but maybe an explanation is that some networks throttle or disallow speed tests (it is quite network-heavy), maybe with their "network traffic rule" coming into play after say 500mb or so of data is through - so it could make sense that a 2nd, 3rd etc test is much slower than the first. If its mobile network, not wifi, then was the iPhone inside the boat? I have noticed sometimes the "faraday cage" effect absolutely hammers a mobile phone's performance, while other times its completely unaffected - I can only assume this is due to the frequencies used. Having it by a window can help too.
  17. As an update, we're out and about again on the canals. I'm not going to do thorough testing at each location this time, but I have 3 devices to connect to the internet: O2 (Giffgaff) mifi router with external aerial; 2nd mifi router with external aerial (Lyca mobile cheap SIM, EE network but not band 20); iPhone with Talk-home SIM (EE network, not sure on band 20) .................................................................Giffgaff mifi......................Lyca mifi...................Talk-home (iPhone) Just above Audlem 15....................22Mbps..............................4Mbps.......................10Mbps near Market Drayton.......................5Mbps................................22Mbps.....................115Mbps (5G connection) So it goes to show, that no one network is "the best" in all areas. And that the cheap mifi units seem to have an upper limit for speed, which is no doubt due to the technology used, eg MIMO, Cat. I am sure a more expensive mifi would be able to achieve/exceed the speeds of the iPhone.
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