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I need a new mobile internet dongle with external antenna socket, 12 v or USB power ( i left my one by the window and it got rained on ), nothing fancy, something like a Huwaei 55573 ( which I don't think is made anymore) what is the current equilvent? 

 

I'm on EE but it will probably be unlocked anyway.

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Personally I wouldn't bother with a dongle/mifi I would go for a Huawei 535 router better reception,  better wIfi  than any dongle I have used and there have been a few.

You will need a USB to 12v adapter as it likes regulated 12v

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2 hours ago, Loddon said:

Personally I wouldn't bother with a dongle/mifi I would go for a Huawei 535 router better reception,  better wIfi  than any dongle I have used and there have been a few.

You will need a USB to 12v adapter as it likes regulated 12v

Where does you 535 live in the boat? Does it have to be near a window?

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1 minute ago, Nightwatch said:

Where does you 535 live in the boat? Does it have to be near a window?

I use an external antenna so it lives on the side.  I assume the op does as well since a socket was asked for.

One needs an antenna with 2 cables to benefit from the increase in speed gained when using   2x2mimo.

In the caravan it lives in the front window but again I have an external antenna I can put up if needed.

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2 hours ago, Loddon said:

Personally I wouldn't bother with a dongle/mifi I would go for a Huawei 535 router better reception,  better wIfi  than any dongle I have used and there have been a few.

You will need a USB to 12v adapter as it likes regulated 12v

Agree with the regulated 12v adapter, unfortunately I purchased mine from Maplins so no longer available.

 

My router is branded by 3 so not sure of the model but it is a Huawei 4/5G with 2 external antenna ports. 

A external antenna is critical if traveling extensively as it allows the antenna to be outside of the Faraday Cage that is a narrowboat.

Not exactly cheap to setup if Router, 12v regulated adapter and external antenna required but a wander round ebay may be worthwhile as the routers tend to be robust and worth buying 2nd hand. 

 

I did have  a few years just using a dongle, never again.

 

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I have a Huawei router E5785 with two antennae sockets, unfortunately I don't know what size they are, so far not been able to get an antennae, aerial thing.

I know poyntin are pretty good, but I would be quite happy with something I don't have to instal permanently, or pay £80.

I'm on Three which works most of the time, but mysteriously refuses to work sometimes. I believe it's a Three characteristic.

I don't bother with the regulated 12v business, maybe that's the problem.

 

 

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8 hours ago, LadyG said:

I have a Huawei router E5785 with two antennae sockets, unfortunately I don't know what size they are, so far not been able to get an antennae, aerial thing.

I know poyntin are pretty good, but I would be quite happy with something I don't have to instal permanently, or pay £80.

I'm on Three which works most of the time, but mysteriously refuses to work sometimes. I believe it's a Three characteristic.

I don't bother with the regulated 12v business, maybe that's the problem.

 

 

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Review here including external antenna type TS-9

 

https://www.4gltemall.com/blog/tag/huawei-e5785/

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What is a " hotspot".

 

My use will never be outside the boat and only one tablet and one phone connected.

 

Do I need 5g, the most data I use is watch a film and my current stone age device does this fine.

 

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No you don't need 5G, just need to make sure you have a data plan with sufficient usage if streaming films.

 

A hotspot is what you turn on if using your phone to connect other devices to the internet rather than having a dedicated mifi or mobile router.

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1 hour ago, waterworks said:

Looks like a Huawei e5785 is the top contender unless anyone can suggest an alternative ?

 

 

I used a battery powered mifi dongle for some years but, having used a permanently powered Huawei router, I would never go back.

 

I have an older Huawei B310s-22 which I powered directly from the boat 12v power, with  no regulation, (so it would have got 15V from time to time), but now use a USB 5v to 12v cable.

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I used a mifi when just needed occasional internet but now working from the boat more I have a Huawei B818, I use it with the mains adapter from the inverter but only have it switched on during the day as I turn the inverter off when we go to bed.  The mifi used to randomly lose signal which was a pain when in the middle of a meeting.

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12 hours ago, Rob-M said:

I used a mifi when just needed occasional internet but now working from the boat more I have a Huawei B818, I use it with the mains adapter from the inverter but only have it switched on during the day as I turn the inverter off when we go to bed.  The mifi used to randomly lose signal which was a pain when in the middle of a meeting.

Does the 818 have a 240v adapter which converts to a DC input? If so, it should be possible to get a cable of some kind to power it directly from the boat 12V supply, (not that you need to, but it might be helpful for others to know :) )

 

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1 hour ago, Richard10002 said:

Does the 818 have a 240v adapter which converts to a DC input? If so, it should be possible to get a cable of some kind to power it directly from the boat 12V supply, (not that you need to, but it might be helpful for others to know :) )

 

Yes it does but for us it is easier to use the 240v socket next to where the router is stood rather than trying to get a 12v source.

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