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4 hours ago, john6767 said:

At home I have 75 down, 20 up with FTTC, about 200 yards from the cabinet.  We do have full fibre available now as well, but it is more money and I don't think I would use the additional bandwidth at this point, so sticking where I am for now.

 

On the boat I just use my iPhone as a router on Three, but have been thinking of going for a router and external aerial on the boat, but it is annoying that would be another unlimited sim @ £20 a month.  I was thinking perhaps trying Smarty for the boat and just having it over the summer when we are on the boat a lot, assuming their sims will work ok in a router.

My home "3" costs £15per month another reason for going that way.

I use Smarty on the boat / caravan in a Huawei B535, so far since getting the sim 12 months ago I have only paid for the first month,  Thanks to recomending others so far  I have had seven months free internet, I dont have it active every month and still have five free months left to use plus I have £70 credit banked on top of that 

So it will be the best part of two years unlimited internet for £20. ;)

 

Just in case anyone else fancys joining Smarty and getting a free month and a £10 bonus as well

You could use the link below

 

https://i.smarty.co.uk/juliant-139

 

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Hi, I bought a Huawei E 5785 more than two years ago, one day it stopped charging so I bought another battery, it turned up, but its not quite as big in capacity, as the first one, but, guess what it's the charging that's not working, not the batteries. 

As the replacement router is £187, I think, includes big battery, which is said to last 12 hours, which, which I doubt, this would give me three batteries, one device. 

So, can I just buy the device, sans battery? 

Does it harm them to leave them on power, I did notice it was often hot. 

Does it make sense to just leave it on charge 24/7

I'm with three, only watch TV occasionally, YouTube frequently, other stuff, all adds up to 12 to 16 hours per day. 

PS the tablet, also Huawei, Internet etc came as a package, apparently the tablet was free! I will need another tablet due to breaking screen, do I wait till other contracts have run out? 

Tx

PS the glass on tablet is broken, can I get a new tablet from amazon, do I have to do something to connect it to wi fi. 

I already have three contracts running with Three, I don't want another! 

 

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Is there a dual sim 4G router that aggregates the signal to provide improved data rates in rural areas? I've been googling but haven't found anything and it is very slow - my download here is 2.7mbs at best!! Currently on 3, but have looked at O2, Vodafone and EE coverage maps and they all paint the same picture. Even double the download rate would be workable (just).

 

Currently use a Huawei B535 connected to an external Poynting aerial.

 

TIA.

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18 hours ago, PCSB said:

Is there a dual sim 4G router that aggregates the signal to provide improved data rates in rural areas? I've been googling but haven't found anything and it is very slow - my download here is 2.7mbs at best!! Currently on 3, but have looked at O2, Vodafone and EE coverage maps and they all paint the same picture. Even double the download rate would be workable (just).

 

Currently use a Huawei B535 connected to an external Poynting aerial.

 

TIA.

The teltonika rutx12 sort of does this - it "load balances" rather than "bonds" (what you are asking for is bonding, which afaik is difficult and costly). Load balancing means if you have 2x3mbit Sims, you can have 2 devices or downloads/connections at 3mbit. But you can't download at 6mbit. I'm not sure how well all of this works in practise though.

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On 17/04/2022 at 15:42, PCSB said:

Is there a dual sim 4G router that aggregates the signal to provide improved data rates in rural areas? I've been googling but haven't found anything and it is very slow - my download here is 2.7mbs at best!! Currently on 3, but have looked at O2, Vodafone and EE coverage maps and they all paint the same picture. Even double the download rate would be workable (just).

 

Currently use a Huawei B535 connected to an external Poynting aerial.

 

TIA.

There are plenty of dual-SIM routers which can choose which one to use. To combine the rates of two SIMs needs bonding, which means paying a fortune for not just a suitable business-class router but also a service which aggregates the data on the network side -- IIRC the cost of these services (e.g. Peplink) is more per month than the SIMs... 😞

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On 17/04/2022 at 15:42, PCSB said:

Is there a dual sim 4G router that aggregates the signal to provide improved data rates in rural areas? I've been googling but haven't found anything and it is very slow - my download here is 2.7mbs at best!! Currently on 3, but have looked at O2, Vodafone and EE coverage maps and they all paint the same picture. Even double the download rate would be workable (just).

 

Currently use a Huawei B535 connected to an external Poynting aerial.

 

TIA.

 

Where are you moored? Maybe someone has solved a similar issue in the locality.

 

Presumably its a permanent mooring, so you cant move along a bit, (or a lot), to find a spot with a better signal.

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1 hour ago, IanD said:

There are plenty of dual-SIM routers which can choose which one to use. To combine the rates of two SIMs needs bonding, which means paying a fortune for not just a suitable business-class router but also a service which aggregates the data on the network side -- IIRC the cost of these services (e.g. Peplink) is more per month than the SIMs... 😞

Yep, that was both what I feared and what I'd found, was rather hoping I'd missed something. Thanks Ian.

37 minutes ago, Richard10002 said:

 

Where are you moored? Maybe someone has solved a similar issue in the locality.

 

Presumably its a permanent mooring, so you cant move along a bit, (or a lot), to find a spot with a better signal.

We will be out cruising soon and I know there is much better signal only a few hundred yards either way. Currently In Aqueduct Marina in Cheshire. There is a narrow strip with the marina in the middle where all signals are poor, not sure why either as there are no hills so guess its just not worth putting masts in as it is quite rural.

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18 hours ago, PCSB said:

Yep, that was both what I feared and what I'd found, was rather hoping I'd missed something. Thanks Ian.

We will be out cruising soon and I know there is much better signal only a few hundred yards either way. Currently In Aqueduct Marina in Cheshire. There is a narrow strip with the marina in the middle where all signals are poor, not sure why either as there are no hills so guess its just not worth putting masts in as it is quite rural.

The EE coverage map suggests you should get a signal that your aerial can pick up.... whereas the Three coverage map shows a square of no coverage just on the marina.

 

Could be worth trying a SIM that works on the EE network?

 

https://coverage.ee.co.uk/coverage/ee

 

https://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Network/Coverage#/

 

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1 hour ago, Richard10002 said:

The EE coverage map suggests you should get a signal that your aerial can pick up.... whereas the Three coverage map shows a square of no coverage just on the marina.

 

Could be worth trying a SIM that works on the EE network?

 

https://coverage.ee.co.uk/coverage/ee

 

https://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Network/Coverage#/

 

Worth a shot so will get one. Ta muchly.

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1 hour ago, PCSB said:

Worth a shot so will get one. Ta muchly.

EE itself is quite expensive and restrictive if you just want to try it out.

 

Plusnet uses the EE network, and you can sign up for a 30 day rolling contract, (which you need to cancel if it doesnt work :) ), for as little as £6 a month for 4GB, although 25GB is ony a tenner and 50GB is £15.

 

https://www.plus.net/mobile/sim-only-30-day

 

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I'm thinking that no matter what network you are on there will be problems in a big marina purely down to the number of users.

That is certainly the case in the marina I am in 3 bars of signal 1.4 miles from the mast and lucky to get 10mbs, compared to the last few days in a remote field in Nth Devon 2 bars of signal 4.6 miles from the mast and 30mbs.

 

 

Oh and they have done something to my local mast at home 0.2miles away I now see speeds in excess of 200mbs ;)

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I get moderate / reasonable signal with Smarty (uses Three network) at Aqueduct, Teltonika RUTX11 with an EAD LMO7270 – 4G LTE antenna. I will see if I can remember to check the download speed tomorrow.

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You need to be careful what you are checking the speed on as well as there could be a limit between the device you running the speed check on and the router.  My phone only does 2.4Ghz WiFi so reports slower speeds than my tablet which does 5Ghz and that is slower than my laptop on Ethernet.

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19 hours ago, PeterF said:

I get moderate / reasonable signal with Smarty (uses Three network) at Aqueduct, Teltonika RUTX11 with an EAD LMO7270 – 4G LTE antenna. I will see if I can remember to check the download speed tomorrow.

Checked with my tablet and phone and got 2.5Mbs which is lower than I recall last year.

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