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Saturday,4 October, 2014
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Hi All

We newbies have many questions about  setting up an internet connection on the narrowboat – and would be grateful for any help offered

1 . is laptop plus dongle the best option ?

2. is 4G necessary to get the best connection?

3. does charging the laptop take up a lot of battery power?

4. we have heard that its more energy efficient to power a laptop through a 12v adaptor rather than using the inverter to 240v

so is this correct and is it easy to get a 12v adaptor for the laptop ?

 

5. are booster ariels worth getting or will the dongle suffice ?

6. any recommendations for best company to use re : coverage

7. or will a wifi dongle fit onto my pc to save me getting a laptop 

Many thanks for all your help its much appreciated

Mick

Monday,20 October, 2014
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Hi All

We newbies have many questions about  setting up an internet connection on the narrowboat – and would be grateful for any help offered

1 . is laptop plus dongle the best option ?

2. is 4G necessary to get the best connection?

3. does charging the laptop take up a lot of battery power?

4. we have heard that its more energy efficient to power a laptop through a 12v adaptor rather than using the inverter to 240v

so is this correct and is it easy to get a 12v adaptor for the laptop ?

 

5. are booster ariels worth getting or will the dongle suffice ?

6. any recommendations for best company to use re : coverage

7. or will a wifi dongle fit onto my pc to save me getting a laptop 

Many thanks for all your help its much appreciated

Mick

1. IMO yes. We use MIFI from 3 though, much better than a dongle.

2. Not sure, I personally wouldn’t bother as it isn’t up and running in many areas anyway from what I can make out. I would leave it 6 months.

3. If you have a boat and use energy that solar power is a no brainer. We charge the lap tops through the daylight hours when the sun supplys all the energy. Lap tops generally last all evening unless you’re playing games or other heavy use.

4. I really don’t believe it makes any difference other than if using an inverter small losses will be incurred. If you have enough solar though it makes little to no difference.

5. We’ve never needed one. Our 3 MIFI dongle generally works adequately if placed in a porthole window doorway or hatch, if you’re looking for fast internet it might help. From what I’ve seen though, there’s not much out there and what there is looks pretty expensive to me.

6. 3 wins hands down where we are. I believe they do in the vast majority of areas though in this country compared to any other provider.

7. We found dongles useless having to use in many instances a 10f/t extension lead to place the dongle near a boat window or door to get a signal. A steel boat is a faradays Cage Use MIFI IMO 

Also if you’re off grid on a boat GET SOLAR ;-)

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Monday,20 October, 2014
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Not wanting to disagree with Julynian but we have a EE MiFi device with external antenna. Having moved all over the country the only area where reception has been poor is between Devizes and Hungerford. We originally used it without the antenna but find reception better with. It also means I can put the MiFi device high up in a corner of the lounge rather than in one of the portholes.

We upgraded to 4G last May and found that in city areas such as Birmingham, Bristol, etc. the speed is much higher and downloading programs on the iPlayer is much faster. The device will support upto 10 tablets/phones/laptops. Not normally needed until my cousin and all his children descended on us.

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