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Thread: Question for the IT gurus out there.

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    Question for the IT gurus out there.

    My wife and I are about to move into a rural property and just discovered that we can't get broadband there (were assured we could).
    We have looked into rural broadband and will be able to get that but are the mobile hot spots you can now get a better alternative? Our phone coverage is marginal as it is. Can that be improved? Aerials???
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    where you moving too, what area of Nelson.
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    use a hotspot quite a bit, but only with the tablet as have found the PC or laptop chews through the data which is expensive through the mobile network

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikee View Post
    where you moving too, what area of Nelson.
    Stanley Brook
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    Definitely look at the RBI 3G / 4G options. We get 80Gb data + a home phone for $105/month.
    We previously had ADSL at less than 1Mbps and I could not do any work from home.
    Current connection is solid around 15Mbps, and has been as good as 35mbps.
    We went with Farmside.

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    +1 for farmside. Vodafone and Spark offer a similar service. We went with farmside because they were the only one who offered it where we were.

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    Spark and 2 degrees both have their 4g home routers at $55 for 60gb which is a bargain considering they sell phone data for $20 a GB. Spark generally has better reception and it comes with a money back guarantee if the reception is crap at your house. Putting the router somewhere high up does wonders for the reception and some models can be fitted with external aerials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MassiveAttack View Post
    Spark and 2 degrees both have their 4g home routers at $55 for 60gb which is a bargain considering they sell phone data for $20 a GB. Spark generally has better reception and it comes with a money back guarantee if the reception is crap at your house. Putting the router somewhere high up does wonders for the reception and some models can be fitted with external aerials.
    That sounds like what we want to hear @MassiveAttack. Does the router pick up the signal in the same was as a mobile phone? so if you get phone coverage you will get internet?
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    The 2 degrees 4G offering is not the 4G 700 RBI offering you may need out in the boonies. If you have sufficient 4G mobile coverage to use it, definitely go that way.

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    Our farmside broadband also includes free local calling. We've got rid of our Copperline so no longer have to pay spark for landline costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shearer View Post
    That sounds like what we want to hear @MassiveAttack. Does the router pick up the signal in the same was as a mobile phone? so if you get phone coverage you will get internet?
    Yes it needs phone reception to write to work. As quentin said, spark\skinnys 700mhz network (the old TV frequency) has a lot better coverage than Vodafone. You can also improve it by careful placement of the router and an aerial on a pole. They give you your money back if the reception is no good so you have nothing to lose trying it out.
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    Great info thanks guys. According to Vodafone website they do a "4G extended" coverage that uses 700mhz. May be new?
    This will just cover us.
    Last edited by Shearer; 11-06-2016 at 08:26 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shearer View Post
    Great info thanks guys. According to Vodafone website they do a "4G extended" coverage that uses 700mhz. May be new?
    Yes could will be new and not all phones support the 700mhz frequency.

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    Ok. I think the phone is ok (if vodafones list is right). Do you know if the hot spot devices will operate on that frequency? And do you use them on a standard naked broadband plan?
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    Forget my last post. Just found the answers to those questions. Not the ones I wanted though.
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