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Networks Replacing an ASDL Connection with 4G

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by fuus, 26 Sep 2019.

  1. fuus

    fuus Rocking All Year Christmas

    4 Dec 2010
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    So our ASDL connection has been flakey for years, every summer without fail a hedgecutter goes through the line (Thanks Openreach for putting the previously repaired line into the hedge, rather than hanging it back on the poles....) or water gets into a junction box etc etc, enough is enough.

    I think the time has come to have a go with 4G, given "unlimited" data contracts are now pretty close to £20 a month. Our monthly data consumption is probably well under 50GB, so we won't have any issues there.

    The main requirement really would be a rock steady 5 down, anything above that would really be a bonus.

    So how do you think my chances are of beating a flakey 5 down ASDL connection? We are 3.5 km from our nearest tower, offering T Mobile or 3. I have ordered a 3 sim to test the signal round the house.

    On most of the major networks we generally get 2 or 3 bars in certain spots around the house, most of the house 1 or nothing....
  2. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

    12 Mar 2001
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    My parents were in a similar boat. However I randomly checked the BT availability checker and it actually had 150Mb superfast available to them. I made them upgrade from the very unstable 5Mb they had before.

    Just double check if you haven't recently??
  3. Greentrident

    Greentrident Minimodder

    10 Jul 2009
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    My adsl is reasoanbly reliable but slow so I went with a SMARTY unlimited sim for £18.75 a month and a third hand router from the marketplace here. I'm in a valley and not close to the mast so I can get 29MB down but sometimes it drops to 1.5. Uploads are always better on the 4g - but the adsl is rubbish (or "poo" as the BT engineer helpfully described it!). I may get better results with a different router or external aerial (or both). It's worth just having the seond line for software and game updates as it's fast more often than not! The smarty option is a good one as it is a rolling one month contract so if it doesn't work out you haven't lost much!
  4. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

    30 Aug 2015
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    Mum lives somewhere reasonably remote. The TV signal is chit and the broadband awful. Eventually sky fibre arrived @£53 a month for about 20mb but the only other option was 4mb copper which is useless for streaming and had s 60gb cap. So she paid out the ass.

    Recently talktalk got theirs in and for £42 a month she gets 50mb down fibre and s you view recorder with 15 extra channels. Which is ace, cause she needed a new PVR any way.

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