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#76763 6-Feb-2011 13:54
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Hi everyone I have a request for any recommendations with a little bit of outside the box thinking.

My partner’s parents live in the rural area about 15km outside Opunake in the Taranaki region. 
Unfortunately they do not have broadband and once upon a time I did try their dialup and peaked with a staggering 9600K  plus a very unreliable line.

We after a couple of years with no internet they basically would like to try to come into the 21st century to keep in touch with the family.  I have been out there with a Telecom T-Stick and have had a bit of success (not perfect).  The reason for this issue is mainly that they are in a bit of a dead spot plus they have a unique concrete construction in their main living area of their home.

Well I am not all doom and gloom.  Upstairs in their home cellular coverage appears to be reasonably stable.

Basically they have reach out to me for help.  I think the fixed line is still a long shot as they have had Chorus out before and it was not looking so flash.  That leaves Mobil broadband.

Right for the 1 Million dollar question.

Basically they want to us it in their main living area which is not in a reliable area of the house.  Is there a way to set up a system upstairs which is not connected directly to a computer but to a wireless router?  I.e. A T-stick or similar to the router then the wireless router transmits to their PC and or Laptop.

Any ideas anyone for this suggestion or any other ideas to consider???  I have considered satellite but this is a little expense for their minimal use(They are retired so I can’t see them doing too much torrent’ing)

Patrick    

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  #435871 6-Feb-2011 14:02
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What is Vodafone 3G extended like in the area?

Our 3G extended network works on the 3G UMTS 900mhz Band

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/coverage/

I searched Opunake, New Zealand and this area seems to have good 3G extended coverage but not sure about inside your parents house

John



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  #435874 6-Feb-2011 14:16
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Both Telecom and Vodafone offer 3G WiF routers. They connect to their 3G network and you can connect to them using WiFi.

Check http://store.telecom.co.nz/mobile/pay-monthly/mobilebroadband/netcomm-wireless-router and http://store.telecom.co.nz/mobile/pay-monthly/mobilebroadband/telecom-turbo-router

Vodafone has the MiFi, but I can't find a link (JohnR it's not listed in mobile?)

The choice is easy: find the one provider with best signal in the area and go for it





 

 

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  #435879 6-Feb-2011 14:30
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Johnr
Both Telecom and Vodafone coverage is unreliable in their main living area but acceptable upstairs. i.e. as I said their house is in a low spot next to a stream so that is probably why we are seeing this difference between upstairs and downstairs plus their home is pretty "custom" with foot thick concrete walls everywhere!

Patrick

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  #435881 6-Feb-2011 14:32
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You could check which devices have an option for external aerial too.





 

 

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  #435882 6-Feb-2011 14:33
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Thanks Mauricio
I did not know that these routers were available. I will certainly look into this as I think this could be the most cost effective solution to get them going.

Thanks very much
Patrick

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  #436085 6-Feb-2011 23:29
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You could check Primo Wireless   http://www.primowireless.co.nz/
It looks as though they don't cover Opunake at present, but it might be a matter of asking them to do so.  

Here is their coverage area   http://www.primowireless.co.nz/index.php/plans/wireless-in-your-area

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  #436554 7-Feb-2011 21:05
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Thanks MauriceWinn for you suggestion. I will check these guys out but they probably need a critical mass if they want to transmit to the other side of Mt Egmont.

At this stage Mauricio's suggestion seem to have the most likely chance of success though I do like the sound of primowireless.

 
 
 
 


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  #436558 7-Feb-2011 21:10
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ottenpat: Johnr home is pretty "custom" with foot thick concrete walls everywhere!

Patrick


There is your issue

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/shop/mobileInternetDetails.jsp%3FskuId%3Dsku10850013%26selectionKey%3Dinternet

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  #436562 7-Feb-2011 21:20
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This is exactly what I have been saying. It is an old converted dairy factory so I know exactly why there are problems downstairs plus it is in a lower area. This is why I said I had to be above on the second floor which is more like a traditional home. If I am directly above even older Wireless G will get downstairs and it would not be that hard to run a Cat5.

Vodafone historically has been better there but XT has turned more recently. Both are not excellent in coverage but I think either are moderate to good enough from the top story.

Patrick

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  #436589 7-Feb-2011 22:28
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Talk to Cellutronics  http://www.cellutronics.co.nz/  they have external aerials with cable lengths to connect to a 3G Router. Not cheap as in $300 + or - but it will increase the signal you get which is so far, acceptable. That should turn into very acceptable one would hope. Next, the concrete walls won't matter as your signal source is at the aerial. If you got a 3g Wifi router the wifi will be affected by the concrete but you can use cable and wifi and place the router in a best place scenario within the home. Lastly if you happened to strike a double data or similar good value mobile broadband plan, what you may well end up with is a very good alternative to land based broadband.

Hope the above is of interest.

Note I work for Telecom Broadband , no affiliation with Cellutronics.

Cheers
Tony

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  #436641 8-Feb-2011 06:07
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If you are going to use Wireless make sure the router has a minimum of G. If you still have issues try forcing it to use 802.11b as that has the best penetration& distance,

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