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Jun-27-2017 @ 8:06 PM                           Permalink
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Hi people who know complicated stuff.
Advice please about using a dongle with a laptop while boating on the Northern broads network. I haven't time to get anything sorted with O2 but I'd like to use my computer with Wi-Fi (windows10 pro) And wondered about buying a pay as you go dongle from Amazon. I think it's 3 network the one I've been looking at. Any advice please? (Only for emails etcetera and not games/film streaming)

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For many years on both North and South we have used a mifi from 3,  absolute magic.  If we cannot get TV because of aerial problems we can always watch all channels live on the laptop.  

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It also comes with a built in repeater  Smile

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Another vote for 3"......

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Another vote for the 3 mifi here, mine is the 4G version and works a treat(apart from poor battery life but I suspect mine is a rogue one tbh)

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We do charge ours daily but do use it every morning in the bedroom for GMB (I know no taste) with a nice cup of Rosie Lee.   We also use it for TV if reception is poor.   We also put. £25 on a week to do it.  

I wish you could get a spare battery for it.

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Jun-28-2017 @ 12:09 PM                           Permalink
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Very helpful thanks. Looks like mifi is the way to go then. Intrigued as to how you stream live tv though but that's a bit beyond us. I've looked at the mifi hubs on Amazon with  a 3 network data sim which is preloaded with 3MB.I think that's the way to go for us. Thanks folks.

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Bit late seeing this thread.
We have a 3 network MiFi unit. It's the older Huawei E586 so 3G , not super fast but ok. This seems to work almost everywhere we go. It is a. Bit iffy at St Olaves at low tide but the advantage of MiFi is you can move it around to get a signal and as long as your laptop/tablet is within range you can happily surf away in comfort.
Battery life on these units is not good but all generally charge via USB and can be connected to a cigar lighter adapter or a USB battery bank unit. We recently bought 2 Phillips solar lamp units intended for the camping market. Both have USB sockets for phone charging and will run our MiFi unit too. We used it recently to stream music from the cloud for several hours. All for under a £10.
Remember all these gadgets can all be charged from the engine when underway or with solar .
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Sorry for poor pic, only one I have as on boat charging, I hope.
The Phillips unit is only charged via solar but even today will charge enough for lights all evening. We bought ours through a store called 'Home Bargains' in Gt Yarmouth but may be available else where.



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That is a good idea ,  thinking about the darker days or should I say shorter days,  when on holiday in October lamps that are not using the boats batteries is good unless I have misunderstood.



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Hylander, we've not used the saloon lights since getting these and its run the MiFi at the same time. They maybe not so good in the darker months but the twin light version allows you 3 light levels and the lights work independently. You can have just the one on or both at which ever of 3 light levels you want.
I just had a look online and they are on Fleabay but are much more expensive so if you have a Home Bargains near, try there first.

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