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Standard User trolleybus
(member) Tue 16-Apr-13 11:28:48
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Not sure which forum to post this on so let's try here first. I have been asked to provide Internet connection in a tour bus [motor racing car transporter with accommodation for six]. A couple of laptops perhaps connected by wireless [to a router?] on the move and at race meetings. So what do we need that goes beyond a dongle attached to the laptop? An impossible dream or something achievable?
Standard User ian72
(knowledge is power) Tue 16-Apr-13 11:31:17
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One incredibly simple solution could be a MiFi device with a 3G sim card. Very cheap and allows up to 5 wireless devices to connect to it. All it would need is a USB connection to charge from (very easy in a vehicle).
Standard User trolleybus
(member) Tue 16-Apr-13 11:37:56
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One incredibly simple solution could be a MiFi device with a 3G sim card. Very cheap and allows up to 5 wireless devices to connect to it. All it would need is a USB connection to charge from (very easy in a vehicle).


I like that. Can I have more information for the bits to get please?


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 16-Apr-13 11:39:37
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No idea on cost, but bonding is possible

https://www.mushroomnetworks.com/product/portabella?...
All depends on what the need is for bandwidth.

If the circuits have marginal mobile coverage (or on race days the cells overload) then a satellite solution e.g.
http://www.rhinoinstalls.co.uk/caravan_satellite_int...

Am sure more providers are available, but those give you a start point.

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Standard User ian72
(knowledge is power) Tue 16-Apr-13 11:43:47
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Three have some good deals.

http://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Devices/Huawei/E5331...

The others do similar solutions.
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(staff) Tue 16-Apr-13 11:49:38
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http://www.solwise.co.uk/3g-dongle-lp1917e.html

A dongle with connection for antenna, a short 20cm pigtail to external antenna could improve reception.

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Standard User ian72
(knowledge is power) Tue 16-Apr-13 12:55:57
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But presumably would need one for each machine or would need to do Internet Connection Sharing whereas MiFi is a self contained 3G wireless router for a pretty low cost. Depends really on what cost and flexibility the OP is looking at.

I'm a bit of a fan of MiFi because of how flexible it is and with not needing any drivers it makes it really simple to use - and of course works with any device that supports wireless including smartphones, laptops, tablets, sky boxes, etc, etc.
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(staff) Tue 16-Apr-13 12:57:57
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Dongle could connect to one of the routers that solwise use.

Have done things like hang a mifi out of a window in plastic bag to get signal before now. Depends on how permanent or makeshift you want the arrangements.

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Standard User pcoventry76
(knowledge is power) Tue 16-Apr-13 13:16:30
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In reply to a post by trolleybus:
Not sure which forum to post this on so let's try here first. I have been asked to provide Internet connection in a tour bus [motor racing car transporter with accommodation for six]. A couple of laptops perhaps connected by wireless [to a router?] on the move and at race meetings. So what do we need that goes beyond a dongle attached to the laptop? An impossible dream or something achievable?


Might be worth having a chat with someone like firstgroup. As all their busses in Bristol now have wifi on board. Maybe 2 way satellite? Not sure.
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