Wondering if any of the technically more literate people out there might be able to help me assess whether I have stumbled across a decent solution to a problem that I have with the broadband connection in my new house.
The problem is that the wired broadband offering at the new house is only about 2Mb/s. This is much slower than the BT Infinity connection that we have in our existing house (about 20Mb/s). We want a much better connection in the new house - it is due to be rolled out by BT next year but I don't want to wait nor rely on that.
A pilot friend suggested that I think about a 4G solution - neatly bypassing the problem of the slow wired broadband. I've looked at the EE website and they offer a 4G mobile hotspot device - claiming download speeds of up to 80 Mb/s. The 4G coverage for the postcode area of the new house is shown as strength 4 out of 5 - i.e. good.
The device supplied by EE and used to create the WiFi hotspot is made by Huawei. It's only limitation that I can see is that it is restricted to having no more than 10 devices connected to it at any time - that will soon be eaten up by phones, iPads, laptops, wifi printers - but there you go.
I have spoken to Huawei about what I am trying to do and they are very defensive. They say this is not what the product was designed to do - but they don't see any reason why it won't work. The device is normally powered by rechargeable batteries but they don't see any problem leaving it plugged into the mains for extended periods of time (suggest turning it off overnight occasionally) and say that it should be possible to boost the wifi coverage throughout the house using a normal wifi booster.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this proposed solution. I want to evaluate it carefully before proceeding because the EE contract is £50/month for two years - for the 50GB / month contract that we would need - ouch!
Are there any other options?
Any thoughts / suggestions greatly appreciated.