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Net access options

Postby M-Saunders » Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:30 am

Lo all,

I'm planning to get Internet access at my flat, and looking for recommendations. Currently it looks like I'll have to:

1) Pay to get the phone line activated
2) Pay a line rental fee
3) Pay monthly broadband fee

There seems to be a few bundle options to make this simpler. I don't need fast access nor will I be downloading petabytes of stuff -- just want regular access. Maybe I could get one of those unlimited mobile phone data things and link it to my laptop with Bluetooth.

Am I missing some much simpler solution? Perhaps I can lay some cat5 cable from LXF Towers to my flat...

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Re: Net access options

Postby Steogede » Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:10 pm

M-Saunders wrote:Maybe I could get one of those unlimited mobile phone data things and link it to my laptop with Bluetooth.


You mean the Vodafone Mobile Connect things? Upto 1 GB a month unlimited access :roll: . They say that if you use over a 1 GB a month, they will warn you and if you continue you to use more than a GB they will move you to a different package. They don't say which package nor do they say that they will inform they will ask you or even inform you. I can just see it now, the first month you get a bill for £40 and a warning letter telling you that you used 1001GB, second month you use 1001GB and get a bill for £776.

I was offered a free Vodafone mobile connect PCMCIA card when I bought my laptop. I steered clear because it looked like a great way to get a mortgage (that is, you would need one to pay the bill).

M-Saunders wrote:Am I missing some much simpler solution? Perhaps I can lay some cat5 cable from LXF Towers to my flat...


Possible options
  1. Get a couple of big outdoor WiFi antenae
  2. Move into LXF Towers.
  3. Work from home and get Future to pay for the it all.
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RE: Re: Net access options

Postby Rhakios » Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:23 pm

If your area has cable, then you can have that without phone if you want, it would be slightly cheaper. In my area the basic package is £17.99 per month and you aren't stuck with the addition of a BT line rental as you would be if you went for ADSL.
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RE: Re: Net access options

Postby Ram » Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:53 am

What did you discide on ?

lubuntu LXDE 13.10 running on AMD Phenom II*4; ASUS Crosshair III Formula MB; 4 GB Ram.....
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RE: Re: Net access options

Postby M-Saunders » Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:21 am

Still looking. One mobile provider was doing a laptop data card type thing, but apparently it blocks all other ports than 80. Not that cheap either, but at least it would save a lot of hassle.

Basically I just want to buy a box that has some internet in it -- six month's worth. But it looks like I'll have to go with the whole line rental business. Grrr.

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RE: Re: Net access options

Postby Rhakios » Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:33 pm

Keep delaying long enough and those six months will be up and you won't need to bother.

Another problem solved. Next!

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RE: Re: Net access options

Postby Nigel » Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:11 pm

You could always try capturing some of the pigeons that plague most town centres these days and try to set up an rfc1149 link to LXF Towers...
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Re: Net access options

Postby hyweljones » Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:03 am

M-Saunders wrote:Am I missing some much simpler solution? Perhaps I can lay some cat5 cable from LXF Towers to my flat...


How far away from LXF towers are you? If I remember right cat5 is only effective up to 300 metres (please correct me if I'm wrong!) before needing a hub/switch/repeater type thingy to prevent signal loss.

Seriously, a friend of mine got a fairly decent deal with orange. Contract mobile phone, home landline and internet connection in one. Can't remember the details but I think it was a pretty good offer.
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