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23-09-2009, 03:30   #1
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Mobile Broadband (3, Vodafone, O2, Meteor) - Can multiple computers connect to it?

If I was to buy Mobile Broadband from, say, Vodafone, could it be used on more than one computer at a time in the one house?
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If you get a 3G Wireless AP (i.e. a 3G Modem with a WiFi router attached) then yes it can be shared. (e.g. http://www.huawei.com/mobileweb/en/p...alog.do?id=741)

A bog standard USB stick modem - not really, altho there is a new product that will accept the USB stick and act as a WiFi router. (www.vigsys.co.uk). As I said before am not vouching for it as I have yet to try it.
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If you get a 3G Wireless AP (i.e. a 3G Modem with a WiFi router attached) then yes it can be shared. (e.g. http://www.huawei.com/mobileweb/en/p...alog.do?id=741)

A bog standard USB stick modem - not really, altho there is a new product that will accept the USB stick and act as a WiFi router. (www.vigsys.co.uk). As I said before am not vouching for it as I have yet to try it.
Thanks, I'm having trouble identifying an appropriate product on that site for what I want! Would you be able to recommend any products on that site please for what I need? Or suggest any even?
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The VD30 from Vigsys ... from Huawei an example is the E968.

Not sure if 3G operators in Ireland offer a WiFi solution as part of a package, you could drop in and ask them.
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The VD30 from Vigsys ... from Huawei an example is the E968.

Not sure if 3G operators in Ireland offer a WiFi solution as part of a package, you could drop in and ask them.
Cheers!

One question though, will the two options you suggested in your first reply work with any mobile broadband service? Or do those options have to be specifically permitted by the broadband provider? i.e. Could, say, Vodafone stop me from being able to use those devices somehow?
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The VD30 will require a USB modem which, if supplied by the operator will most likely be locked to that operator.

However the device itself will work with *any* supported USB modem.

Huawei devices should be USIM-free (unlocked) and hence should work with any operator once you purchase a USIM from your preferred operator. However cannot comment if Irish operators will restrict based on device, someone else here may know.
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The VD30 will require a USB modem which, if supplied by the operator will most likely be locked to that operator.

However the device itself will work with *any* supported USB modem.

Huawei devices should be USIM-free (unlocked) and hence should work with any operator once you purchase a USIM from your preferred operator. However cannot comment if Irish operators will restrict based on device, someone else here may know.
Thanks a million, you've been a great help.
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Thanks a million, you've been a great help.

The Bewan wireless modem I got from Vodafone has a slot apparently to allow a Modem stick to be used as a backup if the ADSL fails, haven't tried it personally, but might be worth loking at the Bewwan website for info.
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The VD30 from Vigsys ... from Huawei an example is the E968.

Not sure if 3G operators in Ireland offer a WiFi solution as part of a package, you could drop in and ask them.
You can get a modem and wifi router from 3 in their 3 stores
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Sorry for going off slightly off topic, but has anyone been able to get their meteor wireless dongle e180 working with huawei d100 which three are selling
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Sorry for going off slightly off topic, but has anyone been able to get their meteor wireless dongle e180 working with huawei d100 which three are selling
AFAIK it's locked to 3
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AFAIK it's locked to 3
Thanks for that, is there a router that you would know of that will work with meteor and is easy to set up
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If I was to buy Mobile Broadband from, say, Vodafone, could it be used on more than one computer at a time in the one house?
Look at
1. http://www.commsoft.ie/shop/dovado.php (3G to ethernet & wifi)
2. http://www.expansys.ie/d.aspx?i=183117 (3G to wifi)

I have used both of these routers, with O2.
The first would be more suited to fixed applications, such as within a house.
I've used the second so that I can use an internet radio in the car.

They should both work with any of the mobile operators.
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Hi - I am looking to purchase a Zoom Model 4501 3G Wireless-N Desktop Router to connect my 3G broadband modem to allow wireless access around my house. Would anyone know if this works with a Meteor Huawei E180 modem. Would anyone know if this will work with Meteor or in fact if the Meteor Huawei E180 is locked
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Would anyone know if this will work with Meteor or in fact if the Meteor Huawei E180 is locked
The modems will normally be locked, but that shouldn't have anything to do with whether it'll work with a router or not. The locking effects what SIM card can be used in the modem, not what the modem can be connected to. If the router you buy is somehow locked to a particular network, as in the case where the router has a SIM slot rather than a USB slot, then that's different.

You need to check the spec of the router for what modems it supports. The network you use the modem on should be irrelevant.
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