The only broadband I’ve been able to get in my current location in Leitrim is O2’s mobile broadband usb dongle which, for the most part has been fine but sharing the connection around the house via LAN or WiFi is tricky.Traditional routers only accept the likes of Eircom landline or wireless broadband LAN feeds in the back and don’t support 3G modems so your stuck using whatever pc you have the dongle plugged into. Of course you can plug it out and stick in in another computer or laptop but then maybe you wont get a signal in another part of the house. I personally have to have my dongle stuck up in one particular window with bluetack!
With the help of a knowledgable tech friend I was able to setup an unused slave pc upstairs into which I plugged the dongle then fed a LAN cable out the window, down the wall and into the office. This gave me a WiFi network but was a lot of hassle and my partner weasn’t too pleased about a noisy pc in her room! So I badly needed some kind of simple solution and last week it came.
I found out by chance (either through Twitter or Irish Press Releases, can’t remember which!) that Commsoft, an irish company, were selling the first 3G usb broadband router that I’d ever heard of so I snapped it up off their site immediately! It came quick enough in the post and very easy to setup.
You simply connect it up to your pc via LAN, stick your dongle in the back, power it up and visit http://192.168.0.1 in a browser and click ‘Start Wizard’. All questions were easy apart from the dongle APN (Access Point Name) which I’d no idea about until I read up and checked the settings in my dongle connection software. You then save the settings and restart the modem and it connects your modem for you! The router has all the functions you’d normally expect from a router and the wifi is fine. I can now go online on the iphone in bed at a decent speed!
The above 3G UMR router has now been replaced with the Dovado 3GN, basically a smaller, faster version of the UMR and supporting 802.11n as well as higher modem speeds.
Check out the router here – Commsoft.ie