My wifi/Ethernet router drops the connection several times a day. Tried multiple fixes and still have an intermittent connection. Looking for an alternative to brudge the gaps when router has hissy fit, either contract or pasyg. Lenovo laptop can incorporate a nano sim but who supplies and in what contract? For desktop will need to get some kind of 4G dongle but from whom and what are the contract options? Old router packed up today and new TalkTalk one is sulking - or as they say in the US, out of pocket. Need a reliable alternative to temperamental routers and WiFi connections.Advice from people more technical than me gratefully received. Thank you.
Claire Moran ● 93d11 Comments
Virgin's biggest failing is their truly shocking customer service when something goes wrong, but that may be true of many ISPs. The one that always gets the plaudits is Zen.However, addressing Claire's original problem.....Have you ascertained definitively if the issue is with the reliability of the service itself or is it a wi-fi thing? Connecting one of your computers direct to the router via ethernet will give you the answer. Using a mobile phone as a hot-spot is fine - as long as you have a reliable 3G/4G/5G service. Where I live in Grove Park it's terrible - barely one bar of signal strength and sometimes nothing at all.
Bruce Hammal ● 92d
Nope - no Bluetooth involved.The mobile phone just behaves as a wi-fi router as far as your laptop is concerned.https://www.computerworld.com/article/2499772/how-to-use-a-smartphone-as-a-mobile-hotspot.html
Will Watson ● 92d
But that means connecting through Bluetooth doesn't it? which is pretty slow and unreliable. Internet connection (BT supplies the line, TalkTalk is the ISP) which has been a bit unreliable of late finally crashed this pm. No phone or Internet. Think old master socketmay have given up. Changed microfilter but no joy. May have to resort to Internet cafe until can resolve it - any good ones in Chiswick?
Claire Moran ● 92d
If your phone is working fine then Mobile Hotspot would solve your problem without any further cost or equipment.
Will Watson ● 93d
Don't really know what the problem is. Could be BT who supply the broadband or TalkTalk as the ISP. Or even old internal wiring connection. Just need to bypass all of this and get a reliable 3G or 4G connection as I have for my phone but on my PC or laptop. Work is easy, tech is stressful!
Claire Moran ● 93d
Thanks, Julian but thought 5G still a bit flakey? Would rather trade a bit of speed for reliability. Anyone used a dongle contract or payasg for PCs/laptops?
Claire Moran ● 93d
EE does a 5G router for about £50 per month. 4G costs the same for unlimited data. However, if your internet connection is ok, but your router is trippy, you could put it into modem mode and attach it to a mesh Wi-Fi system instead. They’re mini extenders which will give you high performance/ speed Wi-Fi through the house. Google do a good one. Amazon Eero is good too. Netgear Orbi is probably more than you need or want to spend.If your connection to your router is the problem, then you should consider switching to Virgin. Very reliable in Chiswick and the router is pretty solid.
Ed Saper ● 93d
Why not just use a wi-fi "Mobile Hotspot" from your phone?You can link your lap top to this when you are having trouble with your broadband and get basic stuff without a problem.I used this a lot when Virgin kept going down - fortunately no longer a virgin subscriber.
Will Watson ● 93d
"Need a reliable alternative to temperamental routers and WiFi connections." Either your isp is failing or the equipment supplied is nt fit for job 5g is the norm now not 4g. 5G Home plug and pay hubs Like this https://www.three.co.uk/store/broadband/home-broadband Others are available
Julian Pavey ● 93d