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I use an original Vodafone dongle i. e. the one that doesn't expire after 30 days. The signal is not always sufficient to use but this dongle will not work with an extension cable over 1 metre. I have tried and it has been confirmed by Vodafone.

 

Is there any other way I can boost signal and still use the dongle ?

 

Bill

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I use an original Vodafone dongle i. e. the one that doesn't expire after 30 days. The signal is not always sufficient to use but this dongle will not work with an extension cable over 1 metre. I have tried and it has been confirmed by Vodafone.

 

Is there any other way I can boost signal and still use the dongle ?

 

Bill

 

Bill I have the same dongle as you and I bought a cheapo 2 meter usb extension from one of the £ shops and that works fine with mine allowing me to pop the dongle either through the window or roof light but a good quality extension I already had will not work at all strange ?

 

Dave

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I use my Orange dongle with a 2mtr. Belkin USB lead.

I look for the strongest signal with my Orange phone

and hang the dongle in the nearest window (remember

the caravan bodywork will screen out a signal)

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Bill I have the same dongle as you and I bought a cheapo 2 meter usb extension from one of the £ shops and that works fine with mine allowing me to pop the dongle either through the window or roof light but a good quality extension I already had will not work at all strange ?

 

Dave

 

 

Thanks for that Dave.

 

I have tried several 2 and 3 metre extension cables and every one turns the poor signal into a zero signal !

 

Bill

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There are some wireless routers that have a USB port on them. You can plug in your dongle to the router and locate it somewhere convenient, then create a WiFI network for your laptop. Added advantage, it also allows you to connect other devices to the WiFI network (phones, iPad etc)

 

I have seen a list of routers that allow you to run dongles directly from the USB port. .. I'll see if I can dig it up.

 

Failing that, have a google for it.

 

EDIT: I saw someone do this and he installed his router and dongle in a tupperware box on an aluminium pole stuck in the ground a few feet in front of his van.

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Thanks for that Dave.

 

I have tried several 2 and 3 metre extension cables and every one turns the poor signal into a zero signal !

 

Bill

I think it has to be a screened cable.

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Hi

 

What models is your dongle? Some can accept an external antena. Some dongles have a "socket" for the antenna to connect to, others you can simply wrap it around.

 

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Hi

 

What models is your dongle? Some can accept an external antena. Some dongles have a "socket" for the antenna to connect to, others you can simply wrap it around.

 

Russell

 

 

Not sure if Bill's is exactly the same model but mine is a

Huawei model K3565 the only thing there is other than the sim card is a mirco sd socket on the side

Thanks

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Not sure if Bill's is exactly the same model but mine is a

Huawei model K3565 the only thing there is other than the sim card is a mirco sd socket on the side

Thanks

 

 

Absolutely right. It was recommended on this forum when Argos Direct sold off the old stock from Argos for £17 including a £15 top up. Costs a bit more than the current dongle to use but doesn't expire after 30 days more like 250+ days and Vodafone did say that they wouldn't guarantee a signal with an extension lead over 1 metre I think it was

 

Have seen a few 'aerials' that take dongles on the internet but would be more reassured if someone on the forum had experience of using one.

 

Bill.

 

Bill

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If you google on the net improving recieving a WIFI signal there are various methods and the simplest is a box lined with baking foil and you put the dongle in it and it amplifies the signal . For a very powerful reception is a old saterllite dish and take the LNB off and fix the dongle to the end of the arm . I have read that you get so many unlocked wifi signals you never have to pay for internet again .

 

 

 

 

Dave

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I use Huawei E160g Dongle on 3, though I have an identical one on T-Mobile that will also run Orange. I use mine Via a 3 Mobile D100 W-Fi router (which I prefer over the later MiFi units because you can run this directly off a 12v feed plus its very easily flashed to unlock it to any network)

 

The router and dongle live in my wardrobe with all my TV and Freesat gubbins - the E160g will accept an external aerial, so for about £19 delivered I bought one of ebay from China and stuck it to the roof with the lead coming in via the big skylight (will still shut and is watertight on the lead).

 

I get a good 1meg speed and often 2 meg wi-fi speed, certainly fast enough to stream BBC iPlayer if only 1 PC is using it at any one time, and fast enough for 3 lap-tops doing normal surfing if no video streaming is being done.

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Check out the company Solwise on the internet, they are a 3g networking specialist. They do proper roof mounted 3g aerials for caravans also.

 

The following is a booster airial for a dongle that does not have an aerial adapter.

http://www. solwise. co. uk/3g-datacard-to-antenna-adapters-adpt-026. htm

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Thanks for that Dave.

 

I have tried several 2 and 3 metre extension cables and every one turns the poor signal into a zero signal !

 

Bill

 

According to Vodafone the dongle is designed to do that with a lead longer than one metre.

 

The O2 E160 dongle has an aerial socket. I read somewhere that there is another dongle with an aerial socket built in but covered by the housing and a little diy work can make it accessible.

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