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Friday, 3 October 2008

Increase the potential of your Mobile Broadband by adding a Wireless Router

If you have a wireless router then you can connect multiple devices to your Mobile Broadband connection. This applies to any Wi-Fi enabled device, which in my home includes Laptop, Mobile Phone, Nintendo DS, and a Nintendo Wii. There are a two main ways of doing this, either you can get a Wireless Router which has Mobile Broadband built-in, or that you can connect your Mobile Broadband device to. Or, you can set-up a home network and allow other devices on the network to connect through your computer which has the device attached.

I know Vodafone has had a wireless router with included Mobile Broadband for a few years now but it has always been very expensive and only available to business users. For the Consumer market I have heard that T-Mobile and Three both have plans to release these but will most likely be locked to their own networks.

For those wanting to try a standard wireless router, here are some links to guides to get these working.

For Windows users I recommend this guide from Microsoft:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306126

For Linux users I recommend this detailed HOWTO:

http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/IP-Masquerade-HOWTO/index.html

or this shorter HOWTO:

http://www.howtoforge.com/internet-connection-sharing-masquerading-on-linux

And for Mac users, this guide from Apple:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.5/en/8156.html

For those of you who do not have a Wireless Router at the moment, they can be purchased online at the following places among others:

The Carphone Warehouse
Euroffice
ASDA

3 comments:

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maylene said...

A very helpful post, I found out that using a wireless router will surely boost the capability of any mobile broadband regardless of the type of network.

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