Skip to comments.Technical vanity: are there self contained router boxes that accept a 4G antenna dongle?
Posted on 08/04/2012 5:06:59 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
Clear (tm) wireless service has recently begun offering a deal where you can order a 4G antenna dongle, which looks similar to a WiFi dongle but taps into a cellular-like data service, for free. Only hitch is that this has to be plugged into a computer (typically a laptop, but there's no reason a desktop machine couldn't use it too). Are there small self contained routers that can use one of these dongles? That is, if the economics would even make sense (because after all you can buy a full size router and Clear service receiver for $50 right now). I've often wonder why there aren't Windows-in-a-cigarette-pack type machines for things like this. Certainly there are Linux machines this little. I suppose a cast off laptop could be pressed into such service... but still.
tech question ping?
Cradle point makes several 4G and 4GLTE compatible routers.
I’d recommend the Sierra wireless 313U USB air card or dongle as you call it. The 313u can accept an external antenna to boost reception and speeds. LTE is very sensitive to signal strength when it comes to up and down speeds.
Fr antennae solutions, the Sierra wireless website offers one for the 313u, but I recommend you call/ visit www.alternativewireless.com
OK, I’m gonna be the test dummy...
What’s a dongle?
Check out CradlePoint MBR1000, or similar:
Check out CradlePoint...
I have done something similar a couple of years ago. I had a DSL connection that was restricted to one IP address only (the company ensured this by preventing the modem from working properly unless the network card on the PC had its MAC address match the set MAC address on the modem (yes, it used to be restrictive like this in Australia). I managed to share this internet connection by using a software which ran on the PC connected to the DSL modem, and this sofware acted as a “server” to channel internet requests made by computers on the network (my laptop, for instance) and I was accessing the internet through the main PC connected to the DSL modem.
If only I could remember the name of the software...
Oh Noes, I'm covering my eyes. I thought this was a family friendly site..............
But it’s your call.
I have NO idea of what the heck they’re even talking about...
The white one is a dongle (as I understand it).
dandle dangling dongle
That’s what I thought.
Is it similar to a Dingle only longer?
Cradle Point as mentioned. This is the setup I have, got the router from Amazon for under 40 bucks. The dongle gets a better signal plugged into the cradle point than into the laptop itself.
This creates a wi-fi hotspot that can accept up to 16 computers. I run 2 at a time.
A local carrier in Toronto offers a wi-fi hotspot that the dongle plugs into, so you may be able to get one from your carrier or another source. These prices are $CAD.
SonicWALL TZ210 or NSA240. I’ve used them both. Not cheap, but rock solid.
Maybe WinGate? I used that years ago and it worked well.
cradle point routers are prone to excessive dns poisoning attacks threw mine in the trash....
I bookmarked this thread so I could understand what you were talking about.
I still don’t.
So I wouldn’t get free cable or high speed internet? Right?
I’m pretty basic and techno challenged. :)
The dongle/antenna/aircard is free in this deal. The service isn’t; you have to subscribe to it. $35/month for a slower service or $50/month for a faster service. Both without limits on monthly data volume (beyond the speed of the connection). Even the slower version will support You Tube videos, but just barely.
A friend used Clear for a while until a wired service became available, and had no complaints. Supposedly, all the places where I want to use it are in the middle of dark green coverage areas according to the Clear maps so I think I’d be as well positioned as any to use Clear. But did you have problems even there?
It's an added circuit that plugs into one of the ports of the PC to allow some software to run. I know that some software used a Parallel Port dongle to establish a hardware authorization for the software that was rented - when the time was up returning the dongle completed the contract as the software wouldn't run without it.
I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong! ;^)
Haven’t had that issue. Perhaps because i am dynamic IP?
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