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Monday, September 10, 2007

Create a portable internet hotspot

Create a portable hotspot with the 2800g

Thanks to 3g technology and the ingenuity of a company called Draytek, it is now possible to create a totally portable internet hotspot.

Draytek have long been the professional's choice for ADSL modem routers. Their 2800 range always had a USB port which was originally intended for use as a print server, but thanks to a new firmware update, you can now plug in a 3g internet dongle and share your internet connection between users connected by ethernet or by wifi connection (on the 2800G).

That means you can instantly setup an internet hotspot wherever you are, providing you have a power source for the router. This is a perfect solution if you're setting up a hotspot at an event, such a conference or fair, or if you are on the move such as on a coach.

Another way to use this is as the internet connection for an office. Many businesses can run fine without landline phones, but you need to get a landline installed to get broadband, which means 12 month contracts at least. This solution gives you internet at work and the freedom to take your dongle when you leave the office.

Things you'll need
1) 3g USB Dongle and Internet access plan (from £29 a month at T-Mobile)
2) Draytek 2800 or 2910 Router

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Blogger Greengiant said...

Interesting idea! Does the VoIP portion of the Draytek router work with this T-Mobile price point? It seems their website blocks Skype and other communications services unless you opt for the 35 pound plan. Additionally, there is a 3 GB maximum fair usage policy so I wonder if this is enough to replace an office that recieves big files such as Powerpoint and other bulky files.

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