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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 07:50 AM

Old 3G broadband...

Use an old MC760 modem for virgin mobile 'broadband to go'. Their online billing sucks, and the
speeds vary..forget access during evening hours..high usage times..

So I'm looking to switch. My acer computer doesn't apparently have wifi?..Wireless capability.

Virgin mobiles next plan..(now is 40$) up is 55$...and I believe I need to get another modem,
wireless? device. And if the desktop isn't wireless ready...another laptop that is.

I believe this covers the basics of what i need to do to go to 4G..And then picking a provider,
Geeze, velocity has a tower about a mile and a half, as the crow flies..65$/month..(moan)..
But it looks like most provider are in that cost area..plus they offer mucher high speeds and
you don't have DATA CAP RESTRICTIONS..

Is my understanding on the hardware I need ok?... Routers, etc..do they enhance anything?

thank you

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Maxheader Jun 2019 OP
drray23 Jun 2019 #1
Maxheader Jun 2019 #3
csziggy Jun 2019 #4
drray23 Jun 2019 #5
discntnt_irny_srcsm Jun 2019 #2
Maxheader Jun 2019 #6

Response to Maxheader (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:03 AM

1. i live in the country and have my whole house setup via 4G broadband

I had for years. First it was with sprint, now verizon. I get 30 Gigs of high speed per month. I also have a satellite connection (hughesnet) which is less expensive and allows me to download big files like installing stuff on my computer. What I use for the 4G is an actual 4G modem , MOFI4500 made by MOFI. I do not use the crappy little usb modems or point of access that they sell. I got a package with came with one of these. I simply removed the sim card that came with it and installed it in my MOFI unit. This is a 4G modem which can also be configured as a router so I can service all my devices.
I should add that if you only have one computer to service, you do not need to setup a router. Just plug the output of that 4G modem via a cat5 cable directly into your computer (or connect to it via wireless if your computer has a wireless card)

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Response to drray23 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 12:35 PM

3. "What I use for the 4G is an actual 4G modem"


MOFI4500 is a router..not a modem?
What is the name of your 4G modem?

thanks..

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:01 PM

4. Modem modulator/demodulator originally

Modem
Short for modulator/demodulator, a modem is a hardware device that allows a computer to send and receive information over telephone lines. When sending a signal, the device converts ("modulates" digital data to an analog audio signal, and transmits it over a telephone line. Similarly, when an analog signal is received, the modem converts it back ("demodulates" it) to a digital signal.
https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/m/modem.htm


But the term is now often applied to routers, which just distribute a signal. If I understand it correctly, the MOFI4500 is a modem that receives a cell signal and also a router which distributes to different devices in drray23's home.

See: http://mofinetwork.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=189 for more information on the product.

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:51 PM

5. it is a modem which also has a router in it

You directly insert the sim card in it. Its a 4G modem.
the exact name is mofi4500-4GxeLTE-v2. As I said, it also has a router functionality.

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Response to Maxheader (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:49 AM

2. I have one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JJ5V2SJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I ordered a SIM card to use in it from:
https://www.otrmobile.com/

After the fee for the SIM and setup the cost is $60/month for unlimited 4G data.
The service goes through an ATT tower so you need to be in a service area:
https://www.att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html

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Response to Maxheader (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:54 PM

6. Thanks all...



Good info...I'm gonna head into wichita tomorrow and stop at radio shack and best buy..They have been helpful in the past...

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