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Use a USB Swivel Adapter to Protect your 3G Dongle

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I’m sure that we’ve all had moments where we’ve been disconnected from our wireless network because we’ve knocked our 3G Dongles. I know I’ve lost information when a memory stick I’ve been transferring data onto gets nudged and loses connection with my laptop.  It’s getting better as dongles and memory sticks are getting smaller, but with most flash pens and USB modems still sticking out of the side of our laptops, accidents are bound to happen.

As I was reading my news feeds I noticed that Mobile Fun have just released a USB Swivel adapter – a simple little adapter that sits between your Dongle or memory stick and laptop and can be adjusted through 360 degrees so that your dongle doesn’t get in the way.

Mobile Broadband Modem in USB Swivel Adapter

Mobile Broadband Modem in USB Swivel Adapter

The Swivel adapter is extremely small and can easily be carried around with your laptop or netbook and are ideal if you’re frequently using your laptop where the working area around your laptop/netbook is limited (such as airplane tray tables, small coffee shop tables, etc.)

As well as helping to protect your Broadband dongles and Flash Memory pens agains accidental damage, the USB Swivel adapter can be used to make USB ports easier to access on your Desktop PC and games consoles too.

Head over to the mobile fun site for more information on the USB Swivel Adapter.



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How to Boost your Mobile Broadband 3G Signal

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High Gain 3G Antenna

High Gain 3G Antenna

One of the great things about Mobile Broadband is that you can go online anywhere you like – but you can almost guarantee that the place you need it the most is the place where signal is at its weakest.

While 3G coverage is getting stronger with all networks, there will still be blackspots where it drops out, or you can only pick up a 2G signal. Thankfully, a couple of solutions are now available to try and get round these signal issues. If you don’t have a dongle yet and are looking for the network with the strongest 3G signal, then the OFCOM website has just published updated coverage maps (as of 31/12/08) that allow you to view the 3G coverage by network.

There are now two different types of antenna available:

  • Clip Antenna: This Antenna is designed to be a portable solution that clips onto the screen on your laptop or sits on your desk. It is omni-directional, which means that it will pick up signals from all directions.
  • High Gain 3G Directional Antenna: This is a much more powerful signal booster than the clip antenna and is ideal for people who have real problems with 3G reception. They are directional, which means that you will need to point this towards your network’s transmitter in order for it to improve the signal. The High Gain antenna when positioned correctly will make a significant difference to the signal you receive and can be wall mounted as a permanent fixture.

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Which 3G Antenna do I need?

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The table below shows the current 3G Broadband Dongles and the Antennas that are available. If you aren’t sure which dongle you have, my post on how to boost your 3G signal will show you where to find this information.

There are two different types of antenna available. The standard Clip Antenna is designed to be a portable solution that clips onto the screen on your laptop or sits on your desk. It is omni-directional, which means that it will pick up signals from all directions. The High Gain 3G Directional Antenna is a more powerful signal booster. It is directional, which means that you will need to point this towards your networks transmitter in order for it to improve the signal. The High Gain antenna when positioned correctly will make a significant difference to the signal you receive, and can be wall mounted as a permanent fixture.

To find your dongle quickly, press “ctrl” and “f” on your keyboard, and then type in the model number of your dongle excluding the manufacturer or network eg: E160G to search this page. If your dongle is not listed here, don’t worry, this is only a snapshot of the most popular dongles.

If you still can’t find your dongle, please add a comment with the network, dongle make and model number and I’ll find out which antenna you need and add it to the list alternatively the Universal antenna will work with all USB modems.
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