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Is wireless internet reliable?

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Is wireless internet reliable?

Post Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:46 pm

We have a house on the west coast where, because we are at the end of a 3km wire used by many others, the ADSL internet service is very poor. Our speed is about 2.5 but of course we pay for the “upto” service from PT!

It seems to me that like most of the rest Europe, Telecom companies in Portugal are investing in providing internet by either fibre or wireless and so there is little possibility of our existing service getting any better as that would require further investment by PT in the copper telephone wiring.

On the other hand there is aa new Vodaphone transmitter/repeater or whatever which we can see from our house and by all accounts it is giving a very good signal.

From reading the Forum there are clearly a number of issues about how Videophone behave but I wondered if those who did have Vodaphone, or other suppliers’, wireless internet connections found it reliable- in particular is the speed reasonably constant and how liable is the signal to being affected by bad weather?

Many thanks.

Craib

 

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Re: Is wireless internet reliable?

Post Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:57 pm

best way to test the speed is with a mobile on the voda network and see what download speed you get. Never noticed weather affecting signal on a mobile network but you never know. If download good then this is what you would get with a voda router/modem connecting to that mast. Think about 30€ a month with unlimited download but a shop visit would confirm.

 

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Re: Is wireless internet reliable?

Post Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:11 am

Many thanks- will try speed when next out.

Craib

 

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Re: Is wireless internet reliable?

Post Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:01 pm

Like you, I live within sight of the Vodafone Transmitter mast (3000mtrs or so) and use Vodafone 4G which at the the time of writing is providing 27.72mbps download and 11.28mbps. I have had it as high as 50+ but the above figures are usually the norm. I pay 25.99€ per month which allows 100GB monthly useage which is more than I ever use. If, however, you exceed 100GB, the signal strength is dramatically reduced until the end of that month. We have not experienced any problems with TV reception (Filmon) during wet weather. Vodafone have recently installed fibre in the town where I live and are offering TV, Telephone and internet for 26€ per month, but with the speed we are receiving via wireless I am happy with what I currently have.

 

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Post Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:16 pm

Wrebwen,

Many thanks. I think that that was the offer friends are speaking about. We would only really use it fro0 TV and normal browsing. Have you fo8ind the 100Gb limit easy to live with?

Can I ask- do you know if they do a voice service? We have a landline and our alarm is connected to it. That could go onto the wireless internet I think, although not certain, but my wife likes to have a phone. I thought that I had seen Vodaphone doing phone and internet wireless packages?

Craib

 

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Post Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:38 pm

I got fed up with less than 1meg from PT/Meo about two and a half years ago. I changed to NOS 4G at 20meg and a wireless phone. It was great for about a year, and then got slower and slower. I am currently paying half price as they accept that they cannot provide a decent speed. This is because they have oversold the capacity of the mast and have no plans to upgrade it.

 

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Re: Is wireless internet reliable?

Post Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 1:13 pm

Do you live in an area that has high tourist numbers in the season?
That can heavily affect the capacity of the mobile network.
If so, best to check in season; you could even look out for a tourist with a laptop, and how the speed is.

 

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