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Using a USB Internet Dongle for 24 hour access CCTV PC monitoring

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We have broadband at home and also broadband in the office to access the CCTV PC we have bought and have 4 cameras connected to it.

We currently have to pay about £200 a year to BT (UK telephone provider) for a line rental charge, then we pay our broadband provider for the internet connection.

We no longer use the telephone at all and only look at the CCTV PC for a few minutes at a time mainly at a weekend using logmein.com to check doors have been closed properly to the shared entrance way.

I have looked at using a mobile internet connection such as the £10 per month package offered by 3 Mobile that does not require a telephone line but my main concern is that this kind of solution will not provide the same reliable 24/7 always on internet connection my current router installation provides.

Can any provide me with information or suggestions please?

Thanks

aura
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With regard to decreasing the costs of the internet connection - I agree that the BT DSL service may seem to be a waste of money given that you don't use the phone, and are having to pay for the cost of the line as well as the cost of the internet service.

1. One option is to change the DSL service provider to one which is lower cost, and doesn't require you to have an active phone number.  Some may be able to take over the line and terminate the voice part of the circuit.
You could try looking at www.broadbandchecker.co.uk for a list of possible alterative DSL providers to BT (a site I found on google just now).

2. A mobile internet service like three might be an alternative, but generally they are not necessarily as reliable as a fixed line DSL service.  I have personally encountered problems with Orange on their data plan where they disconnect the connection once a certain quantity of data has been transferred.  Three could have a similar policy.  It may also be quite complicated and problematic to configure the PC to communicate with the mobile phone.


Hope this helps,

Mark
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Useful feedback, I am still considering my options as i'm not confident to use a USB internet considering it is likely to be near as relable as my current router setup,  Thank you
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