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Mobile Broadband Signal Enhancement

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Hi Experts,

Not sure where to post this - but here goes.

I'm looking to relocate my home-office but have realised that it's unlikely I will be able to obtain ADSL through a landline due to distance from the exchange.

I've looked at Satellite Broadband but that seems both expensive and restricted due to latency issues.

I believe the way forward may be mobile broadband using one of the UK's mobile broadband supplies such as Vodaphone / 3 / O2 etc.

However, although I can obtain a 'normal' 2G style signal for my mobile phone to make phone calls I don't believe I can obtain a suitable signal for mobile broadband.

My question is

1) Does mobile broadband seem a reasonable approach or is there an alternative?

2) Is there a way of improving the mobile broadband reception? I guess the usual small aerials used on mobile phones or mobile broadband adapters are pretty weak in their reception - am I able to purchase some type of 'commerical' aerial to improve reception?

Thanks in advance,

Sam

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1) I think is the most convenient.

2) The cards the sell for your laptop has the radio strength like a Cell phone. so i wont be too worried.
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Agree..  I manage over 30 of these broadband connections for my company's users, and the technology has improved immensely in the past few years...  Very fast, and on par with many Cable / DSL connections that I also manage..  

Since I am in the USA, I cannot say for certain what you can expect, but here, I use Verizon and am quite happy with the service..

Some of my remote users (exurbia - outlying country) use an external antennae, mounting them outside.  Again, we find they add signal strength and are better providers that satellite...  For instance, here is a discussion on DSLReports referring to an antennae and a EVDO broadband card..  

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r20407703-Hughesnet-VS-Verizon-EVDO~start=20

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