This is a Deltenna Wibe (actually this one is the rebranded Hubba from Buzzconnect but it’s essentially the same thing).
I’m using this with a VIP SIM-only plan from Virgin (unlimited data for £15pcm) as a backup broadband connection.
I used Ofcom’s sitefinder to locate the nearest mobile phone masts to my house. There are three, just over a mile away, on the O2, Orange and T-mobile networks. Virgin uses EE (Orange & T-mobile) so they are ideal for me.
Using the sitefinder results I placed the Wibe in the upstairs window on the side of the house facing the masts. Although we get basically no phone signal at all in our house, the Wibe rocks and gets a full 3G signal at around 1.7 Mbps (similar to what we can get through a landline). SSH is also smooth and responsive.
Now what I really need to do is to work out how to have the DSL fail over gracefully to mobile data. Or even better, share the load somehow …
Here’s a fun thing (not). I noticed today that the DSL connection was pretty rough, constantly reconnecting. It turns out after a lot of: run downstairs, check wires, DSL is OK, run back upstairs, still OK, start the treadmill and work, hmm it’s disconnected again, that this cheap treadmill is a big source of RFI that interferes with DSL.
Apparently this is a known problem: 1, 2, 3, 4.
(By the way, anyone considering getting the Roger Black GM-41001 Silver Medal Treadmill … DON’T! It may be very cheap, but it really is a piece of crap).
Why didn’t I get interference yesterday? Good question, but the router has been moved slightly, and perhaps the wire doesn’t pick it up so much.
Sadly, wrapping tinfoil around the phone line and earthing it did not work.
I ordered one of these mains conditioners with a big choke for £25 (about 10% of the cost of the treadmill). We shall see tomorrow if this works …