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Dongle for Android tablet
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:29:05 pm »
I have an android tablet that I would like use on holiday.

I have no idea if a bog standard mobile dongle will work or if I need to get a specific one.

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Re: Dongle for Android tablet
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2013, 02:54:27 pm »
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Re: Dongle for Android tablet
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2013, 04:57:41 pm »
Can you post the tablet Make/Model/Android version.
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Re: Dongle for Android tablet
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2013, 10:46:18 pm »
If you are holidaying in the UK (and assuming your device has WiFi) then you could try 3 MiFi. This I find is a better option (compared to the USB dongles) as you do not need to connect it direct to your device but acts as a Wireless Hotspot. No need to worry about firmware/drivers.
You can also connect up to 5 devices simultaneously.
If you got a family with several WiFi enabled devices then this is godsend (I can vouch for that) :D

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Re: Dongle for Android tablet
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2013, 10:59:42 pm »
Oh yeah .. why didn't I think of the MiFi  :-[

You can get unlocked ones on ebay .. such as:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UNLOCKED-HUAWEI-E5332-3G-MiFi-Mobile-WiFi-Broadband-Router-with-3G-TS9-Antenna-/310674848323?pt=UK_Computing_Mobile_Broadband_Devices&hash=item4855a9fa43

The MiFi connects to the mobile network, and then acts as a wireless router .. so you can connect multiple PC's to it (as long as they have wireless).

Think of it as a battery (or USB) powered wireless router that connects to the mobile network, rather than the wired telephone network .. because that's exactly what it is.

Argos also do a Vodafone MiFi:
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/1168044.htm?CMPID=GS001&_$ja=cgid:7388166782|tsid:41408|cid:152481902|lid:52148557734|nw:g|crid:27922763342|rnd:1994899221757685812|dvc:c|adp:1o2
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Re: Dongle for Android tablet
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2013, 09:12:09 am »
Yes, sorry, I was thrown a bit when you said dongle and rambled on about usb.  Yes the MiFi is good I use the Three network with my mobile as router and it works great but.................You say you are going on holiday.  If it is abroad be careful of data roaming charges.  The hotel WiFi would be better.  At home the MiFi would be good.  What are your reasons for wanting it?  There may be other options.
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Re: Dongle for Android tablet
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2013, 07:12:23 pm »
now t-mobile is part of EE there mifi works best where i live (east devon)
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