North East Hayling
BROADBANDHampshire County Council have rolled out superfast broadband in our area.
Properties within 1200 metres and connected to cabinet 9 in Woodgaston Lane should now be able to get superfast broadband (i.e. speeds greater than 24 MB/sec).
Properties further than 1200m may be able to get improved speed (but less than 24 MB/sec)and will have to wait until later this year for the details of Wave 2, scheduled for 2016-2018.
To find out if you are connected to cabinet 9.
If you are able to get improved speeds you will have received an e-mail from the Hampshire Rural Broadband team with a link providing details of the expected speed range. To get the improved speed you need to contact your internet service provider and ask to change to a fibre to cabinet contract, for which they may provide a new router and will probably try to increase the charge. If you are not predicted to receive speeds greater than 24 MB/sec it is worth trying to negotiate a reduction.
If you are in the Wave 2 area and are not likley to get significantly improved speeds or don't want to change contract, or provider there are alternatives.
The Hampshire Superfast Broadband Alternative solutions page suggests using a MiFi device (also known as a Wifi hotspot or mobile Wifi). The device is similar to a mobile telephone but allows up to five Wifi devices e.g. PC, tablet or other Wifi device to connect to the internet. The device can be used in a car, boat or anywhere there is a mobile signal.
I have been using MiFi for over a year at home with connection speeds of 5 MB/sec and greater (compared to less than 0.5 MB/sec using the home telephone line) with reasonable reliability. Most mobile phone companies provide packages for around £10 a month with up to 2 GB of data and a two year contract that includes the cost of the device. There are various data and cost packages available, including pay as you go. The device is battery powered and comes with a mains USB power adapter.
Before purchasing you should check mobile coverage for your address, to find the best signal provider. Installation is straightforward - find the location in your house for optimum reception (probably a first floor window - the strength will be shown on the signal indicator on the device) - connect to your home wireless network and you should then be able to connect to the internet.
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