Mobile broadband

Mobile broadband is effectively a type of wireless internet - but one that differs from Wi-Fi. It allows you to gain access to the internet anywhere at any time of day without having to be in range of a hotspot. This means that you can set up your laptop and get online whether you're on the train, in the park, wherever.

Technology for mobile broadband
To enable mobile broadband to work, there are several different devices to choose from, including- mobile data cards, built in 3G laptops, data modems on phones and USB modems.

USB modems are the most commonly used technology for mobile broadband.  They are able to utilise the high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) technologies to provide wireless access across the networks to meet the demands of your business.

Future of mobile broadband
Mobile broadband is a developing technology, with speeds already available in excess of 7Mb through both data cards and USB modems. There are plenty of options available including pay-as-you -go and packaged contracts with varying download capacities
Business users will also enjoy mobile broadband as it means they can stay in touch with the office no matter where they may be. If you don't want to be desk-bound, a USB modem and laptop will allow you to access the internet anywhere whether you are in a coffee shop, a hotel or on the move.

Currenty five network operators in the UK offer mobile broadband - 3 Mobile, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone - all offer USB modems via their websites.

Vodafone sure signal
Vodaphone Sure SignalVodafone Sure Signal is the simple effective solution for home-workers, giving enhanced 3G coverage so that they can work and communicate as if they were in the office. We need to make it clear that this is a home-worker solution, suitable for DSL network connections and is NOT suitable for office environments with more complex networks. A business grade device will be developed over the forthcoming months to be used in this situation.

How does it work
It plugs into a standard broadband router through an Ethernet cable (not over Wi-Fi)

It has an Access Control List (ACL) to ensure no unauthorised access is possible. A

maximum of 32 Vodafone mobile phones can be registered to the box and allow up

to 4 mobile voice calls simultaneously with a 3G handset.

Immediate resolution of home-worker coverage problems so more staff can work flexibly from home Home-workers can take full advantage of Vodafone’s high speed 3G network when working at home

No more dependency on fixed line phones and the hassle of reimbursing business calls made from personal fixed line phones at home.

What is Tethering?
Tethering is a method for configuring computers (typically, laptops) with wireless access to the Internet using a cell phone as a modem