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herecomesbod
11-12-2013, 14:53
somewhere down south.. midi pyrenees area. want to meet my parents who will drive up from Southern Spain and stay in a hotel nearby. its for the kids, they like to be able to get t'internet for a while, without the time constraints on using McDs etc. previous years, i have paid to stay in a campsite for the time spent with my parents, but it is a huge cost for nothing more than we can get in an Aire, ew will be staying in Aires for the rest of the trip. so this year i have decided to look out for one that suits !
any advice?? thanks x

longsword
11-12-2013, 15:47
If you're a BT Broadband customer and have joined the fon community there are quite a few hotspots around the pyrenees. My solution to Wi Fi in France has been to buy (a few years ago) an Orange France pay as you go dongle. I just top up for a month when I get there. Loads cheaper than campsites and always available.

Siimplyloco
11-12-2013, 16:10
My solution to Wi Fi in France has been to buy (a few years ago) an Orange France pay as you go dongle. I just top up for a month when I get there. Loads cheaper than campsites and always available.

I did just that about three years ago. I tried to top up/buy another two years ago and the service had been replaced by something that was outrageously expensive! I'm now on French FreeWifi: lots of hotspots!
John

chrisinbrighton
11-12-2013, 17:11
I use an unlocked dongle just buy the sim wherever you are cheap solution loads on ebay
unlocked dongle | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_odkw=unlocked+dongle&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313&_nkw=unlocked+dongle&_sacat=0)

herecomesbod
11-12-2013, 19:52
dongles arent really much good... they tend to have a restriction.. and with teenagers being the way they are.. they use up a lot of usage!!! i am a bt customer.. but spent 5 weeks touring france last year and not once could i log into Fon??!

Seannachie
11-12-2013, 20:44
dongles arent really much good... they tend to have a restriction.. and with teenagers being the way they are.. they use up a lot of usage!!! i am a bt customer.. but spent 5 weeks touring france last year and not once could i log into Fon??!

Did you use an aerial booster at all or just rely on the laptop's internal aerial?

I ask because I was thinking of buying a FON router for home so that I could use their network in France rather than hunting down Macdonalds and the likes.

herecomesbod
11-12-2013, 20:56
Did you use an aerial booster at all or just rely on the laptop's internal aerial?

I ask because I was thinking of buying a FON router for home so that I could use their network in France rather than hunting down Macdonalds and the likes.

that was using my phone!!! shouldve been easy?!! but it just would not accept my login. another trouble with Fon (i found) is that by the time you have noticed you have signal.. you have moved out of it again!!

chrisinbrighton
12-12-2013, 06:45
dongles arent really much good... they tend to have a restriction.. and with teenagers being the way they are.. they use up a lot of usage!!! i am a bt customer.. but spent 5 weeks touring france last year and not once could i log into Fon??!

One doesn't need Fon a dongle has very little if no use with Fon you use a local SIM where in a 4g area can get speeds upto 100mps you could also get a Rocket booster to increase signal
USB WiFi Booster | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/usb-wifi-booster) hope this helps

CooP
12-12-2013, 07:01
Have you checked with Motorhome WiFi | Improving Wireless Range for Caravans and Campervans (http://www.motorhomewifi.com/?) They seem to offer a solution and they do travel extensively so they put into use what they are selling.

witzend
12-12-2013, 07:06
dongles arent really much good... they tend to have a restriction.. and with teenagers being the way they are.. they use up a lot of usage!!! i am a bt customer.. but spent 5 weeks touring france last year and not once could i log into Fon??!

We had same experience with Fon waste of time was also using a 12dBi Directional Panel aerial

Airecraft
12-12-2013, 07:20
Fon in France has improved a lot since the beginning of this year, We have had Fon since 2009 and could never log on to French hotspots but this year SFR hotspots (http://cartewifi.sfr.fr/), of which there are a lot, have begun to accept the Fon login without a problem.
If you have an Orange France phone or dongle sim, you also get unlimited wifi from Orange Hotspots whilst in credit. Look at this (http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/wild-camping-motorhome-chat/31444-french-sim.html#post343351)post.


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