Connecting wild

Rannoch Moor
Rannoch Moor












This is a view of Rannoch Moor, taken on my little snapshot camera, the Canon S70, as I still don’t have my DSLR back yet.  What you see here is pretty much what I see no matter where I look. This part of the moor is beautiful, but empty. just how I like it. Luckily there’s a small gravel standing by the road big enough for a couple of motorhomes. So I’m parked in it, absolutely loving the surroundings. Anyway, I thought I’d try my phone to see how it connects, and I get quite fast speeds when tethered to the laptop. Easily enough to work, but also for some minor UL’ing and DL’ing. I’ve UL’ed a few photos to one of the POD sites this morning. Out of curiosity I decided to try my MiFi. The MiFi from 3 network is what they call 3.9g. It’s not full 4g as they haven’t rolled theirs out yet, but it’s faster than simple 3g or HSDPA. And way out here, in the middle of nowhere, I got 3.9g! How cool! I love 3 network lol

Satellite woes…

Well the Alden satellite is performing OK as long as the wind stays down. It’s almost useless in 10 mph or over winds. The laptop appears fine since I uninstalled that IOBit software, but the batteries still seem to be wearing more quickly than they should. I think eventually I’m going to have to find a decent auto-electrician and find out exactly what the problem is.

Wish me luck tomorrow as it’s Monday, back to work and it’s been windy all weekend. As Blunderfone is still not working I rely exclusively on the satellite now.

Another new hope?

I travelled down to Taunton in Somerset last night to Vanbitz, to get the Alden Netmaster fitted. For £3,500 this is billed as the best commercially available mobile internet you can get without being  a lottery winner. I went off on my bike while they fitted it, it took most of the day for some reason. But they said I could hang around for the night to test it out if I wanted to. Given the history of disappointment I’ve had from Datastorm I said I’d do that.

When I went to pay them the bank would not let me spend the £3, 250 owing, so I phoned Alliance and Leicester, knowing it was an unusual amount.  They said over the phone that they could not fix it cos it was some kind of error lol. It took me four attempts and about 20 minutes to finally pay them. Anyway, I tested it as best I could and it seemed to be quick and work fine. I really like the simplicity but I’d rather get off somewhere and test it properly so I prepared for an early start in the morning.

Yawn … satellite not working

Picture of colourfully painted shops in Llanberis

Well I’m having a fantastic time here in Llanberis, it’s a shame that the rig isn’t. It failed to connect yet again and Nick is now not answering his phone most times I call. Barry Lieberman still calls, to ask for his £70 a month connectivity fee.

Thank God for the Vodafone USB modem! It was supposed to be a backup but it’s my main form of communication with the internet and work now!
So much for Ethnet ‘guaranteeing’ to make things work. The fact that they won’t answer the phone anymore kind of says they’ve given up on it.

Anyway, this is a view of Llanberis high street, including the fabulous Pete’s Eats. If you’re hungry this is the place to go: real tasty food at reasonable prices. It get’s crowded in the season but well worth the wait. I can also recommend the Chinese takeaway across the road 🙂