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#1 2013-01-12 09:42:48

ohnonot
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Registered: 2012-05-22
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How Good/Bad In/Secure is Mobile Broadband?

in the last year i deepened my computer knowledge.
however everything related to networking is totally far out for me.
i think one reason for that is: i've been using mobile broadband for years. whenever i start reading about networking, it says "your router" and my mind just fills up with a huge question mark.
i'm trying to bridge the gap.
i want to find out some things about mobile broadband privacy, security, customization.

things i've noticed:
- in transmiision, my ports are always closed.
- i'm trying to tunnel part of my netwaork traffic and there seem to be difficulties.

i would like to take a positive thinking approach in this thread.
so instead of saying: mobile broadband providers suck,
i would like to hear sth like: mobile broadband providers suck, but you can do this and that to achieve at least partial freedom.

any input appreciated!

d.

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#2 2013-01-12 10:43:26

NicePics13
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Re: How Good/Bad In/Secure is Mobile Broadband?

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#3 2013-01-12 15:22:01

ohnonot
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Re: How Good/Bad In/Secure is Mobile Broadband?

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#4 2013-01-12 16:22:39

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Re: How Good/Bad In/Secure is Mobile Broadband?

Whether its 3G or Wi-fi, you can always use a VPN for added security and privacy.

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#5 2013-01-15 09:31:09

NicePics13
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Re: How Good/Bad In/Secure is Mobile Broadband?

I'm seriously going back to ADSL even though there's only one provider in my neck of the woods, I'll just use a wireless router with.. what's it called.. Tomato?  big_smile

Yeah, last year dna changed their terms: raised their prices and added those pesky data caps. Upload speeds were always like 40-50kB/s regardless of what you payed.

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#6 2013-01-27 20:46:04

ohnonot
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Re: How Good/Bad In/Secure is Mobile Broadband?

@anonymous:
thanks for your advice! but doesn't vpn require i have access to a remote machine? which i haven't.

@nicepics13:
can you elaborate what happened there with dna?
i am noticing a decrease in bandwidth here in my own home, too. not only in the evenings.

also,
it seems to be getting much worse when i use amule. i don't use it often. it does not use much bandwidth but still the browser starts jamming and it gets better only when i quit amule. is this some kind of punishment for using "potentially illegal" software?

what's happening there? (in laymans terms please?)

should i switch to a line connection? i guess that's what you mean with adsl. any tips? basically i just want to spend as little money as possible and get steady bandwidth (not necessarily more, but more reliable) and "freedom" to configure my network connections as i wish.
i have the plug here at home and some previous tenant had internet here.

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#7 2013-01-27 20:57:36

anonymous
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Re: How Good/Bad In/Secure is Mobile Broadband?

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#8 2013-02-02 10:19:45

ohnonot
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Re: How Good/Bad In/Secure is Mobile Broadband?

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#9 2013-02-02 15:34:24

anonymous
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Re: How Good/Bad In/Secure is Mobile Broadband?

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#10 2013-02-02 16:31:44

ohnonot
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Re: How Good/Bad In/Secure is Mobile Broadband?

ok, thanks anonymous.

@nicepics13 (or other finns):
i heard from a friend that changing to a line connection doesn't help that much; she also has the typical problem that for example on saturday night she can't browse smoothly. network overload.
can you confirm that? does it depend on the provider or type of contract?

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#11 2013-02-03 01:42:45

anonymous
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Registered: 2008-11-29
Posts: 9,419

Re: How Good/Bad In/Secure is Mobile Broadband?

I believe network congestion can be a problem for cable internet but not DSL.

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#12 2013-02-03 08:31:20

ohnonot
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Registered: 2012-05-22
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Re: How Good/Bad In/Secure is Mobile Broadband?

...more to read up for the networking noob.

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