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How to Extend Your WiFi Network Range

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

WIFI DUAL ANTENNADo you find that your downloads are sluggish instead of zooming, like your internet connection speed promised? Do you get a weak signal or it keeps dropping out? Maybe you can only work on your laptop from one end of the house and not the other?

If any of these questions ring true, it may be time to extend your wifi signal range. Step through this list to determine what’s best for you.

  1. Check your speeds in various places

Check your speeds with an internet speed test. If your speed is just as slow when you’re positioned next to your router as it is when you’re down the hall, then your signal isn’t suffering degradation, it’s a different problem. You may need to update your router or PC firmware or hardware, or jump on the phone with your service provider to determine the issues.

  1. Check which channel your wifi is operating on

If you’re in a crowded signal environment and your router is sharing the same channel as other signals, you may not be getting the most out of it. Go into your router interface (check how to access it via the manufacturer website) and see how many routers you share the channel with. If you can choose a less crowded one, do so.

  1. Update your firmware

If your router is an older model, it’ll likely have had firmware software updates that would have passed you by. Check with your manufacturer if there is a newer version available. This also goes for your network adapter on board your computer – check in your Settings for the exact type and then have a look at the corresponding manufacturer’s website.

  1. Use another router as a repeater

Have a spare router hanging around somewhere? You can use it as a repeater to extend your primary router’s range. Set the second router up so it is within range and configure it to be used as a wireless access point. A quick Google should be able to show you how this is done.

5 .Grab yourself a high gain antenna

If your router supports it, you can purchase an external high gain antenna to boost your signal strength. You’ll need to position the ears of the antenna in the direction you want your wifi signals sent out. There are also external antennas available to plug in to your laptop if you’d like to work on the problem from the device end.

  1. Purchase an extender or repeater

Like using the router to extend your network, you can also buy devices that are specifically for this purpose. Consider purchasing an extender or repeater: these days, extenders are more common.

  1. Upgrade your router

Chances are, if your router is getting a little long in the tooth, it’s just not able to reach the speeds which websites and streaming services expect of your download capabilities. Consider purchasing a newer router by comparing your old specs to the new ones. If there doesn’t seem to be a difference, try checking to see if your network adapter (on the computer side) needs an upgrade too.

Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced Pro X

Monday, June 16th, 2014
Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced Pro X

Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced Pro X

Telstra and Huawei have launched the Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced Pro X, the first Australian mobile broadband device to feature LTE Category 6 technology. This mobile broadband WiFi hotspot, the Advanced Pro X, is capable of supporting ultra-fast internet speeds by operating on two spectrum bands simultaneously. The Advanced Pro X (E5786S) can connect up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices to the internet.
The Advanced Pro X currently utilises Telstra’s 4G 1800MHz network and will support fast download speeds between 2 Mbps to 50 Mbps in 4G areas. Indications from Telstra are that the device’s LTE-A capability, which supports theoretical maximum peak download speeds of 300Mbps, will provide world-leading performance once Telstra introduces 700MHz spectrum in early 2015.

The Advanced Pro X hotspot weighs in at approximately 145 grams, measures 15.8mm and has support for WiFi.

The Advanced Pro X lets Telstra customers to track their data usage against their monthly data allowance by displaying this information on the hotspot’s screen. The screen also displays information on Wi-Fi name, signal strength, number of devices connected battery levels and SMS notifications at a glance.

MicroUSB 3.0 support is also here, with charging the mobile broadband hotspot is done via the micro usb port with the Advanced Pro X being able to provide up to 10 hours of LTE life from a three hour charge. You can even ‘reverse charge’ your smartphone from the E5786S. The Advanced Pro X is compatible with PC and Mac.

Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced Pro X Accessories

HTC ONE Wins Mobile Award For Best Smartphone At MWC 2014

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014


February 25, 2014. HTC’s flagship device of 2013, the HTC One, has been awarded with the Global Mobile Award for Best Smartphone at Mobile World Congress, MWC 2014, Barcelona, Spain.

The HTC One has previously won the Global Mobile Award for ‘Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet’ at MWC 2013.

Launched in February 2013, the HTC One is HTC’s flagship mobile phone, and sets the standard with innovations like HTC BoomSound, HTC BlinkFeed, UltraPixel camera and a zero-gap aluminium body, all of which have revolutionised the mobile experience for HTC customers.

This award was voted for by a panel of more than 175 independent industry experts and reinforces the HTC’s unrivalled design and innovation. The award recognises the smartphone the judges believe to be the absolute best across the industry.

HTC Mobile Phone Accessories

Optus 4G Prepaid Mobile Broadband

Friday, December 28th, 2012
Optus Prepaid 4G USB Modem

Optus Prepaid 4G USB

Opus has launched 4G Prepaid Mobile Broadband. There are two Optus 4G prepaid modem options, the USB Starter Kit which costs $169 and includes 6GB for 60 data while the Wifi Modem is $199 with 10GB for 60 days.

Optus’ prepaid 4G and 3G wireless broadband recharges amounts and rates are as follows:

$10 for 300MB, $30 for 1GB, $40 for 3GB, $50 for 4GB, $80 for 8GB, $130 for 15GB.

Currently however if you are recharging online you will receive an extra 15% of  data as an online bonus. Optus usage is calculated or counted in kilobyte increments and includes uploads and downloads.  When you are outside of Optus 4G coverage areas the 4G modems will connect to the Optus 3G Dual Band 900/2100mhz Network or to the 900/1800mhz 2G/gprs/Edge network.

Optus 4G is the 4th generation of mobile network technology and is also known as LTE or Long Term Evolution. You’ll experience faster download speeds and a faster overall mobile internet experience. Optus 4G network coverage is now available in selected areas of Sydney, Newcastle, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide CBD.

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To have Optus 4G you need a compatible device and you need to be in an Optus 4G coverage area, outside of these areas the 4G modems will provide 3G coverage.

As stated above currently Optus Prepaid Mobile Broadband provides 15% Bonus Data Allowance. All you need do is topurchase an Optus recharge voucher via credit card online at to receive an additional 15% bonus data allowance.

The Optus prepaid mobile broadband recharge rates are tabled below.

Recharge Amount







Data allowance within Australia

Up to 300MB

Up to 1GB

Up to 3GB

Up to 4GB

Up to 8GB

Up to 15GB

Total data allowance within Australia with online bonus

Up to 354MB

Up to 1.15GB

Up to 3.45GB

Up to 4.6GB

Up to 9.2GB

Up to 17.25GB


30 days

30 days

30 days

60 days

90 days

365 days


Below are the two prepaid Optus 4G modem options currently offered by Optus.

Optus Prepaid 4G WiFi

Optus Prepaid 4G WiFi

Optus E3276 4G USB Modem Starter Kit $169.00, kit includes:

The E3276 Optus 4G USB Modem, SIM Card and 6GB data for use within Australia, valid for 60 days. The E3276 is Optus 3G & 4G Network compatible, has a built-in antenna and Micro SD Card slot and is Plug & Play and only weights approximately 90 grams.

Optus E589 4G Mini WiFi Modem Starter Kit $199.00 Kit Includes:

The E589 Optus 4G Mini Wifi Modem, SIM Card, 10GB data for use within Australia, valid for 60 days. The E589 W4G WiFi modem is Optus 3G & 4G Network compatible, has a battery life up to 6 hours. You can connect up to 10 devices at once. This modem uses WiFi 802.11 b/g/n.


Telstra Prepaid USB Plus WiFi MF70

Monday, November 19th, 2012
Telstra Prepaid USB + WiFi MF70

Telstra Prepaid USB + WiFi MF70

The Telstra Prepaid Broadband 3G USB + Wi-Fi, the ZTE MF70, is a Prepaid USB modem and a Wi-Fi router in one. The WiFi can connect up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices. This is a HSDPA 21Mbps downlink capable modem that uses quad band GSM and tri band UMTS. The MF70 also has an external antenna connection should you need to connect an external antenna.

The Telstra Prepaid USB Plus WiFi modem can be used as a stand alone WiFi device for wireless internet connection by plugging the device in to the charger to provide power or it can be used as a usb modem by plugging the unit into a usb port of your computeror you can have the device plugged into your computer’s  USB port and use WiFi with other devices at the same time. This is one versatile modem.

To connect via USB, insert the USB plug into a spare USB socket on your computer or into the power supply provided if you wish to use the device as Wifi only.

Connecting via Wi-Fi

To connect to the USB + WiFi modem using WiFi perform the following actions. On your computer, select your network and sharing centre from the tool bar, My Network Places, or via the Control Panel. Look for the new Wi-Fi connection that begins with TEWM which stands for Telstra Elite Wi-Fi Modem.

The modem has two LEDs one for network status and the other for WiFi status. If the Network LED is red this means there is no network connection i.e. the device is offline. A green colour indicated 2G connection and blue indicated 3G connection. The device will blink blue when data transfer is occurring on 3G and green blinking when there is data transfer over 2G.

The WiFi LED will be off when there is no active WiFi connection, will show solid blue when WPS is active and will blink blue when WiFi is active.

Enter the password shown on your security card which will be something like, 8847xxxxxx.

The password is case sensitive so type letters exactly as shown on the security card. Keep your security card in a safe place should you forget your password.

If you have lost your security card the default password is 8847 followed by the last 6 digits of your MAC address which is printed under the cover of the modem.

Open your internet browser and enter http://m.home in the address bar. You can also connect by typing the IP address in the address bar. At the bottom of this screen is a link to your account where you can check your Telstra prepaid data balance and recharge your mobile broadband credit. You can modify your settings via the Wi-Fi home page at http://m.home.

If you use a microSD memory card in your modem your computer will display a removable disk drive. You can use the modem as an external drive to store and transfer files. There are 2 modes for accessing the micro SD card, USB mode or Share mode. In USB mode only the user connected via USB can access the SD card by the removable drive mapping. Shared access via the web browser will be disabled when in USB mode. Shared mode allows you to share the SD card with all connected users via the Web browser. USB Access to the SD card is disabled in Shared mode.

MF 70 Features:

  • HSDPA 21Mbps peak rated device
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Connect up to 5 devices via Wi-Fi
  • Supports micro SD memory card up to 32GB

Technical Specifications:

  • Operating Frequencies: 3G UMTS: 850MHz, 1900MHz, 2100 MHz, GSM: 850MHZ, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900 MHz
  • Expandable Memory:  microSD expandable to 32GB
  • External Antenna Connection
  • Weight: 29 grams
  • Size: 94.1mm x 28.6mm x 12.5mm

This device is “Network Locked”. Please contact your Service Provider to unlock your device. Antennas for Telstra Prepaid USB + WiFi

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Vodafone USB Classic Modem

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Vodafone USB Classic Modem

Vodafone USB Classic Modem

The Classic Modem for Vodafone internet is available on a range of Vodafone mobile internet plans for mobile wireless broadband.

Vodafone’s USB Classic Modem has Vodafone QuickStart, which makes connecting and using USB modems simple, easy and truly plug and play. It uses modern standards to reduce potential software conflicts, and a browser based dashboard for configuration.

What this means is that there is no dashboard software. This device can be used for post paid contract or as a prepaid mobile broadband device, with no dialup modem drivers. The USB Classic Modem Tri-band 3G device that works on Vodafone’s 2100MHz Metro, 900MHz Regional and 850MHz networks.

With Vodafone’s USB Classic Modem you have plug-and-play you are able to get connected to the internet in around 10 seconds. The USB Classic Modem makes use of software that is already built-in with Windows and Mac OS.

Vodafone USB Classic Modem K3773 Specifications

3G Network band: 850MHz, 900MHz, 2100MHz

2G Network Band: 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz

Device Data Capability: HSDPA7.2

Dimensions:  70mm x 26mm x 12mm

Weight: 30 grams

Vodafone’s plans for the USB Classic Modem range in price from $19 to $49 per month. The device is 12 month, 24 month or month to month plans.

The Vodafone mobile internet  $19 plan on a 12 month contract will get you the USB Classic Modem for $0 and 2GB of data each month. The minimum cost over 12 months is $228.

The Vodafone mobile braodband 12 month $29 plan will get you the USB Classic Modem for $0 and 6GB of data each month.  The minimum cost over 12 months is $348.

If you need more data per month Vodafone’s $39 plan on a 12 month contract will get you the USB Classic Modem for $0 and 12GB of data each month.  The minimum cost over 12 months is $468.

Vodafone’s $49 plan on a 12 month contract will get you the USB Classic Modem for $0 and 14GB of data each month.  The minimum cost over 12 months is $588.

If you want a month to month plan for your wireless internet, the $29 plan will get you 4GB of data per month and you’ll pay just $39 for the USB Classic modem.

If you don’t want a plan and would prefer a prepaid mobile broadband option $49 will get you the USB Classic modem and 3GB worth of Vodafone prepaid mobile broadband data.

New Vodafone Extreme USB Modem 3G+ Data Speeds

Sunday, October 28th, 2012
Extreme USB Modem

Extreme USB Modem

Vodafone is offering a new 3G+ mobile broadband modem, the Extreme USB Modem, on all of their mobile broadband plans. The device called the USB Extreme or K4506 is 3G+ capable. This means that you may get download speeds up to eight times faster than Vodafone’s average 3G download speeds. When you’re within Vodafone’s 3G+ network zones.

Vodafone’s 3G+ network will give you download speeds of up to 8x faster than the average download speeds on their current 3G network. Vodafone’s 3G+ is currently only available in selected areas. This means download speeds between 1Mbps to 16Mbps, with average download speeds of 8Mbps when using these Vodafone’s compatible 3G+ devices. Vodafone 3G+compatible devices are DC-HSPA+ capable.

This type of mobile broadband internet connection will be ideal when you’re out and need the freedom of connecting anywhere.  The fast speeds make the USB Extreme Modem ideal for media streaming, web browsing or working when you’re away from the office. The Vodafone Extreme USB Modem is a portable unit and is available on a range of plans that should suit almost data usage.

The Vodafone broadband plans for the Vodafone Extreme USB modem range in price from $19 to $49 per month. The device is  12 month, 24 month or month to month plans.

The Vodafone internet  $29 plan on a 24 month contract will get you the USB Extreme Modem for $0 and 6GB of data each month.

If you need more data per month Vodafone’s  $39 plan on a 24 month contract will get you the USB Extreme Modem for $0 and 12GB of data each month.

If you want or need the flexability of a month to month plan, Vodafone’s $29 plan will get you 4GB of data per month and you’ll pay just $79 for the Extreme USB modem.

Huawei K4506 Vodafone Extreme USB 3G+ Modem Specifications

  • Operating Frequencies:  3G: 850/900/2100, 2G: 850/900/1900/2100
  • Device data Capability:  DC-HSPA+
  • Dimensions:  91mm x 28mm x 14.3mm
  • Minimum System Requirements PC: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista (SP1 recommended), or Windows XP SP3
  • Minimum System Requirements Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Intel) or 10.5.8, or above. 10.6.2 or above recommended – 10.4.11 not supported on PowerPC

Telstra to sell iPad mini and fourth generation iPad

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
iPad Mini

iPad Mini

Telstra has confirmed that the telco will offer both the iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad. These new iPads will be sold with a range data plans so Telstra customers will be able to utilise Telstra’s 4G LTE, HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA Next G network.The iPad Mini is a 7.9-inch shrunken down version of Apple’s famous iPad. The iPad mini is encased in anodised aluminium and is manufactured with attention to design. The iPad mini is a totally new design it is 23% thinner and 53% lighter than the third generation iPad. The iPad mini is comfortable in one hand, is fully compatible with all iPad apps and the iPad mini format also offers better screen display of web pages and videos. The mini’s 7.9 inch diagonal screen compared the 9.7-inches of the full-sized iPad both screens have the same pixel count. This means that app developers will not need to rewrite their code for the new smaller format of the iPad mini.The iPad Mini has a stunning 7.9-inch display, Apple-designed dual-core A5 chip, ultrafast 4G LTE connectivity and 10-hours of battery life.

The 4th generation iPad will offer 4G LTE compatibility with a 4G networks around the world, including Australia’s. The fourth generation iPad has a  9.7-inch Retina display, Apple-designed A6X chip and a new FaceTime HD camera. Both iPad mini and fourth generation iPad come with iOS 6

iPad and iPad Mini Accessories

Telstra 4G Network Expansion

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Motorola Razr HD 4G

Motorola Razr HD 4G

With more and more 4G capable mobile handsets and modems arriving on the market Telstra is providing its customers more value on Telstra’s mobile network. Currently Telstra’s 4G network covers approximately 40% of the population. And Telstra is expanding the 4G network to achieve 66% population coverage by mid 2013.
Since the launch of Telstra’s 4G LTE service last September, the telco’s customers have embraced 4G technology and today more than half a million 4G devices are being used for internet browsing video and music streaming as well as enjoying rich internet content traditionally reserved for desktop PCs.
Telstra states that their 160,000 4G smartphone customers are already saying that 4G is improving their mobile experience, with research showing they’re more likely to reach for their device over their PC to search the web, social network and bank online – compared with 3G smartphone owners.
Telstra recently announced it will more than double its 4G coverage areas in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, extending the reach of Telstra’s 4G service to two-thirds of the population by mid 2013.

Over the next 10 months ultra-fast mobile coverage will continue to spread across all capital cities, including the first new 4G sites launched Bondi and in the North Shore rail tunnel in Sydney.
The network expansion began in Sydney where Telstra introducing some of the world’s fastest mobile internet speeds to customers visiting Bondi Beach and to underground rail passengers travelling on the North Shore line between Central and North Sydney stations.

This expansion will help meet the accelerating demand for ultra-fast fourth generation smartphones and mobile broadband devices among Australians.

Telstra currently provides 4G coverage at over 100 metropolitan and regional locations across the nation including all capital CBDs. The expansion will see more than 1,000 new 4G/LTE base stations installed by mid 2013.

Upon completion the Telstra 4G network will cover more of Australia’s highest population centres with coverage reaching out in a 10-15 kilometre radius from the Sydney GPO and a 15-20 kilometre radius from the Melbourne GPO.

Telstra Prepaid 4G WiFi Hotspot MF91

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
4G Prepaid WiFi Hotspot

4G Prepaid WiFi Hotspot

Telstra 4G is now available in prepaid WiFi. From today Telstra has launched Australia’s first prepaid 4G Wifi hotspot. You are able to purchase this pre paid wifi 4G device for $169 and you’ll get a bonus of 5GB of included data to use in Australia. This included data will last for 30 days.

This Telstra prepaid 4G device, the ZTE MF91, gives you greater freedom to connect to the people, experiences and events that are important to you. There are no bills or fixed term contracts as this is 4G prepaid broadband, you simply recharge your Telstra prepaid internet and once you’ve used your prepaid credit, you recharge your service.

The Telstra Prepaid W-Fi 4G is the next generation of mobile Wi-Fi router that connects up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices to Telstra’s 4G Network. With 4G speeds up to 40Mbps, typical download speeds of 20Mbps. This device will also use Telstra’s superb Next G network outside of 4G coverage areas. As with the above and the fact that this device will deliver low latency and a better network experience all combine to provide superior mobile broadband service.

The modem supports dual band LTE, quad band GSM and tri band UMTS. The MF91 will accept a micro SD memory card up to 32GB in size.

Setup is easy with the user manual is available from the device web interface. Simply connect via Wi-Fi go to to view the web client. By default the Admin login password is ‘password’. By default the WiFi SSID, TPP4G, and password are displayed on the main display. They are also printed on the label underneath the battery and on the security card provided in the box.

 MF91 Telstra 4G Prepaid Wifi Hotspot Features:

  • LTE 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Super fast internet speeds on the go
  • Supports up to 10 users
  • microSD memory slot expandable to 32GB

Telstra 4G Prepaid WiFi Specifications

  • Operating Frequencies: LTE 1800/2600MHz UMTS DC-HSPA+ Dual band 3G – 850/2100MHz EDGE, GPRS, 850/900/1800/1900
  • Dimensions : 100(H) x 58 (L) x 16 (W) mm Weight: 105g
  • Wi-Fi Network: Wi-Fi b/g/n, 2.4 Ghz
  • Active battery: up to 4 hours
  • Standby Life: up to 100 hours
  • External Antenna Port.

Antennas for Telstra 4G Prepaid Modem