Member since 13 Nov 2012
Total posts 1
I'm accessing work email on the mobile phone and will need to turn on laptop occasionally to process some work. If I use the mobile phone as portable wifi or tether as mobile broadband, will the speed be as good or poorer than a dongle? just weary of having to plug in dongle each time I need to use the laptop. any input appreciated.
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Member since 02 Jul 2011
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So long as both are the same type (eg 3G) it should be similar. 4G versus 3G should make a difference.
That said there are better chipsets than others and some work/better worse with various telcos equipment, or you might have a dongle with an external aerial.
So should be the same but YMMV.
Member since 04 Nov 2010
Total posts 155
In my experience a tethered smartphone (iPhone 4, on 3G network) is slower than a USB dongle, especially when you are looking at dual-channel speeds which Telstra offers around the CBD. But maybe the very latest smartphones support dual-channel and definitely if they use 4G then you should be good with either a phone or a USB modem.
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