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3G Mobile Broadband Plans: Some Questions

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NorthNJwx:

--- Quote from: SLOweather on January 18, 2012, 11:02:26 AM ---
2 things to keep in mind:

Your cellular data plan provider almost certainly has an on-line tool to monitor the data use. Use it, especially for the first weeks and month, so you really know what you are being charged for. Verizon lets me download the file so I can import it into Excel for analysis.

You need to do that, because the cell companies calculate bandwidth usage on the total of upload and download use. We had to fine tune the response from the WeatherElement Apache server to minimize what was being sent back to the modems. Until we did, the response was bigger than the data upload.


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Your setups sound fascinating (and I've seen your remote configurations in other threads before - amazing stuff), but I'll be the first to admit that I'm a technology end-user and that I understand very few of the technical aspects of that post!

That said, I found a page on the DataJack website that would apparently allow me to track my data usage and manage my account once I started using the device. Assuming it's simplistic enough, this seems to be what you were suggesting: https://www.datajack.com/register



--- Quote from: Bushman on January 18, 2012, 11:09:39 AM ---
Clickoff will do this.  Free.

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So if the DataJack software is configured similarly to Slow Modem's software, will Clickoff be able to automatically "click" the connect button some amount of time after the signal is lost? I'm also curious as to whether or not the program I linked to in my previous post would accomplish this.

Bushman:
Clickoff (and similar) work by watching for a d ialog box and then taking some action.  I have no idea if the one you suggested will work although it does say that it is for RAS clients.  not sure that will be your 3G client..

SlowModem:
There's another option I didn't think of before.  You can get a router that works with a usb modem from verizon that will force the modem to dial (or redial) if the router has power.  Of course, you have to have a wifi card in your computer for this to work.

Here's an example:

http://www.cradlepoint.com/products/mobile-broadband-routers/ctr35-wireless-n-portable-router

NorthNJwx:

--- Quote from: Slow Modem on January 18, 2012, 01:41:32 PM ---There's another option I didn't think of before.  You can get a router that works with a usb modem from verizon that will force the modem to dial (or redial) if the router has power.  Of course, you have to have a wifi card in your computer for this to work.

Here's an example:

http://www.cradlepoint.com/products/mobile-broadband-routers/ctr35-wireless-n-portable-router

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That one in particular doesn't appear to support the DataJack service; it does support the major providers (such as Verizon), but I'm avoiding those due to their higher costs. I'm fullly willing to pay the $10/month plan, and would probably be willing to go up to $20/month - but beyond that, I'd probably drop the internet idea. 

Is this the same type of thing? I can't really tell, but it looks possible: http://www.datajack.com/datajackfsr
The problem is, the sticker price is higher and I'd be forced to get a more expensive monthly plan. I doubt I'd go for that, unless it was nearly foolproof.

I think as long as I can use one of those applications that could possibly restore my connection automatically (if that turns out to be a problem), I can avoid getting any hardware except for the little USB plug made by DataJack. Simplicity and affordability are the keys here, and form factor is important - small size and a limited number of pieces is very important with this particular location.

SlowModem:

--- Quote from: NorthNJwx on January 18, 2012, 02:21:53 PM ---Is this the same type of thing? I can't really tell, but it looks possible: http://www.datajack.com/datajackfsr
The problem is, the sticker price is higher and I'd be forced to get a more expensive monthly plan. I doubt I'd go for that, unless it was nearly foolproof.
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I really can't answer that question, as I am unfamiliar.  Your best bet would be to contact them and tell them what you're trying to do.  I'm sure they'd have suggestions, if they have the equipment.

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