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WiBE 3G Broadband Router to gain option of 10 hour battery pack
Wednesday 01 February 2012 11:12:25 by Andrew Ferguson

While there are lots of plans underway to get better broadband across the UK, using wireless and wired technologies. many of these will take a couple of years to be widely available. In the meantime there are many homes, businesses and travellers looking for a better connection. This is where devices like the WiBE mobile broadband router step in, with its multiple antenna arrangement it will pick out the best signal and thus can often give decent 3G speeds in areas where mobile phones and dongles fail to work.

The WiBE (dimensions 18cm high by 13cm diameter) requires a 6V DC 5W power supply , and as such is less handy than the smaller MiFi units with built-in batteries, but it is happy sat on a window sill (indoors) broadcasting a WiFi signal around a property. For those wanting to use the device when out and about, Rural Broadband are looking into stocking a battery solution that would provide 10 hours of operation costing around £75. To keep up to date on when the battery will be available we suggest following them on twitter.

Rural Broadband offers a 7 day trial period, which for a device costing £249.99 is important, particularly in situations where people are attempting to get a better broadband service, and are unsure if the WiBE will help.


Posted by otester over 5 years ago
Bit of a rip off.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Rip off how? Its not network locked, and can get people 2 Mbps or faster now, rather than wait a year or two.

Also unlike satellite it is more mobile, so ideal if you move around, e.g. construction workers
Posted by johnpopham over 5 years ago
I've seen it get places with no internet connectivity at all up and running with more than 4Mbps within minutes. It does that much more cost effectively than virtually any other solution
Posted by john_32 over 5 years ago
We have a dozen WiBE's now and they are remarkable - connections are faster and more stable than any of the routers we have tried previously.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

Just doesn't seem future proof considering it's only up to 7.2Mbps
Posted by ruralbroadband_ over 5 years ago
Don't worry the New HS21 and HS21 Pro are coming. March/April 2012. There will be some test units available so keep up with the latest info here at Thinkbroadband and also at
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