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.