[GLLUG] Problems with three internet modem and broadband connection

Roger Dormer roger.dormer at googlemail.com
Thu Nov 10 12:24:26 UTC 2016

Another bear of very little brain here. Is this a PAYG dongle? The last
Ubuntu that successfully connected to the internet with one of those for me
was 10.10! I understand that it may be possible, but couldn't get my head
around what to do.
Searching on a forum may give you some guidance.
(currently using Debian on an elderly Lenovo laptop).

On 10 November 2016 at 11:12, Jan Henkins via GLLUG <
gllug at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:

> Hello All,
> On 2016-11-10 10:49, John Winters via GLLUG wrote:
>> On 10/11/16 10:28, Marcus Harriott wrote:
>>> John
>>> Have you tried blagging a MiFi out of Three?
>> Well, yes - as I said.  I've had two free ones from them.
>> Thanks but i want to stick with what i have - change always causes yet
>>> more probs...
>> Your choice.  The advantage of a MiFi is that you're using standardised
>> proven technology (WiFi) rather than a manufacturer-specific interface.
>> The latter is always going to be much more prone to issues.
> I have to agree with this. Failing that, make sure that you have a good
> data plan on your mobile phone, and simply tether.
> As for the Lenovo solution - i have already tried this on an S100.
>>> Lenovo seem to have hard wired windows into their hardware and (after 8
>>> months) i have given up on trying to load this!
>> That's your problem - I didn't just recommend Lenovo - I said a Lenovo
>> ThinkPad.  Corners have been severely cut on consumer hardware like the
>> S100, but the ThinkPads are aimed at business users and remain
>> significantly better.
> Amen to that. In general all IdeaPad products should be viewed with a
> healthy dose of scepticism, especially if it is a brand new model. Do your
> research first. Having said that, I have a Lenovo IdeaPad Z360 (1st gen i5)
> that is doing quite well with Linux, although when it was still new I had
> issues with it. Later kernels supported it better, but at first it wasn't a
> really good buy at all.
> Which is why I recommended a second-hand ThinkPad.
> Again, I cannot agree more. I have bought two old ThinkPad X200 models for
> silly money (£49 for one, and £65 for the other). Yes, they are old and
> relatively slow (Core2Duo, and supports only up to 8Gb RAM), but they are
> fine for general purposes. My youngest uses one for homework and games, and
> I use the other one as a burner laptop with Ubnuntu Studio on it for
> lightweight music work. The good thing about the ThinkPad X series is that
> they are extremely robust, and you can almost always find spares. The X200
> might be too old for your taste, so aim a bit newer if speed is an issue.
> What I like about the X200 family is that they are really small (only 12"
> or so), which makes them ideal for just chucking in a bag.
> --
> Regards,
> Jan Henkins
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