Hi, I recently tried out the iPad tablet in Sydney and found it amazing.
I already have mobile broadband here in the mountains but find it really slow and pretty useless when it comes to streaming. Firstly what's the difference between wifi and 3g wireless? And what plan and connection would you recommend for a tablet that would be used for internet tv? Terry
Mobile broadband uses the 3G network to connect to the internet wherever you can get a signal. It's great for accessing the internet on the move, and is usually fast enough for checking email, downloading maps and browsing websites.
However, it is not as fast, nor as stable, as a fixed-line connection such as cable or ADSL2+. Cable broadband runs through a dedicated cable to your home, which can also be used for pay TV. ADSL2+ runs through the phone line.
In order to create a Wi-Fi network in your home, you simply need to connect a wireless modem/router to your phone jack or cable access point.
ADSL2+ is available in more areas and is generally cheaper than cable broadband. Speeds vary depending how far away you live from the exchange, but you could expect speeds of between 1,500kbps and 24,000kbps.
These speeds are much better for streaming and you should have no problems watching a TV show on iView, for example.
The only downside is that you won't be able to take this internet connection outside the home, as you can with mobile broadband.
If you plan to do a lot of streaming, you will need a reasonably large plan. You could start out with a 100GB ADSL2+ plan from TPG and upgrade if necessary.
This is a bundled home phone and broadband plan, which costs $49.99 a month including the phone rental. You need to pay for line rental on an ADSL2+ connection, but if you opt for a bundle it doesn't add too much to the cost.
Give us a call on 1300 106 571 and we'll see if this plan is available at your address.
If you live in a rural area, you may not be able to access ADSL2+, in which case I would recommend an ADSL1 plan. While ADSL1 is not as fast as ADSL2+, it is just as stable and is faster than mobile broadband.
Unlike some broadband providers who charge more for ADSL1 plans, Club Telco has one price regardless of what is available from your exchange. Give Club Telco a call on 1300 138 155 for more information on their plans.
Hope this helps answer your question,