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    Default Re: 4G Home Broadband 18.75 via Smarty

    Quote Originally Posted by beansontoast View Post
    Did some other testing last night. Adult sites are blocked unless you use a VPN such as the one built in to opera.
    Fapping you mean?

    Can't you as the account holder just call up and request access to adult content?

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    Default Re: 4G Home Broadband 18.75 via Smarty

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrand View Post
    Fapping you mean?

    Can't you as the account holder just call up and request access to adult content?
    Been a long weekend pal.
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    Default Re: 4G Home Broadband 18.75 via Smarty

    I'm all set-up now with Smarty via my new Netgear R7100LG and although Three's network manages to achieve 70Mb in my area (one of the fastest), it seems Smarty is pegged at 22Mb, it's stable with a decent ping, but will never go above.



    Checking statistics, if you're getting 65Mb compared to what is advertised, you're doing really well.
    I might see how I get on with it for a month and may re-evaluate. When my son comes home, I'll give his SIM that's with Three a whirl in the router.


    Things I've found regarding small print with Smarty
    Our Unlimited plan is the only 1-month tariff available that’s open to everyone and has no speed restrictions (unlike another plan out there). Tethering and personal hotspot use is also included as standard on the plan.
    We have set a usage cap at 1,000GB. When tested, using a mobile for every minute of every day only used around 1,000GB in a month. Setting this cap helps us to identify any commercial use of our services, which is not permitted by our terms and conditions. When travelling in the EU, customers will be subject to our fair use limit of 19GB each month.
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    My fibre connection with all my devices connected uses between 800Gb and 1,500Gb per month, so I assume I'm likely to get a couple of warnings, but I'll see how it goes. I'm under no contract so jumping ship isn't a problem.

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    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    For the record, my Plex is connected to this and is functioning perfectly and way better than it was on what TalkTalk passed for Fibre broandband. No issues with Double NAT or the need of VPN.

    I've lifted the Adult Restrictions on my SIM and no need to use a VPN - [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    This will probably kick them in the bollox regarding the usage limits off 1,000Gb though. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Considering this... (apparently).

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    Default Re: 4G Home Broadband 18.75 via Smarty

    Been using this for a couple of weeks and the unlimited deal is still available.

    They are using a CGNAT setup which is awkward to work around for Port Forwarding. I'm trying to find a free work around without the need for a paid VPN. I'm even trying to VPN to a friend's Virginmedia connection (300Mb) which is not as some as it sounds.

    I've also found their 4G connection is not as solid as the 3G and have reverted to using 3G for a reliable 20Mb connection. Using 4G only gives me 5Mb download.

    On the whole, I'm pleased, but need to get my port forwarding sorted.
    I think the solution is to get port 80 pointing towards my OpenVPN/Portmap.io/DSNExit accounts, but it feels a little above my pay grade if anyone is able to put their 2 pence in!!?

    Any suggestions appreciated.

    Edit: usage was just over 1TB last month which is low for my house, but speed didn't seem to get effected.

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    Default Re: 4G Home Broadband 18.75 via Smarty

    You won't get port forwarding working using CG-NAT. Problem is as well as configuring port forwarding on your router, you would also need to configure port forwarding on the ISP's router which obviously isn't going to happen.

    It might be possible with a VPN, haven't played with that configuration myself.

    Edit: Thinking about this all, something isn't adding up. I haven't used 3 myself for a few years, but I'm sure I've read that 3 is only of the only networks that give out proper IP addresses instead of using NAT / CG-NAT, and I'm sure I've read in a lot of places that 3 is often the best network for data.

    I'm wondering if as much as Smarty is using the 3 network, 3 may be providing an inferior service to Smarty customers (much like Giff Gaff customers are using the O2 network but get lower priority).

    Edit 2; I'm not sure if you will be able to get port forwarding to work with VPN either. Thinking about this, you would either need a fixed IP or dynamic DNS service for remote end of the VPN, then you would need to set up port forwarding from there to you - i.e. to set up port forwarding on one of the VPN provider's routers.
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    Default Re: 4G Home Broadband 18.75 via Smarty

    Just wondering, do torrents work ok using one of these?

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    Default Re: 4G Home Broadband 18.75 via Smarty

    Quote Originally Posted by Over Carl View Post
    Just wondering, do torrents work ok using one of these?
    I'll try when I get home, currently abroad. I can't see why not in fact it should be better to seed compared with virgin shitty upload speeds.
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    Default Re: 4G Home Broadband 18.75 via Smarty

    Works here

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    Default Re: 4G Home Broadband 18.75 via Smarty

    Quote Originally Posted by DejaVu View Post
    Works here

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