No mobile signal at home? Try the Vodafone Access Gateway (now called Sure Signal)

For those of you who like us have a poor or non-existent mobile signal in your home, here is a possible solution, if you use Vodafone.  They have now released a box that acts like your wireless router, and plugs into that router.  It connects to your 3G phone and sends the signal out via your broadband network to the Vodafone system.  It effectively acts like a mini-mast in your home.  It is in fact a femtocell, and the first one on general release here.  If you are taking out a new contract or renewing you may get it for free; I had to pay £5pm for 18 months, but the online cash price is £160.  Vodafone, (and every other mobile operator) ought to be giving these away for free, but, if like me you are fed up with not being able to use your phone in your home, it may seem a great investment.  Doubtless in a year or so they will come up with one box that does both jobs for you and it will be a great way to hook us to buying our mobile and broadband services from a single supplier.

It arrived yesterday at around 9am, and I had hooked it up to the mains and the router in about 60 seconds; I then logged onto the Vodafone site to register its serial number with our mobile phone numbers, this took less than 5 minutes.  They warn it can take up to 24 hours to get the Gateway to see the internet, and to my disappointment, it actually did.  However this was more than made up for when I saw in the morning I had a full 3G signal in a room where I never got more than 2 bars on GPRS.

I’ll report back with any further news but I suspect it is just that simple.  I suspect we’ll save the cost of the additional rental on not making calls to mobiles from our home phone.

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2 Responses to “No mobile signal at home? Try the Vodafone Access Gateway (now called Sure Signal)”

  1. Update:

    If you are using a Belkin router you might have some problems. Vodafone blame Belkin and Belkin seem unaware.

    It does work and works well but periodically it will crash the broadband connection. I’ve upgraded the router firmware and am waiting to see if that helps. In the 3 days since I did it there have been no problems.

  2. Now called the Sure Signal and available for only £50… grrr!

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