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Review by J E F F See Profile

  • Location: Kitchener,ON
  • Cost Contract price not specified. (24 month contract)
  • Install: about 2 days
Good "Seems to be pretty reliable up to this point."
Bad "None. Although you do not get advertised speeds."
Overall "If you bug them enough, you'll get a good deal."
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Back in May Rogers had a deal for the Rocket Stick and Laptop for $0 on a 2 year contract...I had no need for another netbook laying around the house, and asked if they could discount me. So I got a 1 GB deal for $21.25 + taxes and standard fee's. I haven't come real close to 1 GB yet, maybe 600MB tops, but it has been pretty useful. I do believe I am on the 7.2 MB connection, which I get pretty close to most days. No disconnects yet. The unit gets rather warm and is a huge battery drain, just so you know. It does not come with software for Linux, but the newer version of Linux recognize the card (USB) and it will work flawlessly.

January - 2012

As noted above, and under "bad", Rogers claims speeds up to 21MB, I only get 7.2 max. Not really an issue, since my monthly is only 1GB. Also, I find for data, my iPhone 4 works better in area's with poor signal. (with Hotspot enabled) So at the end of this term (May) I will no longer need this product.

Rogers could make a killing off of this device, I do believe data is cheap enough to do over the air, so for people not using a lot of GB's, they could offer this rather than a modem and cable. But what do I know about marketing, I am only the consumer.

January 2013 -- Rogers called me around October asking me to upgrade my device. I told them I had no interest since I only use this device occasionally, but they told me my price wouldn't go up ($6/month). Primary use will be for when I go up to the cottage, so it does fulfill a purpose in the end...

member for 10.4 years, 3874 visits, last login: 1 year ago
updated 1.6 years ago

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Review by DS256 See Profile

  • Location: Beaumaris,ON
  • Cost: $30 per month
Good "Cheaper than Bell ; no contract or credit card required"
Bad "Connection influenced by weather (I think) ; usage not available yet"
Overall "For what I need it for ; working 1 day a week from the cottage ; works great"
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*UPDATE* Selected Rogers Portable Hub which seems to work well. My son complains of performance issues but I have none. Note that they will tell you VPN is not supported but it is on the Hub that has phone service.

*UPDATE* Bell and Rogers are shutting down their Portable Internet. I am looking for a seasonal ISP service that Rogers provided but can't get any response that they will continue to offer a seasonal plan.

I have a cottage outside of Windemere in the Muskoka region of Ontario, about 3 hours north of Toronto. I wanted an inexpensive internet solution I could use from May to October and suspend/cancel during the winter months. I had all sorts of trouble getting information from Bell (of which I have satellite at the cottage) so ended up going with Rogers after looking through Forum discussions.

I believe the tower I run off of is visible from the the front of my cottage. I have the modem in the rear of the 2nd floor. Get 1-2 lights there and it works well. If I take it to the front of the cottage I get 3-4 lights.

Just like at home, beware if you connect directly to the modem and make sure you have good firewall software installed. I actually picked up a TrendNet Wi-Fi router for $30 from Tiger Direct. This means my portable internet now is Wi-Fi wireless

I've been using it for about 3 weekends now with no problems except I can see my usage on-line. I have a 10GB cap and would like to see my consumption rate. Called Rogers and they flagged my account that no overage charges will apply this month.

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updated 2.2 years ago

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Review by CJKComputers See Profile

  • Location: Madoc,ON
  • Business customer Business customer
  • Cost: $45 per month (36 month contract)
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "Quick Setup, decent speed, user friendly"
Bad "Some units are unreliable, Bad for lots of data usage"
Overall "Decent upgrade from phone line for a fair price"
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Well I run a very popular computer company in a rural area north of Belleville Ontario and I deal with allot of costumers that are looking for high speed solutions as opposed to phone line that they currently have and unfortunately because my business is in the same area I suffer from the same problem.

Ever since I got here in 2008 the only solution was Xplornets 900mhz "High Speed internet" but I have been unhappy with them ever since I signed up because I have had other wireless solutions in other areas like KOS in Napanee and had very good results but Xplornet is pretty much the opposite so anyway in late 2010 and early 2011 I decided to try out the Rogers Rocket Hubs and do some in depth testing for not only a potential replacement for myself but also for a potential phone line replacement for my costumers.

So I started out by testing there three different hubs and had different success with each of them.

The first one I tried was the Netcomm 3g10wr which was basically a 2 port wireless router with 3g and phone capability built right in so when I got it back to the shop I plugged it in and it flashed for about a minute and it was already online so obviously I was impressed because of the ease of installation and I hooked up a laptop to it wireless using the card with the password on it and I was on the internet. So after that I ran multiple speed tests and realized that on certain times of day I would get up to around 2.5Mbps and other times it would go down to just over 1Mbps so it was a great upgrade from phone line but was not going to cut it for my to replace my xplornet. Now I have to add that I only got a medium signal with this hub so I was told that with a better signal I would be able to get faster speeds so I later tried a high gain outdoor antenna setup with all the hubs and that will be discussed later.

Then I tried the Erricsson W35 Hub and it was just as easy to install and had pretty much the same features of the Netcomm but it had 4 ports instead of only 2 ports and had no external antennas but had a place to attached one. So with this hub I was able to get quiet a bit faster speed with a medium connection I got around 2.5Mbps to 4.0Mbps at all times witch is good but there is a major flaw with this hub. Over the course of the day if I was downloading lots of data (over 1GB per day) this unit will inevitably overheat and die. I tried this with 3 different Erricssons and had the same result and this did not happen with either of the Netcomms so if you are wanting to use lots of data than this unit may not be for you but other than that it seems pretty stable.

Then we tried the last one. The new Netcomm 3g10wr2 Hub.

This hub was pretty much an exact copy of the older Netcomm except that it was in a prettier shell and it also only had one antenna instead of three and also had the same results of the older Netcomm. This hub also had a medium connection without help and showed 1Mbps to 2.5Mbps so there is nothing else to say about this one.

EXTERNAL HIGH GAIN ANTENNAS.

Well during the whole course of testing we also ordered a high gain directional dual band Wilson antenna and 30ft of LMR-195 cable we are also fortunate enough to have line of site to the Rogers 3G tower that is only a few kms away so we where able to get a full signal on all of the hubs when they where connected to this antenna setup now with the antenna

The Erricsson W35 with a full signal got around 4.5Mbps to 5Mbps but it still has the overheating problem so it is still not recommended.

Both of the Netcomm Hubs ended up with a full signal and there speed ended up being 3.5mbps to 4.5mbps so they are a little slower but they are also more reliable so these would be the ones that I would recommend.

PING.

As for the ping on these it was never good so I would have to say that this would not be recommended for online gaming or anything like that but are great for standard web surfing and downloading. The ping that I got on average without a special antenna was around 80ms to 100ms and with the Wilson antenna was between 45ms to 75ms.

OVERALL.

Well overall as long as you stick with the Erricsson model hubs this is a great upgrade from phone line internet and you will get some decent speeds and they are incredibly easy to setup. But if you require allot of speed and need to have multiple computers connected at all times I would recommend trying to find a company in your area that offers a wireless internet such as WiMax, LTE, Radio Etc and hopefully you can find one that is not Xplornet but that unfortunately may be your only option. At the end of the day if you live in a rural area like I do then you should be happy with the services that are available because it wasnt all that long ago that you would be stuck living with phone line and you would be forced to move in order to get decent internet. I hope you liked my review.

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Review by Jaguar4u See Profile

  • Location: Toronto,ON
  • Cost: $30 per month
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "Fantastic downloads speed is always between 2.5 and 3.2 Mbps download speed"
Bad "Upload speed could be better."
Overall "Best service available for the price on wireless. Large network coverage area for High Speed Wireless"
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I am using Fido on the Rogers wireless network. My friend switched to Bell and regretted it every day. Bell is overcharging for an unstable new network.

I was lucky and have 6 Gb / month data plan for only $30. per month with Fido. (Microcell Telecommunications Inc)

I am testing Acanac unlimited for my home broadband and will do a review soon.

My opinion as a prior Bell customer for several years is Bell keeps increasing prices and has terrible customer service.

So far Fido/Rogers wins for wireless high speed.
So far Acanac wins for DSL service on price and speed combined.

member for 4.5 years, 22 visits, last login: 3.5 years ago
updated 4.4 years ago

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Review by JimBee See Profile

  • Location: Kingston,ON
  • Cost: $35 per month (12 month contract)
Good "Great for in car internet! Flexible rates"
Bad "Low caps...(~1 gig/month)"
Overall "Worth it if you travel and need to check email/facebook/other sites on the go and your smart phone just doesn't cut it."
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I'm currently traveling on Highway 15 between Ottawa and Kingston writing this review. My actual ISP is Fido, but they have the same sort of plans as Rogers does, except I'm not paying for the ZTE HSPA Modem.

So far so good on the road! I can post on Facebook and everything.

I have a flex plan that scales depending on my usage. I am locked into one year of service with a min price of $35/month.

The modem is great and easy to use and as you can tell, very effective. Now if only I could stop being so car sick......

-RD

member for 11.4 years, 568 visits, last login: 1 days ago
lodged 4.4 years ago

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Review by snoball See Profile

  • Location: North Vancouver,BC
  • Cost: $55 per month
  • Install: about 7 days
Good "Reliable instant on metro area portable wireless internet connection"
Bad "Low/slow upload speed"
Overall "plug it in anywhere and your online - super portable"
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virtually problem free and easy to use, just plug it in (after a onetime initial phonecall/setup/auto-register process), it's not extreme high-speed service but more than adequate for browsing and email, download speed is adequate for software updates, only one brief service outage experienced in eight months of constant use

member for 8.9 years, 34 visits, last login: 1.4 years ago
updated 6.5 years ago

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