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Halo 3+ with "Hybrid Connect" unbreakable connection

clunesy

Casual Member
Anyone have this installed yet? Does it have a SIM card you could access and put in something else? My router will be in the basement, so I'd rather have a decent Mikrotik LTE antenna on the side of the house for failover....

...and potentially additional upload bandwidth on EE... ? (you can never have too much).

Anyone care to speculate or if / how utilisation on these backup SIMs is monitored?
 

Meatball

Top Member
My understanding is there is no user accessible SIM card and whilst the 4G service is present for signal strength and positioning any data capacity will only be there if the broadband is down.

Hybrid Connect needs to be connected initially via Ethernet to the Smart Hub 2 for setup. Once setup it communicates via Ethernet or WIFI and can be located elsewhere for signal.

The Hybrid monitors the hub and when DSL is lost (Hub light turns Purple) the Hybrid is activated and 4G signal strength turns White. So it appears totally dependant on the hub firmware and remote config.

There are two external antenna connectors.
 

clunesy

Casual Member
Thanks found this. All is explained.

You could easily put it on the other side of the house on a long Ethernet. Shame you can't pinch the SIM, but makes total sense.

I think BT were doing a bundle with a cheap unlimited EE SIM, I'll keep an eye out for deals.
 

PS123

Casual Member
My understanding is there is no user accessible SIM card and whilst the 4G service is present for signal strength and positioning any data capacity will only be there if the broadband is down.

Hybrid Connect needs to be connected initially via Ethernet to the Smart Hub 2 for setup. Once setup it communicates via Ethernet or WIFI and can be located elsewhere for signal.

The Hybrid monitors the hub and when DSL is lost (Hub light turns Purple) the Hybrid is activated and 4G signal strength turns White. So it appears totally dependant on the hub firmware and remote config.

There are two external antenna connectors.
There is a removable SIM slot underneath the unit. I have not tried to remove mine so unsure if another SIM can be used.

If you have Digital Voice then DV deactivates when Hybrid Connect failover starts. Only way to reconnect DV would be to reboot Smart Hub 2.
 

PS123

Casual Member
Thanks found this. All is explained.

You could easily put it on the other side of the house on a long Ethernet. Shame you can't pinch the SIM, but makes total sense.

I think BT were doing a bundle with a cheap unlimited EE SIM, I'll keep an eye out for deals.
Hybrid Connect also works wirelessly after initial setup using Ethernet cable to register unit.
 
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