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pricegreg

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Im currently using a B535-232 but experiencing some weird firewall issues on P2P so just purchased a ZTE to see if that solves my problems.

I was just going to say I've noticed different performance issues with using many different Three and Smarty SIMs but I've found using a Data Only SIM with Three rather than using Smarty or one with minuets and texts it defaults to a different channel and gives better overall performance even in peak. Very weird I know but if you are experiencing performance issues its worth a look.
 

welshguru

Member
I purchased a ZTE from an eBay seller who didn't say it was Three branded. I could have bought cheaper from Three on 30 day plan so may return. However, the one I received is unlocked and does support voice calls on Vodafone. It also looks like it will support Bridge mode too.

Has anyone checked the Three sold ones to see if there features work?

My firmware and hardware are

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welshguru

Member
Im currently using a B535-232 but experiencing some weird firewall issues on P2P so just purchased a ZTE to see if that solves my problems.

I was just going to say I've noticed different performance issues with using many different Three and Smarty SIMs but I've found using a Data Only SIM with Three rather than using Smarty or one with minuets and texts it defaults to a different channel and gives better overall performance even in peak. Very weird I know but if you are experiencing performance issues its worth a look.
How can you see what channel is in use on ZTE?
 

Adam2173

Regular Member
How can you see what channel is in use on ZTE?
Edit, ignore all this if this isn't what you meant by "channel" :)

I don't think you can. I did come across this website/forum


I tried one of the links while logged in but i have a vodafone sim in there and only have B20 at this location on vodafone. I did get this message {"result":"failed"} so it tried doing something. I will throw my three sim and try B3 and B20 links when i have time, and also the B3+B20 link. Try at your own risk of course.
 

welshguru

Member
Edit, ignore all this if this isn't what you meant by "channel" :)

I don't think you can. I did come across this website/forum


I tried one of the links while logged in but i have a vodafone sim in there and only have B20 at this location on vodafone. I did get this message {"result":"failed"} so it tried doing something. I will throw my three sim and try B3 and B20 links when i have time, and also the B3+B20 link. Try at your own risk of course.

Sorry, I meant Band :)

Your link is very old (2017) and comments say it doesn't work on newer firmware.

I had found the link below which explained setting bridge mode, which is working on my firmware. He also shows Band locking, but I can't find that.


Would you mind posting your firmware version so I can see if same?
 

Adam2173

Regular Member
@welshguru I'll do it a little later on when no one is using it. I'll also check to see if bridge mode is available and if those band changer links work with the three sim in
 

Adam2173

Regular Member
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Mine is a Three branded router by the way
Also, those band change links don't work. Always results in failure.
I can't seem to find bridge mode.
 
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Adam2173

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I also came across this thread in Italian https://forum.fibra.click/d/15002-debrand-e-blocco-bande-su-zte-mf286d-tim/394

They have found a way to install a Finnish firmware on their Italian TIM carrier branded MF286D which offer band selection. I did give it a shot (don't really care if i brick it, i'll just go back to b535) but i get the error "invalid selected version" I think this method only works with TIM Italia branded firmware. I made an account and commented to see if someone could assist but i come across stupid by using google translate :D The thread is 9 months old and has slowed so i don't expect much. The author/creator of the firmware is quiet too. But if anyone can make sense of it or technically inclined, maybe they can make it work. Obviously, try this at your own risk. Firmware could be compromised for all i know or could turn your router into a brick.
Edit. I think this thread birthed the MD286D thread. A lot of information in it.
Edit 2. Found bridge mode. Forgot to disconnect from the network.
 
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smithbill17

Top Member
This isn't exactly the right thread to ask this in, but I'm going to anyway as I know folks here have a wealth of pragmatic experience.

A month to go on my Three 24month contract, and I now find they've stopped their 4G Hub deal at £14/month for 24months - the price has now been hiked by £8 to £22/month.

So I've been looking on MoneySuperMarket and realised that you can get SIM only deals for 100Gb+ from 'resellers' such as Mobiles.co.uk for networks like Vodafone, IDMobile etc for £8-20/month depending on exact requirements.

Has anyone any experience of signing up to a deal from the likes of Mobiles.co.uk and just popping say a Vodafone SIM in their B535 or B525 router? Are there 'pitfalls' with these deals I should look out for?
 

The Wee Bear

ULTIMATE Member
This isn't exactly the right thread to ask this in, but I'm going to anyway as I know folks here have a wealth of pragmatic experience.

A month to go on my Three 24month contract, and I now find they've stopped their 4G Hub deal at £14/month for 24months - the price has now been hiked by £8 to £22/month.

So I've been looking on MoneySuperMarket and realised that you can get SIM only deals for 100Gb+ from 'resellers' such as Mobiles.co.uk for networks like Vodafone, IDMobile etc for £8-20/month depending on exact requirements.

Has anyone any experience of signing up to a deal from the likes of Mobiles.co.uk and just popping say a Vodafone SIM in their B535 or B525 router? Are there 'pitfalls' with these deals I should look out for?
I think they're all generally OK smithbill17, signed up a few times with various recommendation sites and everything went smoothly enough.

Shame you missed the three deal a couple of weeks ago on Money Saving Expert though, I got an unlimited everything 2 year deal on there for £10.

Never seen a deal as cheap as that before, so needless to say I was over the moon.
 

smithbill17

Top Member
I think they're all generally OK smithbill17, signed up a few times with various recommendation sites and everything went smoothly enough.

Shame you missed the three deal a couple of weeks ago on Money Saving Expert though, I got an unlimited everything 2 year deal on there for £10.
Three annoy me! I phoned them up a few weeks ago & enquired about the £14/month 2year deal and was told that I'd have to pay £36 to end my contract just 1month early, before I could then get the £14/month deal. If they had told me there was an unlimited everything deal for £10/month, then I would've paid the £36 and signed up for the £10 deal!

I presume your £10 deal is actually a 'mobile phone SIM'. Is there any reason why it would be better to use a 'mobile broadband' SIM contract as opposed to 'mobile phone SIM' contract?
 

The Wee Bear

ULTIMATE Member
Three annoy me! I phoned them up a few weeks ago & enquired about the £14/month 2year deal and was told that I'd have to pay £36 to end my contract just 1month early, before I could then get the £14/month deal. If they had told me there was an unlimited everything deal for £10/month, then I would've paid the £36 and signed up for the £10 deal!

I presume your £10 deal is actually a 'mobile phone SIM'. Is there any reason why it would be better to use a 'mobile broadband' SIM contract as opposed to 'mobile phone SIM' contract?
Yes it's just a normal contract sim only deal.

I have a 5G CPE Pro 2, so don't need a three supplied router.

Their broadband deals just include a router, as far as I'm aware the sims are all the same, the broadband deals may or may not include call time though, you'd need to check.
 

twocats

Regular Member
I think they're all generally OK smithbill17, signed up a few times with various recommendation sites and everything went smoothly enough.

Shame you missed the three deal a couple of weeks ago on Money Saving Expert though, I got an unlimited everything 2 year deal on there for £10.

Never seen a deal as cheap as that before, so needless to say I was over the moon.
I got a similar deal two years ago.
Even when the contract was up in August it is still continuing @ £10.42 including the RPI increases,.
They did mention, one time on the phone, that I seemed to be using it for home broadband but didn't seem to care.
 

The Wee Bear

ULTIMATE Member
I got a similar deal two years ago.
Even when the contract was up in August it is still continuing @ £10.42 including the RPI increases,.
They did mention, one time on the phone, that I seemed to be using it for home broadband but didn't seem to care.
Well I certainly won't be complaing after 2 years if it stays at £10 odd twocats. :p
 

The Wee Bear

ULTIMATE Member
When the contract was up they offered me a new contract @£18/mnt if I signed up for another 12 months, I declined :p
Being a cheapskate, I'd do exactly the same.☺️
 

Buggerlugz

ULTIMATE Member
This isn't exactly the right thread to ask this in, but I'm going to anyway as I know folks here have a wealth of pragmatic experience.

A month to go on my Three 24month contract, and I now find they've stopped their 4G Hub deal at £14/month for 24months - the price has now been hiked by £8 to £22/month.

So I've been looking on MoneySuperMarket and realised that you can get SIM only deals for 100Gb+ from 'resellers' such as Mobiles.co.uk for networks like Vodafone, IDMobile etc for £8-20/month depending on exact requirements.

Has anyone any experience of signing up to a deal from the likes of Mobiles.co.uk and just popping say a Vodafone SIM in their B535 or B525 router? Are there 'pitfalls' with these deals I should look out for?
Just be aware there are deals to be had with Virgin (if its available in your area Bill), I managed to get a 24 month deal at £22 (with £50 Amazon voucher) for 100Mbps on a compare website.

Honestly, its like chalk and cheese.
 

Buggerlugz

ULTIMATE Member
I presume your £10 deal is actually a 'mobile phone SIM'. Is there any reason why it would be better to use a 'mobile broadband' SIM contract as opposed to 'mobile phone SIM' contract?
The only difference is the phone sim defaults to three.co.uk APN and the broadband one to 3internet.co.uk APN. (which is better, depends on which data-centre you connect too, if your mast isn't contended.)
 

smithbill17

Top Member
One more thing I'd like to ask about:

Vodafone seems to be the only mobile internet provider that 'rate limits' the download speed you can get on their network, depending on what you buy.

Q. Do other ISPs that use the Vodafone network also 'rate limit' downloads?

Q. This website https://kenstechtips.com/index.php/vodafone-plans-compared indicates that Vodafone plans are:

Basic = upto 100Gb/month & 4G only
Red = upto 120Gb/month & 4G/5G
Unlimited Lite = 4G/5G but speed 2Mbps
Unlimited Standard = 4G/5G but speed 10Mbps
Unlimited Max = 4G/5G max available speed

Does this about some up Vodafone plans?
 

CarlO1460

ULTIMATE Member
Pretty much yeah, some people aren’t bothered for high speed, 10mbps is sufficient for pretty much everything online except huge downloads. Can even likely watch HD Netflix etc and just about game. Just not 4K, I’d anticipate a lot of buffering

Edit: other networks don’t seem to limit rates, however some are restricted by bands and aggregation such as to the moon mobile only hit 60mbps max on EE, but that’s band restrictions I believe.
 
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