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 Posted: Thu Dec 6th, 2018 10:03 pm
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Telcel is selling a modem for about 2000 pesos.  It's a hotspot, no cables to the street like TelMex.  Just plug it in and you are on go.
They say 10mbps, that it's faster and more efficient than TelMex.  No technicians come out, no lines in the street.   If you have a problem, you take your modem to TelCel and they test it.  Cost is $399 pesos per month, comes included with Claro Video, kind of like Netflix.
Anyone with experience with this modem?  I want to know it's reliablilty in the Ranchitos, and how far does it send a signal?

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 Posted: Thu Dec 6th, 2018 10:07 pm
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Can you go month to month, or are you required to sign a multi-month/year contract?

Our internet in the Ranchitos is the slowest it's ever been.

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I didn't ask.  It says "plans" so I would imagine you start with the 1 year contract then can cancel at anytime just like my TelCel cellular phone plan.

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There's nothing unique about this kind of device. Lots of companies make them as stand-alone devices, but now most smart phones there days have the Wifi hotspot function built-in. You use a data SIM on a cell network, and a PAYG "plan" ie a monthly "plan" (Pay As You Go). I had one 6-7 yrs ago in travelling Europe, with several throw-away SIMs, before they eliminated all roaming charges and I didn't need it. The speed is dependent on your cellular service.

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Is this called Internet En Casa?

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Yes. Internet en tu casa

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OK,both AT&T Mexico and Telcel offer this. The general idea is that they use the LTE cellular network to provide service at home. This is *not* mobile. The service is geo-fenced to within 20 meters. You can move it, but it costs you to move and then to move back. So, this is not a mobile hotspot.

The LTE frequencies currently used in Mexico do not go through thick concrete walls well. So this needs to be considered when you place the cellular modem/router. One of the 3G HSPA+ frequenciy bands used in Mexico is lower frequency and thus travels further and through more materials. But, it is not as fast and is likely to be more congested.

The service price is attractive. But, your high speed data is capped. I think that the limit is 25GB per month. If you exceed this limit your speed is dropped to either 0.5 megabits per second or 2 depending on which package you select. However, you can buy additional 25GB for an additional 100 or 120 Pesos per month.

My numbers are from the AT&T Mexico site, but Telcel is similar.

How much data will you need? If you stream video, Netflix uses 1GB to 3GB per hour depending on the quality you select.

Note that the FAQ says that you cannot use another router. I assume that means that one cannot daisy chain another WiFi router to allow service in a distant room.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 07:22 pm
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AIS, This is awesome!  Exactly the information I was looking for.  Thank You so Much!

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