A Tep wireless portable WiFi hotspot device has been ordered for the tour. MikeG will pick it up at the Camden Court Hotel in Dublin when we arrive on September 11th.
We had one of these portable WiFi units in Scotland in 2011 and they work great. The key features are:
- Connects to Vodaphone 3G network in Ireland
- 5 devices can be connected simultaneously (smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc…)
- 15 metre range wireless hotspot
- Unlimited data upload/download
- however, when we use more than 300MB in a 24 hour period the connection speed is throttled down to 512 kbs
This portable WiFi does NOT enable regular voice calls via cellular networks, however it does allow VOIP calls with Skype, GoogleVoice, etc.. over the data network.
All of the hotel websites claim to have free WiFi. So what will we use this for?
- we will be in lots of places where free WiFi will not be available: the coach on the road, clubhouses, pubs and restaurants, out on the course, etc…
- to upload pictures, videos and blog posts to the tour website
- to make VOIP phone calls with Skype within Ireland or to home
Vodafone is the biggest mobile network in Ireland. This is the mobile network that Tep Wireless uses for its portable WiFi rentals. Vodafone has portable WiFi units as well but only with annual contracts, not short term rentals.
The Vodafone website has a slick coverage map system on its website. The images attached below show only the 3G service because that is the limitation of the Tep Wireless units.
SW Ireland Outdoor Coverage
SW Ireland Indoor Coverage
Lahinch Outdoor Coverage
Lahinch Indoor Coverage
Doonbeg Outdoor Coverage
Doonbeg Indoor Coverage
Ballybunion Outdoor Coverage
Ballybunion Indoor Coverage
Killarney Indoor Coverage
Tralee Outdoor Coverage
Tralee Indoor Coverage
Old Head Outdoor Coverage
Old Head Indoor Coverage
Click the image to jump to the Tep wireless website.
Here is an idea from the Scotland Golf Tour 2011 that we should repeat for Ireland….. renting a portable WiFi hotspot from Tep Wireless. This worked well before and from what I’ve seen on the web they are a big provider of these devices all over Europe.
The portable WiFi allows up to 5 devices to be connected simultaneously including laptops and smartphones. The cost is about $7/day for 150MB data or add another $6/day to get unlimited data. That would allow us to upload as many pictures and high definition videos as we like to the blog. For the full 12 day trip end-to-end Dublin that’s about $153.
Tep Wireless will even send the unit to our hotel in Dublin ahead of time so its there for our arrival on the first day. We just have to drop it in the post box before we leave with the provided return envelope. Slick.