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is there any way we can get the i pad to work in semi out of the way places
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Reply By: AdrianLR (VIC) - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 20:06

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 20:06
What do you mean by "get it to work"? If it's wifi only then you need to get a wireless router than can take a 3G USB modem or a SIM card directly and thereby create your own wifi hotspot.

If it's already a 3G iPad then there's not much you can do (e.g. you can't connect an external antenna) directly. The above solution may improve reception a small amount but probably wouldn't be worth the hassle.

Adrian
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 20:10

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 20:10
Gidday

What do you want to do? If you get one with 3G (ie it takes a SIM card) you can access the Internet wherever you have a mobile phone signal from the provider and Telstra has the best coverage in regional and rural Australia.

Cheers

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Reply By: Top End Az - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 20:19

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 20:19
You can connect your smart phone to your ipad via Bluetooth and make use of the ipad that way. Saves getting another SIM card solely for your ipad. Keep in mind this will use whatever signal/ coverage from your phone and data allowances accordingly.
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Follow Up By: Member - J&R - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 20:58

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 20:58
Or switch your personal hotspot on and pair to the pad via wifi.
Same but different.
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Reply By: KennyBWilson - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 20:41

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 20:41
mine works very well where ever i am i also had it working 20,000meters above sea level in a plane, or do you mean if its hiding and you cant get to it

your questions doesnt make sence just like your montana question

you need to be more specific
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Follow Up By: Member - J&R - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 20:56

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 20:56
Ah Kenny, what's wrong with your mind reading powers?
A lot of posts lately have assumed forumites have superpowers.....
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Follow Up By: rrmix - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 21:01

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 21:01
i am talking 50 km out of Mt Surprise nth qld where i have to walk up to the top of a ridge to get one bar on my i phone.my wife just wants to use the i pad in the camp.all i wanted know is how other people get reception under these circumstanses.
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Follow Up By: KennyBWilson - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 21:09

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 21:09
i must have had a hard day at work, mind is slowing down

next question rrmix, what phone provider have you got.

a blue tick phone might have better reception in the bush then a iphone, also there might be a way to use a antenna booster on your iphone
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Follow Up By: Member - J&R - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 19:38

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 19:38
rrmix
No that's not what you asked. So pardon the probing to be able to give you some relevant information.
Perhaps next time you could try to make it easier for us?

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Follow Up By: Jarse - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 20:21

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 20:21
Jeez, Kenny. My ipad works okay at 41000 ft. Yours must be a pearler at over 60000ft. What plane do you fly? Space Shuttle? ;)
Some of our pilots use external GPS's even on 3G ipads for their mapping software, but I think it's mainly because the coating on the windows attenuates the signal a little.

J&R, I don't know the answer to lack of internet signal. I've heard of powered boosters that plug into iphones, but I've never seen one in action.....
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Reply By: skilbys - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 21:03

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 21:03
As I understand it, the 3g versions have an inbuilt GPS chip which allows you to use maps/Apps like Hema or Memory Maps (free) wherever you are, this is not the case with wireless only Ipads though
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:27

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:27
If your Ipad is the 3G model then you will have GPS reception no matter where you are . (Outdoors off course). If you are talking about having internet coverage then yes you are limited by cellular reception. If you are with Telstra you can check their coverage maps online.
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Reply By: AdrianLR (VIC) - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 13:46

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 13:46
You could also try a passive patch which sticks onto the outside of the case and connect to an external 3G antenna. No idea how well it works though.

iPad patch

You also need something like this:Magnetic base antenna

So for $60 you could try it and report back :)



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Follow Up By: rrmix - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 19:35

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 19:35
thanks Adrian this patch seems to be exactly what i require, i have an external antenna so i'll report back in about a month


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