A very merry 3G Router to you all

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Finally it seems our house move is just about complete.

They say moving house and changing jobs are among the most stressful things a person can do. I can assure you that doing both at the same time - especially with a baby - is not to be sniffed at.

Just to add a little more frustration into the equation, thanks partly to moving over the Christmas and New Year holidays, we were to be without internet in our new home for over three weeks.

The often slow, semi-reliable, one-user-at-a-time 3G USB dongle I own was going to have to suffice. How were we to survive? *shudder*

That is until of course I desperately Googled the magic words "3G router" to see if such a thing even existed. The results were better than that: for a mere £20 plus VAT, the "TP-Link TL-MR3220" router which - via it's USB slot - was going to allow me to plug in my existing dongle and broadcast it's signal via wifi to all the devices in the house.

My expectations were, frankly, rock bottom low but for 20 notes, I was willing to take the plunge.

So did it work? Amazingly, yes. And it was fantastic. We were setup and broadcasting within minutes.

Seriously, if ever you find yourself in a position where you might need one of these, just get one. Where I feared I would be forced to use it solely to check for new emails, I was able to surf normally, to the point where I almost regret having a landline and "regular" broadband installed in the new place.

p.s. I bought mine from broadbandbuyer.co.uk (I'm not affiliated with them in any way). It turned up safe and sound exactly when they said it would.

I feel your pain. We bought a house and got married at the same time.

Tara wrote on 2nd February 2011

Hey Jon! Send us your new address if you get a chance. Never know when we'll be inspired to send a postcard. All the best to you and the fam -a

Anne wrote on 2nd February 2011

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