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11 years 10 months ago #24134 by Kevin and Perlita Morgan
Hi
We eventually had the Globe broadband Wifi or wireless ,internet installed .Accorging to to installers they didnt think that our reception would be very good ,as others in our area had poor reception .When they installed it thet dicovered that our property was up on a plateau ,and the signal strenght was excellent .The download rate is very fast 60 times faster that the DSL we had ,we can now watch videos from the internet without any interuptions .We have two operating systems ,on the computer ,windows XP,and Ubuuntu 10.04
When surfing with windows we found that we had to install numerous anti virus ,malware ,etc .Therefore we now try only to use ubuntu ,as we dont experience any of these problems with ubuntu .
The main reason we use windows is for their solver program in Excel,Ubuntu doesnt yet have an equivalent program .
With the download speed being so good i dont get to play solitaire while waiting to get connected
The other good thing is that the cost is cheaper .The monthly charge is considerable less
Cheers
Kevin

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11 years 10 months ago #341867 by GrantK
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Brilliant news Kevin :)

Thanks for posting back and letting us know how it went. In our current cottage we are too low to get a line-of-sight path to the transmitter, so I ran about 90 metres of ethernet cable up the hill on poles to a place where we can clearly see the transmitter.

As you have found, elevation is everything when connecting via wireless. Those who are down in the valley can't receive the signal unless they do what I did. In your case, it sounds like you have an ideal spot for wireless, and no risk of flooding either [8D]

By ditching ADSL, you have greatly increased your connection speed and the icing on the cake is the cheaper monthly cost :D

Well done!

Live weather data and High/Low records for our farm at: www.keymer.name/weather

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11 years 10 months ago #341899 by Phaedrus
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When surfing with windows we found that we had to install numerous anti virus ,malware ,etc .Therefore we now try only to use ubuntu ,as we dont experience any of these problems with ubuntu .
The main reason we use windows is for their solver program in Excel,Ubuntu doesnt yet have an equivalent program .

FWIW you could install Windows in a VM (Virtual Machine) to run inside your Ubuntu setup. These work very well and if you don't need it (Windows) to connect to the internet you can avoid all those issues you mention and be able to use Excel as you desire. That is to say you can turn off the connectivity to the VM if you desire thus isolating Windows from the 'net but keeping the connectivity to Ubuntu.

The two predominant players for you would be Virtualbox or VMware. I use both but probably lean towards Vbox...

P.

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11 years 10 months ago #341919 by Kevin and Perlita Morgan
Replied by Kevin and Perlita Morgan on topic Broadband
Hi P
Thanks for the info ,will give it a try .Its a bit annoying having to change operating systems ,and therefore you use which ever system you are in to go on the net,I find that i require Solver for my Feed Formulating ,But ubuntu dont have a similar program available ,but by running it in Vbox this will overcome the problem .
Also at the moment i have a problem run the Brother printer scanner copier DCP 185c with ubuntu ,still trying to get it to run ,Have you any ideas on how to get it to run in ubuntu,
Have an epson printer c45 that runs on ubuntu ,have to buy some ink refills
Cheers
Kevin

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11 years 10 months ago #341935 by Phaedrus
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Hi Kevin, sorry but I can't help with that. I use Ubuntu server in many situations but never Brother printers! I assume you've googled to see if anyone else has used one? If you're going to replace it at any stage then I'd have a close look at the Canon range perhaps...

There's a bit of a learning curve to set up and use a VM but once you're on top of it they're very useful and could well be as perfect as you'd get in your situation. Actually you could probably run the Brother device on Windows inside Ubuntu quite happily - you can access various external ports (such as USB) in different ways.

P.

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11 years 10 months ago #341942 by ame
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It looks like Brother has a Linux driver for this printer, but depending on which help file you look at it is or is not supported. Might be worth a try.

welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public...n&prod=dcp185c_eu_as

(install CUPS first if you haven't already).

Regarding the Solver. Gnumeric and OpenOffice have rudimentary Solvers, but from Googling it would seem that not many people are using them. Have you considered writing a small program to perform the solver function?

Have fun,

A

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