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Salt 4g or Swisscom for home internet?

Hi all,

I am going to choose an internet service at home for my final year studying.

After my research, there are two option that I can use for home internet

1. Salt 4g unlimited surfing card + huawei e5770 router (12-month)

2. Swisscom internet box S package (12-month)

What I need are stability and reasonable speed ( 3-5MB/s download will be fine, not bit/s) and gaming as well

Salt seems good cuz I can take the router anywhere and share network and the router has a LAN port. But I live in Bluche, the middle of the mountain, very concern the 4g coverage, even the salt website shows my place is under the coverage

Please give me some suggestions thank you!
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Old 17.07.2018, 20:23
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Re: Salt 4g or Swisscom for home internet?

Why not salt fibre? 40-50chf per month, comes with TV and you have a 10Gig link
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Why not salt fibre? 40-50chf per month, comes with TV and you have a 10Gig link
I just checked the eligibility and my address is not found, but swisscom can
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Re: Salt 4g or Swisscom for home internet?

The third option is Sunrise 4G pocket wifi + mobile internet unlimited, it is more expensive than Salt but the 4g coverage seems better than Salt?

Also is it possible to tie 12-month contract rather than 24-month
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Re: Salt 4g or Swisscom for home internet?

For these 4G devices, good signal is most important. Before taking any contract I would recommend taking a prepaid sim and do speedtest/ping etc on your mobile during peak time.



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The third option is Sunrise 4G pocket wifi + mobile internet unlimited, it is more expensive than Salt but the 4g coverage seems better than Salt?
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For these 4G devices, good signal is most important. Before taking any contract I would recommend taking a prepaid sim and do speedtest/ping etc on your mobile during peak time.
So I should buy a sim card both Salt and Sunrise then use the one day unlimited surfing to test?? Is it the same speed if I join the contract ?
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For these 4G devices, good signal is most important. Before taking any contract I would recommend taking a prepaid sim and do speedtest/ping etc on your mobile during peak time.
This.

And then this (chat with them on 12 months options)
https://www.yallo.ch/en/internet-home
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For these 4G devices, good signal is most important. Before taking any contract I would recommend taking a prepaid sim and do speedtest/ping etc on your mobile during peak time.
And also how about the swisscom internet box or sunrise internet box using at home ??
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Re: Salt 4g or Swisscom for home internet?

Yes test with prepaid sim cards of different companies. Theoretically speed should be independent of prepaid or any contracts but I have doubt about the services provided by virtual network operators e.g. Yallo which uses sunrise network. During peak load sunrise might like to provide better service to their customers.

Other than also depends a lot on devices. If we talk about 4G devices, some does not provide any carrier aggregation or only 2CA then max speed will be low.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...h_LTE_Advanced


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So I should buy a sim card both Salt and Sunrise then use the one day unlimited surfing to test?? Is it the same speed if I join the contract ?
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Re: Salt 4g or Swisscom for home internet?

Maybe I should join the fixed internet at home such as swisscom internet box,
and the speed should be guaranteed right?
Don't really want to concern about the peak time and the speed will go down
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Re: Salt 4g or Swisscom for home internet?

In any case quality and reliability of wired internet can't be matched by these 4G internet devices but they are not necessarily inferior if you have good signal at home. They are cheaper and you can take them everywhere.

Also shop around for wired internet. Swisscom is expensive of the lot.

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Maybe I should join the fixed internet at home such as swisscom internet box,
and the speed should be guaranteed right?
Don't really want to concern about the peak time and the speed will go down
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In any case quality and reliability of wired internet can't be matched by these 4G internet devices but they are not necessarily inferior if you have good signal at home. They are cheaper and you can take them everywhere.

Also shop around for wired internet. Swisscom is expensive of the lot.
Talking about wired internet, normally the speed should be guaranteed ??
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Re: Salt 4g or Swisscom for home internet?

AFAIK normal wired internet in household is on best effort basis and same line is shared for all connections in the apartment. I doubt speed is guaranteed there. Normally for guaranteed bandwidth, up-time etc one need to use leased line.

Once upon a time I just used basic cable connection(2 Mbps) which was included in the rental agreement. It wasn't fast but Youtube 480p videos played without buffering. Now I have 10 Gbps fiber connection but no device which could achieve more than 1 Gbps.

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AFAIK normal wired internet in household is on best effort basis and same line is shared for all connections in the apartment. I doubt speed is guaranteed there. Normally for guaranteed bandwidth, up-time etc one need to use leased line.

Once upon a time I just used basic cable connection(2 Mbps) which was included in the rental agreement. It wasn't fast but Youtube 480p videos played without buffering. Now I have 10 Gbps fiber connection but no device which could achieve more than 1 Gbps.
I have checked the availability from swisscom which can achieve maximum 60Mbit/s download speed, so joining internet S (40Mbit/s) should be fine for me I think.
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Re: Salt 4g or Swisscom for home internet?

I originally got Salt Das Abo mobile phone deal for my daughter. they had an offer on. half price or something crazy, when it was already competitive. All fine, never had to call support, so no experience of it yet.

Since then I keep seeing the Salt deals, for everything, which are amazing.

Their mobile wifi (Salt 4g unlimited surfing card + huawei e5770 router) was ona special deal for existing customer. CHF!). Yes ten francs, yes unlimited! ( I even called to double check as it looked TOO GOOD) speed up to 150mbps. In reality more like 70-100. allows 10 wifi connections and one with LAN cable

But we stream netflix in HD without problems. none. downloaded 100GB of data on one month. but realistically for a home, its useful for no more than 4 people, due to maximum 11 connections (unless you add another router):
1. TV
2. sonos streaming speaker (or other brands like google, apple etc)
3-6. 1 phone per person
7-11. 1 laptop or tablet per person.

... unless you get people to disconnect a device form wifi so you can add yours...or add a router (not sure if it works)

as for testing, I think the strength of reception on a Salt SIM is going to be more important than speed tested (although both count).

plus its mobile Wi-FI (MIFi) meaning you van take it everywhere travelling in CH, and the battery life (stated) is 20 hrs.

If your reception is good, its a very cheap good solution. and ideal for holiday homes where you wouldn't want the hassle of turning up for a line/cable connection.
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Re: Salt 4g or Swisscom for home internet?

So in summary what do you suggest?
I'm going through the same decision: buying Swisscom, Salt or Yallo. I live in the center of Zurich so I guess reception should be good for the 4G and would like to have a very good connection at the cheapest price on the market.
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Re: Salt 4g or Swisscom for home internet?

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Hi all,

I am going to choose an internet service at home for my final year studying.

After my research, there are two option that I can use for home internet

1. Salt 4g unlimited surfing card + huawei e5770 router (12-month)

2. Swisscom internet box S package (12-month)

What I need are stability and reasonable speed ( 3-5MB/s download will be fine, not bit/s) and gaming as well

Salt seems good cuz I can take the router anywhere and share network and the router has a LAN port. But I live in Bluche, the middle of the mountain, very concern the 4g coverage, even the salt website shows my place is under the coverage

Please give me some suggestions thank you!
Do you have Glass Fibre connection in your home?
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Re: Salt 4g or Swisscom for home internet?

You may want to look at Yello Home(sunrise)


https://www.yallo.ch/en/internet-hom...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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So in summary what do you suggest?
I'm going through the same decision: buying Swisscom, Salt or Yallo. I live in the center of Zurich so I guess reception should be good for the 4G and would like to have a very good connection at the cheapest price on the market.
My personal order is the following:
1. If fiber optic is available in the apartment or can be installed, get it and sign up with Salt Fiber. You can't get 1 Gbps (let alone 10 Gbps) from any other provider for that kind of money (40 if you are a Salt Mobile customer, 50 if not). Be aware, their customer service could do with some major improvements, but once installed, it's fairly problem-free.
Init7 (www.init7.ch) is also a good option - a bit more expensive and they only provide 1 Gbps, but their customer care is excellent.
Note - the difference between 1 and 10 Gbps is purely academic for a home user. I can't imagine the sort of usage a normal household would have to hammer that sort of bandwidth.
Advantage: best speed vs. cost ratio you can get; symmetric (equal up/down speed) connection. You also save the "connection fee" (30-35 CHF/month).
Disadvantage: depends entirely on whether the building has a fiber connection or not. If not, you're out of luck.

2. If no fiber optic is available / possible, look for internet providers via cable TV. Do not dismiss this option - UPC (Cablecom) is/was fairly competitive (around 500 Mbps down / 50 Mbps up for ~120 CHF/month). It is stable and does not depend on the weather.
Advantage: better availability of CATV compared to cable, decent price/quality ratio.
Disadvantage: some services are bundled (you're forced to sign up for TV in addition to the internet); you need to pay the 35 CHF/month "connection fee".

3. If no fiber and no cable, then internet over phone. Either mobile (4G) or landline (*DSL).

3.1. Over 4G.
If you are already a Salt customer for one of their bigger contracts (Plus Europe/World), they offer the possibility of a second SIM card which shares the same contract (so no extra monthly cost) - you do need to pay ~50 CHF for the activation and ~80 for the 4G router, one-off.
I believe most other providers (Swisscom, Sunrise etc) have similar options, but I am not familiar with the details. As advised, test the signal in your specific location - most smartphones can get apps for checking the signal strength, so you might just be able to have a friend with Sunrise / Swisscom / Salt /... come over and do a measurement (rather than buying several different SIMs).
This can work fine as long as you have a contract providing unlimited internet in Switzerland AND as long as the signal is OK. Read the T&C carefully to ensure there's no "fair usage policy" (i.e. a data volume cap per month).
Side note: if you get an additional router and connect it to the LAN port of the 4G modem, you are no longer bound to the 10 devices limit if you use NAT (Network Address Translation). However... the LAN port on such devices is typically 100 Mbps, so that is the absolute cumulative maximum you can get across all your devices.
Advantage: take anywhere with you.
Disadvantage: depends on signal strength and weather conditions.

3.2. Over landline
I think Swisscom is the biggest player here. Check the prices on their websites, but (to me) this service offers the worst price/speed ratio.
Advantage: available pretty much anywhere, doesn't depend on weather.
Disadvantage: expensive for the bandwidth you get (typically up to ~60 Mbps download).
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Re: Salt 4g or Swisscom for home internet?

Does anybody know whether the 4G router SALT is selling, namely Huawei E5770, can be combined with another router e.g. with SwissCom internet box or any another Mobile-provider-independent router e.g. TP-link or Linksys etc.?

The reason I am asking:
I have SwissCom and consider changing to SALT but I don't have FIBER connection in my building so I would have to go with SALT's 4G router. However I have many devices without WiFi which are currently connected to Internet Box by cable.
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