I always write about travelling in Japan by trains. But I will talk about a different topics this time.
When you travel outside of your country, how do you get internet connection? Late days some of you care about internet connection more than cell phone connection. Yes, I am! No connection, No life for me. 🙂
Whenever I’m in Japan, internet connection is the biggest issue for me. I got a connection when I stayed in my parents home or stayed in hotel. But how do we get it when we are travelling? There are many coffee shops, like Starbucks, in Japan. They have a WIFI spot. But these WIFI spots are not for everyone. In north America, anyone can get a connection very easily at coffee shop. But it is different system in Japan. Only customers who have an account with major cellular companies in Japan or registered at major portal site, like Yahoo Japan, can access this WIFI spot. So basically this service is just for domestic customers.
When I travelled Japan in this month, I tried to use WiMAX. I was very satisfied with this connection. As you saw Facebook page, you know I uploaded pictures almost everyday when I was in Japan. That means I got connection most of times when I stayed in Japan. And this is very fast internet connection too. I could use this connection for Skype. I did not have any problem with it.
I used two types of devices. I review for this internet connection.
Data Card / USB stick
I used rental USB stick. I needed to install some application and devices. But it was so easy to install it. When I was travelling Japan, I always carried this device. I could get a connection in most of places and even getting on the trains. I could not get a connection in the tunnel and underground. So it was almost impossible to get a connection in Shinkansen except Tokaido Shinkansen (Tokyo-Shin Osaka) because of too many tunnels. But when I was on the train from Sapporo to Otaru, from Kokura to Hakata, and on the bus from Kumamoto station to Kumamoto airport, I got a connection all time.
This device does not need any outlet power. As long as it connects with PC, it can be used. We don’t need to worry about the charge. When I got on the trains that have a power outlet, I always can charge my laptop. This was a good asset for me. Especially most of trains in Japan do not have any power outlet. We must be careful about charging.
If you travel alone and use only laptop, this device is very useful. But if you travel with your friend, using two or more devices, using smart phone or using the device that does not have USB connection, you should think about Mobile router.
E Mobile WiMAX router
I bought this router for my mother. She sometimes enjoy Skype with my daughter. I tried to connect from three devices, my windows laptop, Android phone and Android tablet at same time. I didn’t have any problem. I carried this and used at 12th floor of Osaka station building. It was no problem at all.
This is very handy too. It is almost same size of iPhone. But we need to charge. The maker says the battery life is 4.5 hours. So I estimate it would be less than 4 hours.