12V Power Supply for Bigpond Gateway

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 at 19:25
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We are looking at ways to reduce our inverter use and were wondering if anyone is running their Bigpond 7.2 Home Network Gateway directly off a Hella 12V outlet in the Bushtracker rather than thru the supplied 240V transformer type power supply.

Details on this and source would be appreciated.

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Reply By: Bow & Nan - Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 at 20:31

Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 at 20:31
Yes
We use a 12v to 12v converter from Dick Smith Part number (M9889)
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Reply By: JohnS - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 02:03

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 02:03
I did a quick search and here is a link to some chatter using 12 volts. What I would suggest is you go into a Dick Smith store as with the device and they should be able to help you out. Anyway here is the link
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/1038739.html
Alternatively you could visit a technical repair place and they will be able to make a lead up for you same again take the device with you.
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Reply By: NIK `N` OFF - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 02:47

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 02:47
Thats exactly what i do with our Gateway.

Just buy the sized plug that fits into the gateway modem and cable / plug, been like that now for 15 months and not a problem.


For my laptop i use a Tagus power adapter and run that out of a 12v outlet also.


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Reply By: Gone Bush - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 22:13

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 22:13
Sad to say, but Dickies have become just another Retr/Harv/Jb store. They concentrate on flat panel tellies and their staff have zero technical knowledge.

Try a Jaycar store if there is one near you.

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Follow Up By: Turist - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 22:57

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 22:57
Jaycar Rules!

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Reply By: Motley - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 20:26

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 20:26
Got my BigPond Gateway wired to the 12V auxiliary circuit which powers the A/V stuff. Works like a charm.
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Reply By: Just Croozin - Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 07:03

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 07:03
Thanks for all that info. Will look into the Jaycar options re the plug to suit etc .... have Hella sockets installed by Bushtracker so will use these.

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Reply By: Silver Fox - Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 18:53

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 18:53
Pardon my ignorance but what is the diference between using a Next G phone as a laptop modem and a "Gateway" ?
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Follow Up By: Motherhen & Rooster - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 02:31

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 02:31
Hi Silver Fox

I too have no idea what the difference is between Gateway, "Toaster" modems or any other sort, or how to use your phone as a modem. Mine is a tiny Next G broadband modem that plugs into a USB port and requires no external power at all (better still, it belongs to our daughter who pays the bills). Very easy.

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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 05:15

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 05:15
I am no expert... but as I understand it the Gateway is a wireless unit. eg you plug it in and it sends out a wireless connection to yoiur computer... and as with other wireless type units you can run several laptops from it (I think). The Blue Toaster Telstra BP3 (I am using one now) is a 'wired' wireless modem. eg you plug it into the 240v power supply and then plug in another lead that goes from the modem to the computer. It receives a wireless signal (now you are confused....heh heh heh.

The small plug in type modems that look like memory sticks usually suffer from limited range when in marginal reception areas. I run and extenal antenna in marginal areas and they greatly extend the range.

Some phones can be used as modems - providing you have the right type and a suitable plan. I suspect the my be slower the wireless units.

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