The best of the best – tried and tested. This is what I’m using now.


I started with a Nokia 9000i Communicator then had to downgrade to PDAs. The smartphone bubble burst after the millenium. I had iPAQs then a Palm m500 before moving back to an HTC Touch Pro 2 when smartphones became available again.

I moved through iPhones then – the original, then the 3GS, the 4 and the 6 Plus. For me, it wasn’t worth an 8 or higher – but I did want the wifi calling of the 7, so I currently use an iPhone 7 Plus. Reliable, solid and with the great UI. Instagram video calls suck the battery down in minutes though. Time to try Facetime group chat?

Home wifi

The Tenda MW3 ( is an ideal solution. It is the cheapest mesh wifi system I could find – you can spend a fortune on commercial mesh networks – that works very well and can be extended. Simply add more nodes to cater for larger areas or to get through or bypass obstacles. Tenda say that a maximum of 10 nodes is recommended because of network stability problems beyond that. It’s difficult to see a non-commercial use case requiring more than 10 nodes. Cheap, cheerful and reliable.

Home router

I’ve tried so many over the years and there are problems with all the ISP-provided routers. I needed something reliable — rock solid – that would provide failover to a mobile network if the VDSL died. Doctors are still on call when trees have fallen on their phone lines.

After much research, I went for a Draytek Vigor 2862Ln ( This is the real deal. It never fails and can share bandwidth over an ADSL/VDSL line in addition to its internal 4G SIM (with connections for external antennae) AND an ethernet or wifi connection to another 4G router.

The scope for personalising the settings on this router are almost infinite. It’s rock solid, will provide excellent VDSL speeds and make sure you’re never offline. Just get one!