Ok, I know the answer to this already, but just in case I don't:
My girlfriend has a mobile broadband USB dongle thing. Its on the "3" network in the UK which we now know is the worst network to have chosen. Never mind, its only an 18 month contract. Problem is the signal is very weak.
Is there any way at all to boost reception? I know there are clip on devices on Ebay that purport to increase mobile phone reception but suspect its all snake oil baloney, and Googling backs this up. However, I have Googled and found people that swear they get a couple of extra bars using these (pretty cheap though) devices. I also saw some TV program that built some kind of foil lined tub thing that, with the phone placed within it, also apparently gave a couple of extra bars of reception strength. Hardly a valid scientific experiment I know. I guess these dongles are basically a mobile phone.
This dongle is only ever used in her home. The "3" network mobile phone that came with the (very cheap) package also exhibits reception on the verge of useless throughout the house.
I have investigated the possibility of a USB/CAT5 extension cable to locate the dongle higher up in the house, but reception doesn't appear to work anywhere in the house particularly well.
Any ideas, myth dispelling etc?