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  1. " I had thought of Netgear, having been very satisfied with their modem/router, but read a bad review somewhere of their Homeplug system. Anyone had any experience with them?" As I posted above, found the netgear ones very effective and very easy to install.
  2. I dont dismiss this problem ,but this seems to be a rather sensationalist report. The percentages do not tally for what would seemingly be mutually exclusive answers or reasons. Hence I have some doubt as to the accuracy of either the report or the article.
  3. At my daughter's boarding school she (brit from france) and her non-brit/ non-european classmates are able to sign immediately to an NHS doctor and if they dont have one, are in the process, issued with a NI number as well. Once they have the NI number they can then get the UK EHIC card. There is no test of residency period, but perhaps there is some form of agreement to immediately cover all students in full time education.
  4. To prevent unauthorised access across meters between neighbours etc, you should enable the encryption on the home plug . Again a fault one exists by just pressing a button when the device is plugged in, but if you require more complex arrangement use the configuration tool.
  5. I have recently installed some Netgear - XAVB5001-100PES very very easy to set up and work superbly well, even out to our barn. Lieterally plug them in and it works immediately. If you are 3 phase you can buy a little adapter from Conrad to enable you to use each device on a different phase. http://www.conrad.fr/coupleur_de_phases_pour_produits_powerline_p_48674_49300_857062_857063_FAS With these homeplugs you can also create and manage more complex networks. I have now installed a 2nd pair to create 2 completely separate networks. One subnet for my freebox server to player and another for everything else. There is a great little setup tool from http://www.leacom.fr which lets you easily set up and configure complex networks using homeplugs.
  6. "Were you banned for a private disagreement?" no because there was no dialogue with the moderator. In fact they did not even send me a warning. They did send me a nice standard letter of "deactivation" "your recent behaviour and several breaches of the rules, have lead to this decision being taken" , but I am not sure which specific part of the rules I actually broke. I think they did not like the fact that I criticised the arguments used by a particular moderator to remove a post and that I thought they was not justified in removing posts that criticised UK companies when they did not do the same with French companies. They do seem overtly sensitive to on comments made about UK companies and services.Is this due to some previous legal action or do they not understand FR and UK libel law.
  7. It was the total one. 20 years of living in france, 5+ years of contributing. Its their loss not mine. This is the forum I started on, so I'll just stay put and not try to venture out again :)
  8. If you have less than a certain number (20 I believe) they just need a vet certificate from the UK and then you are supposed to declare them to the department vet when you arrive, or if they are checked at the port. We did it properly with a vet check prior to departure and 2 days later one died from a infection contracted in the UK - so much for all the paperwork ! we didn't bother with the department vet as to be honest nobody is informed so they dont even know they have arrived. Subsequently friends of ours just put them in a cardboard box and drove them through the port with no problem whatsoever.
  9. I have tried and owned many over the past. I now only ever use Stihl. Lightweight, well balanced, reliable and excellent after sales support for parts and accessories.
  10. ha ha, I've just been kicked off that other French forum. Apparently my crime was to criticise a horse transporter that somebody else had promoted. It seems that when it comes to French companies they are all game for criticism, but when it comes to UK companies they remove the posts. Then when you point out the hypocrisy of this approach they kick you off.
  11. This response is a bit late for this year, but i would suggest getting in touch with an international school in your area. Many will be doing the French GCSE and sometimes others GCSEs as well.
  12. responses using the "quote" buttoin still do not render properly in Chome ( The html tags get displayed, rather than processed !) My other gripe is that the top of the page is still a mess in terms of the delineation between forum and other parts of the site. There is a another popular french forum (you all know it) that has managed to provide a much cleaner graphical integration of the forum into an overall site, such that it is very obvious when you are within the forum and when you are elsewhere. I would urge Complete France to please take note. PS also lavendar is still extremely annoying.Lets see all (transparency) of it or none of it please.
  13. "Only problem is - on their 2€ per month offer - no data / internet access is included - it's all extra (detailed on their tarif sheets). " the FREE package is either free or 2€ / month package depending whether you are a free broadband client. To this you can add 20Mb data for an extra €1.99. If you already have a data allowance on your phone, there is nothing to prevent you putting the SIM in a dongle and using that. Often the easiest option is to tether your phone, but some operators do not allow this on all packages and indeed on an iphone the operator may choose specifically to disable the function. I know that both Free and b-and-you (bouygues) do allow tethering on their 3Gb unlimited 20€/month packages.
  14. Remember that even if you contest the charge, you must still pay the fine straight away. Of course if you win, your'll get it back. BTW if you loose the fine goes up :s
  15. " how does that compare with French offers on dongles?" not very well when for €2 / month you could get a FREE subscription with 80Mb data. Simply put the chip in an SIM-unlocked dongle, or connect the PC to your phone.
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