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Live streaming of Alexa Chung’s latest fashion range? It’s all in a day’s work


Months of preparation all come to a head for Alexa Chung tonight as she launches her new fashion range live from her website. It’s a hugely important date, when press and fans will be watching with eager anticipation to see the new range for the first time. Earlier this month, Alexa launched a video teasing fans with sneak previews of just 3 items of her new range, and subsequently carried out a photo shoot for June’s issue of Vogue magazine, building the anticipation for this moment in time when the full collection will go live. The fashion show, which will take place at an undisclosed location in London at 8pm tonight will showcase the full range, which will be streamed live via her website to the world.

As with any new fashion launch, there’s a lot riding on this event, and a lot riding on Fli-Fi’s mobile Wi-Fi solution. For Fli-Fi, who are providing the streaming service, it’s a big deal – a worldwide brand like Alexa Chung needs a world leading service. In the words of Alexa Chung’s team behind the scenes “we just need it to work, we can’t take any chances”. Yet for Fli-Fi, it’s all in a day’s work. “We’ve got a great solution, which was designed to enable reliable connectivity whilst also being fully mobile.” says Will Skewes, Director of Fli-Fi. “The fact you can hire it on a short term basis makes it affordable for the events market. We’ve supported many important events, from working with fashion designers such as Jimmy Choo and Alexa Chung, to live streaming of Reading University events such as Noam Chomsky’s recent lecture . Wi-Fi has been critical to the success of all of these events, which is why we build our Wi-Fi solutions with ultimate resiliency. We’re confident our solutions work, but we’re never complacent about it. We work closely with the customer to make sure that they feel confident in it also.”

Fli-Fi’s event Wi-Fi solutions are generating increased demand, not only from big events and festivals – such as the Henley Rewind Festival and Surrey Half Marathon, but also with corporate brands who need connectivity for promotional events and product launches. Growth seems prolific this year, with Fli-Fi being inundated with interest and working hard to expand to keep up with demand. “We’re in a  great position to offer really competitive pricing which is  good for the customer” says Will. “And customers keep coming back for more which we’re delighted with!”

To view Alexa Chung’s live fashion launch visit www.alexachung.com at 8pm.


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Fli-Fi Trailer…..

With the interest in Wi-Fi for larger and more frequent events across the UK, Fli-Fi is now in the process of building a ToSE solution to expand its highly demanded PaWs units.

The ToSE (Trailer of Satellite Equipment)  has been born out of necessity through the demand of its clients to provide a scalable, uncontended solution that can be deployed onsite with ease. One of the key drivers for the ToSE is minimise the installation & configuration time onsite, this cost reduction can then be passed directly to the customer.

The ToSE (Trailer of Satellite Equipment) project is still in its infancy and the service could be available early Summer 2017 so watch this space and we’ll keep you posted on the progress.

In the meantime if you think you may have a need for the new ToSE,  or existing PaW solution please feel free to get in touch.


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Top tips when using your phone abroad….

Using your mobile phone while on holiday abroad can result in an unwelcome data roaming bill when you get home – especially outside of the EU. So what are our top tips to cut down on charges?

 Check data roaming and automatic updates for Smartphone apps are switched off.

 If you want to use the internet, wait until you can use the Wi-Fi signal at a hotel or café.

 Ask your provider for your own usage cap if you are concerned that you won’t be able to keep track of your use.

 Make sure your phone is unlocked , and buy a local SIM card. There are plenty of small local independent mobile phone stores and unlocking specialists who can do it for you.

 To avoid the costs of receiving voicemail, make sure to deactivate this before you fly.

 There are special apps to reduce the amount of data you use – for example, try the Onavo app, which claims to give you the ability to do up to five times more with your current data plan without additional fees.

 Download maps for your destination before you leave home, or use your a Wi-Fi signal for this.

 Take advantage of data “bundles” that can be used abroad.

Finally, if you’re on holiday, relax – and consider keeping your phone switched off and in your suitcase.

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What is a VPN? – Explained

A virtual private network (or VPN) is a secure connection between your device and another computer over the internet.
VPNs are useful for securely accessing your work computer systems while you are away from the office.
But they are also commonly used to circumvent government censorship, or location blocking on movie streaming websites.

When you connect your computer (or another device, such as a smartphone or tablet) to a VPN, the computer acts as if it’s on the same local network as the VPN. All your network traffic is sent over a secure connection to the VPN. Because your computer behaves as if it’s on the network, this allows you to securely access local network resources even when you’re on the other side of the world. You’ll also be able to use the Internet as if you were present at the VPN’s location, which has some benefits if you’re using pubic Wi-Fi or want to access geo-blocked websites.

When you browse the web while connected to a VPN, your computer contacts the website through the encrypted VPN connection. The VPN forwards the request for you and forwards the response from the website back through the secure connection. If you’re using a UK-based VPN to access Netflix, Netflix will see your connection as coming from within the UK.

Uses for VPNs
VPNs are a fairly simple tool, but they can be used to do a wide variety of things:

  • Access a Business Network While Travelling: VPNs are frequently used by business travellers to access their business’ network, including all its local network resources, while on the road. The local resources don’t have to be exposed directly to the Internet, which increases security.
  • Access Your Home Network While Travelling: You can also set up your own VPN to access your own network while travelling. This will allow you to access a Windows Remote Desktop over the Internet, use local file shares, and play games over the Internet as if you were on the same LAN (local area network).
  • Hide Your Browsing Activity From Your Local Network and ISP: If you’re using a public Wi-Fi connection, your browsing activity on non-HTTPS websites is visible to everyone neraby, if they know how to look. If you want to hide your browsing activity for a bit more privacy, you can connect to a VPN. The local network will only see a single, secure VPN connection. All the other traffic will travel over the VPN connection. While this can be used to bypass connection-monitoring by your Internet service provider, bear in mind that VPN providers may opt to log the traffic on their ends.
  • Access Geo-Blocked Websites: Whether you’re an American trying to access your Netflix account while travelling out of the country or you wish you could use American media sites like Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu, you’ll be able to access these region-restricted services if you connect to a VPN located in the USA.
  • Bypass Internet Censorship: Many Chinese people use VPNs to get around the Great Firewall of China and gain access to the entire Internet. (However, the Great Firewall has apparently started interfering with VPNs recently.)
  • Downloading Files: Yes, let’s be honest – many people use VPN connections to download files via BitTorrent. This can actually be useful even if you’re downloading completely legal torrents – if your ISP is throttling BitTorrent and making it extremely slow, you can use BitTorrent on a VPN to get faster speeds. The same is true for other types of traffic your ISP might interfere with (unless they interfere with VPN traffic itself.)