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Old 02-10-2014, 04:12 PM   #1
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Internet when traveling

Just wondering what most of you all are using for Internet service while traveling. I have Verizon but don't know if Hot Spot is what I want to use. Any suggestions would be great.

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Old 02-10-2014, 04:29 PM   #2
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In our case if I can't handle it on the iPhone, then I'm just not disconnecting enough. And the DW gives me enough grief for just the phone usage.

There's several alternatives for getting internet access. You could only go to campgrounds that offer WiFi. You could go with HughesNet (or another) and access via Satellite. You could go with a cellular HotSpot, like Verizon's Jetpack.

But, if I really needed access I'd probably just tether through the phone. Most smartphones offer hotspot service, on 4G / LTE speeds, and are going to be almost as fast as home DSL service. Faster in some cases.

If you're in remote enough areas that you're not getting 4G, then the satellite option's probably the only thing that's going to give you decent speeds, provided you don't mind the inherit latency of satellite internet service.

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I have Verizon and just use my hotspot when needed. Some campgrounds offer free wifi at or near the office. If no service then I just go without!! After all I am on Vacation!!!
Even though one time we had a real bad signal and we needed to get online to order something so I was up on the roof trying to get a better
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On the road, iPhone with hotspot turned on and the laptop, or iPad. In the campground, half of the campground wifi's are so slow I just opt for iPhone.
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:59 PM   #5
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We use a mifi at home, att now but used to be we just take it with us.
Works out well.
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And if it gets too bad, stop at Starbucks or McDs.

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Old 02-10-2014, 05:05 PM   #7
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We use smartphone w/ hot spot. Unless you are steaming lots of audio/video I think u will find that even a modest plan will work for you.
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If there is no WIFI or hard wire for the lappy then the net will just have to get along without me.

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Old 02-10-2014, 05:51 PM   #9
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I been using my 4G ATT hotspot. is good enough to Stream NetFlix, and surf the WEb at same time. I have never seen the campground Wifi ever working well enough.
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The Uconnect radio in our RAM has a feature to create a WIFI hot spot in the truck. I believe you can subscribe weekly, monthly or annually. We used it last year for 1 month... IIRC it was $35.00/mon.

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