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Old 03-21-2016, 04:03 PM   #11
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I don't have any experience with cell boosters but am very familiar with wifi. There are two problems with wifi and you can only take actions to improve one of them. The one you can't do anything about is the wifi provider (usually an RV park) not having enough bandwidth to handle the traffic load. This problem effects at least 80% of all rv parks. This problem is exacerbated by wifi users downloading movies and TV shows over the park's network.

The second problem is a weak wifi signal. I've encountered this most often in older parks that added a wifi antenna to the office and expect it to cover the entire park. Many RV parks I've stayed at, including those with multiple wifi antennas, appear to have their systems set up by network technicians who worked very hard to make the system work as poorly as possible. RV parks also use multiple security mechanisms ranging from no security to wifi passwords, to monitored usage requiring a signin from your web browser to access the internet. Some parks use routers that allow you to attach a "repeater" to their network to improve the wifi signal at your location while others don't allow this.

I currently have enough networking equipment in my RV to build a wifi system for an RV park. (I don't normally carry this much but I just disassembled the network I've been maintaining for a couple of years.) I've successfully used my router as a repeater in around 30% of the parks I've stayed at. My better solution is to use a high powered, super sensitive wifi transceiver as an access portal to an RV park's wifi system. This radio looks like a computer to the park's system and easily connects. The radio is configured to act as a wired internet connection and is plugged into the WAN port of my router. Our computers are connected to the router with ethernet cables and, if I want, I can turn on the router's wifi and have a "local" wifi access point. I don't like using the router's wifi because my wifi signal may cause interference with the park's system but there are some techniques I can use to minimize this interference.

The problem with doing this is that it requires a significant amount of technical knowledge to set up the radio. Once the radio is set up to connected to a given wifi network, it's very difficult to access it to change it to another wifi system. I've usually ended up having to do a factory reset to it to set it up for another park's system. I've also encountered problems caused by the radio being out of production and the manufacturer has stopped providing updates to its software. The radio is configured through a web browser interface and changes to web browsers to support upgrades to internet security protocols made it impossible to access the device using current web browsers. Again, I have tools to let me get around this problem but they're not the type of thing most computer users have available.

For most users, getting one of the commercial wifi "signal improvers" marketed for RV users is probably the easiest way to go. As already mentioned, using your cell phone as a wifi hotspot is another alternative, one I've discarded because of additional line costs and restrictive usage limits from my cell provider. I also spend lots of time in areas where I'm roaming with the cell provider and internet usage is further restricted when roaming.

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Old 03-21-2016, 04:19 PM   #12
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$10 a week for unlimited data? How long can you keep it?
2 weeks at a shot but, there is nothing stopping you from reserving another unit back-to-back

Still, if this proves to work for us, we will just get one from T-Mobile - their 4G/LTE 10GB/Month with rollover for a year plan is $50/month.

What is so sweet about this deal is T-Mobile DOES NOT count videos streamed from Netflix/Hulu/Sling/Apple TV/Amazon or Audio streamed from Apple/Amazon/iHeart Radio/Sirius/et al against your monthly data!!

From what T-Mobile says on their website, after you reach your monthly data cap, T-Mobile reserves the right to throttle you. From other folks I have talked to however, they have not been throttled (yet).
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Old 03-21-2016, 05:04 PM   #13
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I currently have a hot Spot from Sprint and one from Verizon. The Sprint one I own and pay for. The Verizon is from my employeer. Sprint service is terrible! The Verizon is fantastic.

Sprint costs me $35 a month for 3G and in 30% of the places I travel it won't work.

I need another solution and I guess I need to research this T-Mobile thing more.
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Old 03-21-2016, 05:09 PM   #14
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I currently have a hot Spot from Sprint and one from Verizon. The Sprint one I own and pay for. The Verizon is from my employeer. Sprint service is terrible! The Verizon is fantastic.

Sprint costs me $35 a month for 3G and in 30% of the places I travel it won't work.

I need another solution and I guess I need to research this T-Mobile thing more.
If you're going to use it a lot- explore unlimited data plans from Verizon. You can lease them for $120-200 per month or outright buy one from someone and then your bill is $70-ish per month.
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Old 03-21-2016, 05:22 PM   #15
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Yes...I've done lots of research on the AOL and Lease unlimited plans. But they are quasi legal and I'm sure at some point in time Verizon stops it. And I'm looking to spend less than $50 a month for "reasonably" good cellular data. I've had extremely good luck with free WiFi with my TechnoRV set up. McDonalds and Starbucks are your friend!
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:39 AM   #16
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I use a hot-spot from AT&T.. Works great....


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That's what we use also,,,good luck with it so far
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:57 AM   #17
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Hot spots require an internet connection.

At our remote farm we occasionally stay at, no internet connection, no phone line....so the WeBoost is all we could use.
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I went with a "Wave WiFi Rogue Wave Ethernet Converter/Bridge" and am going to connect it to a ""TP-LINK TL-WDR3500 Wireless Router" I tested the Wave WiFi Rogue so far, I am able to see a lot more networks out there, so far, most have been locked. Once I get it all mounted after getting the MH on 4/4 I'll send an update. So far I'm in for about $372.00
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:09 PM   #19
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I've got the weboost Drive 4G-X with a trucker antenna mounted on the roof.
The booster seems to do what it suppose to do, the only issue I have is the antenna being mounted on the roof, the radials on the antenna got broken off by tree branches (not sure how it affects the antenna).
I don't have any choices as far as mounting locations go so I'm stuck using the roof.
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If you're going to use it a lot- explore unlimited data plans from Verizon. You can lease them for $120-200 per month or outright buy one from someone and then your bill is $70-ish per month.
Doug,

Where are you getting Verizon unlimited data for $70 a month? (I want in on that )
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