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Old 10-25-2012, 11:35 AM   #1
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Cable Modem and Internet

Has anyone tried using their own cable modem at campgrounds for their own internet service? This of course would be at camprounds with cable service. Or does everyone just use the wifi provided by the campground? We're heading to New Orleans the week after Christmas and I'll still need to connect in to work to keep an eye on things.
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Has anyone tried using their own cable modem at campgrounds for their own internet service? This of course would be at camprounds with cable service. Or does everyone just use the wifi provided by the campground? We're heading to New Orleans the week after Christmas and I'll still need to connect in to work to keep an eye on things.
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If you find a campground with WiFi it's normally totally useless.
As 50 others are also trying to use it and dragging it down.

Wouldn't the campground with cable actually have to subscribe to internet to have it available? Wouldnt count on this either.

We use our android phones for hotspot.

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Old 10-25-2012, 01:10 PM   #3
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Thanks Turbs, good point, I better get my hotspot feature turned on.
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If you have Verizon smart phone, wireless tethering is now free. I use the app FoxFi for android, it is free and turns your cell phone into a WiFi hot spot. It does use your cell phone data. So if you don't have unlimited data, you need to watch how much data you use.
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Thanks Turbs, good point, I better get my hotspot feature turned on.
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If you have Samsung mesmerize II WiFi hotspot is free .
Just uses your data plan .

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Old 10-25-2012, 04:24 PM   #6
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Your cable modem would not work.....sometimes wireless is available, but its usually only got enough shared bandwidth to check your email ( or the forest river app) :-D

I use my galaxy s3 and just share the connection.....if its fast enough i can sling dish network from my house and watch satellite, or rent movies from google.....if its poor or really slow (not 4g) its pretty much as worthless as the sites wireless....
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I stepped up to 4G LTE with Verizon via a jetpack instead of using my cell phone as a hotspot.

When you use your cell phone as a hotspot, you are putting additional wear on LCD display and batteries. I found out the hard way that those additional extended warranty/insurance you can buy can sometimes be a joke. The hidden BS is the deductable you have to pay. In the good old days the deductable was nothing to a few bucks. It now can be well into the hundreds so check your policy.

The LTE version of 4G is way faster. I am consistently getting 15-30Mbs via speedtest. Rollout of LTE is good with Verizon and spotty with the other carriers. I do not waste my time with DSL, CABLE, etc. anymore. Verizon data plans are alacart so you pay for what you use.
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Yes...it's very nice when you get full 4g lte...Mine runs around 17meg a second on download....but even on my 4g hpsa+ gets 4-6megs....that's att....

As far as using the phone as a hot spot, my display isn't affected while it's on?...I usually buy or break a phone a year so the notion of longevity is irrelevant....I don't like the deductible but it beats paying 500$ for q new smartphone...especially when it's gonna be an outdated 'dumb phone' in no more than 2 yrs....lol
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my 4g phones the display stayed on forever when plugged into ac and passing cell or wifi signal back and forth. Probably only a few minutes but they have a nasty habit of burning out. If you replace your cell every year, thanks you. You are keeping prices down for me. LOL
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I have a Moto RAZR with VZ, my company is paying for the unlimited data, so I'll try it and hog the bandwidth. Thanks everyone.
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