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Old 10-11-2014, 05:07 PM   #11
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Mrs Evans, for clarity, are you tethering devices like a laptop to your cell phone and using your cell phone service to connect to the internet? Or are you trying to connect your devices to the campground's wifi? So, do you need a cell phone signal booster or a wifi booster?
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Old 10-11-2014, 05:22 PM   #12
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Mrs Evans, for clarity, are you tethering devices like a laptop to your cell phone and using your cell phone service to connect to the internet? Or are you trying to connect your devices to the campground's wifi? So, do you need a cell phone signal booster or a wifi booster?

I'm using my cell phone to connect to the internet and as hotspot so I can then tether to my laptop and do a VPN and RDC to the computer at my office location. Hope I'm saying it right, lol!

I'm pretty sure I need a cell booster rather than a wifi booster. I see options provided by 'Wilson' and 'Maximum Signal', but I don't think these will work if there is not a signal within range. I was thinking that a strong cell phone signal (with the help of a cell booster in some cases) would result in better throughput/response. I may end up having to travel in town to get the signal/bandwidth level needed, but that possibility means that I may want a cell booster that is more mobile than ones that can be installed permanently to my trailer. I don't know
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Old 10-11-2014, 05:40 PM   #13
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I'm using my cell phone to connect to the internet and as hotspot so I can then tether to my laptop and do a VPN and RDC to the computer at my office location. Hope I'm saying it right, lol!

I'm pretty sure I need a cell booster rather than a wifi booster. I see options provided by 'Wilson' and 'Maximum Signal', but I don't think these will work if there is not a signal within range. I was thinking that a strong cell phone signal (with the help of a cell booster in some cases) would result in better throughput/response. I may end up having to travel in town to get the signal/bandwidth level needed, but that possibility means that I may want a cell booster that is more mobile than ones that can be installed permanently to my trailer. I don't know

I purchased a Wilson brand cell booster and it work pretty well. Our favorite State Park isn't much for cell service... has an occasional 1-bar... To possibly get a text in, but not out... and no phone/web service ever. With the Wilson booster and the upgraded antenna, i got texts in/out, phone calls and was occasionally able to use the internet.
It worked so well that my wife ended up getting one for work, so I sent mine back. Got it from Amazon.


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Old 10-11-2014, 05:47 PM   #14
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I purchased a Wilson brand cell booster and it work pretty well. Our favorite State Park isn't much for cell service... has an occasional 1-bar... To possibly get a text in, but not out... and no phone/web service ever. With the Wilson booster and the upgraded antenna, i got texts in/out, phone calls and was occasionally able to use the internet.
It worked so well that my wife ended up getting one for work, so I sent mine back. Got it from Amazon.


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Cool! Thanks for the feedback, it just might provide enough of a boost for me to get the job done and then get back to the more important stuff, like enjoying the camping life!
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Hi Michelle,
Like you, we're tied to the internet while on longer trips. This year we invested in the Wilson Sleek 4G booster with an external antenna and cradle. We use T-Mobile cell phones and a Verizon broadband modem, giving us coverage on both CDMA and GSM networks. This works to our advantage because we can stick the Verizon modem in the cradle when we have good Verizon service, or tether to a cradled phone when we have good T-Mobile service. We certainly haven't stayed at all of the campgrounds in Texas, but have explore a lot of both RV parks as well as Texas State Parks over the past 4 years. Most of the places we've traveled are on the blog, and I try to note how the cell/internet or park provided WiFi service is in each of those locations. For more information about the Wilson Sleek, check this blog post:
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For particulars at some of the places we've enjoyed from Colorado to South Padre, TX, see the blog link in my signature. Hope this helps!
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Hi Michelle,
Like you, we're tied to the internet while on longer trips. This year we invested in the Wilson Sleek 4G booster with an external antenna and cradle. We use T-Mobile cell phones and a Verizon broadband modem, giving us coverage on both CDMA and GSM networks. This works to our advantage because we can stick the Verizon modem in the cradle when we have good Verizon service, or tether to a cradled phone when we have good T-Mobile service. We certainly haven't stayed at all of the campgrounds in Texas, but have explore a lot of both RV parks as well as Texas State Parks over the past 4 years. Most of the places we've traveled are on the blog, and I try to note how the cell/internet or park provided WiFi service is in each of those locations. For more information about the Wilson Sleek, check this blog post:
wilson cradle cell phone booster | Small Home - Big Yard

For particulars at some of the places we've enjoyed from Colorado to South Padre, TX, see the blog link in my signature. Hope this helps!
Thank you so much! Finding a solution will really help my DH and me be able to get out more! I'm looking forward to reading your blog
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We switched from T-Mobile to at&t because with T-Mobile we never had a signal when we were camping. I Also borrowed a Verizon mifi from work on a trip through new England and the coverage was pretty similar between at&t and Verizon. There is no doubt that at&t and Verizon are the best. We chose at&t only because Verizon coverage is not so great at our house.

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I have yet to see a state, national forest or other government campground that has WiFi. As far as private campgrounds the KOA's we've been to all have have WiFi. On average they have been adequate for e-mail and surfing the web but spotty for streaming (which violates the term of service). If work is critical my suggestion is to set up your phone as a hotspot or purchase service from one of the cellular hotspot providers.
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I have yet to see a state, national forest or other government campground that has WiFi. As far as private campgrounds the KOA's we've been to all have have WiFi. On average they have been adequate for e-mail and surfing the web but spotty for streaming (which violates the term of service). If work is critical my suggestion is to set up your phone as a hotspot or purchase service from one of the cellular hotspot providers.
Hey Keith,
Come visit us in the West. Texas State Parks have made a huge push to implement free WiFi, as well as Colorado and Louisiana State Parks. You'll even find WiFi access available in remote places like Big Bend National Park and as of this past Labor Day weekend, in Rocky Mountain National Park!
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