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Old 10-11-2014, 10:20 PM   #21
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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!
I think I may start traveling in Texas more. How big rig friendly are your state parks?
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:04 PM   #22
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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!
In some ways I'm sorry to hear about Rocky Mountain National Park. We used to camp frequently at Aspenglen and Glacier Basin when we lived in Colorado. We would also go up into NFS campgrounds in Roosevelt National Forest.

For me the various government campgrounds not having WiFi or television service is fine. I still remember going to Grand Teton NP and staying in the cabins which had no television sets. When the DW and I go to government campgrounds it is to get back to nature or to fish and we leave the computer at home. When we are traveling and the trailer is serving more as a motel substitute we typically stay at private campgrounds so we do look for television and WiFi service.
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:10 PM   #23
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... When the DW and I go to government campgrounds it is to get back to nature or to fish and we leave the computer at home. When we are traveling and the trailer is serving more as a motel substitute we typically stay at private campgrounds so we do look for television and WiFi service.
X2 although we don't fish. We like nature trails and sightseeing in the area where we're camping.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:50 AM   #24
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When the DW and I go to government campgrounds it is to get back to nature or to fish and we leave the computer at home. When we are traveling and the trailer is serving more as a motel substitute we typically stay at private campgrounds so we do look for television and WiFi service.
Agreed! I have absolutely no interest in television and I would love to leave the computer at home but at this time I still have to work and I'd rather work at a campground than in an office

After I get the equipment that best suits my needs - which I haven't quite figured that part out yet, but I'm getting there - then I will start my own little journal of places we stay and how well it works for us

I love the Texas State Parks that I have been to, but the only one I have found good internet access so far is Garner State Park - lots of fun, but crazy busy in summer! Maybe after I get the needed equipment, it will open up more places for us to go
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Old 11-15-2014, 10:43 AM   #25
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Smile Went with Wilson Electronics Products

Although there was another product that I was hoping to get, they haven't released it for sale yet so I went ahead and purchased the Wilson Electronics 4G Cell Booster (460108) and I upgraded the outside antenna to their RV Roof Mount Cellular Antenna (301119/311119). So far I am very pleased with the results.

Currently we are staying at Daingerfield State Park and the primary provider for this area is Verizon whereas we use AT&T and although I occasionally would get a bar of AT&T service, more often I ended up 'Off Network'

So after a day of that nonsense, we rigged up the Wilson Outside Antenna to sit on top of our roof and I set up the rest of it indoors. Wow! What a difference! I no longer end up 'Off Network' and I'm getting 3 to 5 bars of cellular signal (not Wi-fi, totally 2 different things). Now that I'm getting an excellent cell signal, it allows me to use my phone as a 'Wi-fi' hotspot so that I can connect to the internet from my laptop.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:46 AM   #26
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Michelle,
Glad the Wilson unit is working for you. I'd say that the booster makes a big difference more than half the time. (between usable and not) There are always some places that you'll find yourself where there just isn't any signal to boost!

You mentioned AT&T. If you happen to run into coverage problems with the AT&T network, you might look at Verizon. As I think I mentioned, we have our phones on T-Mobile (so, can roam on AT&T) and have a mobile hotspot from Verizon providing the option of using whichever network is best where ever we're parked

I just looked at Daingerfield SP - it looks beautiful! I passed by the area last year on the way home from Millwood SP in Arkansas. That was a nice place too. Enjoy and stay warm - it looks like the next 3 or 4 nights are going to get a bit chilly in east Texas.
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Glad the Wilson unit is working for you. I'd say that the booster makes a big difference more than half the time. (between usable and not) There are always some places that you'll find yourself where there just isn't any signal to boost!

You mentioned AT&T. If you happen to run into coverage problems with the AT&T network, you might look at Verizon. As I think I mentioned, we have our phones on T-Mobile (so, can roam on AT&T) and have a mobile hotspot from Verizon providing the option of using whichever network is best where ever we're parked

I just looked at Daingerfield SP - it looks beautiful! I passed by the area last year on the way home from Millwood SP in Arkansas. That was a nice place too. Enjoy and stay warm - it looks like the next 3 or 4 nights are going to get a bit chilly in east Texas.
Yep, I definitely plan on buying a Verizon hotspot device for just those circumstances.

It is beautiful here, cold, but beautiful. I'll post an album of pics sometime next week
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How I set it up

Here's how I set-up my cell booster:

Outside Antenna - I attached it to the bottom of a wire basket turned upside down, placed it on top of our roof and used one of the side bedroom windows to get the cable inside.

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Here are pics off the booster, attached to it are the outside and inside antennas as well as the power adapter (which I had to buy separate b/c I needed 110). You can see in one of the pic how the outside antenna cable is run in from the window.

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Finally, here is a pic off the inside antenna. It is NOT connected to my cell phone, but I place my phone right next to it for the best result. My phone now consistently shows 3 to 4 bars of signal strength and I have not gone 'Off Network' since the booster has been on.

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Michelle,
Glad the Wilson unit is working for you. I'd say that the booster makes a big difference more than half the time. (between usable and not) There are always some places that you'll find yourself where there just isn't any signal to boost!

You mentioned AT&T. If you happen to run into coverage problems with the AT&T network, you might look at Verizon. As I think I mentioned, we have our phones on T-Mobile (so, can roam on AT&T) and have a mobile hotspot from Verizon providing the option of using whichever network is best where ever we're parked

I just looked at Daingerfield SP - it looks beautiful! I passed by the area last year on the way home from Millwood SP in Arkansas. That was a nice place too. Enjoy and stay warm - it looks like the next 3 or 4 nights are going to get a bit chilly in east Texas.
In my experience and most of the folks in the National Parks etc. that I know, Verizon is worlds above the other provides in "out of the way" places. All the NPS rangers have Verizon pretty much. AT&T is really good for broadband 4G in the cities, but you can't get a good throughput if you have no signal at all. My 2 cents
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In my experience and most of the folks in the National Parks etc. that I know, Verizon is worlds above the other provides in "out of the way" places. All the NPS rangers have Verizon pretty much. AT&T is really good for broadband 4G in the cities, but you can't get a good throughput if you have no signal at all. My 2 cents
Thanks for the confirmation - buying a Verizon mobile hotspot device is on the list
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