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Old 10-11-2014, 01:36 PM   #1
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Question Campgrounds with the Best Internet Signal

Hello everyone!

I know that we primarily go camping to get away from it all, but there are times when I have to 'connect' to work while on a trip and I have to have a good internet connection to do this. Besides, I would rather work remotely while at a campsite than in an office any day!

Typically, my husband and I prefer state, COE and national parks over KOA or other full service campgrounds. So here's my question...

What campgrounds have you found that have the best cellular internet signal? and what cellular provider what it for?

Thanks in advance for any input offered
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Old 10-11-2014, 01:50 PM   #2
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All of the places I have been at use Direct TV and cable service.
The CG we stayed at in West Yellowstone was a private one, we were across the street from the office and the internet was the worst and the television service very poor.

Ended up renting some DVD's for the time we were at the trailer.

If the net is important enough I suggest a WIFI booster of what ever brand you like.
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All of the places I have been at use Direct TV and cable service.
The CG we stayed at in West Yellowstone was a private one, we were across the street from the office and the internet was the worst and the television service very poor.

Ended up renting some DVD's for the time we were at the trailer.

If the net is important enough I suggest a WIFI booster of what ever brand you like.
Yep, we are definitely getting a booster, but one for our cell service since I can use my smartphone as a hotspot. However, a booster won't help if there is absolutely no signal to boost. My DH and I are not much on television/cable - we bring along a few DVD's

Internet connection is the primary concern b/c I need to be able to connect to my work environment. I'm hoping to find as many campsite options as possible where I can still do what I have to do for work. I don't want work to keep me away!
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Have only been to private and KOA CG's this year aside from the one they have all had good signals without a booster.

A phone call to the CG is made just to double check the availability of WIFI service and then a look at the CG.s ratings from users before reservations are made.
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Have only been to private and KOA CG's this year aside from the one they have all had good signals without a booster.

A phone call to the CG is made just to double check the availability of WIFI service and then a look at the CG.s ratings from users before reservations are made.
Thank you! I surely will phone in before setting up a visit, but I'm hoping others will chime in and let me know their experiences since they may mention sites I would not have thought of going to otherwise
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I am basically in the same boat as you. I need internet access for work. I even installed a booster plus roof antenna, etc. The problem never is the signal. I always get a signal on my verizon hotspots, however I just can't get on the internet. I think the problem is they don't have enough bandwidth for the towers there. So if a few people are online there is no bandwidth.

We went to yellowstone for a week, and could not get on the internet the entire time. None of the private camp grounds internet worked, and even though I got strong verizon signals, still no internet. The only place we found with good internet was a pizza place in town.


Just got back from a national forest camp ground. Same story, got cell signal, but couldn't get calls or on the internet. Had to drive about 3 miles away to get on the net, where I got a good 4g signal.
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I am basically in the same boat as you. I need internet access for work. I even installed a booster plus roof antenna, etc. The problem never is the signal. I always get a signal on my verizon hotspots, however I just can't get on the internet. I think the problem is they don't have enough bandwidth for the towers there. So if a few people are online there is no bandwidth.

We went to yellowstone for a week, and could not get on the internet the entire time. None of the private camp grounds internet worked, and even though I got strong verizon signals, still no internet. The only place we found with good internet was a pizza place in town.


Just got back from a national forest camp ground. Same story, got cell signal, but couldn't get calls or on the internet. Had to drive about 3 miles away to get on the net, where I got a good 4g signal.
Nice! Well, I suppose you have to start out at least with an area that has a signal and then I may have to drive to the nearest Starbucks or pizza place - I do like pizza

What you say though does make me reconsider exactly what type of booster I purchase. I may want something more mobile rather than something installed on my trailer. Thanks for the feedback
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Almost all campground WIFI is terrible. I just use my phone as a hot spot (where possible) Verizon is really good about letting you increase and decrease your plan whenever you want at no penalty. I keep 3 gigs when not traveling and when I go out I increase it to 6 gigs. I just installed a new smart TV in my rig. We were out all summer in many different campgrounds. Even when I could hook up to their WIFI with the TV the bandwidth for video was way too slow. I do not use my hot spot to stream movies, just uses too much data, but for normal use, e-mails, you tube, browsing, hot spot is the way to go.
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Any recommendations for a wifi booster?

This one seems very nice with high ratings and an onscreen setup.

Amazon.com: Securifi Almond - (3 Minute Setup) Touchscreen Wireless Router / Range Extender: Computers & Accessories
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Amped Wireless REA20 High Power 700mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi Range Extender

I believe thats the one we use, and its phenomenal. My wireless is probably better then most camp sites. I use it to boost my verizon hotspot. Its 12v so I can power it directly from my trailer power, and then I power the hotspot using the USB port on this. That works great.
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