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Old 02-26-2016, 09:17 PM   #1
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We are snowbirds and so frustrated with the "free wi-fi" (which is not secure) in the campgrounds. what does everyone else use for internet?
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:36 PM   #2
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To avoid any security issues we added a Samsung Galaxy tablet, on the Verizon cellular network, to our cellphone account. We use the "free" wifi, when it works, for surfing but for any email or financial transactions the wifi is turned off and we use cellular access to the network.

You can also create your own wifi hotspot with most smart cell phones. You then connect via your own wifi network. Then you are accessing the cellular network through your cell phone.

In both cases you will be paying for the data charges on your cell plan. We went with the tablet for the simplicity and the convenience. Plus Verizon was virtually giving away the tablets when we purchased ours...

There are a lot of other fancy solutions, these are just the two easiest ones I'm familiar with...

EDIT: Go to the Modifications and Updates subforum, Here, and do a Search on "wifi" there are several threads on other options.
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:36 PM   #3
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I use the CG WiFi and make certain Norton is up to date on all that can connect.
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:54 PM   #4
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Depends on the os you're using to connect. With Android, you could use Avast Secure VPN (or similar.) That encrypts your communication. For windows, there are some network vpn or lock down tools. Also, when you connect to the cg's wifi, select public network. Firefox has some really good built in security features. You can lock it down pretty good. Most users set up their windows pc's with admin rights. You can create an account without admin and login with that.
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Old 02-27-2016, 12:40 AM   #5
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As you found, most free wifi is crap. We carry a Verizon JetPack device called a mobile hotspot (actually, I also carry an A&T one due to *needing* Internet for work). These hotspots are either on their own plan or on a "shared data" plan with smart phones depending on what you already have and works best for you financially.

You can often also use a smartphone and setup a mobile hotspot, but if you're doing this with any regularity- you'll find that these can be finicky at times. And sometimes you have to pay your cell phone provider for the privilege of using data however you like.

It's all dependent on cell service. If you're outside of the range of that, you may need to consider a booster OR, barring that, suffer with crappy free wifi as there aren't good alternatives.
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WE use a Verizon mifi hotspot and have a booster for it and cell signals. Also have a booster for wifi if it is low.
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Old 02-27-2016, 01:40 AM   #7
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X2 on the Verizon JetPack. It's secure and small enough to stay out of sight. We have a 10 Gb plan that is never used up unless we decide to stream a few netflicks. We can even use it in the TV while driving as it has good range.
We also have a signal boosting antenna that picks up wifi a long, long ways away. I've logged into a restaurant's wifi from a 1/4 mile away and had three bars of signal. USB plugs right into the computer.
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:56 AM   #8
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I use Verizon hotspot and am very pleased with the service, it is faster then I would have thought. I don't stream movies.
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Old 03-04-2016, 08:08 PM   #9
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I use my AT&T iPhone 6 as a wifi hotspot and have a 30gb data plan. I've never gone over. I surf the web, stream music and video.


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I have been using my Verizon iPhone as a hot spot and so far have had very good luck. Had to move to the top of a hill at one campground to get signal but once I got 3 bars I had very good LTE bandwidth. I only have an iPhone 5s so if someone calls my phone, it bumps me off of the internet which in my case is not so good because I am usually on a secure VPN connection. (It's a hassle to go through and re-login into the VPN and then restart all the programs). The work around I found is to use the *72 phone forwarding feature and I don't get bumped off. From what I understand the iPhone 6 and 6s can do data and phone simultaneously so those won't be an issue. Not sure about the Verizon Android smartphones.
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