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Old 06-18-2014, 04:59 PM   #11
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I have AT&T and have been in a few areas now where I would have liked to have a booster or something. But, each of those times- the person beside of me had Verizon and had the same crappy # of bars and service, so I'm not positive that changing would have helped.

I used my phone tethered to my laptop for a while. When talking in the fringe areas, the Internet would crap out. It because enough of a problem that I would use my wife's phone for tethering and mine for talking.

I finally broke down and bought a dedicated hotspot. It's much more convenient and you don't have the hassle of service issues if talking + Interneting at the same time (especially if you're making remote desktop connections or screen sharing- which I was doing a lot of at the time). With AT&T Shared Data plans, it's pretty affordable to add.

When traveling, I don't allow streaming music or videos (just my rules- I don't technologically enforce them). I only devices onto my cellular plan that don't have their own data (e.g. my nephew brought a tablet, that I allowed- my niece and her iPhone, I made her use her own data).

I did learn that with automatic iCloud/Dropbox/whatnot backups, you can use a crap ton of data without realizing it. On my devices (and any device that I allow onto my network), I make sure that stuff is turned off. Same with automatic app updates- they get turned off. Most apps can wait the couple of days to week that you're on my network.

While browsing with my PC, I'm getting closer and closer to installing an AdBlocker since video ads are so prolific. We'll see.

I never use campground WiFi.
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:02 PM   #12
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I'm not going to discuss/argue this one- this is my comment and I'm leaving it at that.

About the WiFi antenna and grabbing WiFi from distant locations- IMO, the legality/morality of this are fuzzy at best. Just because a network is accessible doesn't necessarily mean you should jump on it. I read once where someone was bragging about using another person's home network and it was fine because there wasn't a password. You don't know if that person/business/whatnot is paying per usage or not; not all home/business plans are unlimited. You could very well be costing them money by using their network.
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:29 PM   #13
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OK, I did a forum search and could not find a direct answer. I am lucky enough to be able to work from home or on the road as long as I have a reliable internet connection. I am presently with Metro PCS and it is "ok" but I cant take a chance on being away from work for an extended period when I am out in the RV. What is everyone else using? AT&T, Verizon, etc? I don't mind switching and the cost is not a factor, reliability and dependability on the connection is.
Fulltime RV'r here still working as a web developer. I use Millenicom as our service provider - they offer a 20GB/mo plan for $90. It's Verizon-based, I'm still using a 3G setup but will soon switch to 4G once the 4G boosters are out and reliable.

I also have a WiFi ranger for when I can use campground wifi - but at least 85% of the time I'm using the 3G setup.

I've been doing this for 3 years and it's been relatively easy. Once in a while I'll have to go to a library or move sites to get coverage but overall so long as I plan to be in a somewhat populated area I've been fine.

I pretty much have just followed what Chris and Cheri at RV Mobile Internet Resource Center - WiFi, Cellular, Satellite | Technomadia - they keep on top of the tech much better than I am able to.
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:42 PM   #14
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Was it W.C. Fields who said "never smarten up a chump".

Go with a mifi from Verizon ( big red), if money is not the issue. They have the best nationwide coverage to date. But, others are building out there networks to compete in that facet of the business.
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:46 PM   #15
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I will speak to this from experience. I am an IT guy and handle over 4000 phones and data cards for the company I work for. Personally I use Verizon and have a Verizon hotspot. I have an AT&T hotspot from work. More often than not when I am camping I have to use my personal Verizon hotspot because I either have a brutally slow AT&T connection on my hotspot or no connectivity at all. I cannot recall a time when my Verizon hotspot did not work. Most times the Verizon hotspot is on 4G, I have yet to get a 4G signal on my AT&T hotspot while camping, it is always 3G or slower.

I do have to add that I am using experiences from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virgina, Indiana, New York, Michigan, Illinois, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, and Tennessee mostly. So this may be different in other places.
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:53 PM   #16
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I'm not going to discuss/argue this one- this is my comment and I'm leaving it at that.

About the WiFi antenna and grabbing WiFi from distant locations- IMO, the legality/morality of this are fuzzy at best. Just because a network is accessible doesn't necessarily mean you should jump on it. I read once where someone was bragging about using another person's home network and it was fine because there wasn't a password. You don't know if that person/business/whatnot is paying per usage or not; not all home/business plans are unlimited. You could very well be costing them money by using their network.
I hear you Doug! I was opining about the so called "free" WIFI like you get at McDonalds or Wendy's or even a muni WIFI (Huntsville is proud of it's free WIFI in the downtown and airport areas). NOT mooching off of some hapless guy who did not know to PW protect his WIFI That is wrong.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:08 PM   #17
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OK, I did a forum search and could not find a direct answer. I am lucky enough to be able to work from home or on the road as long as I have a reliable internet connection. I am presently with Metro PCS and it is "ok" but I cant take a chance on being away from work for an extended period when I am out in the RV. What is everyone else using? AT&T, Verizon, etc? I don't mind switching and the cost is not a factor, reliability and dependability on the connection is.

I use and don't have too many issues. With Verizon. I have iPad, iPhone and a laptop. My husband likes to use Pdanet. This is connect thur his Droid. A couple of years back, it did not use you plan data ...now it does use your plan dAta

When in good RV park with good wifi, I use them for movies, games FB, etc. when I do business I switch to Cellular data.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:21 PM   #18
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Had a Sprint hotspot through work until they discontinued the hotspots. It worked ok in most places I went out east. Replaced it with a T-Mobile and it worked pretty good until I got out here in Colorado. I get a connection less than 40% of the places I've been out here.
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We have Verizon. It just works. No need to say more.
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I will speak to this from experience. I am an IT guy and handle over 4000 phones and data cards for the company I work for. Personally I use Verizon and have a Verizon hotspot. I have an AT&T hotspot from work. More often than not when I am camping I have to use my personal Verizon hotspot because I either have a brutally slow AT&T connection on my hotspot or no connectivity at all. I cannot recall a time when my Verizon hotspot did not work. Most times the Verizon hotspot is on 4G, I have yet to get a 4G signal on my AT&T hotspot while camping, it is always 3G or slower.

I do have to add that I am using experiences from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virgina, Indiana, New York, Michigan, Illinois, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, and Tennessee mostly. So this may be different in other places.
2X this. I've gotten similar feedback from my colleague that manages our firms phones and cell plans. (I'm the computer guy)
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