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Old 06-18-2014, 10:51 PM   #21
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NOT mooching off of some hapless guy who did not know to PW protect his WIFI That is wrong.
x2 this also. I use my Crane range extender for campground wifi.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:03 PM   #22
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Just to throw my two cents in here on Wi-Fi extenders. In my opinion they are not worth it. While it may extend your range (or at least give you a sense that it does) they only make a difference to get you on a network. They will in no way give you more speed or better access. Campgrounds may offer free Wi-Fi however they typically will have a simple broadband connection in them that is shared with everyone on the network, or anyone that is also connected to it. With broadband there is typically no way to do any type of QoS (prioritization) of traffic either so all data packets are essentially competing on a first in first out basis and a large packet (video streaming) once in, will cause a great delay for a smaller data packet (Web connection). One person establishing a VPN tunnel will also impact everyone else as well, which is typical in remote workers.

Add in to this the people in the office that are using the web to surf and stay busy, people streaming radio and video (YouTube even or videos on FaceBook) and you have taken a broadband to its knees.

You are best to get a hot spot by a provider that will meet your needs and receive good wireless coverage in the area. General rule of thumb (but not always the case) if you must have Internet access find a campground close to an interstate where cell towers are often a plenty.

If money is no object and it is critical for you, look into some of the new satellite services and learn to aim and point a dish properly for this. The new ones have decreased latency and no longer require an analog or POTS line for connectivity.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:05 PM   #23
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Hey Bob - I've not looked at these, primarily because after a few years of trying things out, I still feel that the internet available at MOST campgrounds isn't worth connecting to. Sure, you can boost your connectivity to their wifi routers, but if their internet connection to that router is a little bitty slow thing, you've spent a lot of money and built a complicated system that gets you no where.

I've found the Crane booster to be the simplest method. It just plugs into your USB port (or two ports to boost power levels), and has a suction cup that holds it to a window. You run their software, find the network you want to join, and connect. Since I'm a Mac user, it's easy for me to then share that data connection in the trailer, using my wifi as a repeater.

Before that, I tried two different antenna's I mounted to a 12' painters pole, strapped to my rear ladder. (Both were highly rated on Amazon, but didn't help much). I had a long antenna wire I ran down the ladder and in through the emergency escape window (no screen). That connected to a booster/router running custom software. And...it bottle necked at the slow internet connection.

Bah! :-) All that work, and my mobile hot spot is still faster than the campground wifi. :-)

Let me know if you go with one of those base station solutions, though, and how it works for you. The Redwolf Clan is a high tech clan, and we're always interested in better network performance in the boonies.

(BTW - bestest wifi camping ever: Archview RV Resort north of Moab. They were easily providing 8Mpbs down, 2Mpbs up)
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:09 PM   #24
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Old 06-19-2014, 08:24 AM   #25
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Wow, a lot of great ideas here. For my purposes there will be no streaming or downloading of huge files. I connect to a website for work and accomplish all of my stuff on that site, and I connect to a Microsoft exchange server for my email and that is it. My Metro PCS 4G hotspot is unlimited and works great - when it connects! At Disney my service dropped to 3G and the hotspot would not activate which made me very angry. I may look into TMobile since they recently acquired Metro PCS but it sounds like I am taking a trip to the Verizon store for their mifi setup. Thanks everyone!
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:25 PM   #26
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At Disney my service dropped to 3G and the hotspot would not activate which made me very angry.
Perhaps I am in the minority here, but I actually see this as a good thing. If and when I am at Disney, with my family, most likely on vacation, keep me "in a disconnected state" and allow me to spend the time and make memories with a focus on my family.

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Old 06-19-2014, 12:42 PM   #27
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Perhaps I am in the minority here, but I actually see this as a good thing. If and when I am at Disney, with my family, most likely on vacation, keep me "in a disconnected state" and allow me to spend the time and make memories with a focus on my family.
x2 on being disconnected while on vacation. If I'm off work, I establish as much "I'm not available" as I can get away with. However, that's not always possible if your butts on the line for a multi-million dollar deal that make or brake can equal employed or not. I'm not quite that far up the totem pole that I can't find a delegate, but I am just one step off from that level. And as much as I love my family I still have a responsibility to them to ensure the money still comes in.

On the flip-side of this. There's those of us who have the ability to work where ever there's an internet connection. These people want to be able to give even more time to their family by not limiting them to vacations just when they can also take vacations. These people are willing to find a balance of bringing the family to a vacation spot, with the offset of having to work while there.

I'm not at that point but I have considered it. I'd love to let the family take more than a week at a time, but I know that in order to do it I'd have to setup the same "Daddy's at work" rules that apply in the house. But our TT doesn't have any doors that I can close off to do conference calls like I can at home.

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There's those of us who have the ability to work where ever there's an internet connection. These people want to be able to give even more time to their family by not limiting them to vacations just when they can also take vacations. These people are willing to find a balance of bringing the family to a vacation spot, with the offset of having to work while there.

I'm not at that point but I have considered it. I'd love to let the family take more than a week at a time, but I know that in order to do it I'd have to setup the same "Daddy's at work" rules that apply in the house. But our TT doesn't have any doors that I can close off to do conference calls like I can at home.
Good call on the working remotely and why. That's exactly what we do most of the time.

I am lucky that our bedroom has a real door and I'm able to shut it. The downside, the A/C in there is extremely loud so it has to be off for conference calls. And my desk is less than ideal (hoping to rectify that with some kind of flip/down/out desk attached to the dresser in there- I can see it if I close my eyes, just need to build it).

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Old 06-19-2014, 01:26 PM   #29
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Good call on the working remotely and why. That's exactly what we do most of the time.

I am lucky that our bedroom has a real door and I'm able to shut it. The downside, the A/C in there is extremely loud so it has to be off for conference calls. And my desk is less than ideal (hoping to rectify that with some kind of flip/down/out desk attached to the dresser in there- I can see it if I close my eyes, just need to build it).
My ideal setup would be something along this line:



I'd be able to set up one of the bunk houses for the two kids, and in the other strip out the bunks to turn into an office. But those are dreams for another day since the only way I could afford to do that is to full time.

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Understand everyone's point. I am all for working remotely and have done it many times while camping. My focus was on doing it while at Disney. Just my opinion
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