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Old 06-24-2016, 03:15 PM   #11
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Hey Guys

Thanks for all the feedback - just to clarify a few things, might allow for a better assessment of my requirements.

I will require internet access most of the time, purely for email and remote session work, VPN connectivity, RDP Sessions etc. Voice and video conferencing etc will not be done during this time. Streaming of movies, on Roku for example and Xbox connectivity would only be done in the evenings when business hours are no longer applicable. Streaming of movies etc is a nice to have and would only get done if i were to get an unlimited data plan else, if capped would not be an option.

Im guessing a leased unlimited data plan might be the way to go - i have a spare iPhone 5 which is not on any plan or locked to any network right now that i could use purely as a hotspot or would ya`ll suggest the purchase of Jetpack/MiFi device? If getting a Jetpack it eliminates the need for the FoxFi app although i also have an Android tablet i could possible use for this - not sure if the tablet supports 4G, will need to look into that, pretty old. Not looking at having more than 2 devices connected during business hours, perhaps more after hours.

Thanks in advance.

Where would i look for the unlimited lease data plans? I`m probably only going to require it for the month of July.
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:22 PM   #12
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Hey Guys

Thanks for all the feedback - just to clarify a few things, might allow for a better assessment of my requirements.

I will require internet access most of the time, purely for email and remote session work, VPN connectivity, RDP Sessions etc. Voice and video conferencing etc will not be done during this time. Streaming of movies, on Roku for example and Xbox connectivity would only be done in the evenings when business hours are no longer applicable. Streaming of movies etc is a nice to have and would only get done if i were to get an unlimited data plan else, if capped would not be an option.

Im guessing a leased unlimited data plan might be the way to go - i have a spare iPhone 5 which is not on any plan or locked to any network right now that i could use purely as a hotspot or would ya`ll suggest the purchase of Jetpack/MiFi device? If getting a Jetpack it eliminates the need for the FoxFi app although i also have an Android tablet i could possible use for this - not sure if the tablet supports 4G, will need to look into that, pretty old. Not looking at having more than 2 devices connected during business hours, perhaps more after hours.

Thanks in advance.

Where would i look for the unlimited lease data plans? I`m probably only going to require it for the month of July.
Your usage requirements mirror mine quite a bit. I'm a software developer; am constantly connected to a VPN and commonly remote into servers and view other people's desktops.

First, phone hotspot vs. Jetpack/MiFi- for working reasons, you can't beat a separate hotspot. The phone works for occasional hotspotting, but for long-use, it doesn't work so well. The network can get finicky and the phone gets downright hot. Been there, done that.

For an unlimited data lease, contact my friend Keith @ Wanderlust RV Services.

Personally, I would connect your Nanostation to your Jetpack's wifi. The reason for this is that the nano likely creates a stronger wifi network than your Jetpack will. You can SEE the Jetpack up to 40-50 feet, but after about 10-15', the speeds drop off significantly. Plus, then you can change things all at one shot depending on what wifi source you want to use.
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Love the Keys!! We spend Christmas and New Years at Jolly Roger RV on Grassy Key just North of Marathon Key. Love the park and the owners.
We use the Verizon JetPack on the 10 GB plan as we don't do any streaming and rarely use all 10 GBs. The DW runs her business from the TT so there is a lot of emails back and forth. NetFlix and such eat up a lot, so we just don't use it. Been there, done that.
We found in our personal experience that the iPhone hot spots wouldn't carry the signals very well and kept on breaking up. The JetPack works for us. Good signals in the Keys.
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Blackhat - thanks - good to hear from someone with first hand experience in the Keys in terms of signal!! Thats good news hearing the signal is good, that was one thing i was wondering about.

Epndydad - i have contacted your friend and await his response regarding the lease period in question. I have also seen on eBay that they`re selling for a little cheaper, by about about $30 and seems to be reputable sellers but, would rather purchase from someone (your friend) who seems to have been offering this to the RV`ing community for a while. The Nanostation idea is great, i`ll definitely do that thanks and yeah - ill do away with using a phone as a hotspot too - purchase the mifi device and have if i need to use it again going forward.

Wondering if Verizon have a month to month data contract - if i could get 10GB, that might solve my problem and might be less expensive or might not. Going to contact them and see if they have something for me.
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Which Nanostation is everyone using? M2 or M5?
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The cheapest plans that I've heard of are $120 and that's from a company called Peerless Something. Friends of ours use their service and have for 6+ months without issue. You're not in it for the long haul, but they also offer yearly rates at a lesser cost.
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Ependy and the rest who have chimed in - thanks so much for all the advice. I know what needs to be done and will do it! Thanks again

One last thing - you mentioned connecting your Nanostation to your MiFi device - i have gone through all the mifi devices available and see none of them with any ports for network cables to plug into. Assume you are connecting your Nano to the MiFi directly using the RJ45 cable? Do i have to purchase the $80 Jetpack or will the $20 device suffice? I know the newer devices support 15 devices and the older ones only 8 - whats the difference besides that and the touch screen etc?
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Ependy and the rest who have chimed in - thanks so much for all the advice. I know what needs to be done and will do it! Thanks again

One last thing - you mentioned connecting your Nanostation to your MiFi device - i have gone through all the mifi devices available and see none of them with any ports for network cables to plug into. Assume you are connecting your Nano to the MiFi directly using the RJ45 cable? Do i have to purchase the $80 Jetpack or will the $20 device suffice? I know the newer devices support 15 devices and the older ones only 8 - whats the difference besides that and the touch screen etc?


I don't have a Nano, I have a WifiRanger but I thought the premise was the same- it connects to wifi and rebroadcasts it under its own network. I do it with my WifiRanger because the Jetpack wifi is very weak (even though you can see it, speeds really drop off quickly).

I don't know about the difference between the devices. I'd check to make sure it supports the Verizon network on 4G and all that jazz.
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My wife and I run a software business and we need access to the internet when traveling. I've used EasyTether for years on my Android phone with Sprint/Boost Mobile for years. I pay only $30 a month for "unlimited" data and have never been throttled. I haven't gone above 5gb since we are only hitting it hard for 3 days on our trip. We use it to go from the northeast to Florida and we never lose our connection all the way down Rt 95. Connection speed has been decent.

I just leased an verizon unlimited data plan on ebay for $120. Search eBay for Verizon Unlimited Data Plan $120.

I decided to go for the Verizon leased plan (bought a Verizon Jet Pack device used for $28) because we are going to go out west and I heard they have the best coverage.

Hope this helps. We are also installing a WeBoost 4Gx https://store.weboost.com/products/drive-4gx wireless booster.
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Personally I have found both Verizon and ATT to be much better than Sprint for reception in many area.
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