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Old 06-28-2016, 10:47 AM   #1
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Looking for Canadian experience with WIFI and satellite

Hi, everyone - lots of great threads on here about modding for WIFI and/or satellite. However, being in Canada, we have far less providers of both services. So, I'm wondering what Canadians are doing in this regard?

I was looking at getting a WIFI Ranger setup, but now also reading about cellular antennas and such.

My Freedom Express appears to have a stationary "omni-directional" antenna, which I think is pretty much useless as virtually no channels are broadcast over air anymore, right?

We carry DVDs for the kids, but they would be totally psyched if we could get Netflix occasionally, and the wife would love to hit up Facebook at night As for me, I'd like to be able to catch Jays' games when not home....

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 06-28-2016, 03:43 PM   #2
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If you are a shaw cable subscriber you can get shaw direct for your RV at 1/2 the cost for any plan. I believe it is called "home away from home" plan. It is for those that go away to their cottage. You can suspend your account during non-camping season and re-enable before holiday season.
I had to provide my VIN of my trailer.
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Old 06-28-2016, 04:38 PM   #3
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I use Bell Tv Satellite in my trailer. My tv antenna also works in full Hd but I only get 2 channels, so that's why I have satellite.

I also got the alfa wifi camp pro system to help get wifi signals, I haven't got it up and running yet though.

Not sure if that helps or not,
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Old 06-29-2016, 07:26 AM   #4
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I have Bell TV at home so I got a Bell sat dish and tripod that stays with the TT and I bring a SD receiver from home. I used it all the way to Cape Breton back in 2013. If you want HD you just need the equipment. Automatic dishes like tailgater look nice but they are very pricey unless you full time. Dish Network equipment works for Bell satellite service if you want to go that way.

As for streaming, forget campground wifi. It's barely adequate for email. A cell service with lots of data and likely a cell signal booster would be the way I'd go.
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:23 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies so far.

I currently don't have satellite service at home (I used to, but switched to FibreOp and sold the dish), so I guess I'll have to look into Shaw or Bell for this purpose and the equipment.

As far as internet access, yes cellular service of some type (rocketstick, etc.) might be the way to go, but maybe too pricey for the number of times used. Too bad my Iphone is on a corporate plan or I could use that as a hotspot to feed other devices.

Neither issue is really a deal breaker at the moment as we are just getting started in this camping thing, just would be another nice little thing to have.
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Old 06-29-2016, 12:20 PM   #6
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I've kept Bell satellite because I can take it on the road with me. (It has great picture/sound and the only negative is that you can lose the signal in bad weather). A hard wired system like Rogers/Shaw/Cogeco cable or Bell Fibe doesn't give you that flexibility.

For your corporate cell phone, is there any chance you can make a deal to pay for the extra data usage out of pocket? I have the same issue with my corporate BlackBerry that I have to use for internet connection when camped at provincial parks.
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:31 PM   #7
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My WiFi solution

I have this antenna setup:
ALFA NETWORK Inc.
+ ALFA NETWORK Inc.

on this router:
ALFA NETWORK Inc.

and I am more than happy with the outcome. We have been on the road for over a month in about 7 campgrounds and this has made all the difference. Mind you there has to be a detectable wifi signal available to grab the signal but it amplifies it to be very usable when you find one. We have data on our phone and only need it to update map data while driving. Hardly use any of our Bell data at all. In fact I reduced our monthly plan drastically (from 7GB to 1GB). Had 7 because my wife needs the internet and I had heard that wifi on the road sucked but that is not the case with this booster setup.
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Old 06-29-2016, 07:13 PM   #8
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I use a Nanostation M2 with router to hookup to wifi network in campgrounds. This is a directional antenna and it is very good. I use it all the times and sometimes when we travel with friends, we can share our network with them if they are within 100 feet.
What we like the most is that you can connect multiple iPad, computers etc. without wire!

I bought the kit at converbit-- Magasin sans-fil it is the "Kit snowbird sans fil avec routeur (router)". It sells for $150. +tax and delivery. It is already programmed and you get instructions. You can also buy it from Amazon but there will be some programming to be done not for everyone.
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Keep in mind that campground wifi is typically not supposed to be used for large data requirements like streaming.
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Bell does not work in the USA
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