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Old 04-14-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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What WiFi product are you using?

I'm interested in what people are putting in their units for WiFi, to be able to link up with any provided WiFi at parks (WiFi extenders / bridges). I've found two very promising products, one installs externally, and one is internal.

There are even nicer products when the service provider support the extension protocols, but, that's not going to be the case at parks as there are a limited number of client channels.
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None, but the wifi ranger products look pretty good.


To be honest, I have found that I get better or at the very least, more consistent wifi by using the hotspot on my phone (and possibly upgrading to a dedicated hotspot device) than the wifi that parks provide.
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I'm interested in what people are putting in their units for WiFi, to be able to link up with any provided WiFi at parks (WiFi extenders / bridges). I've found two very promising products, one installs externally, and one is internal.

There are even nicer products when the service provider support the extension protocols, but, that's not going to be the case at parks as there are a limited number of client channels.
I use nothing, I find that my smart TV finds whatever is close enough to get a signal and I go with it. It seems to work, as I do not use the computer much when camping!!

I have also used my cell phone as a mobile hot spot
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We purchased a used MI-FI of EBAY for $35, actiavte with Verizon when desired..excellent strength and service everywhere!
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Mifi unit from Verizon. Well worth it. It has enabled me to telecommute for two weeks at campgrounds, without it I could nut pull this trip off.
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Mifi unit from Verizon. Well worth it. It has enabled me to telecommute for two weeks at campgrounds, without it I could nut pull this trip off.
How much ndoes verizon charge for this MIFI every month
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WIFI hot spot on android "free" if you have a mesmerize II
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I use the Verizon MiFi also. While many parks offer WiFi, many times that service is spotty or very slow.

the MiFi is great as long as there is cell service available.

My pet peeve is the contest between AT&T and Verizon over who has the best 4G network. I'm mean really, there are large areas in the U.S. that are completely dead when it comes to cell service. Instead of 4G or 3G, I'd be happy if one of them would provide any G but nationwide.
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I use the Verizon MiFi also. While many parks offer WiFi, many times that service is spotty or very slow.

the MiFi is great as long as there is cell service available.

My pet peeve is the contest between AT&T and Verizon over who has the best 4G network. I'm mean really, there are large areas in the U.S. that are completely dead when it comes to cell service. Instead of 4G or 3G, I'd be happy if one of them would provide any G but nationwide.
I COMPLETELY agree!

When I am at the house in the northwoods the cell service is sooooo spotty let alone g service !
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I've been known to strike that pose while standing in the bed of my pickup in an effort to get cell service.
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Anyone know anything about AT&T's version of 'MIFI'? We have AT&T currently and would like to keep them as provider if possible. (Service blows, but have three kids on it for the cheap).
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We purchased a used MI-FI of EBAY for $35, actiavte with Verizon when desired..excellent strength and service everywhere!
The only drawback mis 20 bucks per month and the 10 bucks for every 2GB of data usage. I just got ofdf the phone with them. I thought you could only use it when you wanted to sctivate it but this is not the case because it is another 2 year contract thing
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I am telling ya us cellular and a samsung mesmerize II and wifi is free! up to 5gb
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I use a Verizon MIFI at home and take it on the road when we go. Good coverage most places.
I pay $50 a month for 5 gigs. That covers our commuter use and 2 iPads.
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I am telling ya us cellular and a samsung mesmerize II and wifi is free! up to 5gb
I have a hotspot on my iphone, but I'm still considering an actual hotspot device, even if I have to pay a little for it. It'd be nice to no have to have my phone a slave to the camper when we have guests.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:58 PM   #16
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I have a Clear unit. It's tiny and portable and reasonably priced. It's not as fast as Verizon I am told, but is is totally unlimited, no cap at all. I like to be on line a lot and didn't want to hog bandwidth, so I have my own.

It connects 8 devices and we have both TVs, both cell phones, both laptops and my Kindle Fire HD.

https://www.clear.com/plans/on-the-go
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Does anyone know of one where you do it as required, no contract. For example if you just wanted to use it for the month of August, and pre-pay for it. Then you may not use it again til February the following year and again pay for your usage.
Is there any American company that does such a thing?, I don't mind buying their device but I was hoping to use it on my Macbook and iPad and Blackberry Playbook and Nexus 7, not all at once of course, but maybe two of them at once. So maybe you pay for a block of 2 or 5 gb that is good for a month and pre-pay it each and every time you want to use???
I cannot use my cell connection as I am in Canada and the roaming charges would kill me. And I certainly don't want a contract that I pay monthly for as even when retired I may only use 3 or 4 months in total usage while in the U.S.
Any suggestions??
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The Clear is not a contract. You can turn it on and off as needed.
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Does anyone know of one where you do it as required, no contract. For example if you just wanted to use it for the month of August, and pre-pay for it. Then you may not use it again til February the following year and again pay for your usage.
Is there any American company that does such a thing?, I don't mind buying their device but I was hoping to use it on my Macbook and iPad and Blackberry Playbook and Nexus 7, not all at once of course, but maybe two of them at once. So maybe you pay for a block of 2 or 5 gb that is good for a month and pre-pay it each and every time you want to use???
I cannot use my cell connection as I am in Canada and the roaming charges would kill me. And I certainly don't want a contract that I pay monthly for as even when retired I may only use 3 or 4 months in total usage while in the U.S.
Any suggestions??
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It looks like that company 'Clear' might jut do that but they have very limited coverage and billing zones.
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