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Old 10-14-2011, 11:19 PM   #11
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We use it whenever available. Sometimes it's been to look up local points of interest, or else it could be to come up with our next stop. We don't do much research before we leave - and that can be for two months at a time - and have found some good places off the internet.

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Old 10-15-2011, 12:23 AM   #12
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We use the camp ground wifi. Not all of them offer it, some have poor service, some have exceptional service. For those CG with poor service, we don't mind going for a walk in the evening, finding a picnic table closer to the wifi and a good signal, catch up on our email or whatever surfing we had in mind. It is all part of the camping experience. Did I just say checking email is a part of our camping experience?? I remember when a letter a month was excellent communication, and a tent that didn't leak was pure heaven! Boy, have I ever gotten spoilt!

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Old 10-15-2011, 12:30 AM   #13
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Most places I camp do not have internet wifi, many don't have cell phone signals. I do not a television in the trailer, no tv/video in my truck, all of this is by choice.

Depending on the nature of the trip, we will take a computer with us, but only to use for reference of finding places on our route. Sometimes it's to balance the budget for the trip and check on bank balances.

For the kids, they can take their portable playstation or nintendo, phone, and i-pods, but once we reach the mountains, they have to be turned off. Most places we are at the foot of the mountains within about an hour or less and drive 1 to 4 hours after that.

There is too much in nature that can be learned to be stuck in the techno world, when the kids complain, I remind them that I never had any of those when traveling, and for many years we didn't even have air conditioning. They usually stop complaining.

In the past couple of years, they have actually made comments that they are glad for the rule, because of the sites they have seen and the things they have learned without the toys.
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:24 AM   #14
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My husband and I don't use the Wi Fi at campgrounds, but my daughters do. They use it with their laptops and their Kindles. They have never complained that it was slow, and they will let you know.
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:34 AM   #15
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We use the CG wifi, DW's new android phone can act as a hot spot if need be. Do not care about speed as the DWb just plays around on Facebook and I check email on one of my networks from work, have a work BBerry for the other network as I need to be available all the time to work regardless of vacation or anything else.

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Old 10-15-2011, 08:42 AM   #16
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I've only taken my laptop on camping trips a few times and only used the CG's wifi one of those times.
One of the reasons I go camping is to "get away from it all."

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Old 10-15-2011, 08:47 AM   #17
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We tend to use the Wi Fi a lot when we travel. With a family of four, including two teens, and sometimes my in laws, we utilize the campground Wi Fi a lot. Our travels tend to be different than most as we rarely use our rig for weekend camping, but opt more for long distant travel with the kids. This summer we found very spotty WiFi in the Maritime Provinces. Some campgrounds had no WiFi. I use the WiFi for work while I'm on the road and the kids use it for social contacts. When we were in Canada this summer we had to turn off our internet access on our cell phones due to the cost, so the campground WiFi became more important to us.
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:31 AM   #18
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I got this wi-fi booster/repeater after reading about in the forums. I have yet remembered to take it with me camping to see if it works good.......but it did help at the house

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Old 10-15-2011, 01:16 PM   #19
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We use wi-fi when available at campgrounds. If no wi-fi is available, I'll use a Verizon wireless card on my laptop. I have also used my iPhone.
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:17 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Ovair View Post
Verizon 4G hotspot.
Great way to go and secure. Don't have to worry about someone getting my personal information. That is one thing wrong with a coffee shop or public hot spot, it can be compromised.
Verizon 4G hotspot is a very good and secure way to go. We use it on the road and at home.

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