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Old 10-14-2011, 12:48 PM   #1
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WIFI question for Owners by SabreSam

Dear Owners,
I would like to know how many of you utilize WIFI services avaliable at campgrounds? If you don't, why? Are signials weak? Do you utilize a Verizon (or other brands) wireless card? I'm assuming that most owners are traveling with some type of computer/Ipad/smart phone. Give me your comments and input. Thanks.

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Old 10-14-2011, 12:56 PM   #2
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Our kids took laptops to play on during our trip to our campground. When we got there, we noticed they were all sitting around the fire with laptops in their laps. One had found the wifi and was using it. At that point, their laptops were confiscated and not seen until the drive home. As an IT professional, I want to get away from technology when I'm camping. A cell phone is around in case of an emergency or if I need directions, but other than that, it is us and the outdoors.

I think the WiFi is handy if there is something you need, but I would/will not use it for causal internet surfing.

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Old 10-14-2011, 02:48 PM   #3
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If you have a us cellular android phone you do not need a "card"
you can pay 25.00 a month extra and make your phone a wifi hot spot.
my wife does this with great success since she has to have access to the world wide web 24/7 for work purposes. Cards are 65.00 a month and up.
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:38 PM   #4
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Great question Sam! I'm very interested in the feedback here as well...
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Old 10-14-2011, 04:25 PM   #5
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I use it wherever available .
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Old 10-14-2011, 04:36 PM   #6
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We always use WiFi when available. At some campgrounds that only have a "hot spot" at the main office, I have a directional antenna I put on a mast (my flagpole) and aim at the hot spot.

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Old 10-14-2011, 04:47 PM   #7
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Verizon 4G hotspot.

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Old 10-14-2011, 05:05 PM   #9
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I use the CG, but find they are often limited and very slow. I will sometimes bring my work aircard (Verizon) and/or I can Tether my Blackberry (AT&T) to a laptop if needed. I pretty much stick to the Blackberry aps unless camping for the week and need to really get into something. Emails come to my smartphone, so most times we connect the laptop to do banking of search for a place to go check out.
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:28 PM   #10
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We've only been out twice this season. We tried to use wi-fi at a CG in Leavenworth, WA, but were too far away from their antenna. We walked down to the lower part of the CG and sat at a picnic table and were able to access.

We're not dependent on internet, as we tend to do short trips (less than a week), and can catch up once we get home again. Next season, we anticipate being away for longer periods so wi-fi may become more important.

We don't have a smart-phone. IMO, a phone is something you call people with. It's NOT a miniature computer!

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