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Old 03-09-2012, 11:20 AM   #1
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The wife and I will be going full time soon, and are in need of an internet connection that works when driving and parked. We have seen the internet satellite dish option, but it appears that it only works when parked, unless you don't mind replacing it whenever you destroy it going under a bridge. We've also seen something called Autonet Mobile, which looks promising. The connection speed we're looking for needs to be cable quality, as my DW works with IT contracts and will have a ton of data usage. Any advice for a soon to be full timer with full time internet needs?
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We use Verizon's MiFi and love it. I get on the internet while under way to check out campsites for the night or to just surf the web. You can connect up to 5 wireless devices on it at a time. Works great for us and we can take it wherever we go, even when we aren't in the coach.
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The wife and I will be going full time soon, and are in need of an internet connection that works when driving and parked. We have seen the internet satellite dish option, but it appears that it only works when parked, unless you don't mind replacing it whenever you destroy it going under a bridge. We've also seen something called Autonet Mobile, which looks promising. The connection speed we're looking for needs to be cable quality, as my DW works with IT contracts and will have a ton of data usage. Any advice for a soon to be full timer with full time internet needs?
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:40 PM   #4
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If I haven't already said it WELCOME to the forum. Hope you enjoy the site. In answering your question we use Verizon MiFi as well. So far so good. You may not get 4g in all areas of the country but so far it has worked well for us. JMHO
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:58 PM   #5
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Verizon MIFI for us also. We take it everywhere we go, car , RV, or airline. We dont use on the airplane, but in the airport.
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The wife and I will be going full time soon, and are in need of an internet connection that works when driving and parked. We have seen the internet satellite dish option, but it appears that it only works when parked, unless you don't mind replacing it whenever you destroy it going under a bridge. We've also seen something called Autonet Mobile, which looks promising. The connection speed we're looking for needs to be cable quality, as my DW works with IT contracts and will have a ton of data usage. Any advice for a soon to be full timer with full time internet needs?
There are no options to give you cable speed while in motion or stopped except a cable connection or a local company that provides high speed wireless...

Basically the only option you have while in motion is a cellular modem and there are many providers out there including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and Autonet who resales one of the major providers service.

I have used a AT&T USB modem plugged into a Cradlepoint router for years and am happy with the service.
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You won't get "cable quality" (I presume you mean speed and bandwidth) in any consumer mobile connection, no matter what you use.

Satellite "on the go" is expensive in terms of equipment (check the MotoSAT site) and cellular internet connections are only as good as the closest tower on your network.

Both are limited in terms of speed and most particularly in allowable gigs of usage. If you actually NEED a high speed cable connection, you simply won't be able to use mobile internet. Can you live with an download speed of only 1.5 Mb? That's not uncommon for cellular OR satellite.

This is what I have now in Corpus Christi, TX on a 3G Verizon connection.


Probably the best deal currently is through Millenicom. Working off 3G Verizon towers for $59.99/mo for 20 gigs. Uses a Novatel U760 aircard that you can plug into a wireless router to run your own mobile network as you cruise down the road.
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As I recall the Autonet Mobile is basically an overpriced router/wireless modem using existing networks - either Sprint or Verizon - don't remember which.
You can get the pretty much the same thing from Verizon by signing up for a data plan with a free MiFi router/modem as part of the deal.

No matter which way you go there will be times when you won't have internet. How often depends on where you travel. With Verizon we have signal just about everywhere we go but if you get too far away from a major highway you may have a problem.
Western Utah is an example of an area with poor coverage outside of towns.
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Before you purchase a device from a cell phone company for an internet connection go to the cell companies web site and view the coverage map.
Find the 'data coverage map', not the voice map. See if there is coverage where you plan to go.
Speed is not the only issue. The companies have gone away from unlimited usage and have plans for specific amounts of data. The costs can get very high if you exceed the amount of data in your plan.
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We use the Verizon WiFi with a broadband card, about the size of a credit card. Worked great all over the NW, Montana, Colorado, etc last summer. About $60 per month with 5 GBs, which was more than enough for us.
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We have a air card thru US cellular. Bought a router and that way we can both be on when we are at the campground. Works great where ever we have traveled, costs 53.00 dallars a month, works great, even use it when at home. DW is online when we are going down the road, no problem.
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As I have posted before, mobile, in motion full time coverage is available, if you want to pay for it. here is a link. High Speed Satellite Internet While Traveling
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You won't get "cable quality" (I presume you mean speed and bandwidth) in any consumer mobile connection, no matter what you use.

Satellite "on the go" is expensive in terms of equipment (check the MotoSAT site) and cellular internet connections are only as good as the closest tower on your network.

Both are limited in terms of speed and most particularly in allowable gigs of usage. If you actually NEED a high speed cable connection, you simply won't be able to use mobile internet. Can you live with an download speed of only 1.5 Mb? That's not uncommon for cellular OR satellite.

This is what I have now in Corpus Christi, TX on a 3G Verizon connection.


Probably the best deal currently is through Millenicom. Working off 3G Verizon towers for $59.99/mo for 20 gigs. Uses a Novatel U760 aircard that you can plug into a wireless router to run your own mobile network as you cruise down the road.
LOL... That is the speed of a T1 connection. We have become spoiled. Many rural businesses run on only a T1.
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