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Old 09-22-2006, 07:54 AM   #1
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My dn works from home and we need dependable internet service while on the road. I've heard from some people that the Verizon air cards work well, but only about 50% of the time. I am also unclear about if they use up minutes on your monthly plan.

Now we are looking into a satelite based internet because of better dependability
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Old 09-22-2006, 07:54 AM   #2
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My dn works from home and we need dependable internet service while on the road. I've heard from some people that the Verizon air cards work well, but only about 50% of the time. I am also unclear about if they use up minutes on your monthly plan.

Now we are looking into a satelite based internet because of better dependability
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:57 AM   #3
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The air card has limitations. You need to stay pretty close to more populated areas. Ther eis an external antenna for the Verizon Air Card on the internet.

If you have to have better access to the internet, you will probably need to look at one of the satellite internet providers like Data Storm. Someone with this equipment will hopefully chime in soon.

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Old 09-22-2006, 11:32 AM   #4
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The most reliable internet service would, in my opinion be a satellite based internet,which is what I use...

The "basic" system cost is $59 per month for connectivity and you can either access the satellite with a tripod mounted dish or an automatic dish mounted on the roof of your coach.
The smallest dish of this type runs $4995 installed and pretty much is "push a button" to connect.

In my case, I was used to "broadband" speeds at home,so I opted for the much larger dish and thus a $79 service plan...

Datastormusers.com is an excellent forum for you to see the different kinds of satellite internet users and the issues and concerns they deal with on a daily basis...

Just like anything else where there are choices, some folks sing the praises of the tripod mount and others may sing the praises of the automatic mount.
As I travel some without the coach,I happen to also have an aircard which I can also use in the coach if there are trees that obstruct my view of the satellite...
For the most part, I am able to ask the "right questions" of the campground as I make the reservation and then can get a suitable site.

Here's the larger dish when it was installed on my old coach....they're not ALL this big!!

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We have the tripod mounted equipment with internet service through Hughes/Directway. We are satisfied with it. We got the equipment through www.maxwellsatellite.com, costing around $1,800 delivered. Monthly costs are $59.99. Maxwell was extremely helpful in walking us through equipment set-up and operation. We run two computers utilizing in-house (motorhome)wireless and both of us are often on the system at the same time. We could not, however, operate a scanner/printer/copier off this in-house system, settling for a printer only.
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Old 09-23-2006, 06:06 AM   #6
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I use Cingular EDGE/GPRS. It is a separate plan and does not use your minutes. My phone is EDGE/GPRS compatable, so I don't need a separate card. I connect the phone to my laptop via Bluetooth. If you don't have a Bluetooth phone you can use a cable. I have had excellent coverage, even in rural areas. You can view a coverage map at www.cingular.com.
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We use earthlink and they got local numbers nationwide you can use for dialup. We have DSL at home and just ake a laptop and use dialup to get our mail.
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LOL LIL DARLIN YOU CAN WRITE A BOOK LOL YOU SEEM TO BE HAVEING GOOD TIME WRITING, GOOD TO SEE YOU INTERESTED IN CAMPING
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Old 10-02-2006, 02:39 PM   #10
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jerry7:
LOL LIL DARLIN YOU CAN WRITE A BOOK LOL YOU SEEM TO BE HAVEING GOOD TIME WRITING, GOOD TO SEE YOU INTERESTED IN CAMPING
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<span class="ev_code_PURPLE">Not me....lol. Yes- I love to chat and spend way too much time online. I check this site all the time and am having fun learning and planning </span>
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I have the Verizon Aircard and very rarely am without service in my travels over the US.
At one time coverage was less than it is now but I get coverage well away from interstate highways.
You can take a look at the coverage maps of the carriers you are interested in and compare them.

The Aircard does not use your minutes or your phone - it has it's own number - but does require a $59 per month data plan.
In many urban areas the speed is broadband. If that isn't available it defaults to a slower speed that is still faster than 56 dial-up.

I am using that now and just got 133 kbps download speed and 2764 kbps upload speed (at www.speakeasy.com)
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I am using that now and just got 133 kbps download speed and 2764 kbps upload speed (at www.speakeasy.com) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Could you explain how using the Speakeasy application helps your Internet service?

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No help at all and the value is an instantaneous speed of your service reading unrelated to what might happen in the next nano-second since cell towers capacity are a shared resource and speed is dependent upon how many are on-line at the time and what their doing.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jfb:
We have the tripod mounted equipment with internet service through Hughes/Directway. We are satisfied with it. We got the equipment through www.maxwellsatellite.com, costing around $1,800 delivered. Monthly costs are $59.99. Maxwell was extremely helpful in walking us through equipment set-up and operation. We run two computers utilizing in-house (motorhome)wireless and both of us are often on the system at the same time. We could not, however, operate a scanner/printer/copier off this in-house system, settling for a printer only. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

One can get a DW7000 system off of e-bay for a couple of hundred dollars and then all one need s to do is find an installer to do inital setup for a $100 or so and your good to go.
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