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Old 07-10-2015, 05:51 AM   #1
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Best way to get unlimited high speed internet

We have just started full time RV'ing and are attempting to stay connected. Currently, my wife and I have unlimited data on our cell phones. However, using them as hotspots has some major drawbacks.

We are looking to see what other full time heavy internet users have come up with. I'm sure there are several opinions and I will consider each solution. I know this will be a benefit to many newbies and possibly some of the seasoned RV'ers. Thanks
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There are many discussions on the forum concerning this topic. There is no easy solution. If you do some searching you will find many different ideas from wifi repeaters to launching your own satellite.
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I have two phones and a wifi box from ATT - works well everyplace we have been and now the unused time rolls over - I use the campground wifi when its good and save my data time for movies . nice
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... If you do some searching you will find many different ideas from wifi repeaters to launching your own satellite.
Cool idea! Now I wonder how I can do this?

We use AT&T hot spot, but we don't have unlimited data. Most of the times it works well, and in general better in the east than the west part of the country. Campground WiFi is usually a disappointment.
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The terms "unlimited" and "high speed" just don't play together in the mobile environment.

If you have unlimited data on your phones, that is about the best you can do. To keep that unlimited data, when it comes time to replace the phone, you will have to pay full price for the phone
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I purchased a Peplink SOHO router. Has a usb port in the back. Purchased a usb modem so now we use router for data when on the road. No hotspot needed. When we are next to WiFi the router can connect giving us data when parked. Works great. PM me for additional info.
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The best is not cheap. I don't know what is the best is but we use a Verizon hot spot. We don't have smart phones, I don't like the idea of carrying all of our finacial info every where I go (tourist traps,restaurants, and so on. We handle all of our business on our tablets through the hot spot safely in our coach. Call me old fashioned but it works for us. We also use the hot spot for a router between our tablets and wireless printer.
Friends of ours dropped his phone overboard on a tour boat and lost all of the info for banking,investments,insurance and so on. I know he should it backed up but.........We are fulltime so this works for us very well. Would you go to dinner and sightseeing carrying your laptop? Same info just smaller package.
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I spent approx $150 and now pickup wifi signals up to a few miles away. Some are open networks so you just choose the strongest signal and connect. The box specs report that you can pickup signals 7 miles away, yep I can see that but I simply put mine in the cabinet instead of mounting on the roof so I am sure I am not picking up some of the farther signals. But so far so good, this morning I am connected to a coffee shop a mile away and everything is working fine. Look at the BULLET wifi.
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There are many discussions on the forum from wifi repeaters to launching your own satellite.
This has be the best response I have seen yet
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I spent approx $150 and now pickup wifi signals up to a few miles away. The box specs report that you can pickup signals 7 miles away, yep I can see that but I simply put mine in the cabinet instead of mounting on the roof so I am sure I am not picking up some of the farther signals. But so far so good, this morning I am connected to a coffee shop a mile away and everything is working fine. Look at the BULLET wifi.
bobio, I use the same basic setup, however Ubiquiti is phasing out the BULLET, not to mention that is probably Ubiquiti's worst radio they make. The setup that David posted up with the NanoLoco is probably the best option, its a $40 radio that works incredibly well. I don't like using the AirGateway, prefer just an ordinary $20 router. Those AirGateways can be very cantankerous at times. But this basic setup is by far, the best way to enjoy Wifi on the road.
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We have just started full time RV'ing and are attempting to stay connected. Currently, my wife and I have unlimited data on our cell phones. However, using them as hotspots has some major drawbacks.

We are looking to see what other full time heavy internet users have come up with. I'm sure there are several opinions and I will consider each solution. I know this will be a benefit to many newbies and possibly some of the seasoned RV'ers. Thanks
Howdy!

What service do you have on your phones that is unlimited? It could make a great differance in your travels as to how well it works for you. The two best for traveling at this time are Verzon number one, followed closely by AT&T second, neither of which now offer unlimited data. If you have Sprint I would consider another service. I know this because "been there done that". Gave up on Sprint after going fulltime and now have Verizon.

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