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Old 08-11-2015, 08:52 PM   #1
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WiFi help

Just started traveling and I'll become retired and traveling even more in a couple months, looking for some help with a good WIFI alternative. Most parks advertise it but I'm finding it to be less than efficient. Open to any and all suggestions.
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Just started traveling and I'll become retired and traveling even more in a couple months, looking for some help with a good WIFI alternative. Most parks advertise it but I'm finding it to be less than efficient. Open to any and all suggestions.
Verizon mifi jetpack. Most nationwide coverage. Been using it for years, very satisfied.
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:56 AM   #3
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I have found that the higher end parks will have pretty good WIFI, but your paying for it in high fees. Red has a good suggestion, we've been using our Verizon for 5yrs. whenever were somewhere the WIFI is really slow.
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I use Verizon internet through my Verizon cell phone tethered to my laptop when I don't have a usable signal where we are camped. I can also share my connection on my laptop so that my wife can use her laptop. The software that I use is PDANET. Cost is a one time $7.95. www.junefabrics.com
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Just started traveling and I'll become retired and traveling even more in a couple months, looking for some help with a good WIFI alternative. Most parks advertise it but I'm finding it to be less than efficient. Open to any and all suggestions.
We have only been RV'ing since last October but our experience with wifi is that it's usually not worth the effort. I checked my records and we have stayed in 35 different RV parks in 13 states and only found 2 maybe three places where the wifi was usable. By usable I mean the ability to surf the internet without lots of delay and upload posts with some pictures to my blog. Sometimes the problem is signal strength, but more often it seems to be the bandwith at the park. Consequently, we are focusing our effort and money on using our cellular service.

Currently our Iphones and Ipads use Verizon cellular service. We use the phones as hotspots and our laptops for any serious posting and uploading/downloading. My goal now is to make sure that we always have a strong signal. Despite the improvements in cell signal strength and coverage, we have found numerous locations where our signals have been marginal and have caused some issues. Consequently, we are looking into some type of cell booster and external antenna so that we have consistently reliable service.

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Old 08-12-2015, 08:34 AM   #6
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Verizon mifi jetpack. Most nationwide coverage. Been using it for years, very satisfied.
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My wife runs a business and she needs a reliable connection. The "hockey puck" as I call it, aka mifi jet pack, from Verizon works great. We have been from FL to the upper part of MI where we are now and even in the mountains it is very reliable.
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:49 AM   #7
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Hi Willy T,
Like others have posted, Verizon JetPack. Small and simple. It's like having a toaster. Once purchased one can forget about it. Works every time all the time.
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I have a phone hotspot when needed, but this does most of what I need in RV parks: NETGEAR. Just pont it at the wifi tower. Supports multi devices with one sign on.
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A second for the Verizon mifi. We have been using it for 10 years and have had good connectivity nationwide. I think the only lack of coverage was in the wilds of WY. Not only good coverage, but it is secure, password protected.

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I work from wherever we land, and must have reliable, SECURE wifi. The bonus is that I also work when we are on the road.
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Does the verizon jet pack have a data limit/mo? Or do you have a plan that goes with it that must be paid for seperately?

NM, i called Verizon. Here is what they told me.

In addition to the jetpack, it would be 20.00/mo for access, then an additional fee, based on GB limits per month, as follows:

4g - 30/mo
6g - 40
8g - 50
10g - 60
12g - 70
14g - 80
16g - 90
18g - 100
20g - 110
30g -- 185
40g -- 260
50g - 335

So for the cheapest 4g plan it would be 49.99 (with 2 year contract), or 199 (no contract) up front cost, plus $50.00 a month for line access + 4g plan.
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Hi Loraura,
JetPack is not unlimited. One purchases X amount of data per month. One can always go on line and increase or decrease their plan. An example is I have the 6 GB/month plan. This has been plenty of data for me. This month Microsoft downloaded WIN 10 (4.2 GB!). I went online and upgraded (for $10) to the 8 GB plan. I did the 2 year plan and got the JetPack for free. For 6 GB I pay $60/month.
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Does the verizon jet pack have a data limit/mo? Or do you have a plan that goes with it that must be paid for seperately?
You choose your data plan based on your expected usage, and pay accordingly. You pay for x number of gigabytes per month.
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You may benefit from reading "The Mobile Internet Handbook" which can be found on Amazon as paperback or Kindle. The authors are full time RVers with technology based jobs that rely on connectivity. They have a Website at www.rvmobileinternet.Com The book can be purchased through their Web site too.
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