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Old 01-11-2020, 10:38 AM   #1
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Is there Simple, cost effective Internet Boosting Solution?

Iím looking for a simple way of connecting to the internet that doesnít cost an arm and a leg every month.

First off, we are part-time, we use our MH for both business and pleasure. Staying in it over 100 nights a year. Being self-employed requires a good internet connection.

We currently have a WIFI Booster which works well but itís subject to the particular park we are in. The one constant is either poor or nonexistent band width. Getting on at 5:00AM is almost always good and then it goes downhill to nothing (or almost) by the end of the day.

Bottom line, Wi-Fi is unreliable but when available itís almost always free.

I bought a WeBoost RV and tested it on our last trip and it worked pretty well but I switched back and forth from Verizon to park wifi during the day to preserve data which was a pain.
I ordered a SureCall RV and will test it in a few days.

Sadly I think being aware of cost this separate manual way may end up being my choice. A separate MIFI device and plan isn't cost effective in my opinion.

Is there some alternative where I can combine both into one box giving local wifi the priority until it drops to low? Two boosting antennas on the roof coming into one router that doesnít cost hundreds of dollars a year for an unlimited plan. (BTW, WTH does unlimited really mean?)
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Old 01-11-2020, 11:07 AM   #2
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I use a Verizon Jet Pac for a secure internet connection when needed. Other wise just the CG WiFi.
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I use a Verizon Jet Pac for a secure internet connection when needed. Other wise just the CG WiFi.
What does that cost if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 01-11-2020, 11:50 AM   #4
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Not sure if this system would work for you in your scenario but it is worth looking at:

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f53/40-mo...ed-442091.html

I currently have the suggested plan and hardware but haven't really been anywhere to give it a good testing.

Some say it's great and others not so much. I suppose it depends on your location and cell tower locations.
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If you have a cell phone, your provider should have a stand alone unit like the Verizon Jet Pac. Charge is based on how many gigs you want.
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Per Verizon, the Jetpack is no longer available:

https://www.verizonwireless.com/inte...otspot-ac791l/
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Depending on your cell phone model and provider plan, you may be able to use your cell phone as a "hot spot".
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Sorry, I didn't mention that most of the time we do use a Hotspot or a connected device. We have a 20G plan with Verizon that isn't throttled that works well.

I would like to get a device that can combine the wifi and the cell and rebroadcast a wifi signal inside the coach that gives priority to wifi until it falls below a specified threshold and then switches to cell data until it comes back up w/o me having to manage it constantly.

The challenge is to do all this while trying to not increase what I'm paying for cell service now. I'd love to add a sim card to my existing plan and install it into a modem that has a booster.
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Check out the Mofi thread on this forum:
http://www.irv2.com/forums/f53/mofi4...er-427806.html
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Per Verizon, the Jetpack is no longer available:

https://www.verizonwireless.com/inte...otspot-ac791l/
Does it work the same?
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Per Verizon, the Jetpack is no longer available:

https://www.verizonwireless.com/inte...otspot-ac791l/
That specific version of the “JetPack” is several years old, there have been later versions introduced since. You can still get Hotspot/MiFi/JetPack devices and plans from Verizon.

https://www.verizonwireless.com/internet-devices/

In fact, you can buy a used or refurbished AC791L JetPack and add it to your Verizon account.
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i rv full time and hold down a full time job as a software engineer. being connected is my #1 priority. I camp 90% on blm and nfs land.

My solution for staying connected:
I have 3 mobile devices, all on different networks; sprint, verizon, at&t. 99% of the time verizon has me covered, but I keep the other two for assurance of having diversity.
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I use the weboost rv65.it works great and i wouldn't be able to do what i do without it. before the rv65 came out i was using the older drive 4g. it worked well also.
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