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Old 02-02-2012, 03:19 PM   #1
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Who travels with an iPad2+WiFi and 3G ?

Can you tell me how it is working for you?

Are there any add-ons you needed?

Any tips for a Luddite?

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Old 02-02-2012, 03:32 PM   #2
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My wife and I both use the 3G iPads and love them. The only accessory that I have added is a case to keep it in. My wife actually purchased the case that has an external keyboard attached and she has found it makes typing much easier.

I will say the one accessory that I would really like to see is some sort of flexible mount to attach it to the dash when we are traveling. Would make it easier to see when I'm using the GPS function.
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:13 PM   #3
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Thank you 40......

I assume you do not use or need any WiFi or cellular signal antennae, boosters or transmitters ?

I had been reading about weak WiFi in RV campgrounds due to trees, distance, etc. I have researched this subject and gotten conflicting info. Yes, there is equipment to do this WIRELESSLY and No, nothing will work.
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:36 PM   #4
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We travel with a iPad Wifi only, but I have a Cradlepoint router mounted in one of the overheads that we use to connect to the Internet. I have a external WiFi radio and antenna mounted to the ladder and a 3G USB card. Both devices are plugged into the Cradlepoint. I normally just have the 3G card connected as we have a grandfathered unlimited plan. If we camp someplace that has bad 3G then I use the external WiFi radio/antenna to connect to the campground WiFi.

We have been using this setup since 2008 and really like it as I also have 2 laptops and a RVPuter that connect to the Cradlepoint.
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We have an iPad2 3G+wifi. We got a Verizon Hotspot 4G device which receives 3G or 4G signals and acts as a wifi router for up to 5 devices. So if we have no wifi service we can log onto but can still receive a cell signal then we can use it on the iPad and other devices such as my laptop, cell phones for faster internet service, etc. Using the Hotspot is also more secure than using a public wifi service I have been told.

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Old 02-02-2012, 05:28 PM   #6
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Scooter we have old iPad and ipad 2 and a laptop. No cards in either, we experienced poor wifi in cg last year and we purchased the Verizon Hotspot. It will support 5 devices 3 or 4 G. Works well so far but we don't boondock in remote sites. We also don't download movies so allotted gb have not been a problem. Happy camping.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:46 PM   #7
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The wife has an IPad and IPod and Blackberry (a regular high tech granny). When traveling she uses her internal AT&T connection for the iPad to the Internet. It works great going down the road or stationary (East of the Mississippi statement). The Blackberry also uses its' AT&T connection. The iPod uses the coach router and the Verizon connection (3 WATT booster & roof top antenna) to access the Internet. In a pinch, the iPad can also use the coach router to access the Internet. However, this is not the usual connection point. The main use for the coach router is my Lap Top.

Based on the amount of whining the wife does on the topic of CG WIFI, for me, it remains a joke.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:15 PM   #8
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I too have an I pad with 3G service..works great. I purchased a swivel stand at brookstones and adhered it to my dash...
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We have a 3G Mifi that we use with our HP laptop. It has a larger screen than our ipad. We have been very pleased with the setup.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:42 PM   #10
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I have Ipad2, with Verizon for $20.00 per month as wifi device. I have been traveling with it for 7 weeks now from Oregon to Arizona to San Diego, up the coast, now in Carmel heading toward home. it works very well, but plan on getting a keyboard as this little keyboard is annoying.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:25 AM   #11
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Scooter,
I bought DW one on Mother's day, the first time they came out. I'm on the old plan for unlimited data. They do not offer that anymore. We are with AT&T. We have traveled for 3 months at a time, to the East Coast, then to the West Coast. We have seldom had any problems. Yes, the 3G signal was sometimes so low that we would be connected to the Edge signal, but it was operable. I also had a USB card and I have since changed it out to the MiFi so I can take the MacMini and the Laptop with me. It has also worked well, except I'm going to question AT&T on batter life, but it does plug in and operates.

I don't have the foggiest on Luddite.

I did purchase the accessories to plug the iPad into a TV either by VGA, or HDMI. With unlimited data plan I can steam videos all day long. Consider that when streaming it is approximately 3mb per minute, so a 2 hour movie would be about 40mb (assume 50).

There are loads of free apps for just about anything you want to do. Some apps will cost 99 cents, and some $2.99 with real expensive ones (that i have never purchased) at $19.99.

I'm waiting for iPad3 to come out, and sometime this month has been the rumor. I understand that the biggest change will be the quality of the display. We'll see.
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Forgot to mention in earlier post that I've had to call Verizon 3times in 7weeks to have them reset something when it lost service. Not a big deal but wanted to let you know. They had to reset it at their end, not something I could do alone.
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Hello! Was intrigued when you said iPad w/ GPS--I'm not a techie--and have been looking at a GPS and iPad. Does iPad take the place of the GPS? Thanks, Sylvia
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The iPad can be used as a GPS. There are different APPS that can be downloaded and used. One is called DRIVE GPS. DW is the copilot and she just used the mapping software that comes with the iPad. She has assisted the TomTom a couple times in our travels, and when she does I call her "TomTom2," but I had better listen to her.

My brother mounted his in his car (no RV) and uses DRIVE GPS exclusively to move around in New England.
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