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Old 06-15-2004, 01:07 AM   #1
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Before I start this, if it's been done, let me know.

I think it would be a great idea to post links or locations of preferably free wireless and/or wired internet cafe (that's not Starbuck's or Kinko's) on a thread. Especially if it's an RV park that is either Ethernet or Wi-Fi capable. If not, a cafe nearby in the nearest town.

There are web sites to find them, but nothing that I have found has been really up-to-date. I guess these places go in and out of business quite a bit.

Or, post links to good sites to find them, I can start, if anyone is interested:

There's one in Alameda, www.coffeeforthought.net free wireless and some wired high speed terminals too.

anyone? Especially in the Midwest, it'd be so nice not to be chained to our Motel 6 room on the trip to Wisconsin.
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Old 06-15-2004, 07:20 AM   #2
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Look for the chalkmarks. (google 'warchalking')
OK, it's a little out of date. Seriously, a lot of coffee shops, even in Montana, have free WiFi.
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A few of our customers (RV Dealers) offer it for free (sonny's Camp n Travel, Charleston SC, Tom Stinnett RV, Clarksville IN [Louisville area], Carolina Coach & Camper, NC. We're also being asked about this by many more (Beaudry RV, Bleakley RV etc.). The thinking is that if you park on the lot to check email, the forum, etc you might take a look at some other RV's.

Most campgrounds have partnered up with a HotSpot provider so it's usually a pay service - but there are a number of freebies out there from over tech'd campground owners!

I also think that Camping World is considering offering free WiFi to President's Club Members at all of their stores sometime next year.
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I think it would be a great idea to post links or locations of preferably free wireless and/or wired internet cafe (that's not Starbuck's or Kinko's) on a thread. Especially if it's an RV park that is either Ethernet or Wi-Fi capable. If not, a cafe nearby in the nearest town.
Go over to the RV.NET forum. Under "Campgrounds, Resorts and Attractions" is a good-sized listing of parks with Wifi or instant phone.

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Old 06-15-2004, 09:55 AM   #5
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Go over to the RV.NET forum. Under "Campgrounds, Resorts and Attractions" is a good-sized listing of parks with Wifi or instant phone.

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Here's a link to those lists.
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Old 06-15-2004, 12:29 PM   #6
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Look for the chalkmarks. (google 'warchalking')
OK, it's a little out of date. Seriously, a lot of coffee shops, even in Montana, have free WiFi.
That's amazing! I didn't even know this whole concept existed. I knew about the hobo depression marks thing, but...this is a whole new concept to me!!

neato.

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Oh, thank you for adding the URL! I should have thought to do the same.

Actually, I just talked to a local guy this morning about setting up wifi access at our park. Looks like it's going to cost us around $800 in one-time setup fees and then around $650 per year for access. Ugh! That means we'll surely have to charge our campers for access, that is, unless we can find some other local provider with lower fees.

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Yeah I know, it can be prohibitive for business, so if anyone knows of a cool, hypercaffeinated cafe that offers wifi or internet access, post it here. I found www.wifimaps.com but I don't know if that's what people want to do; park outside someone's house and jump on their connection...I'm looking for a cafe where I can sit down and suck down a mocha and happily click away. So I guess I'm looking more for cafe's rather than RV parks, but RV parks would be a good inclusion too.
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Old 06-15-2004, 04:04 PM   #9
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Timely subject ....

I am unable to use my Verizon access anywhere north of Mount Shasta ... so I have been hunting down free wireless during the past few weeks.

In Mount Shasta ... Has Beans Coffee charges 2 bucks for unlimited use ... and their coffee is great. Another place in town wanted 3 bucks and hour! ... so Has Beans seemed pretty reasonable. Not free .... but reasonable.

Right now we are in Ashland, Oregon ... this town is unwired ... with free access everywhere. I am sitting in their new library as I type this .... they even provide AC for my laptop. Nice quiet environment ... and it is FREE.

Check this link: Ashland Unwired

I could be sitting in one of the brew pubs while doing this ... but I wouldn't get anything done.
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I also found this website, http://www.wififreespot.com/ which lists free wifi spots, with less of the guerilla tactics of that chalk mark idea, but you'd have to get online to find the spot (kinda self-defeating) and I'm not sure how up to date it is. I suppose you could download the site to your HD or surf ahead of time and get a list for yourself.
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Old 06-19-2004, 03:09 PM   #11
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You can add the Medford, OR public library to the list. The facility is brand new .. opened in April '04 ... and is huge and beautiful.

Wireless access is FREE ... and fast.
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Porky sighting ?

This is off topic.
Was that you Porky, parked at the Pear Tree on I-5 near Ashland Ore? We were pulling out of the Petro last night Fri the 19th after getting diesel at 8pm and going down the frontage road when I saw what I am sure was your truck and trailer sitting in a site there.
We were on our way home from Coos Bay to near Sacramento pulling our 23' . Yours was only the 3rd airsteam we had seen on our trip and all were parked.
If it was yours, that is a beautiful trailer. If it is not, there is another near clone of it and your truck in the northwest.
This could turn into our own version of where's Elmo? or (Porky and Petunia)

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Look for the chalkmarks. (google 'warchalking')
OK, it's a little out of date. Seriously, a lot of coffee shops, even in Montana, have free WiFi.
Web address is:
http://www.warchalking.us/
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Old 06-21-2004, 12:27 AM   #14
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Does anybody know...if you go into a cybercafe, will they let you upload pictures via USB from a digital camera, or are there virus issues, do they block that, or...? I use Snapfish or Yahoo to store pictures I take, and then make prints from there if I really like the shot.

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