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Old 07-12-2013, 08:22 AM   #57
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Boy, I sure hope they don't have summer monsoon thunderstorms there! Those things sticking up like that would be just asking for trouble here -- as we found our again with our amplifier three days ago. Alas, those are not items that are stocked at just any location.

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Hi, it can be done and was done at the camp ground where we are tonight. "Bakersfield RV Resort" This place has it right. I asked for a space close to the main buildings so I could use the WIFI. The young girl behind the front desk said that their system has been up-dated. Well this has been the best so far; Wife and I on our own computers and can whatever we want to and without problems. The reason [or part of] is the fact that they have WIFI poles located in all of the camping sights; One about every ten spaces.
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:58 AM   #58
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I just returned from my five and half week stay at a state park as a campground host. Since I run a camper rental business it is important to have internet access and our state parks do not offer wifi. This year I purchased a modem from Walmart for $49.00, paid Virgin another $40.00 and enjoyed a month of flawless internet. The extra days cost me another $10.00. Yes, it is a little slower than what I am used to but more than adequate.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:14 PM   #59
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$120/month for internet service? And that's the solution they WANTED? Anyone else remember the days of $10/day upcharge for air conditioners?

eubank's comment reminds me of a Wifi installation in a campground I was looking at one time. Wires everywhere, and not routed in a logical manner as far as I could tell. I was afraid to even look at the setup too long for fear something would die and I'd never get it working again. I'm glad I wasn't the one that had to support that setup.

With some brands of switches a bad cable will knock down the entire switch. I had it happen when a fork lift dropped a pallet onto a cable that was servicing a registration desk in a convention hall using Nortel Network switches. The switch killed the trunking port to keep the broadcast storm from feeding back to the next switch. Newer equipment has better capabilities but you never know. I know I was surprised when this happened to the Nortel. Needless to say our next upgrade of switches made sure that the port could isolate these conditions.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:25 PM   #60
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I second Jack's comment about a Verizon Myfi. We use it any time there is no wifi or poor wifi. It doubles as our primary Internet access when we're at our vacation home.
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:21 AM   #61
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Millenicom.com "Hotspot Plan" uses Novatel MiFi on Verizon network; 20 GB of 4G LTE service (3G/EDO in some remote areas, due to cell tower hardware). Price, $69.99/month. First month has big setup fee; but afterwards, no contract.

Note: I have no affiliation with Millenicom or Verizon, other than being a satisfied customer.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:02 PM   #62
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Some RV resorts do not accept pets.

Man, they must not need the business!
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:46 PM   #63
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Some RV resorts do not accept pets.

Man, they must not need the business!
I believe that pets, especially cats, use too much bandwidth. That is likely one major cause of the slow wireless in RV parks and resorts.

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We came across one of those vendored-out national forest campgrounds in the Black Hills a couple of weeks ago.......that charges $2 per day, per pet.

WTH???


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Millenicom.com "Hotspot Plan" uses Novatel MiFi on Verizon network; 20 GB of 4G LTE service (3G/EDO in some remote areas, due to cell tower hardware). Price, $69.99/month. First month has big setup fee; but afterwards, no contract.

Note: I have no affiliation with Millenicom or Verizon, other than being a satisfied customer.
Like Phoenix we have the Millenicom 20 GB plan plus a Pepwave Surf on the Go router to create a wifi hotspot. It is almost always faster than campground wifi and we've never hit the 20GB. Both of us have computers and use it at the same time. We've been very pleased. We also have no affiliation with Millenicom, Verizon, or Pepwave.
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Last year coming thru Texas I stayed in the KOA in Bastrop. They had some sort of small dome looking affair on some of the power pedastals around the park. Dome was about six inches in diameter, and right on top the pedastal, so about three feet of the ground. I was told that was their wifi. It worked very well, probably the best CG wifi I have experienced.
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I'd just like to point out there are limitations to cellular networks, too. For example, when I'm at Verizon Center in DC, the cellular data network is often useless - too many people checking email or Facebook or whatever at the same time, between periods. Also, I've been in campgrounds with good Wifi but poor cellular reception.
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I'd just like to point out there are limitations to cellular networks, too. For example, when I'm at Verizon Center in DC, the cellular data network is often useless - too many people checking email or Facebook or whatever at the same time, between periods. Also, I've been in campgrounds with good Wifi but poor cellular reception.
Definitely true. We had a flood at a college campus some time back. The extra workers that had to come into the building overloaded the local cell tower which led to the cellular provider to bring in a temporary cell site to handle the overload. Typical symptoms of a cellular overload is the failure to get dial tone on calls, lack of call completion and data services going no where.

I decided to go with Verizon for my WiFi device due to the size of its network and speed. While AT&T has technically faster WiFi service in their 4G areas, their network (no matter what they state), is not as robust as Verizon once you get out of the metropolitan areas.

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Cell phone tower.

Hi, this cell phone tower caught on fire and we still had great cell service. It had a huge bird's nest on it; I was told by full time campers about the bird's nest, I did not see it. But I did see lots of black and gray smoke, off and on for hours. Next morning a crew came out to repair the damage.
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Hi, this cell phone tower caught on fire and we still had great cell service. It had a huge bird's nest on it; I was told by full time campers about the bird's nest, I did not see it. But I did see lots of black and gray smoke, off and on for hours. Next morning a crew came out to repair the damage.
that an amazing photo.. never have seen a ladder truck extended, pumping water on a cell tower fire caused by a bird nest.

man just when you think you have seen everything along comes THIS...
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