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Old 03-29-2008, 09:58 AM   #1
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WiFi at Bozeman?

I am wondering if it will be able to access the internet via the wireless card in a laptop while at the International Rally in Bozeman.

I figure the answer is yes, since its being held at the University, but can anyone confirm that the site will be a WiFi hotspot?

If WiFi is not available, what options are available to access the internet?

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Old 03-29-2008, 01:22 PM   #2
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Though we can't go, I'd be interested in hearing this, too. I did a search for "wifi" over on the wbcci.org forums and came up dry for Bozeman.

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You might try e-mailing the president of the Computer Intraclub. His name is Fred Hazen and his email is: jfhazen@earthlink.net If they have not set one up they likely know the whether the college already has it.
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You might try e-mailing the president of the Computer Intraclub. His name is Fred Hazen and his email is: jfhazen@earthlink.net If they have not set one up they likely know the whether the college already has it.
Great idea, I will.

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hi srw...

the wb' has provided a 'computer room' at the last few internationals, with wifi, ethernet AND dial up connections....

the room was open 24/7 at salem.

getting THAT signal outside the primary site may require a signal amplifier or repeater gizmo.

it's amazing how many folks still use dial up.

also there are websites with wifi hotspots (free or paid) that will give you info like this list...

____________________________Bozeman
-Arby's - 1122 W Main St
-Arby's - 1417 N 7th Ave
-Homepage Cafe - 242 E Main St. - 406-582-9388
-International Coffee Traders - 720 S 10 Av
-Community Food Co-Op - 908 W. Main
-The Leaf and Bean - 35 West Main
-The Leaf and Bean - 1500 North 19th Ave
-The Daily Coffee Bar - 1013 West College
-Red's on the Road Restaurant - 5 Tai Lane - 522-0095
-Rocky Mountain Roasting Company locations...33 W. Kagy, 777 E. Main, 409 W. Main, 111 E. Mendenhall, and 701 W. Main
-Wild Joe's Organic Coffee & Tea - 18 W. Main St. - 406-586-1212
-Fox Hollow Bed & Breakfast - 545 Mary Road - 406.582.8440

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Old 03-29-2008, 02:14 PM   #6
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hi srw...

the wb' has provided a 'computer room' at the last few internationals, with wifi, ethernet AND dial up connections....

the room was open 24/7 at salem.

getting THAT signal outside the primary site may require a signal amplifier or repeater gizmo.

it's amazing how many folks still use dial up.

also there are websites with wifi hotspots (free or paid) that will give you info like this list...

____________________________Bozeman
-Arby's - 1122 W Main St
-Arby's - 1417 N 7th Ave
-Homepage Cafe - 242 E Main St. - 406-582-9388
-International Coffee Traders - 720 S 10 Av
-Community Food Co-Op - 908 W. Main
-The Leaf and Bean - 35 West Main
-The Leaf and Bean - 1500 North 19th Ave
-The Daily Coffee Bar - 1013 West College
-Red's on the Road Restaurant - 5 Tai Lane - 522-0095
-Rocky Mountain Roasting Company locations...33 W. Kagy, 777 E. Main, 409 W. Main, 111 E. Mendenhall, and 701 W. Main
-Wild Joe's Organic Coffee & Tea - 18 W. Main St. - 406-586-1212
-Fox Hollow Bed & Breakfast - 545 Mary Road - 406.582.8440

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2Air:

Right, reading email and paying bills can, as you suggest be done from many places.

But, I want to be use a Slingbox to access my DVR at home and having access to the internet via WiFi from inside the AS is necessary.

Probably, seeing that the rally site is at a University, a hotspot will be somewhere close, like the student union?

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...But, I want to be use a Slingbox to access my DVR at home and having access to the internet via WiFi from inside the AS is necessary...
so YOU are one of those bandwidth HOGS...

AND wanna do it in your jammies?

then u might wanna go the cellular/broadband card route.

these are fast and SOLO connections....

i'm using one RIGHT NOW, because it is FASTER than the free wifi at the coffee house today, where 24 students are currently online...

the 'party line' wifi stuff doesn't do well when folks are doing massive downloads mixed in with many basic user needs.

while the university likely has access too, many have moved to limit streaming downloads, music, movies and so on...

something about free lunches versus all you can eat buffets!

regardless IF you wanna have access INSIDE the tube and IN a sea of trailers and mohos...

you will either need a sat/dish, wifi repeater/amplifier, cellular card/router or some combo of these base on platform...

and we've covered those options in many other threads, here is just a couple...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f451...ups-30168.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f451...ion-28521.html

and we've got a small section on connectivity issues u can browse...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f451/

keep in mind the int. convention is about small shared spaces, shared water, shared electric, shared parking and so on....

so don't expect easy in trailer unlimited connectivity, unless YOU bring your own.

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Probably, seeing that the rally site is at a University, a hotspot will be somewhere close, like the student union?

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Most universities networks are password protected these days, also the chances of a signal being available where you will be camping is negligible. I recommend visiting the University website. If you look around I bet you will find a page with their computer use policy and you will likely find a wireless map also.
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Hi,
A good site to locate free wifi hot spots is-- free wi-fi hotspots wifi cafes coffee shops hotels airports RV Parks
That site is broken out by state, and also has a RV Parks and Campground section. The information below is what is listed for Bozeman.

When I am about to travel I generally print the states in question or rv park listing to a pdf file and leave the file on my computer desktop for reference.

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Bozeman
Arby's - 1122 W Main St
Arby's - 1417 N 7th Ave
Homepage Cafe - 242 E Main St. - 406-582-9388
International Coffee Traders - 720 S 10 Av
Community Food Co-Op - 908 W. Main
The Leaf and Bean - 35 West Main
The Leaf and Bean - 1500 North 19th Ave
The Daily Coffee Bar - 1013 West College
Red's on the Road Restaurant - 5 Tai Lane - 522-0095
Rocky Mountain Roasting Company locations
33 W. Kagy
777 E. Main
409 W. Main
111 E. Mendenhall
701 W. Main
Wild Joe's Organic Coffee & Tea - 18 W. Main St. - 406-586-1212
Fox Hollow Bed & Breakfast - 545 Mary Road - 406.582.8440
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2Air:

I understand what you are saying and and a cellular card is on the wish list right behind the brakes, rims and tires.

Maybe I will have to move to to the front of the line?

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We have found that WIFI signal as well as cell signal can be an issue inside our double aluminum tube. I went to RadioLabs - Radio, Wireless and Beyond - and got a high gain antenna and ethernet router set-up. The first time out was at an RV park in Hurricane, UT. The card in the laptop could not get the signal from tne RV park inside the trailer. It could see it, but it was too weak, and we were only 40 yards away. I hooked up the set-up from Radiolabs and it immediately hooked up to WIFI. Not the WIFI at the RV park, but an unsecured signal that must have been from someone else in the RV Park, or from a near by housing area. Don't know who it was, don' care. Seemed to have it 24/7.

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I understand what you are saying and and a cellular card is on the wish list right behind the brakes, rims and tires.
Unfortunately it's not the card that costs you, it's the $60 a month for the broadband internet service--at least that's what Verizon charges.

But, having said that, I have had had Verizon high speed wireless internet for six months now and love it. To be truthful, I have had a high speed connection at far more campgrounds than I would have expected. (If you are not in a broadband coverage area, your connection defaults to "National Access"--over the conventional CDMA digital cell phone network--which is a little faster than dial up.)

Verizon also has an excellent detailed coverage map online so you can see where to expect broadband service. Although when I went to it just now to see what kind of coverage they have around Bozeman, the web page was unavailable. . .

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Verizon has digital cellphone coverage in Bozeman according to their online map. Should you have one of their "Aircards" you'll be set.
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Verizon has digital cellphone coverage in Bozeman according to their online map. Should you have one of their "Aircards" you'll be set.
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Thanks, Zoom. The Verizon coverage map is up today and it looks like they have solid broadband coverage in Bozeman.

SRW, something I forgot to mention is to be sure to get an "aircard" or wireless modem with an external antenna connection. An outside antenna will often make the difference between "no service" and a solid connection with either your broadband internet or your cell phone. I have a Wilson Trucker which does a dandy job.

Cell Phone Antennas and Cell Phone Boosters at Wilson Electronics

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