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Old 04-15-2016, 10:32 AM   #15
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Verizon MiFi Jetpack 4620L Verizon Wireless Wi-Fi 4G LTE Hotspot Modem

Is this what everyone is referring to?
my wife and I are looking for something that will boost the lousy wifi from most RV Parks.

Also for boon-docking.

We do not have smart phones. If that make a difference.


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Old 04-15-2016, 10:35 AM   #16
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That is what people are referring to, but you would use it in place of the lousy Wi-Fi from most RV parks. It wouldn't be used to boost or enhance another Wi-Fi connection. A Mi-Fi device like this would give you your own Wi-Fi connection.
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So...after reading these posts, MIFI looks like a good way to go. Can someone clarify...can you really not stream when using it? I, too, am looking at ways to beef up the WIFI in my Airstream. I will be working on the road during certain parts of the year.
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So...after reading these posts, MIFI looks like a good way to go. Can someone clarify...can you really not stream when using it? I, too, am looking at ways to beef up the WIFI in my Airstream. I will be working on the road during certain parts of the year.
It's not that you can't, but if you don't have an unlimited data plan, you would go through your allowed GBs of data very quickly streaming video, and music to a lesser extent.
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Old 04-16-2016, 02:11 PM   #20
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So...after reading these posts, MIFI looks like a good way to go. Can someone clarify...can you really not stream when using it? I, too, am looking at ways to beef up the WIFI in my Airstream. I will be working on the road during certain parts of the year.
Hi Steve,

I am sensing a certain unfamiliarity with these things, so . . . [sorry if I have misjudged the situation!]

MIFI and WIFI are two entirely separate and distinct systems. Hard to describe precisely if you are not already familiar with the terminology. See Wikipedia link below.

MIFI -- is a device like the one from Verizon, which uses the cell phone network airwaves to let you access the Internet anywhere a provider like Verizon has cell phone coverage. The device simply translates the Internet access over its own local wireless network You do not need to own a cell phone to use such a MIFI network. A laptop or tablet can use the device to access the Internet.

When you do use a cell phone to access the internet, you are also using this same cell network. Indeed many cell phones are able to become a "Hot spot" which generates its own local WIFI signal (or Bluetooth signal, just to confuse things for you) which others can use to access the Internet with your permission.

Whether you use MIFI device, or a cell phone, you have to pay for the data you use, which in the case of a streaming movie, or music, can add up real quick. Most data plans are capped at certain amounts per month, and anything over the cap is also expensive.

WIFI -- Totally different from MIFI. A WIFI zone starts with a business, hotel, campground, employer, etc. getting its own Internet access from its own Internet Service Provider (ISP), and then turning that access into a local wireless signal for the convenience of their customers, employees and so forth.

In most WIFI hot spots, you do not pay for the data you use -- the cost is usually included in some other fee you are paying -- campground site rental, hotel room expense, employer-covered cost, cost-of-doing business etc..

The problem is that with so many people all trying to use the same WIFI hotspot, say at a campground, the "pipe" carrying the data to all the users gets crowded and unreliable. A drag when the movie you are watching stops to re-buffer the signal . . .

Also WIFI hot spots depend on the WIFI signal remaining on and constant. What happens when someone in the campground office accidentally unplug the WIFI router? The signal dies. In contrast, with a MIFI or cell phone connection to Verizon, in theory the signal source you are relying on is more dependable. Or not, but that is a different story!

Sorry, too many words to cover. Gotta go . . .

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Clear as mud, right?

Again, hard to explain if you are not already familiar with the terminology.

Maybe this article will help?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MiFi

Good luck!
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Thanks Otra15!! Your post helps a lot. I have hotspot on my cell phone and will check into a MIFI unit as well. I do accounting work for clients on a remote basis from my home office. I look forward to trying it out in my Airstream and want to make it as seamless as possible so I can work instead of struggling with the internet.
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Welcome. Please see the post as edited just now too. Thanks. I am also looking forward to setting up our FC20 as an office on the road! Finally got the water on the other day.

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"Ditto" on the Verizon JetPack. Our Verizon plan is the one that includes everything. The unit was only $50 bucks after rebate and it works very well. You can stream video however it is gonna eat up your data plan really fast. I found that out the hardware when my Granddaughter was watching the latest issue of PawPatrol during our 30 mile drives to and from the "big city". I doubled our data plan up to 12 Gig and downloaded her favorite videos while we were at home. She can now watch them in the car or camper but it doesn't require Wifi connection. The other plus about this device is that it "boosts" phone reception in low coverage areas. We live in the mountains and it has worked well for us.
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Need to mention that MiFi is secure and most public WiFi is not. I would not do anything that requires a login on public WiFi, including email unless you on a VPN.
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We use an adroid tablet with a hotspot for both our laptops and both laptops have a VPN installed. Works well as long as we have a cell signal and we have found in several trips around the US that Verizon works best for us.
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Please forgive my ignorance, but what is a VPN?
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Please forgive my ignorance, but what is a VPN?

A VPN is a secure network operated off a usually remote server which is secure. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. These private networks are very important for companies to make sure their employees can access the corporate system while traveling and do so securely. Our son is an IT person, he has a basement full of servers et al and he set up our VPN for us to run thru his servers. VPNs can be acquired from various other places as well, but I do not know enough about the ones available to say how secure or not they are. Our VPN allows us to pay bills and do banking while on the road about as secure as one can be. We also use it all the time at home.

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Thanks, Bud. I guess it's time to talk to my kids. They are my best resource for things tech-related.
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