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Old 04-04-2013, 06:23 AM   #1
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What options have you found to provide good, stable, cost-effective internet at the campground? We homeschool via internet.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:36 AM   #2
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What options have you found to provide good, stable, cost-effective internet at the campground? We homeschool via internet.
As long as you've got cell phone coverage, you can get Internet through wireless broadband.

Since I haven't upgraded to a smart-phone yet, I use a 4G Verizon MiFi 4510L, which can act as a hub for up to five devices at once. Though if you're in a 3G coverage area, and you've got more than one device connected at a time, it's ALMOST as slow as most campground WiFi connections.

Since everything is wireless, I can even carry the MiFi in a shirt pocket if I want to use my computer or tablet at the picnic table.

Most smartphones are also capable of serving as WiFi hubs all by themselves; you just have to pair a laptop or WiFi tablet to the phone. One of my coworkers does exactly that when she travels.

As for cost-effective, you'll have to shop around for the best plan that fits your needs, but even if it's expensive, what's the value of an education?
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:16 AM   #3
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The Gen4 stuff is pretty reliable... and it works wherever you can get a view of a special portion of the sky..

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We run an internet business and depend on internet access. We use our smartphones as a hot spot for our notebooks. You can get this service through your cellphone carrier, or possibly access it through pda.net (Foxfi). We have found that the speed of these connections are sufficient for our business needs.

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Sprint 3G "Air Card". $59.00 a month, for 5 Gig. Works great for 1.
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VirginMobile MiFi 2200 if near a Sprint network tower; Verizon MiFi or iPhone hotspot if near Verizon service area. Both have worked flawlessly for us for years, even before we got our AS. Brian is right, it works just fine for most things, video viewing is slow.
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Verizon Mi Fi with the $50 a month 5 GB plan. Works very very well, in virtually all places even obscure NF campgrounds in Montana. If you can get Cell, you can get net with it. Verizon has the best coverage.
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We added a Wilson Sleek 4G "V" for Verizon which allows use of our MiFi in remote areas.
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Verizon Mi Fi with the $50 a month 5 GB plan. Works very very well, in virtually all places even obscure NF campgrounds in Montana. If you can get Cell, you can get net with it. Verizon has the best coverage.
We have also found Verizon to work almost everywhere.
Another one to look at is Millenicom which uses the verizon network. Might be a bit cheaper if you use more than 5 GB a month, no contract.
The general consensus on various RV forums is that Verizon offers the best coverage in more remote areas. ( Sprint and ATT won't even work where I live)
Your mileage may vary
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Gonna try the Verizon hotspot and will report how well that works for anyone that's interested.
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The limiting factor for us accessing IN via cell is the Montana mountains that prevent cell signals getting through ... flat land is just fine, however.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:07 PM   #12
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I'm using the Verizon 4620L which is their latest 4G product. What is significant about this unit from the previous units they sell or sold it that it is more powerful in that it can supply signal to a 100 ft radius. Previous units were rated for 30 ft. The other side is that it can drive up to 10 devices vs. 5 on most others. There is an after market battery for this unit that is reported to support 8 hours of battery time. Cost for this unit is the same as the older units out there.

The biggest issue I deal with is the fact that the cellular reception inside the trailer is always limited by the trailer itself. On the other hand if the unit is outside the trailer, and with its stronger Wi-Fi power, service inside to my Wi-Fi devices is very good.

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Previously my wife and I kept separate coverage on our cell phones, hers on Verizon and mine on AT&T, so that at least one of us would have coverage. Turns out one of us always had coverage - hers. So we switched everything over to Verizon.

We now share a plan on Verizon, can use the MiFi we have for internet, although we could also use one of our iPads. Works great, have unlimited phone and 10 Gigs data. Both of us work from home so just need a phone and internet; this setup so far has worked great when we have worked from the road. Well, as good as working from the road can get!

BTW, there is an external antenna for the MiFi, but so far have not needed to use it.
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I still have an older MiFi on Verizon with an unlimted data plan. Information does appear at 3G speeds.
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