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Old 06-02-2011, 05:25 PM   #15
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I used to use a cradlepoint CTR500 with a USB modem from Mellenicom when they had unlimited for $50/month no contract, with a choice of carrier of Verizon or sprint (EVDO).

Millenicom | High Speed Wireless Broadband

However, I have since found that my maximum capability and flexibility comes with 2 smart phones from 2 separate carriers, both with unlimited data, so I dropped the USB modem.

Lets just say that both my phones (AT&T & Verizon) are legally modified. Both have WiFi capabilities that allow me to share my connection which left the cradlepoint in the drawer.

This also allows me to have voice and/or data coverage most anywhere I go, so when one has no towers nearby, another carrier will...

I also run a Wilson cellular booster as well....
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:02 PM   #16
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Our little Mac Book finds connections all over the place (in fact, I'm talking to you all from somebody's home Apple wireless system in the neighborhood) and most every biz outlet has wi-fi these days, too. We tried the Verizon and decided it was a waste of money. If I needed the connection for business, fine, but, geez, do we need to be connected ALL the time?
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:48 PM   #17
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I agree with others here, great post Dan.

We recently got stung by the AT&T police for tethering. It's ridiculous - we have 2 iPhones with unlimited data plans, but to use tethering, an iPhone feature that has very little to do with AT&T, I essentially have to give up my unlimited plan for one of their 5gb limited ones. Plus pay a $15 per phone per month charge to again do something my phone would do for free with another carrier. It's robbery.

So, instead of losing the grandfathered plan, we went to Verizon and picked up a MiFi. So far so good. The unit we have (i think it is model number 4510L but ill jave ti check again) has 9 hour battery, but can also be used while plugged in ( a feature not all mifi units have, believe it or not). It picks up 3G and 4g well, although I uncovered a weird bug that seems to block 4g access if the unit ever goes to 3G! If you have a mifi that never finds 4g, even in bug cities, you should go into the admin page settings and manually change the type of network to LTE only. That locks it into 4G mode and has worked well for us. We just switch it back to "global" when we need 3G.

Anyway- we've been pleased with it so far and also find having access to two carriers is definitely the best for us. Another perk is that you get even more free wifi options (although so far Verizon's free wifi have been only at places that offer free wifi anyway).

One other small feature of this unit that is particularly hand for RVers is it's antenna port. I haven't seen other mifis with this port. I just ordered an external antenna and will post how well it works.

Just my two cents.
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:40 AM   #18
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We're interested, too. We won't be full time full timers, but will be part time full timers. Does that make sense? We'll be in the trailer probably two months a year, but we need good internet access for that time, to do what we do.

Heck, if we could get the wireless equivalent of DSL offshore, reliable and affordable, I'd be writing this email from a 42 ft. catamaran.
We are in those same shoes now too since we got home last June. I have a name for people like us and its 'faux timers'

I would be on a sailboat too but besides the internet connection, also a wife who isn't afraid of sailboats.
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:44 AM   #19
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Our little Mac Book finds connections all over the place (in fact, I'm talking to you all from somebody's home Apple wireless system in the neighborhood) and most every biz outlet has wi-fi these days, too. We tried the Verizon and decided it was a waste of money. If I needed the connection for business, fine, but, geez, do we need to be connected ALL the time?
everyone's situation is different and some of us need to more than we want it. we also have little kids so we can't leave the airstream at night to find free wifi to connect to. we have had to do that but it just isn't a reliable way to get work done.
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:53 AM   #20
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I agree with others here, great post Dan.

We recently got stung by the AT&T police for tethering. It's ridiculous - we have 2 iPhones with unlimited data plans, but to use tethering, an iPhone feature that has very little to do with AT&T, I essentially have to give up my unlimited plan for one of their 5gb limited ones. Plus pay a $15 per phone per month charge to again do something my phone would do for free with another carrier. It's robbery.

So, instead of losing the grandfathered plan, we went to Verizon and picked up a MiFi. So far so good. The unit we have (i think it is model number 4510L but ill jave ti check again) has 9 hour battery, but can also be used while plugged in ( a feature not all mifi units have, believe it or not). It picks up 3G and 4g well, although I uncovered a weird bug that seems to block 4g access if the unit ever goes to 3G! If you have a mifi that never finds 4g, even in bug cities, you should go into the admin page settings and manually change the type of network to LTE only. That locks it into 4G mode and has worked well for us. We just switch it back to "global" when we need 3G.

Anyway- we've been pleased with it so far and also find having access to two carriers is definitely the best for us. Another perk is that you get even more free wifi options (although so far Verizon's free wifi have been only at places that offer free wifi anyway).

One other small feature of this unit that is particularly hand for RVers is it's antenna port. I haven't seen other mifis with this port. I just ordered an external antenna and will post how well it works.

Just my two cents.
Thanks Deke and Tiffani! We are loving your blog and following your adventures closely. I am assuming you guys are in Jackson Center right now enjoying yourselves. Wish we could be there too.

We use an external antenna on our 3G card almost all the time. In fact, in most cases, it will give us the extra bar of signal that we desperately need to speed up the connection or just to make it more reliable. As you guys have a similar trailer as ours, what I do is I place the magnet mount antenna on the end of the metal awning just above the door and lead the wire back through the rear wraparound windows. Works great.

Another thing I started using is a wifi repeater. For those campgrounds that have poor wifi coverage, we can park the van closer to the base station and bounce the signal to us or just simply place our big external wifi antenna on the outside of the trailer and the repeater will let all of our devices share that same connection. I will probably post another video on the blog on that setup in the near future.

Have fun at alumapalooza and I look forward to your posts about it.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:48 AM   #21
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dekew and malimish, great blogs. i just spent so much time reading yours that I am neglecting my own.

Very interested in your experiences with the newer 27FB Internationals, as that is exactly what we have, too.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:29 AM   #22
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dekew and malimish, great blogs. i just spent so much time reading yours that I am neglecting my own.

Very interested in your experiences with the newer 27FB Internationals, as that is exactly what we have, too.
@Gringo I just tried to go to your blog but it keeps redirecting itself to a link farm of some kind...
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:37 AM   #23
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Hmm. I just clicked the link in my previous post (above) and it went straight to it. How were you trying to get there?

you can google " 2 Gringos" and it usually pops up first, too.

But before putting any effort into it, you should know our blog has nothing to do with airstreams at all.
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:02 AM   #24
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@Gringo I just tried to go to your blog but it keeps redirecting itself to a link farm of some kind...
Hi malimish,

Are you clicking the link in Gringo's signature? Works fine for me too.

That's odd! Try this one? 2 Gringos in the Caribbean
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Interesting, malimish, I just clicked on your link and got an error message as well... ??? Is the forum doing something to the signature links?
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@Gringo I just tried to go to your blog but it keeps redirecting itself to a link farm of some kind...
just clicked on the link on your post, for malimish.com, and got the message that it could not find "mlaimish.com". The spelling of your website was changed somehow.

methinks foul play is afoot...
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We're on our way back from Alumapalooza now, and using the verizon mifi card was a success - while our ATT Iphones struggled to get a connection, we could almost always count on the Verizon Mifi 3g (and 4g in big cities). Even in this terrible campground we've found in east memphis, 3g seems faster than most crappy wifi connections you get for free or even have to pay for in many campgrounds we've visited.

Dan, we're sorry we missed you this year. Maybe next year? We're certainly going again, and highly recommend it to everyone - it was a blast!

While there, I spoke to a few bloggers and web nerds who either had terrible tales of overage charges from the big 3, or were between carriers, but many were talking about (or experimenting with) Mellinicom. It seems to be the current darling with its promise of Verizon or Sprint networks as well as unlimited (although throttled) plans.

So far, we agree with Bambi_bandit. We're really happy with the flexibility of the ATT for phone / Verizon MiFi for everything else combo, but mellinicom seems to be hot on the zeitgeist of mobile web workers out there. Certainly worth a look.
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I have a question about Millenicom: I keep reading that they use both Verizon and Sprint networks, but I can't find anything on their site that verifies this. In fact, the only reference to carriers I can find is the mention of using a Sprint-compatible device if you want to use your own device. Is there any verification that they actually have Verizon coverage? Of course, I could call, but…
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