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Old 06-13-2014, 11:30 PM   #15
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We have two MiFi units plus various iPads and cell phones on one account that shares 10Gb of data. If necessary, I can kick the data number upwards mid month. Each MiFi is $20 per month.

There is no free lunch out there in wireless computer land. Someone else is lining their pocket with my $$ in either mode of operation.
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Old 06-14-2014, 05:21 AM   #16
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I have tried every wireless data company, device and solution.
My honest opinion is that now that WifiRanger has the kinks ironed out,
their equipment along with a Novatel JetPack on Millenecom (Verizon) service is the way to go. Its ability to seek, boost, acquire, then failover to cellular is the way to go. The 20gig/ $80 plan is the biggest bang for the buck.... as its name brand stuff. Going on 3 years an the pry cold dead hand saying applys here.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:49 PM   #17
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crabbey, often you may need more than one solution. I use Sprint BUT I use it as a pay as you go and store the rest no monthly fee. Internet to GO via Walmart- super deal IF you are not a heavy user and just need connection from time to time, also a great backup for Wifi Ranger free wifi situations. Why this is so different is that you do not pay monthly fees and never lose your minutes as long as you use it once a year. To boost its signal AND my ATT cell phone, I purchased a Wilson universal SLEEK with their biggest antenna.
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:58 PM   #18
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So I am looking at all my options and it seems like if I want to have access to the internet, I am gonna have to lay down some serious cash. Millenicom wants me to pay $100 for the device plus $50 to start up the plan and $15 shipping plus $90 per month. That is $255 just to get going. And an additional $500 to add in the Wifi Ranger deal.. That is $755 to have a reliable internet setup... Sounds like crazy talk to me. lol... If I was fulltiming, I would be all over that immediately. Instead, I am going on a 28 day trip and then a 5 or 6 3-day weekend trips throughout the year... I could get Millenicom and cancel after the first month but then I still paid the $165 start up fees for the device. IS their a cheaper solution for the device, or do they require that you use theirs?
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How about the device from wallyworld, I hear its simple and cheap. For only a month, it's worth a gamble!
WFR and Millenecom are very bombproof, but extravagant for just a month.
You could also get a straight talk plan with a phone that is a hotspot. Again $35 unlimited is a cheap gamble.
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That'd depend on where he was going, the Millenicom deal is if you want the best coverage, that Wallyworld garbage is only safe if you're staying close to some urban setting and a campground near by it.

How badly do you need internet for 28 days? I'd just tether my phone and up my plan for the month. Easiest, cheapest route, IMO.
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Old 06-16-2014, 02:14 PM   #21
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I have the old Novatel jetpack. It works well. I agree, the Walmart stuff is iffy, but if you need email or just the basics, it can work.
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Wallyworld garbage is only safe if you're staying close to some urban setting and a campground near by it.
Hey Mikekey, I haven't been everywhere but I have always gotten a signal with my trusty Sprint Internet to Go from Wally World. It's Sprint. They will always take stuff back, all but the time card. It is about $60 for the Mifi unit.
Sprint is not as bad as it used to be, especially 3G which is what the ITG Mifi uses. It is not as fast but again, it depends on what you will be doing.

http://coverage.sprint.com/IMPACT.jsp?

Straighttalk does not offer hotspot service as far as I know. I understand that some were able to activate it but got shut down. I have their service and HIGHLY recommend it but they do not have the full menu options of the networks they use- ATT, Verizon and TMobile.
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Well, I have Sprint. That is reason enough to not want to rely on it but I have added 2Gb of data tethering. They no longer allow you to use tethering for free with your plan. You have to add data specifically for tethering. Anyway, Yes I can do that but Sprint sucks and optimally, I would love to be able to watch a few episodes of TV along the way on boring nights. Some of the nights while traveling will be just pulling into a rest stop for the night or similar...

Maybe I will just finally install the damn WiFi Ranger and cross my fingers. Use it where possible and say screw it on the other nights...
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I meant a straight talk phone as a hotspot .
WFR can pull in some very distant, very free data!
I love my system!
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Well, I have Sprint. That is reason enough to not want to rely on it but I have added 2Gb of data tethering.
Then I would get a Wilson SLEEK Universal (it costs more but can also be used with various network frequencies for future proofing) and their beefier antenna and use your phone. Talk to Wilson and they will "hook you up" with the right equipment.
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I meant a straight talk phone as a hotspot .
@Atomic, yes, so do I. I have a straight talk phone with their service but the hot spot feature on my iPhone is blocked. I agree with you on the Millenicom 20 gig deal for lots of data if using a lot.
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OK, so I am looking at the Wilson Amplifier kits. Does anyone have experience with the 50Db Amplifier kits? They are pricier but it seems like it would be a long term solution not only for data but for cellular service as well.
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Hmm. This is the only one I have experience with:

Sleek 4G | Store | Wilson Electronics

I cannot remember if it is the NMO antenna or the magnet mount antenna but they matched me to the proper antenna and fitting. They also have the trucker mount for permanent attachment. The Sleek is half the gain of the permanent mount kit you are looking at but it is portable; however, the brick units do not require physical contact like the cradle so there too is an advantage.

Here is a review. There are others too.

http://www.cnet.com/products/wilson-sleek-4g-v/2/
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