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Old 11-21-2014, 12:17 PM   #15
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iPhone hotspot

Over the past three years, I think we have only taken the computer with us twice, each time on week long trips. The latest time, we took our new MacBook Pro with us and I had the need to do something on the internets and used my iPhone as a personal hotspot. Really easy and worked well.
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Old 11-21-2014, 12:32 PM   #16
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We have had hit and miss with CG wifi so we added a boster and it really works for us and I think it adds a level of security.

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Old 11-21-2014, 01:35 PM   #17
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Whatever they have doesn't matter to me, I'm probably not going to use it.

I use my hot spot. It works well for my emails and I can get on the internet. That's really all I care about anyway.

But, I hear that my next Chevy truck will have kick ass wifi.
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:30 PM   #18
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I'm replacing the old TV antenna with a crank up dual Yagi version, especially for Wi-Fi.
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:43 PM   #19
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I found that the WiFi Ranger made a big difference in signal strength....but as noted by just about everyone, campgrounds who advertise wireless access (in general) are a far distance from what you would find in a hotel/motel. They just do not provide adequate bandwidth to do much more than email. It can be very frustrating to do route planning or any modest web surfing. Forget trying to watch Netflix or any streaming video.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:41 PM   #20
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Over the past three years, I think we have only taken the computer with us twice, each time on week long trips. The latest time, we took our new MacBook Pro with us and I had the need to do something on the internets and used my iPhone as a personal hotspot. Really easy and worked well.
Goal15, please clarify….Are you saying you just use your iPhone when you need to get on the internet? Or, does the iPhone act as the hotspot device to help connect your Mac to WiFi? We both have iPhones & an iPad & MacBook Air. Can we use our phones to connect our other devices when the cg signal is not good? How? We would like to be able to do this.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:36 PM   #21
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Yes you can use your iPhone as a personal hotspot by connecting your sub cord to your Mac. Go to settings. Then cellular and turn on the personal hot spot. You may need to reconnect the usb cable so that the device is recognized but after that you should be good to go. But remember if you start streaming movies its gonna eat up a lot of data

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Old 11-21-2014, 07:39 PM   #22
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USB cord. Not sub cord. Come on Siri, stop rearranging my letters. lol


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Old 11-21-2014, 11:08 PM   #23
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I've often thought about Wi-Fi Ranger and other such antennae and amplifiers, but when all is said and done, the only thing I'd have is an awesome connection to a painfully slow wi-fi network. So I often use my phone as a hotspot and drop it into a Wilson Electronics Sleek 4G cradle whenever I need to amplify its signal.

Oh, and one way to improve security a bit on those Wi-Fi networks is to use a VPN application like Tunnel Bear or Cloak.
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I usually use the hotspot on my cell phone, because of the available band width in campgrounds. However, I don't think it is really fair to blame the problems on the campgrounds. It is my opinion that 90% of the campground wifi problems are caused by inconsiderate campers. This has been backed up by discussions with campground owners who keep track of the usage on their systems. The newer systems that require you to use an assigned login, keep track of who is using how much band width.

It most cases, the internet coming into a campground has about the same total data capacity as an average high quality home connection. However that has to be shared by all the campers. As posted in many campground offices I have been in, the campground WiFi is for web browsing and email. Yet even in campgrounds with free cable TV and signs saying "please do not stream movies". There are still many people who feel that they are somehow entitled to that. It only takes a few campers streaming movies and other video content to bring the whole campground system to a crawl. So before you bad-mouth a campground's wifi network, look around and see what your fellow campers are doing to spoil it for everyone. Watch TV or get a blue ray player and bring your movies with you.

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Thanks, for the information, Goal15. I tried it this morning. Very easy to connect. Don't know how that information has been lost to us before now…So many times with no CG connection that we could have used it.
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