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Old 11-19-2014, 03:00 PM   #1
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Wi-Fi.

This will be easy for you experienced travelers.
Do you find the Wi-Fi signal is blocked by the metal exterior? The signal that many campgrounds provide free.
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Old 11-19-2014, 03:12 PM   #2
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It has not been a problem for me.
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Old 11-19-2014, 03:16 PM   #3
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Generally wi-fi in a campground is a bit of a myth. If they have a signal, and you can get it inside your AS, you will generally be disappointed in speed, connection reliability, etc. Even setting up something like a WiFI Ranger to boost the connection usually has disappointing results. The CG usually doesn't have adequate bandwidth coming into their park for the 50-100+ folks that all want to be on wi-fi at the same time. Add to that folks that then want to stream their favorite movie or TV show and you can imagine the challenge.

So it is a miracle when it works but have an alternative like a MiFI puck or cellphone with a data plan if you rely on a good connection.
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Old 11-19-2014, 03:36 PM   #4
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Yes, frequently all it's good for is mail. But this September in the Canadian Maritimes we had great wifi. I streamed netflix with no problem. The campgrounds were practically empty but they told its that good all the time.


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Old 11-19-2014, 03:44 PM   #5
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We can usually get the campground signal just fine in the Airstream. Very often there is no usable Internet on it. Most often we use our own wifi hot spot from our Verizon smart phones.

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Old 11-19-2014, 04:07 PM   #6
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We have the panorama windows by the dinette and that's where we sit when using CG wifi inside the trailer. We've rarely noticed any degradation in the signal or usability of the wifi as compared to sitting at a picnic table right outside the door. The wifi's usability is usually more affected by how many other people are online, how many repeaters the CG has used and of course the speed of the CG's internet service.

Having said all this, we often will use our JetPack even if there is CG wifi because the CG wifi speed is usually pretty poor with 100 people watching Netflicks.
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:53 PM   #7
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The Otter Box on my iPhone causes more problems with WiFi than the AS....
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:01 AM   #8
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Sittingduck: We report mixed results with camp ground WiFi service. The aluminum shell of the Airstream doesn't seem to make much difference.

We rely more and more on internet service and cell phone connectivity making traveling so much easier than the old Woodalls and pay phones at fuel stops. We find the cell phone company data package and hot spot device works pretty well. Maybe 10% of the time we can't get a good cell signal and we are still without internet access.

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Old 11-21-2014, 06:50 AM   #9
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No it does not in our case, however, WiFi in campgrounds is not secure, therefore if you are using their signal to do banking and paying of bills like we do your laptop and all it's information is open. We instead use a VPN our son set up, we log on through his home VPN and use our own WiFi off our Verizon tablet and we are as secure as we believe we can be while traveling.
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:38 AM   #10
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This is always a problem for us. Essentially, if encryption involves a password, how do you distribute the password without compromise? It's pretty straightforward to come up with a very secure system, but that very security is threatened by the act of handing out the password. Certainly, we've found our password in the hands of folks to whom we did not ourselves distribute it.

One solution I've thought about it is a kind of double system: The main, park-wide system would be only poorly protected, the password easily available, kind of like we've seen at other places. The secondary system would involve only an unamplified signal from a second router with tough encryption. Folks would have to come up to the office to use it, and we'd do the computer set-up ourselves. And, of course, change the password fairly often. In this way, if folks want to do banking, we'd provide a secure way for them to do it, but not via the less secure, park-wide system.


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No it does not in our case, however, WiFi in campgrounds is not secure, therefore if you are using their signal to do banking and paying of bills like we do your laptop and all it's information is open. We instead use a VPN our son set up, we log on through his home VPN and use our own WiFi off our Verizon tablet and we are as secure as we believe we can be while traveling.
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One solution I've thought about it is a kind of double system: The main, park-wide system would be only poorly protected, the password easily available, kind of like we've seen at other places. The secondary system would involve only an unamplified signal from a second router with tough encryption. Folks would have to come up to the office to use it, and we'd do the computer set-up ourselves. And, of course, change the password fairly often. In this way, if folks want to do banking, we'd provide a secure way for them to do it, but not via the less secure, park-wide system.
Even easier. Secure system in the office/lodge/wherever can be ethernet, not WiFi. That way, only the people who are physically plugged in can use it. You have total control.
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My experience is most CG have limitations on how much data one IP address can download and once this is met the CG's system turns off or severally limits the bandwidth available to that particular address. As I upload large photographic filed, this has always been a problem. Thus, I went with Verizon Hot Spot, service is available in almost any area there is cellular service. Cost is about $50/month and up, but gives me service virtually in all places. I use this in any place where the "WiFi" is less than ideal.
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We have found that most campground wifi is junk. We use our own hotspot through our Verizon smartphones. We create our hotspot through an Android App called FoxFi without any monthly payment to Verizon. We have been using this app for about five years now. It works great and is much more secure than any campground wifi.

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WiFi from the campground has been hit or miss. Sometimes it's poor strength, sometimes it's a limited number of users or it's just plain slow.

I carry my own WiFi hotspot from Verizon. The downside is it's subject to cellular reception which affects speed. The Airstream also restricts cellular reception.

Typically a hotspot device performs a little better than a hotspot cell phone since it's a single function device. The one I'm carrying now has 10 hour battery life, can either broadcast WiFi on the 5GHz or 2.4GHz, can provide WiFi to up to 15 devices and has a port that can provide a battery charge for another device.

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