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Old 08-02-2015, 09:05 PM   #1275
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Hi, today it was a short drive to Elkhart, Indiana. I toured the RV Hall of Fame. Lee didn't want to go, so once again she stayed in the air conditioned truck with Dusty. After my tour, we found a close by camp ground; Elkhart RV Park. It's OK except for a few things like weak WIFI. Tonight was laundry night and that's my job. There was a small lake in the laundry room, so I let them know about it. When some old woman with a mop showed up, we told her that the drains over flowed. She told us that if you start two machines at the same time, it will do that. Like we should have known that. After laundry, it was time to fight WIFI an almost for sure losing battle. I figure that if I wait until about midnight, all of the old people would be in bed and the WIFI would be all mine.
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Old 08-02-2015, 10:22 PM   #1276
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8-3-2015. Midnight.

Hi, right at Midnight we got one heck of a thunderstorm. Wind, Lightning, thunder, and tons of rain. I did not use my surge protector and I'm not leaving my trailer until morning, no matter what.
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Hi, right at Midnight we got one heck of a thunderstorm. Wind, Lightning, thunder, and tons of rain. I did not use my surge protector and I'm not leaving my trailer until morning, no matter what.
Hope you survived the thunder storm without any damage to the three of you and the trailer and tv. Where are we going next?

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Old 08-04-2015, 06:20 PM   #1278
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Hope you survived the thunder storm without any damage to the three of you and the trailer and tv. Where are we going next?

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Hi, no damage to anything, but the winds rocked my trailer pretty good. today we drove to Lexington, Kentucky. Might take some tours tomorrow. Free WIFI here, but you get what you pay for. I'm sitting on a bench in front of their office. And even here it is weak. I went to a Verizon office yesterday to see about getting MIFI, but their little office was packed with cell phone fanatics, so I left. It was about an eight hour drive today and there was only one rest stop on the way, just before we got here.
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Last post ntonight?

Hi, unless I can get WIFI to work in my trailer, which I doubt, this will be my last post tonight. It is very dark, windy, lightning, and thunder. But no rain yet, but I feel another big storm is on the way. And my battery is getting low.


Good Night everyone.
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Hi, no damage to anything, but the winds rocked my trailer pretty good. today we drove to Lexington, Kentucky. Might take some tours tomorrow. Free WIFI here, but you get what you pay for. I'm sitting on a bench in front of their office. And even here it is weak. I went to a Verizon office yesterday to see about getting MIFI, but their little office was packed with cell phone fanatics, so I left. It was about an eight hour drive today and there was only one rest stop on the way, just before we got here.
I have MIFI......I like it.

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Hi, no damage to anything, but the winds rocked my trailer pretty good. today we drove to Lexington, Kentucky. Might take some tours tomorrow. Free WIFI here, but you get what you pay for. I'm sitting on a bench in front of their office. And even here it is weak. I went to a Verizon office yesterday to see about getting MIFI, but their little office was packed with cell phone fanatics, so I left. It was about an eight hour drive today and there was only one rest stop on the way, just before we got here.
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I wonder if you can order MIFI online or via a phone call to customer service? I hate going into the Verizon office and usually can't get what I need or want through them anyway. As long as I don't get someone in India, I prefer to deal with them on the phone. In fact, if I'm not mistaken they have a large office in Kentucky.


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What is the advantage of MIFI? I have a Verizon Samsung S-5 (and previous models before) and get along just fine with its mobile hotspot, when WIFI is not available or sucks.

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What is the advantage of MIFI? I have a Verizon Samsung S-5 (and previous models before) and get along just fine with its mobile hotspot, when WIFI is not available or sucks.

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Never mind, I answered the question with some searching. There are some situations (that I would not be in) that a MIFI would be better. My searching also reminded me that tethering with a USB cable still works just fine. All of this applies to Android. I know very little about iPhones and wish to keep it that way,

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MiFi is accessed through a little box (Jet Pack) that is basically a cellphone without talking. It picks up a cell tower and then sends data to your devices through wifi. This is different than tethering, but we don't need a smart phone since we have 2 laptops, an iPad and a dumb phone. That works fine for us. It costs $80 or $90 per month for 10 Gb and then you learn just how little a gigabyte is these days. There are cheaper and more expensive plans as well. Plans change all the time and you have to find the right day to get what you want. You have to sign up for a two year contract though you have 30 days to get out of it. They had a $40 or $50 mail in rebate a couple of weeks ago, but that changes all the time too.

You would have to go to a Verizon dealer to get the box. I suppose they would mail it if you were home. The dealers often don't know a lot about what they are selling.

The other companies have similar things, but Verizon has the best coverage, especially out west. Verizon is the most arrogant company I have ever dealt with and it is hard to send them money every month, but they have the stuff we need for internet at home and on the road.

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MiFi is accessed through a little box (Jet Pack) that is basically a cellphone without talking. It picks up a cell tower and then sends data to your devices through wifi. It costs $80 or $90 per month for 10 Gb and then you learn just how little a gigabyte is these days. There are cheaper and more expensive plans as well. Plans change all the time and you have to find the right day to get what you want. You have to sign up for a two year contract though you have 30 days to get out of it. They had a $40 or $50 mail in rebate a couple of weeks ago, but that changes all the time too.

You would have to go to a Verizon dealer to get the box. I suppose they would mail it if you were home. The dealers often don't know a lot about what they are selling.

The other companies have similar things, but Verizon has the best coverage, especially out west. Verizon is the most arrogant company I have ever dealt with and it is hard to send them money every month, but they have the stuff we need for internet at home and on the road.

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Thanks Gene,

I know what they are. I was (and still am) just having trouble figuring out why anyone, who has an up to date smartphone that has tethering or a hotspot would want one, unless it was for fulltime at home because they had no wired or wireless internet available.

For me, with Verizon and my S5, I would just be paying again for capability I already have.

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Thanks Gene,

I know what they are. I was (and still am) just having trouble figuring out why anyone, who has an up to date smartphone that has tethering or a hotspot would want one, unless it was for fulltime at home because they had no wired internet or WIFI available.
Exactly—we have no other good way of getting internet at home. The ability to take the magic box (JetPack) wherever we go is a bonus and then we don't need a smart phone. A smart phone requires a magnifying glass and little pointed fingers to type. I've got the magnifying glass, but don't want to shave down my fingers.

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Exactly—we have no other good way of getting internet at home. The ability to take the magic box (JetPack) wherever we go is a bonus and then we don't need a smart phone. A smart phone requires a magnifying glass and little pointed fingers to type. I've got the magnifying glass, but don't want to shave down my fingers.

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Most people don't type on their smartphones anymore.

We hip people talk to our smartphones, and they type (or do) what we say.

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funny. The error rate for dictating is not much different than that of my smart phone typing.
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