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Old 01-29-2006, 05:51 PM   #1
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I would love to know if anyone has overcome connecting to the Internet while in the middle of nowhere at a reasonable cost. I have looked into satellite and celluar systems. Any advice is welcome.
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Old 01-29-2006, 06:01 PM   #2
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If you find out I would love to know, I really want to get a handle on that one myself
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Short answer is yes.
Not very fast, but can be done.
You can use a cell phone to call your dialup home provider and connect. You will need to buy a special cable that runs under twenty bucks... check out gomadic dot com for cables and costs, they will also make a driver available for you. Nice people.
You will connect at 14.4, but if all you're doing is email..... well......
There are other ways to do it but they cost money!

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Welcome to the forums TJSTEW!

I'm not connecting to the net while traveling yet. But this has been talked about over and over -- I'd suggest the search function for these very forums. A lot of commercial campgrounds have Bluetooth or other wireless (prefer state parks myself...). Dial-up is a dinosaur IMHO. Please advise the rest of us what you find, keywords you used, etc. Certainly start with "internet" -- other ideas folks???

Very nice bumper-nose on the pup-avatar BTW. We have an Airedale and greatly appreciate what her nose gets into... !!!!
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Not very fast, but can be done. You can use a cell phone to call your dialup home provider and connect.
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So far....this is what we do....I keep hoping the satellite services will lower their rates . We have AOL, and you just need to find the most local of their access numbers, then dial in. Verizon provided us with a connectivity package. It works okay if you just download your email, make your replies, then make another call and upload. You will learn quickly what the busy times of day are.... We found the connection speed was faster than 14.4, but dial-up just plains sucks when you're used to DSL!

Some California state parks have installed wireless access in their campgrounds, but that isn't quite boondocking!!!

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Hey TJ,

We're lucky in this forum to have so many helpful folks as experts in your question. One forum member (gadget) wrote a book about using technology while rving you could always do a search on his posts or the subject to find out if there's been something done that'll help you.
This is the http://www.digitalrv.net/ (website)
there's a thread here about his book.
Also, the publisher of Airstream Life, Rich Luhr, has a lot of interesting info on his blogs/pages http://tour.airstreamlife.com/?page=home
He does lots with computers while fulltiming with his family.
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Short answer is yes.
Not very fast, but can be done.
You can use a cell phone to call your dialup home provider and connect. You will need to buy a special cable that runs under twenty bucks... check out gomadic dot com for cables and costs, they will also make a driver available for you. Nice people.
You will connect at 14.4, but if all you're doing is email..... well......
There are other ways to do it but they cost money!

Elizabeth in Iowa
Elizabeth,

Thanks for the information on Gomadic. We've been trying to ditch our wireless card for a few months now due to the $$$ cost per month. After visiting the Gomadic site we find that our Nokia phones may be impossible to find connection hardware that will mate up our laptop. We go phone shopping tomorrow.
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If I must resort to using the slow cell phone connection, I don't worry about local dialup number! I dial the same number I would use at home! Makes it very simple. I either use my 'free' time, or if not during a free period, keep track of cell usage and deduct from my ccount.

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Afraid I'll have to resort to slow dial up and use the number I use at home as well. I bank a lot of minutes so that will help. Maybe some day I'll get a dish. Any more suggestions would be welcome and thanks again.
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We have used a Verizon Broadband/Nationwide Access for more than a year now, bot when we travel and while at home in Arizona. If we are anywhere near one of 52+ major cities where Verizon broadband is available our speed is around 400kps (just a little slower than standard DSL). When we are out of broadband range but still in Verizon's nationwide access areas our speed drops to about 110-120kps -- still a lot faster than dial-up. Use time is unlimited and their customer service has been great. There are places where neither service is available -- then we hope for WiFi or do without.
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Hi All,

I use a PC Air Card from Cingular wireless. It's like getting another cell phone connection for your PC. Works OK (faster than dial-up) but it's not Broadband. If you are in any area of the country that has Cingular service, then you can connect. The card was free (with a 2 year contract, $200 VALUE) and the UNLIMITED service is $59.95 a month. I am always on the road and would be lost without this type of service.
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The cell solution is fine if you are in an area covered by cell signals. Some of the places I go dont have cell coverage
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