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Old 12-23-2007, 02:43 AM   #29
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i'll jump on this thread, i use a sierra 860 from ATT on my laptop. the antenna is form flying 'j' truck stop, wilson brand, two foot tall, attached to a home depoe 24 foot roller paint extension, mounted to the tounge jack. some time its low bars, sometime high bars== 1.3meg/bits/sec.....as far as movies, you need to go to 'white spring.tv.com' free 24/7movies with no commercials on the interner. keep the 'net' FREE, vote ron-the texas dude-paul, out...........
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Old 12-23-2007, 04:56 AM   #30
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If you are going to stick the antenna on a pole, then get a directional YAG antenna. Big improvement over the straight 2' Wilson. Up to 10 -15 dB.
Wilsons website provides you a number you can dial in for your brand of cell phone. You get a display of signal strength. It's just a matter of spinning the pole and finding the direction of the nearest cell tower.
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Old 01-19-2008, 01:22 AM   #31
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Did you buy the Cantenna? If so, what do you think of it's performance? I have been looking for a way to be able to "blog" away while IN the Airstream. The signal at the State Beaches has been poor at best.
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Old 01-19-2008, 08:57 AM   #32
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After much searching and comparison, I decided to buy an Apple iphone instead of upgrading one of my laptops and installing a card. The cards (Alltell and others) run apprx $60 per month. I can add data to my ATT (nee Cingular) acct for $20 per month and have the same coverage as my cell phone. Do the math. The iphone will be paid for in savings in 10 months, and, I get a neat phone that has a built in ipod. just my 2 cents.
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Old 01-19-2008, 09:00 AM   #33
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Oops! Forgot. I carry a portable tripod and antennae for Dish network. I have 200' of coax (the max) so I can always have a clear shot with the dish. Only takes a minute to set up.
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Old 01-19-2008, 10:41 AM   #34
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so then do you tether your i-phone to your laptop?
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Old 01-19-2008, 10:46 AM   #35
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Nope. The iphone becomes your laptop. It does it all, phone, email, internet, ipod.....everything. Everything but cheap.
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Old 01-19-2008, 11:18 AM   #36
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For basic computing I see how that would be a great solution. But, I need the availability to run wordpress, dreamweaver and photoshop from my laptop and then be able to FTP via a good internet connection... all from within the Airstream. Has anyone had any great luck with the Cantenna, WaveRV or the RV2InternetSMART iAntenna 300?
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i'll skip BIGTIME on cantenna, rvwave, rv2internet....

basically these are all wifi signal amplifiers or repeaters...

you will still be faced with FINDING the wifi hotspots and limited to whatever the wifi owner has established....

wifi is fine for the occasion connection in an urbanlife, for folks who live in paneras or starbucks, or a flying j, or koa....

but is won't be how folks are connecting 3-4 years from now...

even NOW, it's tedious finding a signal for any frequent rv traveler who really NEEDS a connection...

why waste time looking for signals...

i've stopped using wifi almost completely while on the road.

a broadband/cellular card plugged INTO the computer or INTO a personal router is the best option available now....

not expensive monthly and minimal equipment costs commitment, with signal availability that matches a cell phone.

many of us are using verizon cards for 90% of the country and a cell signal booster/antenna for more remote spots or weaker signal areas...

go back to the sub forum on THIS topic, there are many threads on each of these issues...

many of the best details are in just a few of these threads on each SPECIFIC technology or product.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f451/

yes sat dish technology continues to improve but the equipment is still pricey...

and the least expensive stuff still has to be 'set up' at each site...

whle a broad band card is approximately dsl speed and can be used while moving or parked.

and it takes just seconds to connect WITH all the utility and features and software of your entire computer.

richC full times in an a/s and has written a book on digital rv technology...

he also has a forum and equipment reviews on his website/blog...

richC's books and website are here...

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Cool, thanks for the RC Tech link. I love it.
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u r welcome.

and almost everything u need to learn about using these cell cards is here...

What is EVDO : EVDOinfo.com

richC and richL both use broadband cell cards that plug into a router....

the router is IN their trailers.

so when they pull into a campsite, they have/provide wifi for others nearby...

basically they 'share' their broadband signal with others this way...

it makes them VERY popular with nearby campers too!

the contracts include very generous (nearly unlimited) data downloads with a fixed monthly price...

happy surfing!

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You know, I love the idea of the aircard and router set-up. Could have fun naming the signal too (great way to make friends). But, I am hoping to find a solution that is not going to incur another monthly bill... if at all possible. I might just have to go that route in order to work and be able to travel with Roman. But, if I can get by with a "booster" that would be nice.
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yea, i hate the monthly stuff too.

but IF you already have a cell phone the ad on isn't so much.

i spent a year trying to select campgrounds with wifi, which were often not working or unreliable.

and many of those are 'pay per day' things or fee based (like t-mobile/starbucks)

it's fun to camp in or near small towns, because many have a library or senior center with internet access...

but using a wifi sniffer and booster and unsecure channels gets old....

after my 'contract' expired on the verizon card, it's month2month WITHOUT a contract.

and the coverage just gets faster and wider (3g networks about to be upgrade to lte g4)

4g announced last year

max wifi looks dead in the water, or at least stalled...

Verizon next-generation network

V makes move to 4G

the tech stuff just keeps getting betta!

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you like verizon better than att? I am asking because my att contract will be up and maybe air card is just the way to go.
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