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Old 09-20-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
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Things I think that I Know about Internet While on the Road

Here is what I think I know about using the internet while on the road. I learned it from reading these forums and some personal experience.

1. Internet comes from either a campground WIFI signal or a 3G/4G device (like a phone with a mobile hotspot or a MYFI device)

2. You need to have 2 separate Antennas. One the boosts the WIFI signal from campgrounds and unsecured nearby networks and one to boost your 3G/4G signal.

3. You should have the WIFI boosting antenna running inside the trailer to a router (any G or N router) in order to hook up all your devices wirelessly.

Now I have a couple questions:

How do you get the antenna that grabs the 3G/4G signal to your phone inside the trailer?

Are these devices all the same. Do any offer advantages?:

JEFA Tech

PDQ Connect

WIFI Ranger

Here is what I plan to use internet for:

1. SMART TV APPS on my TV (streaming video)

2. Internet browsing on my Computer

3. Spotify Music (streaming music)

OK. I think that covers it all. Any corrections or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Chris
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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Verizon has a 5Gb data limit for their basic mifi rate. Be careful when streaming video on your TV. The up-charge for going over can be shocking.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:00 PM   #3
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I have Sprint unlimited and I can set my phone up as a WIFI hotspot. That is basically the same thing as a MIFI device, right?
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Are these devices all the same. Do any offer advantages?:

JEFA Tech

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Different products.

JEFA Tech and WIFI Ranger are for boosting WIFI.

PDQ Connect is for boosting cell signal.
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Most campgrounds you cannot steam from unless you pay for a connection.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:32 PM   #6
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So, technically, I could just get the PDQ Connect setup to boost my cell and 3G signal. Then I can use my phone as a wifi hotspot and connect my computer and tv. Then I will have internet anywhere that I go without having to worry about a campgrounds wifi?
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My experience is that cell phones used as hotspots give much slower connection speeds than WiFi units.....which are cell receivers with cell numbers....go figure.
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My experience is that cell phones used as hotspots give much slower connection speeds than WiFi units.....which are cell receivers with cell numbers....go figure.
I think the difference is that wireless broadband WiFi is data-only, unlike a smartphone, which is voice+data. If you have a limited amount of bandwidth, being able to use all of it for data gives you a faster speed.
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They are the same speed, slow. You won't be able live stream adequately with a 3G signal. It's a rare campground located where 4G is available and maybe as rare where a wi-fi signal from the campground's router will provide that much bandwidth.
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So then, how is it possible to receive a connection to the internet that is worth a damn? Anyone have any idea?

I would like top watch tv via the APPS on my tv, like Netflix, HBOgo, etc. also, I would like to work from the trailer. That would entail uploading and downloading reasonably large design files and videos.

Is there a solution out there that doesn't require a contract?

Thanks!

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We have been happy with our Verizon MiFi device which will connect up to 5 devices to the inernet. We can access 3G or 4G (when it's available), and we have been pretty amazed at both where and how well we are able to get a signal, without a booster or antenna. There have been times when we couldn't make/receive a cell call but we can get an internet connection. I am usually able to conduct biz and email with fairly good-sized attachments, and we have been able to stream video from Netflix to our laptop successfully ... even with 3G.
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What about Virgin Mobile? The have an unlimited 4G plan- but then only a 2 or 5gb 3GB limit. The problem is in remote places 4g is not available. Satillite (Hughes Net) has for $99 a 40gb per month download.
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I'm chiming in just to say I'm grateful for this thread. I'm fairly tech savvy, but this is an issue that has stumped me as I've set out full-timing.

My cell phone carrier doesn't cover me where I'm currently sitting, but the park I'm in has free wifi. Streaming and a pretty decent signal/speed.

I need - not only internet connection - but nation wide (and I mean everywhere) cell coverage.

This might be an off the wall question, but is there an affordable way to do both?

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A campground with wired cable works great. Or a sat reciever.
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