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Old 04-10-2016, 12:14 AM   #43
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Sorry I keep my Synology at home. I sync a 1TB drive of my Plex media folders so I have something to watch while on the road! I highly recommend the Synology device, it's so much better than the previous two Drobos that I previously had.
Agree with you about the Drobos, I had one, bad mistake. I like your idea of syncing Plex as well. I don't have Plex Pass though, maybe this is a good time to consider getting it. Do you have an Apple TV or similar inside your rig to play the actual streamed files?
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Old 04-10-2016, 10:18 AM   #44
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I haven't bothered with Plex Pass and have tried, unsuccessfully, to access Plex remotely. I don't have Apple TV but the Samsung TV and DVD in my trailer both can stream Hulu/Netflix among others but I don't bother. Every time I've tried with a park's WiFi connection I've been disappointed and even though I have a 15 gb plan, my daughters don't leave me much by the end of the month! Either way, I found it easy to simply sync a harddrive before our journey.
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Old 04-10-2016, 10:32 AM   #45
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Agree with you about the Drobos, I had one, bad mistake. I like your idea of syncing Plex as well. I don't have Plex Pass though, maybe this is a good time to consider getting it. Do you have an Apple TV or similar inside your rig to play the actual streamed files?
Yep, I too wasted money on a bunch of drobos before I came to my senses. Terrible product, worse customer service.
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Old 05-09-2016, 01:17 PM   #46
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We settled on Express VPN. It got the best reviews with Mac users and reviewers. Works flawlessly with very little speed degradation.

Btw. We also have a Verizon Jetpack which is fairly secure. However it is not covered as part of the Verizon TravelPass that we'll be using in Canada thus we need to use public wifi.
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:28 PM   #47
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I'd like to be able to use my Mac laptop on the road and use RV Park/Public WiFi. I've been told that I should use a VPN, Virtual Private Network to ensure security.

Has anyone had experience with VPNs and if so could you recommend a particular one?
VPN? Yes! I use the service offered by PIA - Private Internet Access. All of my devices and my wife's are covered by one subscription: cells, tablets, laptops and a desktop. PIA was named as an Editor's Choice by PC Magazine in its June 13, 2016 edition.

Bottomline: you just can't be too secure particularly when you tap into unknown wifi sites regardless if you are in your hometown or on the road.

Good luck.
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:51 PM   #48
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expressvpn has great Mac compatibility. I've used it in US and Canada.
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Old 07-09-2016, 10:35 PM   #49
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We use Cloak VPN on all our Apple products whenever we're on public wi-fi. Works great!

https://www.getcloak.com/
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Old 07-10-2016, 03:12 AM   #50
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I'd like to be able to use my Mac laptop on the road and use RV Park/Public WiFi. I've been told that I should use a VPN, Virtual Private Network to ensure security.

Has anyone had experience with VPNs and if so could you recommend a particular one?
I use ExpressVPN. Its installed as a default now when I use wifi on my phone, laptop or tablet so there's no need for me to reconfigure every time. I don't consider myself paranoid but its a good policy.

Some have suggested that it isn't necessary unless you visit sensitive sites (such as online banking), but I can't tell you the number of times I have read an email from someone (usually from work) and within the email they transmit something sensitive (such as bank account, SSN, credit card numbers, etc.) You would think people have more sense, but sometimes they just assume you are going to read it in a secure environment. If you're on a public wifi, that info will end up in the hands of anyone nearby with ill intent who is moderately sophisticated. So anyway, its like wearing a seat belt - sometimes you do it to protect yourself from the actions of other drivers, not to protect yourself from your own actions.
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Old 07-10-2016, 11:23 PM   #51
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My usual comment is: Just because you are paranoid does NOT mean they are not out to get you.

Reasonable paranoia helps protect you from the bad guys.


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Cloak VPN is great for all Apple devices. I can also recommend Nord VPN, available for pretty much all platforms.
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VPN s are worth it. We have our own operating on our own server. Accessable from anyplace we have a cell signal.
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I'd like to be able to use my Mac laptop on the road and use RV Park/Public WiFi. I've been told that I should use a VPN, Virtual Private Network to ensure security.

Has anyone had experience with VPNs and if so could you recommend a particular one?
Thanks for the question - IMO, a very important one. Basically, I can't imagine accessing ANY wifi signal from ANY source without the benefit of a virtual private network (VPN). As I understand it, a VPN disguises the identity (i.e. the devices' IP addresses) of your laptop, cell phone and/or tablet making unauthorized access (i.e. hacking, etc) VERY DIFFICULT from potentially questionable wifi sources. Why take this unauthorized access risk with either 'known' wifi sources (i.e. home, etc.) or unknown sources (i.e. Starbucks, RV parks, etc.)?

I have been using PIA for several years while at home and when travelling. Not expensive, install it and PIA automatically does the rest. No degradation of wifi speed. www.privateinternetaccess.com. All of my and my wife's devices are covered. Even used it during a recent trip to South Africa.

Hope this helps. Travel safe. See you on the road. Dennis
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VPN...Virtual Private Network..Worth It?

Another good VPN provider: Private Internet Access. Just started using them a couple of weeks ago, trying them out because they are cheaper than Cloak. They seem just as easy to use, with the added advantage that they do not keep any logs (e.g. they cannot track your history or sell it to advertisers). Cloak keeps a 16-day log, as a rolling window, though they promise not to sell it to advertisers. However, some websites block some of the IP addresses used by PIA and on those occasions I've had to switch the access port around from Seattle to New York City. That works, though it is a little bit of a pain at first. With Cloak, on the other hand, I've never seen a site block that VPN.
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Perhaps Cloak gets away with it because they're not on the radar screen yet. With the exception of Netflix and Hulu, I haven't had any issues with PIA. I have a Synology box connected via PIA for months at home and it's rock solid.
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