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Old 03-25-2012, 06:42 PM   #15
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Many smart phones can be used as a wifi hotspot and/or USB tether as well.
I know this is true, but have no experience with them. I do believe that the amount of data you can download and upload is quite limited though, or some things are not available. For light data users they may work just fine. Someone else might let their experiences be known.

It is very hard to keep up with it all, and what was true a year ago may not be the best thing now. I have a lot of experience with what I have been using, but that does not say it is what will work for every individual, or what is best for them.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:48 PM   #16
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I'm going to let it rest for a while. I have to get ready to go to Denver in the morning and will be looking at stuff when I'm there, but need to recover from Information Overload.

I may adopt a 9 year old when there and he or she will understand all this. I have sent an e-mail to Wifi Ranger with many questions and maybe they will educate me. It attaches to the Winegard antenna and sends a signal down the TV coax and I think there's a box that broadcasts to devices in the trailer. There some indication it may work for cell signals too, but I have to confirm that. I also have to see if it works with an iPad as they have many limits. One version has a claimed range of 750 meters and other 1,000 meters. Of course, if there's a big 5th wheel or Class A next to you, it may not work. Right now they are discounted to $250, but other discounts may be available to Facebook users—not us though as we don't want to deal with Facebook. I haven't had any success trying to find them (except for the really cheap one) at other retailers.

When I learn more about the Wifi Ranger, I'll let you know. No one is an expert at this and the companies that sell this stuff do not explain it well. They assume everyone knows what they do and I am unready to get an EE degree; I tried that in college and quickly learned arts and science was more my style.

Now to pack for tomorrow and watch MadMen.

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Old 03-25-2012, 07:27 PM   #17
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I am close to adding broadband service to our Bambi via cellular modem and WiFi. However, each time I am about to order, I find more information and the price goes up. We have had pretty good luck using WiFi outside our relative's homes when we visit; but campground WiFi has been unavailable/unreliable and very disappointing. Cellular modem service is expensive, relatively slow (when one is used to DSL broadband), and plans keep changing with each new iPhone release.

Now, I am about burned out on this subject, too; but I plan to reread it in the next few days to see if I am any closer to deciding how to proceed. I guess I need to win the lottery, have a half-dozen devices installed, put antennas all over the roof, and quit worrying about how much it costs.

It appears I should have bought Verizon and mobile broadband/WiFi device stock about 20 years ago...
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:08 PM   #18
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Also, Spenfolder, which MiFi has an external antenna connector?

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I have a Verizon MiFi 4G LTE. It's model #4510L. It has a small external antenna port on the side. Apparently, Verizon has a plug in adapter that can connect to an antenna they sell, or another brand. I'm just starting to read up on it.

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Old 03-26-2012, 04:43 PM   #19
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The Ranger Pro is compatible with the "WiFi hot spot" on the Driod phones...sayeth the company!

( Essentially this technology supplants the air card.) We are charged for our hot spot connection only when used --not on contractual agreements-- and pro rated on daily use only. This connection can be terminated at any time. e.g. when we are traveling and if I only need the connection for 3,4, 5 weeks, then I can activate / terminate the service by 'puter log on.

Next question(s): transmission speeds with hot spots, ease of installation of the Ranger Pro, reliability, etc.
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:52 PM   #20
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Easy Tether

I have a Verizon 3 g droid. I downloaded Easytether for $9.95 on both my lap top and my phone. Whenever I want to go online I hook up my phone to the laptop and open up easytether.....voila....I have access to the internet without paying for another data plan....I have unlimited data, I think but I don't download movies or big stuff.....also, I can still use the phone while hooked up to easy tether....I used it all over the country last summer and it worked anywhere I could get Verizon 3 g service and was a lot better than trying to use campground wifi. paula
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:01 PM   #21
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I just found my cell phone in my truck and turned it on, anybody tell me how to answer it? jim
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:19 PM   #22
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I wouldn't answer it Jim... Just let it go to voicemail.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:57 PM   #23
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After thought: The WiFi Ranger Sky seems to be an answer to the WiFi connection issue.
It attaches quickly to the Bat Wing antenna of the AS and connects wirelessly to the interior unit. However for activation one must use the "booster" as if watching TV over the air. Remember that if the booster is activated, the cable TV connection is foiled!!!!!
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:11 PM   #24
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After thought: The WiFi Ranger Sky seems to be an answer to the WiFi connection issue.
It attaches quickly to the Bat Wing antenna of the AS and connects wirelessly to the interior unit. However for activation one must use the "booster" as if watching TV over the air. Remember that if the booster is activated, the cable TV connection is foiled!!!!!
WiFiRanger Sky Installation - YouTube
I'll have to ask them about that. They answered my e-mail full of questions, but I have to talk to them to really understand it. If it requires the antenna booster to be on, it is not a good solution. They have a variety of products, so some may work but require a different antenna.

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Two options seem reasonable based on rec's from others and the site link posted above:

1) The WiFi Ranger "Sky" + the WiFi Ranger ( not the Pro)

Advantages: easy to install on bat wing antenna, wireless to the WFR inside your AS, no need to run "hard wire" into your AS.
Disadvantages: does not allow the "boost" feature for reception. So number of WiFi spots may be more limited without the boost feature. Must use the "boost" feature from the over air antenna for the signal---would eliminate watching TV thru the cable connection, unless you have a split option which we do not have as a standard.
Cost: about 250.00

2) The WiFi Ranger Pro and "Boost" antenna

Advantages: with boost feature a multifold access to WiFi spots by comparison to the non-Pro WFR. Better features with the WFR Pro...security etc. Do not have to use over air boost feature, so cable reception would not be interrupted while working with computer.
Disadvantages: Must run a hard wire into your unit. Mounts on bat wing antenna, and probably run wire thru the refer vent...
Cost: About 250.00

Both units on sale now. Assessments??? Zigi
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:59 PM   #26
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For my use, with the Verizon USB modem that I have, and traveling where I do into remote area of the west, an antenna is highly desirable and in some cases makes the difference between connection to the net and no connection. My old USB 720 has an external antenna input, not all of the new ones do. Remember, this is NOT an antenna for the Peperwave router you mention, it is an antenna for the modem which plugs into it.
I second your advice--one of the big advantages of the old USB-720 is that it does have a connector for an external antenna. I use a Wilson Trucker with good results. Product Details

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When here in AZ, my winter home, I tend to use between 4 and 6 Mb per month. My high was close to 8Mb. I use my computer a lot, but do not download but limited videos, once in a while from You Tube. Video use eats up bandwidth very quickly and I cannot recommend it from the cell network. With my grandfathered in "unlimited" download system, I can run over the current typical 5 Mb/$50 a month limit some (btw, my unlimited is $60 a month), but they start to slow down usage when I run over 8 Mb. So, it is not truly "unlimited" and at any rate is no longer available from Verizon.
Are you confusing Megabytes (Mb) with Gigabytes (Gb)? 1 Gb = 1000 Mb

Nowadays to email one snapshot commonly takes 4 or 5 Mb. At frequent intervals Microsoft wants us to download 10 -20 Mb of software upgrades.
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With LTE cellular hotspots - your talking wired speed over the air - when LTE is in your area...
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:15 AM   #28
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With LTE cellular hotspots - your talking wired speed over the air - when LTE is in your area...
So far I haven't found LTE anywhere I've wanted to camp in the Argosy... but the Elevate is smokin' fast in DFW, and generally fails over to 3G if there's decent AT&T signal. This weekend in Mineola TX looks like it might be my first chance to get good 4G coverage while camping, but it looks like it's just HSPA+, they're not claiming LTE there yet.
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