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Old 06-13-2009, 03:04 PM   #57
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Why not use wifi to pay bills on line?
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Old 06-14-2009, 03:47 PM   #58
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Why not use wifi to pay bills on line?
WI-FI is not available at all campgrounds.
It is a pain to go in search of a WI-FI hot spot if it isn't.
Some campgrounds charge for use of their WI-FI. However, this is less often the case as time goes on, but I do run into it from time to time.
WI-FI isn't secure. I know several people who have got very bad viruses from WI-FI hot spots, and campground WI-FI is just an open hot spot.
Campground WI-FI is often very slow and not very reliable. It depends on band width availability and how many campers are on-line.
The list of disadvantages goes on.
On the other hand, if you only need it once a month or less, it is better than nothing and better than obligating to $60/month if you don't travel every month or frequently enough to justify the expense.
But, then again you probably won't have to do on-line banking if you only travel casually.
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Old 06-14-2009, 03:56 PM   #59
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I think I may have posted in this thread a few pages back

Update on internet access, for me anyway. I have started using a Verizon Blackberry, I use it both tethered by USB cable and bluetooth, depending on the computer in use. So far I have had no issues with coverage. I do use free WiFi when I can find it. So what if it is open/unsecured? If you run a firewall and anti virus program you should not have any issues. I use AVG from Grisoft.com I also pay attention to where I go on the web and shut down real quick if I don't like the looks of where I am.

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Old 06-14-2009, 04:10 PM   #60
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...I do use free WiFi when I can find it. So what if it is open/unsecured? If you run a firewall and anti virus program you should not have any issues. I use AVG from Grisoft.com ...

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I, too, use a firewall and anti-virus software that is updated but got a nasty virus right here on this very website. It cost me $100 to get it removed from my computer. That's why it's not a great idea to use open/unsecured WI-FI. I still use it at campgrounds, but I am judicious where and when, and I don't use it for banking. In fact, I don't have any banking records on the computer I use in campgrounds. I don't use it in populated areas or in areas where a lot of people outside the campground might have access to it. I only use it where it is password protected and remote from populated areas.

I make the assumption, perhaps to my detriment, that a hacker wouldn't make the effort to go to a campground where there are limited numbers of computer users on line at a given time just to hack into someone's computer. But if the campground is in an area where a hacker might be located, that's a different story.
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:49 PM   #61
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How to add WiFi to your motorhome with one air card

I am new to the forum and have not reviewed the four pages related to this posting but I have been using a Verizon air card for four years and been extremely happy with it. It works everywhere and it's about $75 a month for unlimited usage. I've logged on to the Motosat that they have for their $5500 high-speed Internet satellite. That's the one that let you go high-speed both directions for streaming video or voice over IP. I can say that a lot of those owners have backup air cards like Verizon or another brand for when they are expensive Motosat's are down which seems to be frequent enough for them to have and need a backup like the air card.

Here's a neat link (and web site in general) for the buses like the one we have. One of the users but this neat website together and keeps on adding interesting material and articles on various "How To's". One of them shows how to add WiFi using one air card so that multiple users can have access to it. Personally, I just have one WiFi card for my computer and I pay for a second one for my wife because we're often in different places and both need access so the solution suggested at this website has information but it might work for some of you all. Here's the link Welcome to Prevoman WiFi on the Bus

Hey......... everybody........ I've posted a new listing today needing some help on a 2005 and 22 foot Safari. No replies yet. If anyone has time to read that posting and answer thank you in advance.
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Here's Apple's page on using your iPhone as a Modem:

Apple - iPhone - Learn how to use all the features of iPhone.

I'm using iPhone 3.0 GM (the developer pre-release) and unfortunately I don't see the Tethering option described in this article. So I suspect that has to be enabled by AT&T, perhaps with an additional charge.
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:42 PM   #63
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We just purchased the Verizon MIFI 2200. It is a wireless hot spot that supports 5 computers, they can all get online at the same time. It cost $99 after rebates, with a plan; same prices as the Aircard, $39 and $59. It really works for us and could be the wireless internet answer for some travelers.
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Here's Apple's page on using your iPhone as a Modem:

Apple - iPhone - Learn how to use all the features of iPhone.

I'm using iPhone 3.0 GM (the developer pre-release) and unfortunately I don't see the Tethering option described in this article. So I suspect that has to be enabled by AT&T, perhaps with an additional charge.
Thanks, Scenario.

I'll keep an eye out -- looks like a good solution if it supports the bandwidth at a reasonable upcharge.
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I have a smart phone with modem software installed. If I can get a cell signal, I've got internet.
FYI - You need an unlimted data plan for this to be a good option.
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Verizon,

I have been full time since 2002, and crossed America 4 times, I have used the Verizon air card on my laptop, $59 unlimited use, I also have a iMac for my photos, which I use most of the time with Wi-fi. never had a problem.
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Here. I don't use Wi-Fi on the road. I use Verizon air card. Can't belive anyone would not want to be able to have their connection anywhere anytime and have to track down a hot spot but for those of you who do, you might find this helpful. They make a bunch of them. Here's one.

Best Wi-Fi Signal Finder Yet - Wi-Fi Networking News
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