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Old 09-09-2007, 12:11 PM   #15
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For mobile internet connection anywhere there is a cell signal, we use Alltel Axcess Mobilelink. We do this via SuEllyn's cell phone with a USB connector cable. We are very satisfied with this service. The speed is much better than dial-up, but not up to cable internet speed. The cost is $25/mo for unlimited use anywhere. We were using an Alltel aircard which was costing $60/mo. The cell phone hookup just as well at less than half the cost.

We have also been noticing that more and more campgrounds are offering broadband wifi at the campsites.

We have now become so spoiled that we demand five-point hook ups (electric, water, sewer, cable, and wifi). Some days we have so many orders to fill that we work most of the day in the Airstream.
Can you find five-point hook ups at really beautiful and remote settings? What is the nature of the compromises you have learned you have to make?
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:05 PM   #16
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D-Link makes a mobile router as well. A little cheaper than the Kyocera. I got mine at best buy. Works ok with my MacBook Pro wirelessly, works well wired.
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Old 09-09-2007, 11:42 PM   #17
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I'll say it again...this is a great thread! And I'm getting all sorts of good ideas from your responses and experiences...thank you all!

Hmmm...perhaps "free at last" is sooner than I thought!

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Old 09-10-2007, 12:58 AM   #18
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My wife and I are into our fourth year of fulltiming.

I do two jobs from our A/S. My wife and I campground host, which I consider as paying the rent. For groceries I do transcriptions. When I first started fultiming I used Bell Mobility (from Canada) data service with my cell phone... the plan I was on allowed unlimited data access for 99.00 a month. Then one day while in New Mexico I found out my cell phone bill was $7,000.00. After my heart restarted and I picked my jaw off the floor I called the phone company... it turned out that the agreement Bell Mobility had with Sprint in the US had ended, and my unlimited data had turned to $5 per megabyte... the only problem... they had neglected to tell me. They did agree to waive the bill, but I was now without data service.

Shortly after that I purchased a mobile satellite system... and have found it to work great. I've used it as far north as Smithers, BC, and down in New Mexico without a problem. With the high speed internet I now have, my work, which used to have to be couriered to me, can now be downloaded right from my clients, and emailed back to them. Also, while hosting in parks with no internet service, I'm more than happy to share my bandwidth... something appreciated by many fulltimers.

An interesting point about hosting: During the summer my wife and I host in British Columbia. We receive a nice site with a gorgeous view of the lake from our campsite in return for doing campground programs and assisting the parks visitors. During the winter we head south to host in New Mexico. Being Canadian, I'm allowed to volunteer in the USA... but am absolutely not allowed to receive any renumeration... including a free campsite. If I do, it's considered work... and would need to get a work permit or a work visa. In New Mexico I'm able to purchase an annual camping permit... and therefore when hosting and volunteering, I am truly receiving nothing in return (except friendship, good feeling, enjoyment).
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Old 09-10-2007, 06:23 PM   #19
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I'll say it again...this is a great thread! And I'm getting all sorts of good ideas from your responses and experiences...thank you all! TB
I'm, glad you are enjoying this as much as me. I find that people are basically good and amazingly willing to share, when asked or when the opportunity otherwise becomes obvious.

Working from home is great but I suspect working from the woods, desert, road or whatever may be better. My plan is to continue learning from our kind Airstreaming friends and give it a shot. For example, learning about power needs over the weekend has resulted in my bidding on a Honda generator on eBay. Keep the faith......................
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Old 09-10-2007, 06:48 PM   #20
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I love this thread!!!
I am struggling to get an internet based business running from home! It would be a dream if I could also run it from the AS.

How did each of you find out about the technical aspects of going wireless? Do you have an computer consultant who helps you figure out the individual parts and that make up the entirety of your mobile system?

What about website design and internet marketing? Have you hired professionals, or are you DYI?

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I love this thread!!!
I am struggling to get an internet based business running from home! It would be a dream if I could also run it from the AS.

How did each of you find out about the technical aspects of going wireless? Do you have an computer consultant who helps you figure out the individual parts and that make up the entirety of your mobile system?

What about website design and internet marketing? Have you hired professionals, or are you DYI?

Mary
Hi Mary, Glad you're enjoying the thread. I suspect there are enough people wanting to realize the dream of working from their AS that this thread could be given a higher and permanent position in the hierarchy.

I have not needed the services of a networking professional. I have a wired and wireless network in my home with a Linux file server, a Linux based backup server and a wired router appliance plus two wireless access points.

I suspect both of us would need less complex network components in the AS. I would be happy to advise you privately by phone (primarily) if you feel comfortable taking it on without my being physically present.

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Old 09-10-2007, 07:29 PM   #22
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My job requires me to move about 5-10 GB of data every weekend, and I've had great luck with the verizon 3G data card. I previously had the sprint service (not bad) and the AT&T which was a joke. I have heard from one of my employees that the new 3G sprint network is as good as the verizon.

Having said that, I always try to find a campground with wifi when I can. Unfortunately, it usually does not work very well, but if I find a place where it does, I will make a note and try to return there. There are plenty of other free or paid places you can hook up too, starbucks, flying j, etc. I saw several gas stations advertise free wifi just today, and think that it will be more common as time goes on.

My main "mobile office" is a Gulfstream sprinter van conversion, but we also have a 23" CCD. Both are outfitted with everything I need, which is my laptop, plus a laser printer, fedex and ups supplies, blank CDs and DVDs, and spiral binding gear. If I'm traveling alone I use the sprinter, but if my family is coming along we take the airstream. Since I travel about 40 weeks each year, this has allowed me to spend about an extra month with my wife and kids each year.

One thing that I would add as a very useful addition to the mobile office is a UPS/power conditioner. If you buy a large unit, it will stabilize the voltage going to your computer, protect you from spikes, let you back up when the power fails, and most importantly, run your laptop on AC for hours - so even when you are not on AC, you can work all day and not drain your coach batteries with an inverter. Very useful IMO. Just leave it plugged in when you are hooked up to shore power and it will charge right back up.

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My wife and I are into our fourth year of fulltiming.

I do two jobs from our A/S. My wife and I campground host, which I consider as paying the rent. For groceries I do transcriptions. When I first started fultiming I used Bell Mobility (from Canada) data service with my cell phone... the plan I was on allowed unlimited data access for 99.00 a month. Then one day while in New Mexico I found out my cell phone bill was $7,000.00. After my heart restarted and I picked my jaw off the floor I called the phone company... it turned out that the agreement Bell Mobility had with Sprint in the US had ended, and my unlimited data had turned to $5 per megabyte... the only problem... they had neglected to tell me. They did agree to waive the bill, but I was now without data service.
I'd like to hear more about your transcription work. Can you let me know what kind of transcription, through what channel, etc.? Thanks!

Campground hosting sounds great.

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