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Old 02-14-2019, 07:09 PM   #1
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Does anyone find that some, most or rarely do campgrounds offer free wifi? We haven't been to a campground in a long time (about 6 years) and will be camping soon (just bought a 25FBQ), but the last time we did (we were in Acadia, Maine), there was a charge by the hour, I believe. I think the first hour was free, but it has been a long time. We had a similar offer at another campground one other time. There might have even been a subscription type of service one could buy to use at any affiliated campground.

These days, is this the most common way campgrounds offer wifi? Or have things changed and it is available free like it is at McDonald's?
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:32 PM   #2
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There are indeed campgrounds that offer free WiFi. When they do, you get what you pay for. You and everybody else in the area are on a single 1.5 MB ADSL line ..... Even the "pay for" WiFi is often worthless. I have maybe stayed in *one* campsite / location (out of close to a hundred) that offered faster WiFi than what I could do on my cellular modem.

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Just don't expect any wifi at campgrounds. There are exceptions but rarely, unless possibly in some high price "resort" type place. Its best just not to expect it anywhere.
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Does anyone find that some, most or rarely do campgrounds offer free wifi? We haven't been to a campground in a long time (about 6 years) and will be camping soon (just bought a 25FBQ), but the last time we did (we were in Acadia, Maine), there was a charge by the hour, I believe. I think the first hour was free, but it has been a long time. We had a similar offer at another campground one other time. There might have even been a subscription type of service one could buy to use at any affiliated campground.

These days, is this the most common way campgrounds offer wifi? Or have things changed and it is available free like it is at McDonald's?
Hi Fiddyl,

The campgrounds we’ve visited have not kept up with the demand for WiFi. It’s expensive to add outside wireless access points to cover all the sites so some just have a unit in the office. On top of that, you’re competing for bandwidth with everyone else, some trying to watch Netflix when you just want to get email.

So, ultimately your WiFi mileage will vary depending on the campground.

I’m not sure if you’re interested but Airstream just released a dealer-installed product called “Airstream Connected”.
https://www.airstream.com/connected/

They partnered with AT&T to offer 4G LTE hardware and wireless hotspot inside your trailer. This was first offered in the 2019 Classic. AT&T has two plans; monthly or annual with unlimited data.

I started a thread on the forum and several guys responded with positive feedback about the service. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f451...ed-191803.html

Hope that helps!
Jeff
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Campground internet is almost a myth. The holy grail. Like a single garden hose trying to water 4 square squares blocks of homes. There are some gems out there but few and far between. Even parks that have pay access don’t seem to be any better. Get a cellular data plan that you like and use WiFi if it works.
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You might find that during the summer months the WIFI will be terrible. During Fall camping when there are few in the campground it’s a bit better. But I would never pay for WIFI. It generally isn’t worth it. You are probably better off getting a good cell phone data plan and using a cellular booster (increases signal) for your AS. There are a number out there. I use a Weboost. Then use your cell phone (get one with a good modem) as a hotspot. Then the issue is what cell phone company do you go with; ATT, Verizon, etc. And of course where you camp then becomes and issue.
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Hi Fiddyl,

The campgrounds we’ve visited have not kept up with the demand for WiFi. It’s expensive to add outside wireless access points to cover all the sites so some just have a unit in the office. On top of that, you’re competing for bandwidth with everyone else, some trying to watch Netflix when you just want to get email.

So, ultimately your WiFi mileage will vary depending on the campground.

I’m not sure if you’re interested but Airstream just released a dealer-installed product called “Airstream Connected”.
https://www.airstream.com/connected/

They partnered with AT&T to offer 4G LTE hardware and wireless hotspot inside your trailer. This was first offered in the 2019 Classic. AT&T has two plans; monthly or annual with unlimited data.

I started a thread on the forum and several guys responded with positive feedback about the service. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f451...ed-191803.html

Hope that helps!
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Interesting for sure... thanks
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