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Old 01-30-2015, 06:34 AM   #15
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Mine is a little complicated, my son set it up, he is an IT person for a major corp. But it works and is as secure as it gets. When we travel all our banking and bill paying is on line, so no public connections.

He set up a VPN in his home for his own use and now we connect to that VPN through our Android Tablet which he configured. Then we use that hot spot for our laptop to connect to where my wife has all the banking information and bill paying. We could use the tablet, but we prefer the LapTop for these transactions and as stated connect through the VPN.

To have a VPN one needs a server in the home, ie a computer which is always running and then a person (or yourself) to set it up. As long as we have a cell signal we can now connect to the VPN and surf, do banking, check the forums etc all securely.

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Old 01-30-2015, 07:32 AM   #16
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You can get a VPN with a service like Private Internet, or you can set one up on your own computer. Don't need a separate computer, FYI.

Verizon MiFi is the best.
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:58 AM   #17
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We travel extensively in our Airstream all over the country, and have done so for the last nine years. We also run an Internet business from the Airstream while traveling. Regular Internet access is a necessity in our case as we need to review and print order invoices and confirm receipt and shipment. We have found that campground Internet access is generally terrible, and we rarely use it. We have gotten to the point that we don't even waste our time checking out the campground Wifi.

What we have found that works for us is using SuEllyn's Verizon Smartphone as an Internet hotspot. We create our own private Internet hotspot using an Android application called FoxFi. Using this method, we do not incur any additional charge from Verizon. We are very fortunate in that SuEllyn's phone is under an old service plan and has unlimited data. My phone, on the other hand, has a 2GB data limit. I do use my phone occasionally as an Internet hotspot, but carefully monitor my data use.

We have found that we get cell service in almost all of the areas that we travel in. This includes the back country of Maine and the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming. We sometimes use a cell phone range extender to make our Internet connection. It has been our experience that if we have one bar of signal, we can get usable Internet access.

Our main concern is getting Internet access to conduct our business while out in the Airstream. We dot not generally use our Internet connection to stream video, but we do web surf regularly.

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Old 01-30-2015, 08:07 AM   #18
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An important point to consider is data usage. As a previous poster mentioned, it is easy to eat up the monthly data allowance.

Generally speaking, if you do email, blogging, Facebook, and browsing, it's easy to stay within the allowance. When you start streaming music and especially video, you can easily spend your monthly allowance in one day.

I have a 30GB plan and use the Internet a lot, but I never stream music or video through my cellular. I never go over. Different people of course have different needs. Pictures and scanned images use a lot of data.

I like my Unite Pro hotspot device because aside from being small, portable, and having a large battery, it has a screen that tells me how much of my 30GB plan I've consumed. It comes in handy when I'm nearing the end of the month and I have 25GB left. I may choose to go YouTube crazy for a little bit.

I've been looking at some signal booster options. I have similar challenges with my boat and marinas having poor wifi service. If you plan on using a cellular hotspot, you just need to be aware of your internet usage needs and how much your carrier charges for overages so you can manage your expenses accordingly.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:23 AM   #19
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You can get a VPN with a service like Private Internet, or you can set one up on your own computer. Don't need a separate computer, FYI.

Verizon MiFi is the best.
Did not know that, paid for my sons college and extra and simply say this is what we do, this is what I would like and he sets it up. His basement looks like a server farm as he "gives" a lot of server time to medical research. I don't understand, don't know and at this point don't want to know. All I need to know is I turn it on, connect and it works.

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Old 01-30-2015, 08:53 AM   #20
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I am still working all this out. Here is what I have and what I think of it:

2x high gain antennas on the roof.
Wilson 4G booster
Pep wave surf on the go
verizon 4G usb stick.

It all works pretty well. The 4G stick plugs into the Pepwave and shares the signal to all the devices. If there is free wifi then we can get a good signal on that with one of the antennas.

I have to say I would like to change the pepwave out, my work laptop (some crappy DELL) does not like staying its network and I just do not get good wifi speeds through the WLAN...

So, still working it out
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:22 AM   #21
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All this reminds me of when the phone company used to charge you for long distance phone calls.
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:48 AM   #22
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I'm an Salesman, and have to access WiFi on the road. I've been using a Sprint Hotspot for several years. I can access ten devices at a time, using 3G/4G. Easy option, I would Not Recommend AT&T, the worst customer service on earth!

Check coverage and select either Verizon or Sprint.
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Verizon MiFi EXCEPT in Mexico.....
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I've found that every since I have my LTE iPad, I barely ever pull my laptop out while on the road (water). With the iPad I can do 90% of what I need. Email, Facebook, WordPress blog, browsing, spending money on Amazon, forums, etc. That has cut down significantly on the need to crack open or even carry the laptop with me on trips.
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Brian above does exactly what I would suggest. I have a Verizon affiliate phone with an unlimited data plan ($50/mo). I installed Foxfi and created a secure wireless network. Works like a charm. I just do not stream long media so as to not tick off the provider. I also carry an ATT iPhone with a 20 gig shared data plan. I am the only one who uses the data for the most part. I use it for media purposes, as I can measure usage. Most iTunes movies are about 3 gig. I try, if possible, to down load media to my iPad from public hotspots or at home and leave the other networks for work on the road.
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Some have encouraged me to use the phone as a hotspot, instead of the Mi-Fi, others (including my son the wizard) have said the signal strength isn't as good.

Verizon provides the best coverage nationwide, and very rarely is there no wi-fi signal and no phone signal.....but it does happen on occasion out west.

I like some connection to family and the rest of the world, is the truth.



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AT&T 30 gig data plan, Netgear Unite hotspot, Wilson Sleek 4g lte signal booster. Works in the truck while traveling if needed and works in the Trailer, 12 volt.
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Old 01-30-2015, 02:08 PM   #28
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If you want more information about WiFi or Cellular options check out this site:
RV Mobile Internet Resource Center

This site is maintained by two full-timers who work on the road. They have written a book, The Mobile Internet Handbook, that explains the ins and outs in lay terms. The site also has resources available.
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