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ipso_facto 11-05-2003 02:26 PM

Full-timing Internet?
Given that campgrounds have a modem dial up type of connection -- at best, what are one's options for Internet access in a full-time environment? Does this pretty much restrict one to wireless?

wahoonc 11-05-2003 02:44 PM

Depends on what service you are using and where you are. We took a trip to Arizona from North Carolina, I have and use a Sprint PCS cellular modem, it worked everywhere I tried it. We stayed in at least 2 campgrounds where no one and I mean no one had local dialup numbers. I use a 800 number with Earthlink but they charge for it. I also have access to an 800 number thru work but it is only good for 26k. My cell modem is supposed to run around 115Kbps but real world is about 2/3 of that. It does the job but I would not want to depend on it if I were trying to upload/download critical files. It works fine for email and surfing AS forums:D FWIW we also have a Verizon cell phone too, suprisingly the Sprint PCS had better coverage in the areas we were in. We primarily were on the I-40 corridor.


ipso_facto 11-05-2003 05:07 PM

"cellular modem" -- basically you have to make sure you get coverage in your area?

53flyingcloud 11-05-2003 05:35 PM

Tried it and...
I have that still on my laptop..Tried it and, it works but at what cost?
Well, I found out it was above and beyond my regular service connection~!
To be more specific...69cent per min..Now, that may have changed since.
The latest thing I saw was, Direcway..saw this atleast two different sites..The people using it were very enthusiast about it..
One told me his cost was only 59$ a month..Not bad if you're full-timing and, traveling across the country..


wahoonc 11-05-2003 05:44 PM


Originally posted by ipso_facto
"cellular modem" -- basically you have to make sure you get coverage in your area?
That is the way it is supposed to work:D But I have found out that with the Sprint I can have a marginal phone signal and still have a great web signal. "Cellular Modem" also includes the Air Cards that you can get from the various carriers. The average air card is about $200 the service goes from there depending on where you sign up. The last time I checked in this area Sprint had done away with the unlimited and you were paying $100 for 300MB with extra k costing .0002. I have no idea what my monthly usage actually is or how they compute it. I have the older unlimited plan;) In this area AT&T and Alltel are still in the dark ages, they run about 16-18 months behind the rest of the country when it comes to roll out of the new technology. Sprint has been running the 3G phones in this area for almost 2 years, and AT&T just came out with webbrowsing in the past 14 months.
Laptop magazine did a comparison of the various air cards, Verizion came out on top with Sprint running a close second. T-moblie and Cingular weren't even close.


wahoonc 11-05-2003 05:57 PM

I have heard about Directway, did you see the real cost? It is $100 up front then $100 a month for the first 15 months, then 59.95 a month from there. I guess if I lived far enough off the beaten path it would be worth it. What kills me is that I live a mile off the paved road back in the woods, I can get ADSL, Digital Cable and the like. My dad who lives in the center of town can't get any of that...go figure. If I have directway figured right you are paying about $700 for the equipment then $60 a month for the service. My aircard has done a decent job so far. My other concern would be the obselence of the Direct TV equipment. I have an older (4 years) unit that I was going to resurect and put in my AS but they told me it would not work that I needed to purchase a new reciever. Based on industry figures the equipment becomes obsolete in about 18 months. Just about the time it is paid for LOL:rolleyes:


53flyingcloud 11-06-2003 01:19 AM

Yep..that it was~
You got it..I was told by this one individual..He paid for his setup, from the word get go..Then, he pays just 60$ (rounded figure) per month. For him, he's a fulltimer, this worked the best.
There's all kinds of ways to access the internet..Just depends on your needs..
For myself..I'd consider either this or something similar when that time comes.

sparkleplenty 02-23-2004 12:07 PM

internet access?
I have been re-reading this and am more and more confused. When I called Directway they said there was no such thing as 'affordable, portable, high-speed connections" and that I would have to invest something like 10K in a system! They said you have to be precisely lined up to the satellite everytime and there is nothing portable about it. Can anyone give me info on getting online as a full-timer preferably with a high-speed connection? Otherwise do I simply contact my internet provider for a local dial-up number everytime? thank you!

norbert 02-23-2004 01:40 PM

ta luvin it.....
sparkle farkle,
starting at about $4000 +install+ your first born+$100 duckets a month you can have one of these..bells and whistles

Theo 02-23-2004 03:18 PM

I could not get the link to work.


sparkleplenty 02-23-2004 03:26 PM

me either!
so does that mean that almost everybody out there has plain ol' dial-up service??

Porky Pig 02-23-2004 03:41 PM

I'm thinking of contacting this guy ...
Repairs by OB

He may be at the Spring Escapade in April ... so I'm going to check him out.

George Jr. 02-23-2004 03:42 PM


I use Earthlink, if you go to their web page and do a search for local #'s you will find you can access from almost anywhere wihout using 800 #.


RoadKingMoe 02-23-2004 03:59 PM

When traveling, you may have access to digital cellphone service, and the hookup kit from your provider will work, usually only at about 14,400 bps outside of major cities. But you may be in an area with only analog service, in which case the King of Clubs card from Ositech will get you on, albeit at a lower 9600 bps. You may even be in an area with no cell phone service.

For that reason, or for higher speeds, you may need to find a landline. It's good to have a service like Earthlink or AOL, with many local dial-up numbers, but you may also find yourself in an area where your service doesn't have any local numbers. Their 800 numbers are awfully expensive, so carry a low-rate phone card for these contingencies.

For those with the satellite urge, read back through the Escapees Computers and the Internet and Satellites Forums. There are many users there, as well as some dealers.

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