Originally Posted by Highland
I'm a telecommuter. I can work anywhere as long as I have a direct connection. I'm thinking of working from a trailer but I'm not familiar with air cards/routers etc. I have to be directly connected to a Wide Area Connection (WAN) port in order for my VOIP phone to work properly. Any ideas? info?
What VOIP phone are you using, does it require a wired internet connection?
Check out the Cradlepoint routers. I use a CTR500 in my trailer. It takes either a USB or cardbus cellular modem. It creates a wifi hotspot for unlimited number of users, plus has one ethernet port for a wired connection to the internet. Its far more flexible than a MIFI. Its small and takes very little power. I run it off the house battery.
I used a wired VOIP phone from 8x8 for a while and it worked great through a Verizon USB modem through the Cradlepoint. I recently switched to using Skype directly through my iPhone. Much more convenient and portable.
Another piece of equipment you should consider is a Ruckus Metoflex 2211ext. Its a WiFi repeater (also low power and runs off 12v). It makes connecting to Rav park wifi networks more reliable, and provides a firewall between your network and the parks. As an added bonus, you can connect to Ruckus to the Cradlepoint router and the Cradlepoint will auto switch between the park and cellular networks. You just connect your computer(s) to the Cradlepoint wifi, and the Cradlepoint will automatically choose the best available internet connection for you.
I work out of my trailer as well. This setup has given me a reliable internet connection.