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Old 02-02-2010, 06:29 AM   #1
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We are planing a two / four month trip to the east coast starting the next few weeks. We are interested in getting a national wireless connection for the internet with out a yearly contract. Is there any out there that have good coverage? What say you folks?
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:38 AM   #2
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Have you considered staying at campgrounds that have wifi? No cost to connect in most campgrounds.
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I am not sure what you have at home but I have att dsl and if the campground does not have wireless than most areas have a mc donalds to get a att hot spot. I have not many problems doing that checking email once or twice a day.

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Old 02-02-2010, 01:19 PM   #4
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As mentioned, we look for campgrounds with free wi-fi wherever possible. Otherwise, we've always been able to find a coffee shop or other hot spot in places nearby. We were out 87 nights over three trips last year and were always able to stay in touch.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:02 PM   #5
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If you are going to travel buy yourself the woodall 2010 it's great for finding campsites and wi-fi. They say the next exit is good also. We plan all our trips with the Woodall.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:23 PM   #6
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I have found that many campgroundsadvertise they have "WIFI" however I found it is either not free and spotty or free and spotty. You may start with a strong signal however when that rig pulls in next to you all bets are off. We chose a 3G card and got rid of DSL at house. It provides us with much more flexibility, and can still use hot spots. We have not used the 5GB alloted each month. So far we have had no regrets.
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:01 AM   #7
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I am writing this to you from a parking lot in Florida via a Virgin Wireless aircard. Best Buy sells the card for $150.00 and there is no contract. Airtime ranges from $20 - $60. Reception is good and pretty reliable. Verizon Wireless also has no contract plans. We use the WiFi at campgrounds but sometimes the service is spotty. The nice thing about having an aircard is that you can use it while driving along the highway....not the driver!
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We use campgrounds with WIFI but in order to combat the poor reception we boost the signal with an antenna and JEFA repeater. It enables us to pick up the wifi much better.
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:06 AM   #9
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Airtime ranges from $20 - $60.
Is that per month?
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:39 AM   #10
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The short answer is "yes" but it is sold by the mb or gb. Anything other than a $10 plan with be good until you use up the amount of mg or gb you buy or 30 days, whichever comes first.
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:49 AM   #11
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Guess I don't understand the need for a separate "plan". Wherever Joyce and I have traveled we find a hot spot and she logs on toaol.com and connects to her e-mail page and I do the same for my e-mail on comcast.net. There are no worries about additional plans and additional charges. Also do research on RV Parks at our next planned stop and National or State Parks we intend to visit.



On a separate note, I recently purchased an Acer 10.1 Netbook for our travels. Got tired of lugging the much larger Toshiba notebook I use at home. Got a case for the Acer which measures 11" X 8 1/2" X 2" and has room for everything needed...cordless mouse, power supply, pouch for PDA, flash drive, pen holder, etc. Took it on my scouting trip to Borrego Springs. Almost wish I was the Acer rep as I could have sold three units to guests and the receptionist at the hotel I was staying when I used it in the lobby. Highly recommend a netbook if you're tired of lugging a larger laptop and associated big case. Paid around $295 at Wal-Mart. Also bought a really small HP printer for $32 which will come in handy for printing out trail maps for our hikes & bikes.

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Guess I don't understand the need for a separate "plan".


On a separate note, I recently purchased an Acer 10.1 Netbook for our travels.

I agree with coastn. We don't find a need for a separate plan either.
I posted on the Acer netbook last year. As far as we are concerned---great little pc.
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I find two tin cans with a string very effective in all seriousness I hope to aquire something like that before this summers big trip. I understand that McDonalds now has this service free

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Yeah, but the cans and string are so slow to download.
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But Russ I have waxed the string and have a mouse that runs up and down it

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I use Wi-Fire an antenna adapter for wireless,http://www.hfield.com/. It does a great job of picking up wifi signals especially in CG's where the signals are spotty. We often pick up the signal at our site when the hotspot is only at the office. It's a small wifi antenna that plugs into the usb port. I've been using it for the past two years with excellent results.
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:00 PM   #17
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That Wi-Fire is pretty interesting. I've been in places where that would have been nice ... especially if the only wi-fi spot is the office.
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:31 PM   #18
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The wi-fire works as described at their website. It has a range of up to 1000'. The park I'm in now I pick up 15 wifi points with the laptop wifi, with the wi-fire I see 22.
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