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Old 11-20-2014, 01:16 PM   #1
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We just purchased a Sunset Trail 34 rk that we keep in storage in Myrtle Beach. Living in WV we plan to get away from the -12 weather here & plan on spending a LOT of time in Myrtle.

To the question-my wide does medical transcription work from home-using hughes.net. The only thing Briercliff has is Wi-Fi, not the best for staying on line for 8 hours at a stretch. Does anyone know of a internet a system that would work from the 5th wheel?
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:31 PM   #2
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We use to have a hot spot by Verizon that worked well. They have different internet packages. My buddy had the same sort of thing through Att&t that also worked well.
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Old 11-20-2014, 03:44 PM   #3
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Use a hot spot. Use Verizon.
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:09 PM   #4
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The mobile hot spots work well. Most of the new smart phones can also be used as a hot spot, so my son tells me. If you are in an area with good reception, the speed is pretty good. If the reception is weak, it can be a little bit frustrating.
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:24 PM   #5
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Thank you all so much for the "hotspot" info., didn't know they even existed, lol Have already been doing some research on them. We are so rural, they wouldn't work here but sounds like they would be great in Myrtle :-)
I presume you have to be on someones plan?
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:14 PM   #6
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I have Internet to Go which I bought at Walmart. You buy gigabytes on it, much like buying minutes for a cell phone. It is pretty cheap to run. I have used it in many places in the U.S., but there are places where there is no reception. It uses the Sprint Network. A coverage map on their web site shows where it works. Places like Wyoming and Utah don't have a lot of coverage.

Verizon apparently has the most coverage of any provider, but I hear they are notoriously difficult to deal with. I don't know what they charge for mobile WiFi.
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:29 PM   #7
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In 10 years I have been to ONE place that I didn't have reception on my verizon service...

I have an old air card that was free when I signed up and while not fast enough to download movies(although I would not want to use ALL my minutes streaming movies - that's what the directv wineguard is for ), it works well ...
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:51 PM   #8
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I'm not sure I understand why wifi is not good for being online for long periods of time. It would be the suggested solution in any case, if it is provided for free. See my latest post in the networking social group on this topic.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:57 PM   #9
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If you have a smart phone
You can use foxfi. Android or apple then Verizon or att. Does not know you have made your phone a hot spot. So no extra charges just regular data on the phone I have been using it for 2 years on Verizon works great
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:36 PM   #10
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Trust me, If you use a Phone Provided " Hot Spot " for 8 hr. a day use, you will be destitute in 3 days. They all operate with various Data Packages, and once you hit your 2Gig(usually the standard) of Data maximum, it gets pricey.....very pricey.
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Trust me, If you use a Phone Provided " Hot Spot " for 8 hr. a day use, you will be destitute in 3 days. They all operate with various Data Packages, and once you hit your 2Gig(usually the standard) of Data maximum, it gets pricey.....very pricey.

That all depends on what you are downloading and viewing. Any video based data will suck up the gigs. Surfing and music, not so much. I used my Verizon phone based hot spot for a week (about 6-8 hours a day) down Myrtle Beach and barely used a 1.5 gigs of my plan. You can set it up so you can view the amount of data you are using.
I do have 6 gigs a month available, and for the week both my wife and I were using up the data.
If you think you are going to use your smart phone as a hot spot, make sure you have enough gigs available so it doesn't get pricey
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:25 PM   #12
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Agreed, The OP had mentioned that his wife does Medical transcription work that often involves an 8 hr. day.....$$$$$$$$$ Large Data Files!
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Old 11-21-2014, 04:45 AM   #13
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At many campgrounds, the WiFi provided is slow and flaky, as in goes off and on. This is caused by the campground not providing enough bandwidth and other campers using it to stream movies, etc., thereby hogging the bandwidth. If you need constant internet for 8 hours, you would be hard pressed to get it most of the time.

When we traveled west this fall, we found a huge disparity in WiFi. Some places it was great, fast and always there. Other places you were hard pressed to get anything. We were at KOAs for most of the trip.
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We are away from home so much we use our cell phones (and sat. receiver) both on the road and for home use. We also have a mobile wifi with a dedicated Verizon cell phone # with 5G data only. The hot spot is a Cradlepoint router with a Pantech UML290 USB modem. With the Cradlepoint we can use multiple laptops and a printer anywhere in the RV or the house. I use this setup because the UML290 is one of the few options with an external antenna port for better reception. Since our house is 100% steel and camp sites frequently have poor reception, the antenna certainly helps. On the Cruiser, I use a Wilson Trucker/RV antenna mounted on the roof ladder with a painter's pole so it can be extended 6ft above the roof.
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:28 AM   #15
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Thank you all so much for the info! We have Frontier at home for our land line. Am leaving next week to go down for a few days to check out the unit. Staying at Briercliff in North Myrtle for 3 days. From what I have read, guess I should check with Frontier down there to see if they will bundle the hot spot into my current account? Again, thanks to all for your input


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