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View Poll Results: What is your primary way to stay connected to e-mail and Web on the road? Multiple OK
Smartphone 12 24.49%
Smartphone tethered with PC/Mac 2 4.08%
Wi-Fi hot spot, McDonald, Starbucks, campground, etc… 31 63.27%
Mobile Wi-Fi hot spot , Mi-Fi, USB, built in 3 or 4G 17 34.69%
Campground Dial-up or DSL 8 16.33%
Satellite 0 0%
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:16 PM   #29
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There is another aspect to this.

I'm as sympathetic as anyone to the encroachment of technology. I never carry a cell with me when I'm hiking or packing in remote areas. I get chastised roundly for that. I haven't had TV service (willingly) for almost 30 years.

Like it or not though, technology IS jerking us around to some extent. that is the world we live in now. I was off the hook for 3 months this summer in a remote part of Wyoming. I drove down out of the mountains about once a month and I took my laptop along. On one occassion I opened my email to find that all hell had broken loose . Some guy had paypaled me money for something he had seen on a website that had closed years ago! When I didn't respond, he reported me to paypal, and they ended up putting a black mark on my record over it. I closed my paypal account after that, but the point is, you are foolish if you think you can dabble in this stuff and then just walk away for any length of time.

Norm, I'm sending you a PM.............just to jerk you around

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Old 11-13-2011, 03:22 PM   #30
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We have found that we don't need to be online for the time we are away camping. After all it's all about "getting away".

If we were simply camping I would agree. Some of us are on the road for long periods, truly getting away while needing a method of interfacing with the world.

One aspect is that we are able to do all our banking, manage our snail mail in the relative privacy of our Scamp, order our medications on line, or help my niece with her homework over Skype.

Certainly we could seek out a Library or Starbucks and probably would if we were weekend or week travelers. There's something nice about reading the newspaper(s) on my computer while the bacon and eggs are cooking.

Simply I think access to the Internet makes life easier on the road and in some sense more possible, particularly for those who are gone for long terms or have business or home responsibilities.

Have to agree with this. I would not have been able to spend the entire summer exploring the Southwest without an internet connection to deal with bills, etc.
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:48 PM   #31
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There is another aspect to this.

...the point is, you are foolish if you think you can dabble in this stuff and then just walk away for any length of time.
I'm sure Norm can relate. Much of the time those of us working behind the scenes here cover for each other when one of us is traveling.
A weekend offline in our trailer (either alone or at one of the rallys) can be a refreshing break. This is a job, but don't get me wrong...
it is a labor that I love.

I do feel I have a responsibility to log on at least every 3 or 4 days when on the road.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:47 PM   #32
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No we are not full timers, but I didn't realize that we are simply camping. We often spend several months at a time away from our permanent home, whether it be with the trailer traipsing around the country siteseeing or visiting friends and relatives who live many miles away, or spending time at a cottage overlooking Lake Erie.

After over 40 years in the communications industry...I just don't need it. I guess that just "simply camping" does have quite an appeal after all.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:36 PM   #33
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We have found that we don't need to be online for the time we are away camping. After all it's all about "getting away".

If we were simply camping I would agree. Some of us are on the road for long periods, truly getting away while needing a method of interfacing with the world.
I feel that I have been pre judged.
On line and off.

If it cannot be said here then it should not be said.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:26 AM   #34
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For 3 or 4 years we have a Verizon 3G hotspot with unlimited data coverage. It costs us $60 a month. We use it for our Internet coverage at home and away. If it's setup in the house, we are still capable of picking up a signal in the trailer outside.

We typically use a bout 5 gigabytes a month. It is capable of supporting 5 computers or Wi-Fi devices at once.

We will be upgrading to Verizon 4G some time during 2012.

We use this device when we are on the road and home. We have no other Internet coverage.

Ditto!!! Love it!
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:12 AM   #35
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What is your primary way to stay connected to e-mail and Web while on the road?
FYI...Notdstrom now has free WiFi in many stores.

Being single, I like staying connected. I have a couple of older friends to check up on daily. It's good to enjoy visiting new places, then to be able to send photos from the beach or other locations immediately or to post then on Facebook for friend to enjoy. If I had family, it might be different. But my friends are my family. I like staying connected with them on the road.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:58 PM   #36
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Our son gave a cell phone to his mother, it is usually turned off. I don't have one. We don't have a laptop.

We have always said when we are on the road the world is on hold, it will be there when we get back.

We only bring the TV about half the time. We prefer camping in NPs and NFs.
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:18 AM   #37
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Our son gave a cell phone to his mother, it is usually turned off. I don't have one. We don't have a laptop.

We have always said when we are on the road the world is on hold, it will be there when we get back.

We only bring the TV about half the time. We prefer camping in NPs and NFs.

That works great for 2 to 3 weeks. We're on the road come January for 3 to 6 months. Financial matters still need to be attended too, even with automatic bill pay. I also keep a running blog of our travels. It can be up to 2 weeks between updates. I don't bother with the travel blog when we're only going to be out a month or less.
Cell phones become important when gone that long. It would have been difficult to know of a USPS screw up with out it.
GPS is a great thing when trying to navigate around a strange town, but one has to be a bit careful.
And a TV never goes with us.
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:22 AM   #38
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For 3 or 4 years we have a Verizon 3G hotspot with unlimited data coverage.
Norm and Ginny, this is what I use at home. (I'm not RVing yet). I live in a rural area and the coverage is spotty at best, but I figure it is the best of the several things I've tried.

One of my MAIN concerns is internet coverage while traveling. I work online and need access about three to four hours a day. Of course I'll just have to be careful about what campgrounds I choose, I know some get no internet service at all. That or I could run into town to a wi-fi spot, but who wants to have to "go to work" every day and leave their cozy egg?

A question (possibly a dumb one) - is the Verizon hotspot a secured connection? I'd hate to think someone in the campground was utilizing my data allowance. LOL. When it comes to that I am quite selfish.

Thanks for any insight, folks, on internet connection! This is really (for now) a huge concern for my upcoming fulltiming days. Of course, in the next couple years who knows what kind of technology we'll have access to?
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:10 AM   #39
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Norm and Ginny, this is what I use at home. (I'm not RVing yet). I live in a rural area and the coverage is spotty at best, but I figure it is the best of the several things I've tried.

One of my MAIN concerns is internet coverage while traveling. I work online and need access about three to four hours a day. Of course I'll just have to be careful about what campgrounds I choose, I know some get no internet service at all. That or I could run into town to a wi-fi spot, but who wants to have to "go to work" every day and leave their cozy egg?

A question (possibly a dumb one) - is the Verizon hotspot a secured connection? I'd hate to think someone in the campground was utilizing my data allowance. LOL. When it comes to that I am quite selfish.

Thanks for any insight, folks, on internet connection! This is really (for now) a huge concern for my upcoming fulltiming days. Of course, in the next couple years who knows what kind of technology we'll have access to?
Jool,
I spend most of my time in remote rural areas. I can tell you that coverage in many of these areas is not good. I spend long periods of time off the hook. No phone or internet. Where I am now I get less than one bar so I can't do any large data transfers like streaming anything. It's impossible to predict though. I have been places where, for no apparent reason, I have coverage. I don't see things changing much because there is no interest from the telecom people. The populated areas are where they make their money, and they see the rest of us as a nuisance. Many of them have started selling their rural base to second tier companies like Frontier.

I rarely ever stay in campgrounds, so others can advise better about that. I'd imagine most have some access now. Shared networks come with security risk. I'm not savvy enough to keep up with all the threats and counter measures, so I just don't use them. I have Verizon 3G wireless, which has been the best so far, but still far from great. Satellite is the only really good option, but far beyond my financial means.

Luckily, nobody really NEEDS to hear from me

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Old 11-19-2011, 11:15 AM   #40
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A question (possibly a dumb one) - is the Verizon hotspot a secured connection? I'd hate to think someone in the campground was utilizing my data allowance. LOL. When it comes to that I am quite selfish.

Thanks for any insight, folks, on internet connection! This is really (for now) a huge concern for my upcoming fulltiming days. Of course, in the next couple years who knows what kind of technology we'll have access to?
Here is the manual for Verizon Mi-Fi
http://cache.vzw.com/multimedia/mim/...0/mifi2200.pdf
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The MiFi is as safe when used as a Hotspot as any other network based on the security selected and implemented.

The nice thing about the MiFi though is that you don't need to use it as a WiFi device but you can use it hardwired to the computer you are using at the time.

When using it as a Hotspot you just log into it as you would any WiFi connection but when using it direct you need to install the Verizon Manager software, a version of which is already sitting on the device itself.

Once installed this software will let you manage your direct connection access which will be even more secure than WiFi as only when plugged in to it will you be able to log in.

When using it connected like that it also will disable the WiFi so no one else can jump online.

Let me know if you need more clarification.

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The MiFi is as safe when used as a Hotspot as any other network based on the security selected and implemented.

The nice thing about the MiFi though is that you don't need to use it as a WiFi device but you can use it hardwired to the computer you are using at the time.

When using it as a Hotspot you just log into it as you would any WiFi connection but when using it direct you need to install the Verizon Manager software, a version of which is already sitting on the device itself.

Once installed this software will let you manage your direct connection access which will be even more secure than WiFi as only when plugged in to it will you be able to log in.

When using it connected like that it also will disable the WiFi so no one else can jump online.

Let me know if you need more clarification.

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Ed, thanks, this explains a lot and I feel much better about it now!
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