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Old 11-16-2015, 06:28 PM   #15
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Last week I went to the local library. I wanted to update the operating system on my android tablet and the state has wired libraries with fiber for folks who live in the rural areas where high speed internet has yet to arrive. When I got home I had a security email from google. Someone had gotten my pass word over the library wifi and logged into my account. There was about $5 there and since they were using a Mac, which was the trigger for the security alert, nothing of interest for them. I was lucky, other than feeling violated, no real harm was done. I changed my password and moved on. Lesson learned.

Obviously you feel comfortable viewing your bank accounts at McDonalds? Why? Raz
Because of this risk, I use a VPN or Virtual Private Network, whenever I use a WiFi site other than one I know to be secure. I use Private Internet Access but there are many other choices. I don't travel without using it.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:39 PM   #16
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i wasn't very clear, thanks to my not knowing how stuff works. Sorry! I have only two communication devices -- an iPhone 6 and an iPad Mini. My network is AT&T. The iPad hotspots with the iPhone. I want to communicate while traveling, since I'm solo and have no other home. If an RV park advertises free wifi but it is too weak to use, I don't think I'm stealing anything if I strengthen the signal, if that's what I would be doing. Most of the time I'm using up data since there IS no wifi. In that case I need what? An antenna? Which one? I did look at rvsue's setup, but it seemed pretty complicated. Sigh. Is it too much to ask for something that's under $100, easy to install, and works?
You are not stealing to use a park WiFi and boost the signal if it is not strong enough. I have used CCrane Versa 3 Wifi USB adapter but it requires a laptop. They offer some other options that do not need a laptop, but I don't think you will find one for under $100. CCrane has one for $150, the Super WiFi Repeater Kit that might do what you want. Any of these will require an external antenna and you will need to find a way to mount it outside, similar to rvsue's setup. I fasten a PVC pipe mast to the outside of my trailer using Velcro and so far it has worked fine.

For cell phone boosting, I use a Wilson Sleek 4G booster, now WeBoost. It also has an external antenna that needs a magnetic mount. I taped a piece of steel sheet to the roof of my trailer and stick it there and then run the cable through a port I had put into my trailer so I can use it indoors, and it works great. It seems that many others use a Wilson product so they are quite popular.
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i wasn't very clear, thanks to my not knowing how stuff works. Sorry! I have only two communication devices -- an iPhone 6 and an iPad Mini. My network is AT&T. The iPad hotspots with the iPhone. I want to communicate while traveling, since I'm solo and have no other home. If an RV park advertises free wifi but it is too weak to use, I don't think I'm stealing anything if I strengthen the signal, if that's what I would be doing. Most of the time I'm using up data since there IS no wifi. In that case I need what? An antenna? Which one? I did look at rvsue's setup, but it seemed pretty complicated. Sigh. Is it too much to ask for something that's under $100, easy to install, and works?
http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Travel...RNSSEYAWD943R7

I have one of these. Easy to use, inexpensive ($32) and small.
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If you're worried about security and don't know how to lock down the security of your own computer/device either get a book on the subject or have a consultant lock down your access. One time fee, plus the relatively small cost of software, maybe $100. The book will teach you the importance of knowing how to recognize which sites are encryted/secure via the https term and what NOT to send out be email. This will not assure you are totally safe online as data breaches at other websites occur, but eliminates the risk on your machines.

I do not allow any websites to save any personal information, yet have had a couple of issues with credit card charges since I do sometimes buy online. Just means a new credit card - NEVER use a debit card online as there is no consumer law protection for those.
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Boosting the campground WiFi signal isn't going to make it any faster, especially if others are streaming video.
And, if you stream video, using your smart phone as a hot spot, you will eat up data at an incredible pace. I used up almost 400 MB watching 20 minutes of a newscast.
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Your best bet is to look into youtube with your inquiry. They will at least give you some good ideas to work with.
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Part of the camping fulltiming life is to get away from all those tech things. You're going to spending a lot of money going into campgrounds and RV resorts that "free WiFi" that you pay a bit more to have it.
Example of what camping should cost you. Earlier this year like Jan, Feb, and Mar we averaged about $7.50 per night for over 90 nights. Get away from the technology and enjoy nature.
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I might add that after traveling in the winter for the past 6 years, I'm more interested in meeting up the new friends I've made while camping. February will find me, Anne and at least 6 of our friends in Death Valley. We've come across several other people we met along the way in another campground. What fun.
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Byron my wife and do not like Camp Grounds unless,

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Same issue Bruce. The local router WiFi or wired cnnection uses it's internal DCHP to assign IP addresses. You can use the default IP in router or assign another. Most home systems and some business systems use the 192.168.1.xxx series of IPs.
: they are free. So we boondock as much as possible, The less we pay goes back into the gas tank so it cuts our costs way down and if we were smart we would put this gas hawg on Propane at 69.9L much better than 1.30.9L.
Sure glad we do not live in Europe where they pay 3 times that per litre.
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Personally I look upon technology as an enabler. When you can be gone for most of a year it is a powerful tool on many levels. If you're goal is communication and not streaming movies, campground wi-fi is just fine.

As to security, we've had two credit card issues in 15 years. Both were the result of charges at gas stations or restaurants. Bank of America caught both fraudulent charges in less than 24 hours, crediting my account before I was off the phone. We have never had an issue buying online, making numerous purchases.

We rarely use our debit card, usually to get cash at a Walmart.

The possibility with electronics is clearly huge, we download books, sometimes stream movies, pay bills, write, interact on the internet, read the news, gather information, keep in contact with family and friends.

I know some feel one purpose of RV camping is isolation. Personally just about any form of RVing is isolating, whether you are boondocking or in a campground. The whole process is separating in itself.

There's no need to escape electronics to escape.
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Part of the camping fulltiming life is to get away from all those tech things. You're going to spending a lot of money going into campgrounds and RV resorts that "free WiFi" that you pay a bit more to have it.
Example of what camping should cost you. Earlier this year like Jan, Feb, and Mar we averaged about $7.50 per night for over 90 nights. Get away from the technology and enjoy nature.
Everyone can and will have a different take on what constitutes "Camping". When we were in our 20's, and standing at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with everything we needed to survive for a week on our backs, the thought of using a trailer was an insult to our camping mentality and would give us cause to consider turning in both our Sierra Club & REI Membership cards should we ever consider using one.

Today we see our FGRV as an opportunity to see and enjoy more of the country, ranging from Yellowstone National Park, to boondocking in the middle of the Desert, to being on the beach in San Diego.

After a full day of enjoying wherever we are located, what we chose to do inside our FGRV, often utilizing many forms of technology, including our computers, televisions, smart phones, tablets, etc., in no way reduces or interferes with our enjoyment of camping and, as mentioned by Norm, in many ways enhances that experience.

In the 1970's my late wife and I full-timed for a year in an Airstream, no ATM's, no cell phones, no computers, no television etc. Technology consisted of a CB radio. We enjoyed that immensely, but today have no desire to return to that more frugal kind of camping any more than I would prefer to be driving the 1951 Pontiac my Dad was driving in our earliest RV'ing experiences. Yep, that's moi in the back seat.

To those that insist that camping requires cutting oneself off from the world and sitting around a fire every night, I wish them well, but it's not appropriate to judge others definition of "Camping" and how to enjoy the lifestyle they choose to follow in their FGRV.

FWIW: Worldwide, by definition "Camping" suggests sleeping outside or in a tent, basically ruling out any use of a trailer.....

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Thanks!

Thanks, all. I really mean that. You taught me a lot! I now have on order what I think will work for me. I just want to say that I am used to people getting sideways about my choices. It's no big deal -- and I do believe everyone who gets sideways is honestly trying to help. Most of my friends think I'm dangerously crazy to be doing this at my age, solo, but what I hear is to be cautious. With regard to technology, what I'm hearing is a reminder to live in the moment and to let my surroundings transform me. I appreciate everyone's advice, whether on point or not.

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Perhaps some site members that use cell phone links for WiFi will chime in.

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With the exception of the last three months I've been using my cell phone wifi exclusively for internet for more than a year. I got a deal through AT&T that was cheaper than I previously paid for internet and phone combined, (that included cable which I didn't watch.)

I watch netflix all the time, youtube videos and I'm a photographer and post high resolution photos to my webpage.

Before I did it I asked my phone provider what plans they had and told them what I wanted to use it for. I haven't touched the data really unless I'm driving with gps on for too long.

They told me the biggest consumer of data is gaming and videos. My plan was one of the largest plans they have, (still cheaper than phone and internet separate,) and then they gave me a discount on it, later doubling it too.

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I am guessing that you are asking about WiFi for your computer, not about cell phone service. That said; unless it is wired for WiFi, getting any sort of signal in most campgrounds will be near impossible, especially in the western states where campgrounds tend to be more remote.


Best bet might be to talk with your cell phone service about a data plan that will let you tether your phone to your computer, but be careful, some of those plans can get very expensive.


Perhaps some site members that use cell phone links for WiFi will chime in.


Our usual practice is to reduce WiFi use by about 95% when travelling, and use free WiFi at exotic locations, like McDonalds and Starbucks, when absolutely necessary. This past week, even though WiFi is available in Yosemite Village, our total use for 5 days was zero.
I think we use the internet a lot, personally, and I'm constantly thinking that we should "unplug." However, I have no illusions about the level of control I have over members of my family. Younger generations will actually go through a type of "withdrawal" if you restrict their internet access/use.

That said, I feel it would be great to NOT be so connected. I read books from my phone, like a kindle, and I'm looking forward to unhooking from the internet. I don't know if that'll be possible, but I'm looking for to trying.

Most of that is unrelated to the OP so I'll add that my phone, like many, is capable of producing a wireless access point for anyone that has the password to access the internet via my connection. I don't do that much because I can't control the use of data. I have come to understand that streaming music and videos is the greatest data hog for you data usage. I don't normally stream anything so if I create a wireless access point for myself, it's because I can then use my computer and the attached keyboard to type more freely as I respond to email or read forums like this one. Most of that data is reasonably low so I haven't noticed an impact to my cell/mobile bill.

It is possible to purchase a wireless device that functions like my phone to create a wireless access point that you can control and use while you travel. However, each of these devices require it's own data plan, like an additional phone, and the additional cost isn't justified, in my opinion. I'll just continue using my phone and if I need more data to accommodate my needs, I'll modify the existing data plan accordingly.

This is my plan and obviously this idea may not work well for others. Talk with your wireless carrier for their advice.
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