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Old 07-31-2009, 10:26 AM   #15
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I make my living from installing and setting up WiFi for small business and I can tell you that most laptop you buy at a retail store are not set up for outdoor or RV park use. Unless you have them setup for that (they come setup for use in your home). If you want a good fast and strong signal you should go with a Ext. device with 370mw or more power. With my 1/2 watt card and Ext. Ant. I can get about 1 mile at 11mb. Most cards in laptops from retail stores have about 230mw (or less) of power and Business class laptops have up to 320mw or more. So if you want more power from your laptop wifi get a good ext card and I don't mean a $39 card from walmart.
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:41 AM   #16
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Most campgrounds that have wifi are open wifi's and not secure so we don't pay bills online here or go into any financial thingys on them. You can download free antivirus programs that actually work, we use AVG Anti-Virus Free and we've had it for 4 years with no problems at all.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:41 AM   #17
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Hi Pat,

Do you know how to turn on the wifi on your new laptop so you can search for a signal?

Fred had to show me what to do on both of ours, they are both different.

Get out the manual if you don't know how to do this.

Take your laptop to a place that has free wifi and try it out. We have Caribou Coffee, library, several restaurants.

When we are in Duluth I much prefer to go have coffee or lunch and have free fast wifi over my dial up in Duluth. I try to time my visits to their non busy hours so I don't take up space while surfing the web.

I'll never spend money for a boost antena. I just remembered in Bayfield Fred could not get on at our campsite but did at Pat's. We will probably just walk to the stronger signal. We do not want to be married to the computer in a campground. When traveling we just check in for email every couple of days. Different needs for different people.

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Old 07-31-2009, 12:12 PM   #18
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I am usually successful in connecting to campground and other wifi hotspots with the wifi receiver built into my Asus Eee netbook. However, if I am on the fringe of a campground and get a weak or no signal, then I plug in an external USB wifi adapter with an adjustable antenna. (Or move outside or nearer the source antenna.) The one I use (Airlink 101) appears to not be available anymore, but it is similar to this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16833130111

If I were you, I would get familiar with the operation of both the internal and any external receiver before leaving on your trip. I see Barnes&Noble now offers free WiFi, if you don't have wifi at your home.

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As more people are traveling with laptops how do you connect? If wifi, do you use an antenna and if so what kind?

I have looked at them online and talked to salemen in stores. I would like to hear from RV people that have use them. Also what do you think about wifi?
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:51 PM   #19
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I make my living from installing and setting up WiFi for small business and I can tell you that most laptop you buy at a retail store are not set up for outdoor or RV park use.

What!!!
Retail store!!! Where else would most people purchase a laptop??

Seems to me WiFi is WiFi. Whether you are at home, outdoors or camping.

I have had my laptop for 3 years now and it works perfectly fine in the Outdoors and RV parks. If the WiFi signal isn't strong enough I move closer to the source, but rarely have to.
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I've used this one for two years now with good success.
http://www.radiolabs.com/products/wireless/waverv2.php
I work on the road every July when we go out in the Scamp for a month.
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:52 AM   #21
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Retail store!!! Where else would most people purchase a laptop??

Seems to me WiFi is WiFi. Whether you are at home, outdoors or camping.

I have had my laptop for 3 years now and it works perfectly fine in the Outdoors and RV parks. If the WiFi signal isn't strong enough I move closer to the source, but rarely have to.
Yes if you want a home PC or laptop go to a retail store. If you want one that will work well at home, at the office and on the road get yourself a business laptop. years ago we did home pc's (won't do that again) they just don't work on the road. I can get over 11mb from a hotspot over a mile away with my 3lb Thinkpad. I don't need move closer to or sometimes can't move closer to the sourse. All I am saying is most laptops from retail stores do not do well outside the home when it comes to Wifi. Get a Ext. Ant and it will work better. The one Greg A. posted is a very good one I have setup lots of them for people with boats that can't get closer to the docks but need to get wifi to their boats.
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:30 AM   #22
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Although my MAC has an internal wifi capability, I have chosen to go with an air data card from my carrier. It does require an additional monthly fee around $60 but the security and range of signal is worth it. A cell phone signal booster (http://www.powerfulsignal.com/RV-Motorhome...-Motorhome.html) installed on my egg increases coverage even more . . . I visited Idaho's City of Rocks National Reserve where cell phone coverage was unheard of - until I turned on my booster and then I had a strong signal. Both cell phone and internet access were solid.
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:11 PM   #23
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I have been using an EVDO "air" card for several years now. We have found it to be very useful and able to connect almost everywhere. There have only been only a few places where we could not connect in the western states.

WiFi on the other hand has been very disappointing. It seems Macs don't connect as well as PCs in general (at least that has been my experience.) In one RV park we were between two metal buses. I couldn't get any signal. Many RV parks have poor or weak signals and only use the WiFi as a selling point. The parks don't accept any responsibility for poor quality.

I have been taking inventory of my needs lately and it seems I may want several antennas.I plan to mount the EVDO & WiFi Antennas each on a 20' painter pole. When we park we will pick which one we want to use and attach to our back ladder.

I plan to continue my Internet Web Development business when we go Full-time so being able to connect anywhere is important to me.

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another vote for an aircard here. I have Verizon, and like others, rarely get skunked for signal, even in the remotest of areas.

That said, the park I work in now has wifi.. I live in a park model mobile home this gig and its like being in a giant shield. I had to buy an external card and can only surf in certain areas of the house.

I suspended my air card service for the period I am here in an effort to save $$$$. I am thinking of getting it back as when I go camping now, I have no service.
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another vote for an aircard here. I have Verizon, and like others, rarely get skunked for signal, even in the remotest of areas.

That said, the park I work in now has wifi.. I live in a park model mobile home this gig and its like being in a giant shield. I had to buy an external card and can only surf in certain areas of the house.

I suspended my air card service for the period I am here in an effort to save $$. I am thinking of getting it back as when I go camping now, I have no service.
gina, that is why I am getting the Repeater. I can move it between my metal park model and my Bigfoot. It is suppose to give a strong signal throughout the inside of the trailer. Well see.
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it is not common to get housing supplied for you when you work in a park, so I don't really want to invest in a lot for a temporary situation. But I could see how the repeater would be a great asset for longer term living.
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:13 AM   #27
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Gina when we first got our AT&T air card I bought an antenna to stick on the window but decided since only part of our house had a metal roof it wasn't worth the hassle, but it did help. Instead I use a hub which I happen to have and stick the air-card in the hub which sits in the window and I get better reception. Metal roofs or metal trailers definitely are not 'user friendly' when it comes to using an air card, though oddly enough I have no problem in the car if in a good reception area. You could try an antenna.

I am impressed Verizon let you discontinue service for a period of time, I thought they locked you into a 2 year contract time like AT&T.

Something to note about air card service from these companies, if you cross over the border, as in going to Canada, and use it, it will cost big bucks, which is noted in the small print. Living in the NW I barely think of going to Canada as 'international travel' and when we were in BC purchasing our Escape in March I went on line while waiting in long border lines - it was a very expensive lesson in forgetfulness, stupidity and paying attention to the fine print. Beware of borders with that type of service!
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I am impressed Verizon let you discontinue service for a period of time
They let you go into "Vacation Mode". You can suspend (Not dicountinue) your service for 2 3 month periods every two years.

I have been with Verizon for SO long (Decades) that I am no longer on a contract and they actually treat me very well.

The only time I get a new contract is if I upgrade equipment. So far, since 1997, I have only bought two phones and an aircard. I run em into the ground.
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