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Old 03-08-2012, 06:58 AM   #15
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I use a Verizon air card when travelling. Service can be suspended for 90 days if wanted.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:38 AM   #16
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many comercial campgrounds are going wifi.
and many currently are wired for internet access.
some state parks are able to get wifi from near sources,,but thats iffy.
of course you can get a sat. dish and internet package. many people that travel a lot mount a dish and a reciever, then just bring their access card from home on trips.
also while traveling ,,,just about every truck stop has wifi, or hardwire internet access.

and thats all i know about it,,,personaly,,,i listen to my am/fm/sw radio while having my coffee in the morning,,,then,,,,go fishin.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:38 AM   #17
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If you can get a phone signal, you can get an internet connection via all the options people spoke about above. We traveled thru the NW last summer in our Boler, surprisingly, we were unable to get much of a signal from our ATT service for the Ipad..Funny thing is, a week into our summer long trip, we stopped missing being tethered to the internet..

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Old 03-08-2012, 09:44 AM   #18
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I have Millenicom's "Advanced Plan" which provides 20GB per month on the Verizon network for $59.99 per month (with no additional fees or taxes). This is a 3G plan, however they also offer 4G solutions if you are in areas that have 4G coverage. It uses a USB modem that can be plugged directly into a laptop, however I have mine plugged into a WiFi Ranger router.

The WiFi Ranger router has 3 inputs - the USB modem, an Ethernet connector or it can pick up the campground WiFi. You choose the input & it provides your own WiFi network.

Because I'm often in areas that have weak cell signals I have an amplifier. I purchased a Wilson Vehicle Booster Kit and combined that with a Wilson Trucker/RV antenna mounted on the rear of the Escape. The combination provides a boosted signal area within 5'-7' on the interior antenna.

Because the entire system runs on 12V, I can use it to provide a WiFi signal to the tow vehicle while driving. Useful when my AT&T iPhone can't find a AT&T tower (happens often in the southwest.)
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:18 PM   #19
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All the solutions I have found require 3G or a local WiFi. I was hoping for a solution that could setup a new WiFi connection at my egg.

Do most camping locations have AT&T 3G or a WiFi?
Not sure exactly what you are looking for. If you are at a campground (or hotel, for that matter) that offers wired Internet, and you want to turn that into wifi, then you want to get yourself an Apple AirPort Express. They are easy to set up... You can control it from Apple's AirPort setup app on your iPad. You'll be able to connect any wifi device to it... But there has to be a network for it to connect to.

If you are at a campground that doesn't provide Internet, then you will either need a cellular-based connection (3G, EV-DO, 4G-LTE, etc), or a satellite connection. You will mot always be in range of a cellular-based system... Just like you may not have cell phone service at every campground Satellite is not always a good idea when you are in the woods. You need line-of-sight to the satellite, and the setup is a bit more difficult than satellite TV, since Internet is two-way.

Your cellular options are: 3G/4G-LTE enabled iPad, cell phone with tethering, or a hotspot device (MiFi, at al).

For what it's worth, I just pre-ordered a new iPad, so I may be selling my iPad 32gb 3G (1st gen).
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:50 PM   #20
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All the solutions I have found require 3G or a local WiFi. I was hoping for a solution that could setup a new WiFi connection at my egg.

Do most camping locations have AT&T 3G or a WiFi?
A router is a device that sets up a local WiFi signal, but you still need to find a way to get the internet to the router.

Most use a cell based data card or device from one of the major carriers, but if you absolutely have to have a data connection, a satellite system works as long as you can see the south sky. The problem with that is it is expensive, fairly slow, and if you use too much data they cut your speed back to very slow rates. Setting it up, aiming, etc can be a chore.

As to what most campgrounds have; many have WiFi, however is is often overloaded & slow, or weak enough that it is only available near the office. There are WiFi amplifiers & external antennas that can improve reception, but if the signal isn't there you are not going to have WiFi.

Some campgrounds have AT&T coverage, Some have Verizon, some have other carriers, and some have all the carriers, however in many areas of the country, particularly the southwest, Verizon provides a better signal. The carriers other than AT&T & Verizon generally only cover cities & along major routes. No matter what cell based carrier you use there will be places where it doesn't work & others do. Some people use a data modem on one carrier & tether their smart phone on another.

There will always be areas that have no cell or WiFi coverage - that is when a satellite system is necessary.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:27 PM   #21
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Brooke, if you don't mind reading papers a day or two late, we often download a paper when at a wifi spot going through a town. You can get an App "Wifi Finder" that lists wifi hot spots wherever you might be. The obvious places to go when in towns are libraries and coffee shops with Wifi. We purposely bought the Wifi only IPads (cost much less as I recall), did not want a monthly service fee either. You can find some papers that will allow you to download and have them for whenever you want to read.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:40 PM   #22
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If you are a caffeine addict like I am, Starbucks has wifi. If U R a junk-food junkie, most if not all McD's have wifi. There are a zillion places to download and read later at you leisure
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:17 PM   #23
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We purposely bought the Wifi only IPads (cost much less as I recall), did not want a monthly service fee either.
Yes, the 3G iPads cost $129 more. They not only have 3G, but also GPS. You do not NEED to pay for 3G service, nor do you need a contract. You can pay month by month. You just activate it when you want 3G and deactivate it when you don't.

I'm sure wifi only is okay for some folks, but you never know how you might want to use your iPad a month or a year after you buy it. For instance, a week after I bought my iPad, some workers cut through the data line to our building at work. Using 3G, I was able to keep up with emails, print out customers' internet orders, and even process credit cards for the two days it took to get the data line back up and running.
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:36 AM   #24
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Great ideas!

I am looking forward to meeting people with eggs at Aqua Caliente and Lake San Antonio the Spring! I can take a look at all your solutions and improvements then go home and make some changes to Mouse.

Satellite solutions - Any names of places to research them?
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Just a quick note - Millenicom has suspended offering their "Advanced Plan" (20GB per month @ $59.99) for awhile (the one I recommended in an earlier post).

According to them they are running out of accounts and won't be issuing new ones for awhile. Those with accounts on vacation or temporarily suspended will be able to restart them.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:48 AM   #26
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I have Millenicom's "Advanced Plan" which provides 20GB per month on the Verizon network for $59.99 per month ...
Hi Jon,

I've been looking for a non-contract data package on the Verizon network and they're few and far between. Almost all of them are on Sprint. Looking at the devices Millenicom offers I would guess that they're on Sprint too (they're supplying a WiMax USB device and as far as I know Sprint is the only carrier using WiMax).

I've got an email in to Millenicon to check but I was wondering if you had any other info on their carrier setup.

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Millenicom uses either Sprint or Verizon, depending on the plan. Their "3G/4G Hot Spot" plan is on Verizon, as well as their currently suspended "Advanced Plan" (20GB 3G for $59.99). Their "BYOD" (Bring Your Own Device) is on Sprint as is their "3G/4G Unlimited Plan".

By the way, I've seen postings on a couple of other forums that if you call Millernicom & ask they may still be offering the "Advanced Plan", just not advertising it. It depends on whether they have modems available...
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Yes, the 3G iPads cost $129 more. They not only have 3G, but also GPS. You do not NEED to pay for 3G service, nor do you need a contract. You can pay month by month. You just activate it when you want 3G and deactivate it when you don't.

I'm sure wifi only is okay for some folks, but you never know how you might want to use your iPad a month or a year after you buy it. For instance, a week after I bought my iPad, some workers cut through the data line to our building at work. Using 3G, I was able to keep up with emails, print out customers' internet orders, and even process credit cards for the two days it took to get the data line back up and running.
Initially I bought a WiFi iPad, but found that not having the built in GPS was irritating at times. Several apps I had used on my old Droid depended on GPS and I didn't even realize it...little stuff like a movie app that tells me what the show times are at the nearest theater. So within a week I exchanged that iPad for a version with GPS (a Verizon 3G model). I went without the data plan for a couple of months then activated it on a trip we took. Sadly I've been a data addict ever since. I use the cheapest $20 plan and it's been enough (use WiFi at home and many other public places), but I can't bring myself to turn it off! I love the convenience. Dan and I are private pilots so it's not unusual to find ourselves in places without WiFi (Not unlike RV folks). Many aviation apps give us so much valuable information it's truly game changing. Sure is a wonderful world we live in.
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