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Old 03-07-2012, 09:55 AM   #1
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Internet Connection While Camping?

Does anyone know how to connect your egg to the Internet from anywhere?

There are TV solutions.
Are there Internet solutions?

I would like to be able to download and read the newspaper on my iPad while having coffee!
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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I'm guessing you didn't get a 3G enabled iPad. That would have been the best solution. It's really nice, because you don't have a contract. You can sign up right from the iPad and also cancel the service from the iPad. No phone call, no visit to a store, no extra devices or cables.

3G enabled iPads also have GPS onboard. Pretty handy for finding a campground. Also handy if you misplace your iPad, since you can simply go online or use an iPhone to tack it on a map. You can also lock it or wipe all data off of it remotely. My wife made the mistake of buying a wifi-only iPad when they first came out. She figured out that it couldn't do half the things she wanted, so she took it back, even though she lost about $80 on the restocking fee.

If yours isn't 3G, just remember that the new iPad3 is going to be announced this Friday! There should be a lot of iPad1 and iPad2 models available used or "refurbished" once people start buying the new one. I will almost certainly be picking up the new model, and may decide to sell off my iPad1. I might keep it around as a high end photo frame and TV remote, though.

Your other options would be to tether it to a smart phone or get yourself a my-fi or other mobile hotspot device. That will almost certainly involve a lengthy contract.

I can't stress how great the iPad 3G is. It turns it into a whole different device.
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We have a Verizon mifi 2200. Since it uses the cell phone system it works just about everywhere. In combination wth the Ipad it is very nice for traveling, finding camp grounds, places to eat, ect. That said, being in rural Vt. highspeed internet is hard to come by. Right now the mifi is the only way for us to get internet at home other than dail up. That's the advantage to the mifi over the 3G Ipad. It is a wifi hotspot. The down side is it is expensive and the data cap limits our internet use in many ways. Raz
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I love my iPad too! The iPad 3 announcement should be today in an hour!

I would like to make Mouse WiFi enabled and not have to deal with spotty 3G connections.
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I would like to make Mouse WiFi enabled and not have to deal with spotty 3G connections.
You need a REALLY long CAT5 cable.
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I'm guessing you didn't get a 3G enabled iPad. That would have been the best solution. It's really nice, because you don't have a contract. You can sign up right from the iPad and also cancel the service from the iPad. No phone call, no visit to a store, no extra devices or cables.
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Which service do you use AT&T or Verizon?
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We've had an AT&T iPad and a Verizon iPad 2 (along with AT&T iPhones) and it seems that the Verizon iPad has better 3G coverage.
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The ipad 3 will have 4G and be tetherable. But I am going to stick with my iPad 1 and 3G as long as I can manage as I have the unlimited data plan they initially came out with (and deep-sixed after less than two months.)

Ipad is a GREAT solution, I find reception is really good, it doesnt take much room, and you can play games on it as well as use it as a GPS. I have taken it out hiking and then used it to see where I am exactly. Very cool. It has great GPS.
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Which service do you use AT&T or Verizon?
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I have Verizon. I also have the unlimited data plan. I am hoping that my unlimited plan will transfer to the iPad 3. Verizon does seem to have better coverage than AT&T. I have AT&T on my iPhone, and also have an unlimited data plan there. I like having one on each service... A better chance of having a good connection.
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Could you use something like this WIFI hotspot?

Newegg.com - Cradlepoint Black Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot w/ 3G&4G Ready / WiPipe Powered (PHS300)

You need compatible 3G phone.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:20 PM   #11
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Does anyone know how to connect your egg to the Internet from anywhere?

There are TV solutions.
Are there Internet solutions?

I would like to be able to download and read the newspaper on my iPad while having coffee!
Hi Brook;

My Internet configuration consists of: a Yagi Internet antenna, a Wilson amplifier and a Verizon USB760 modem. We usually spend the summer in OR, near a beautiful Lake surrounded by trees. Very few people have a decent Internet connection there. The signal I receive, is strong enough to allow me to connect to my client's computer and work on their 'system'.

I still have a job, supporting clients, over the Internet. The problem is that we like to hang out in places where there is no Internet or maybe I should say the signal is not easily captured. The above configuration has been working well for me. Switching from Sprint to Verizon also made a huge difference.

I be glad to 'show and tell', my system to you, in May at Lake San Antonio.
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Could you use something like this WIFI hotspot?

Newegg.com - Cradlepoint Black Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot w/ 3G&4G Ready / WiPipe Powered (PHS300)

You need compatible 3G phone.

This is cool! I wonder how well it works?

Subscription to use your phone as a hotspot isn't cheap as others have mentioned.

Another option if you're comfortable with it, and you're aware your phone company probably isn't thrilled about it, is to root your phone (many Androids can anyway) and turn your smart phone into a hotspot without a monthly subscription. Apps to do this are free, to maybe a couple bucks. Data charges would apply when using it unless you have an unlimited data plan. Google "root tether" and your phone model, somebody probably has a video on how to get it done...

Then, you have wifi for your laptop anywhere you have cell service, without a monthly fee. As Donna says, YMMV
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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?
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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?
You'll need a signal of some kind to setup your new wifi connection in your camper. This is possible thru the cell/3G signals (regardless of the tower, AT&T or any other company) that may or may not be at your camping locations. If you have cell coverage, you can create a wifi connection by creating a hotspot.

If you don't have cell coverage - then the campground would have to bring it in via cable, DSL, or some other physical means; then broadcast that signal wirelessly. Other than that, w/o cell signal, you'd need a satellite signal/setup (or a STRONG receiver of some sort, as has been described earlier).

As for whether most campgrounds have wifi - that completely depends on what type of camping you're doing. Seems like many RV-specific places advertise it, but I've never camped at one. We prefer to camp in the sticks and sometimes don't have cell coverage. Others may have more experience to share.
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