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How would I go about finding the best WIFI for my RV

by RVguy33 / January 5, 2013 6:45 AM PST

Hopefully someone out there has some expertise about RV's and also about WIFI. I need to find out what to do to stay connected on the road traveling with my wife in retirement. I hear all kinds of things about mobile broadband, satellite, hot spots. Frankly it makes me crazy. Can anyone help?

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You have a tradeoff
by wpgwpg / January 5, 2013 7:04 AM PST

The least expensive would be a wireless-N router, but that would be a good bit more restrictive as to where you could use it. The best would be a G4 connection via cell phone companies like Verizon, AT&T etc.

Good luck.

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WIFI, free and paid for
by Willy / January 5, 2013 12:02 PM PST

Think in terms like a cell phone, how it connects in various parts of the country, good and bad. You still need to be in an area where wifi reception is good. Being mobile, you're best bet is 4G, using some USB attachment and "paying" for that service. Truckers do this all the time. Also, your better smart phones can become a "hot spot" that sees your PC and allows it to be used as if you're in a wifi zone, that you create via the cell phone. Again, you pay for that service. Other hot spots that maybe free are at restaurants and other public or advertised as being available and open(free) or allow knowing the password(given to you) like a RV park(motels), that service. Checkout RV websites and query there for already provided solutions or your cellphone providers, that service. If you get into satellite then they provide the means to connect. As long as you have wifi capabilities and bump into a free access area, you'll connect, otherwise its a pay for service in some way, though you may see it presence, when you sniff it out. You may want to look into an ext. attached wifi antenna for better reception to be outside of your RV enclosure(metal walls).

FYI- Don't expect to connect in true remote areas unless some wifi service tower or dish is available. The more metro you're location the more likely you may connect again according to your service provider.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Give this RV Internet Guide a look
by doityourselfrv / January 6, 2013 10:31 AM PST
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RV wifi info
by VickiMB / January 10, 2013 10:36 AM PST

When we travel in our RV we stay only at RV parks with free wifi and then when we check in the parks give us thier passwords. If you wish to have Wifi all the time verizon has a good program that attaches to your computer that provides a hot spot just for you and it is billed to your verizon cell phone or account. if you have this then your laptop/tablet can be used as you drive down the road. I believe it can create a hot spot in the rig.

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