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Old 05-21-2016, 11:05 PM   #11
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Microsoft has just slammed me into W10! Nothing works and ALL my passwords are having to be reset. W7 was OK, w8 sucks and w10---well what can I say, give me a couple of tin cans and a length of string and I'm good!

I'll continue to rely on my own capabilities to get out of a fix. Sure I'll try all the internet s#@%&, but I won't count on any of it when the chips are down. Just sayin'. Jack
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:17 PM   #12
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Roger that. It's a good thing not to have to use the tools we carry around, but that one or two times a year that you use them is much better than waiting for help. It always pays to be prepared, within reason. I'd like to pull around a tool bus behind my bus.
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:22 PM   #13
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This is definitely one of our biggest concerns about life on the road. We are a family of pretty heavy internet users - that is to say, we often hit our 300GB data cap before we switched to a fiber plan with a higher limit. We inquired at Verizon yesterday, and the largest data plan they offer is only 100GB, and that's $710 per month! (+taxes, cell service, device fees, etc.) Ack! We're probably looking at something closer to 20GB for $110, which works out to $5.50 per GB of data. Obviously, there is going to be a huge adjustment when we start traveling full time... Think of all the money we'll save when we cancel all of our streaming services!

In any case, I have read that many campgrounds offer wifi. Do any of you have experience with that? Is it decent? Is it common? Do the places that offer these sort of amenities welcome skoolies?

What about truck stops? Do they have wifi these days? Inquiring minds want to know!
Maybe T-Mobile's a better suggestion in this case? They have true unlimited so...

As far as truck stops... some do, some don't. They're increasingly setting up wifi from what I've seen in the past five years of traveling via Greyhound... which, by the way, is NOT fun.
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Old 05-22-2016, 12:17 AM   #14
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Yea, the Windows 10 auto download is BS. I don't know enough about the platform yet to know if its decent or not, but the fact that they are installing it without consent is pretty aggravating. Same thing is happening on a family members desktop right now.

The reason it is happening is because of Windows Update and the different levels they use to categorize updates, ranging from optional to recommended to important. Most people don't pay any attention to the windows update and leave their settings at the default 'install any recommended update.' This makes sense usually, as it makes sure you don't miss any important software while not requiring you to do any work.

When Windows 10 was introduced, it was classified as an 'Optional' update, meaning the most you had to deal with is annoying pop-up boxes in the lower right hand corner of your screen asking you to download it. They recently upgraded it to a 'recommended' update, realizing that doing so meant that hundreds of thousands of people with the default update settings would immediately update to windows 10. This usually happens in the middle of the night, so many people just wake up to a new OS. Passwords, files, and more can get messed up in the process.
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Old 05-22-2016, 12:38 AM   #15
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Why not just get a direct tv package with AT&T? You can run your wifi through the dish. My parents have theirs on top of a mountain in BFE Alabama, and sometimes I like it better than my Verizon signal, plus you have your tv to watch the Cubs win the world series this year! (just Sayin)
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Old 05-22-2016, 12:43 AM   #16
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Good info comin'down! Keep it up!
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Old 05-22-2016, 03:47 AM   #17
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i joined a facebook "internet for rvers" group and they've been pretty helpful about all the ways of getting online. they charge a fee for their premium info, but its pretty much already been said in this thread.

data plans are the biggest hurdle imo. look for unlimited plans, good coverage, and fast speeds. new equipment does help. i did not realize how much of a techno dinosaur my iphone 4 is.

verizon customers sometimes sell their old unlimited phone plans on ebay and howards list. you can assume their unlimited plan called an aol. its pricey upfront but will save you in the long run.

the wifi ranger is worth looking at if you want to tap campground or free wifi. wifi ranger even makes a mobile router that can handle multiple internet sources like wifi and hotspots, and keep you connected.

im starting with a hotspot, next will be an amplifier and yagi antenna.

i'd recommend that facebook group and the premium membership to anyone. i think everyone's needs are unique and what best fits your situation is different than my situation. the group will help you make an informed decsion.
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Old 05-22-2016, 05:49 AM   #18
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i joined a facebook "internet for rvers" group and they've been pretty helpful about all the ways of getting online. they charge a fee for their premium info, but its pretty much already been said in this thread.

data plans are the biggest hurdle imo. look for unlimited plans, good coverage, and fast speeds. new equipment does help. i did not realize how much of a techno dinosaur my iphone 4 is.

verizon customers sometimes sell their old unlimited phone plans on ebay and howards list. you can assume their unlimited plan called an aol. its pricey upfront but will save you in the long run.

the wifi ranger is worth looking at if you want to tap campground or free wifi. wifi ranger even makes a mobile router that can handle multiple internet sources like wifi and hotspots, and keep you connected.

im starting with a hotspot, next will be an amplifier and yagi antenna.

i'd recommend that facebook group and the premium membership to anyone. i think everyone's needs are unique and what best fits your situation is different than my situation. the group will help you make an informed decsion.
You have to pay to be in a facebook group? WHOA!
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:38 AM   #19
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the fb part is free. they just have all their results of their testing under their paid portion of their website.

their help has been worth the cost for me. even if its just repeating whats been said here and other post. there are lots of ways to connect on the road, just figuring what works best for my travels, desires and pocketbook.

here is the link to the paid part of their website.....

https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/

check them out.

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Anyone here using or have used a satellite service?...or carry a sat antenna?
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