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rhagfo

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Posted: 07/03/20 06:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Big Katuna wrote:

I’ve given up on campground wifi.

I bought a Weboost RV cell amp and antenna. $500 and worth every penny. Between Verizon iPhones and an ATT based wifi puck we easily stream Hulu and Netflix. I have been in areas with no bars and get streaming speeds with the Weboost.

This is what you need to do, you can’t complain about FREE! Spend some money and get decent wifi speed.
We also use WeBoost and an AT&T hot spot, don’t waist your phone for WiFi not as good as a $100 hot spot.


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Some of you that are speaking techie are being helpful but a little over my head. My phone has unlimited but not hot spot. Is Webboost a standalone system or are there other pieces of the puzzle?


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Included wifi is good (at best) for basic email only.
Soon SpaceX will have Starlink satellite service. Until then you could read a book... pages load very fast [emoticon]


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Super_Dave wrote:

Some of you that are speaking techie are being helpful but a little over my head. My phone has unlimited but not hot spot. Is Webboost a standalone system or are there other pieces of the puzzle?


WeBoost takes an existing cell phone signal and makes it stronger. A one bar signal may go up to three bars. Three may go to four. It will not create a cell phone signal if nothing is there to begin with. A zero signal area is still a zero signal with a booster.

That still only creates a stronger cell phone signal. You then must convert the cell phone signal into a wifi signal. A Verizon Jet Pack does it. Most other carriers offer similar. Many smart phones have one built in (tether, wifi, hotspot -- different phones call it different). A dedicated jet pack is usually faster, though.
If you go this route you are using your cell phone plan data or minutes. If you have unlimited then all is good. If you have a cap you have to keep an eye on your data usage.


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Currently parked in the mountains between Gunnison and Montrose, CO. Our ATT phones have 0 bars, we can drive 1/2 mile to kinda make a phone call. But we have a Pepwave Max BR1 cell router with a Poyntang MIMO antenna mounted on a 1'x2' ground plane (this is very important) on the roof and are getting 1-4 bars depending on the wind [emoticon]. We can get email and have slow internet but it does work. A booster would probably give us a bit better signal but probably not any faster speeds. This is on an ATT unlimited plan.

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Super_Dave wrote:

Campground WiFi is snail slow with over a minute to load pages. Anyway to speed it up?


It's well known in the RV community, that campground WiFi is usually worthless unless you're doing emails.
That's why so many of us use cellphones as hotspots.


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I almost never stay in RV parks, but the few times I did, the Wifi either did not work or barely worked. My solution has been to use my cellphone as a computer hotspot. With any decent signal that works well. I have been able to do YouTube and Skype.

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OTR Mobile, your own cell based wifi signal.

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We use the Winegard Connect2. It almost always improves rv Park wifi. When boondocking we use the 4G feature (10 gigs for $60) for wifi hotspot.
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There are lots of options we have 2 spare phones And a gl.net portable router that we tether the att or visible prepaid phones to, we have a we boost rv booster that we set up if we need more signal.

Look at visible.com for an affordable prepaid service that supports tethering. With that and this mobile router we have decent internet most places
https://www.amazon.com/GL-iNet-GL-AR750S-Ext-pre-Installed-Cloudflare-Included/dp/B07GBXMBQF

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