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SkylineSearcher

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Posted: 11/18/21 12:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, I recently camped at a park and "Wi-Fi" was spotty at best. On my next visit, I'm going to ask to get a site closer to Wi-Fi router. Has anybody else had luck making this request? Thanks!

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Posted: 11/18/21 12:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think you'll find almost all wifi is "spotty" even if you are next to the office. Everyone is drinking from the same garden hose! somebody flushes a toilet and the water pressure goes to 0 because its a tiny hose. An analogy yes but explains how wifi works and why park wifi unless they invest big bucks,is lousy. Nobody I know that needs and uses the internet uses "campground" wifi. That's the unfortunate truth, forget camp wifi.


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Posted: 11/18/21 12:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the reply — any suggestions for the best alternative?

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Posted: 11/18/21 12:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That may help a little, BUT if they have too many users for the amount of bandwidth they have, it will be slow everywhere.

To see if the park's available bandwidth is the problem, run speedtests before everyone gets up, and after most have gone to bed (if you're a night owl), and during peak usage times. Run the test 3 consecutive times and average the results at the various times.

To do the test on your phone, turn off cellular (so you're not testing your cellular speed) and go to www.Speedtest.net On your laptop, simply attach to their WiFi and run the same tests. Note that the speedtest is .net - not .com

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Posted: 11/18/21 12:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Skyline , how much internet do you need? just a little? Hotspot your phone, but that almost always will have serious limits even on unlimited phone plans ( unlimited is on the phone only. ). Most use unlimited or high Gig plans on a cellular Hotspot. There are hundreds of possibilities good and bad expensive and cheap. Too many to list. do a search for unlimited cellular internet hotspots. set aside a couple days [emoticon] everyone will have their own opinion.
First step figure out how much (many) gb you will go through while "camping"

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Posted: 11/18/21 12:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not too much activity -- just checking email and some browsing.

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Posted: 11/18/21 12:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"On my next visit, I'm going to ask to get a site closer to Wi-Fi router."

If the signal was weak, OK. If the problem was bandwidth, closer won't help and it is usually bandwidth.


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This may (or not) help
https://ebay.to/30OevAl

I used to mount mine on a flagpole (height so it sees OVER the competition (Other RVs) and it worked rather well. I had a home router in the RV. (Cat-5 connects) It worked so well people 1-2 rows CLOSER to the router. if I liked 'em I gave them the "Guest" pass key to my router (It offered a guest account)

I have a fairly decent security setup here when I need to do it

I also used an old Linksys WGA-54G (Wireless Game Adapter) and the can described in Amateurlogic.tv's episode #3 George and Tommie later went on to improve it in a later episode I thought about it . .. but never did it

One note: Some routers my nano-station did not like,

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Posted: 11/18/21 05:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The problem is there are too many pigs at the trough. Unless a RV park will invest the capital to bring in fiber even if it is available, there just isn't enough bandwidth for everybody surfing the net, checking email and most of all streaming video. I've been in park right next to the wifi and had excellent signal strength with lousy download speed.


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Set up your own cell based wifi.

I was an OTR Mobile customer, but ran into issues with the winegard router, and ended up going directly to AT&T for a sim card for the router. They have gotten a little pricey too. There are other similar solutions, but these are more for unlimited data needs.

If you're a light user, just use your cell phone as a hotspot.

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