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Old 08-24-2013, 10:50 PM   #11
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We use the MIFI as well but have not yet set up any booster for it. Good to know that that works well for you. Lot of places we have been don't have Verizon MIFI access either. Regarding safety, important to configure the firewall on router and laptop. Of course, no network is really safe ... sigh.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:32 PM   #12
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We use mifi along with a EnGenius WiFi signal extender. The reason we purchased the mifi, was to give us access at CG's and surrounding areas that had no public WiFi. The mifi cost us about $90 for 3Gig, which we used up in no time at all. We just returned from out trip to Colorado (4 months) and only needed the mifi at 2 CG's, out of the 14 we stayed at, which did not provide any WiFi. We tested the signal strength of the extended WiFi vs the laptop's WiFi only, and the results were as expected (Really Great). It also allows you to select the CG's fastest AP (if more than one is available) , which the laptop alone did not see. I use it to connect to the Slingbox connected to my home cable, VPN, and the signal reception was great, watching the home DVR/cable (Ray's Baseball). The MagicJack phone works great with it.

As for security, if you have a good firewall and antivirus program on your laptop/PC/Tablet (I only use McAfee, as did all the companies I worked for), set them up for public access, and ensure that the sites links are https access, for your private information, you will be ok. I mostly use the VPN connection (encrypted data) that links my TT directly to my home internet connection, and search the net that way.
Good luck with your decision.

I can only speak for myself, it is not for everyone, but we are very happy with our system.

Don
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I have considered installing a WIFI extender on my Batwing mast....(we rarely use the antenna for HDTV). The antenna mast goes up, down and swings any direction....

Has anyone tried this?
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Yes, on our previous TT I mounted it to the TV antenna, worked great, except that the added weight of the WiFi antenna made it very difficult to get it started off the down position. I was affraid that I would break the hand crank off.

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Yes, on our previous TT I mounted it to the TV antenna, worked great, except that the added weight of the WiFi antenna made it very difficult to get it started off the down position. I was affraid that I would break the hand crank off. Don
Thanks, Don....makes sense. I've seen some pretty small units....very tempting

BTW....(I haven't looked into it yet) were you able to use the cable from the Batwing?
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The unit I have uses its own coax so I had to run it from the antenna down the arm across the roof to the side by the awning and went next to that down to the storage compartment where the WiFi unit was mounted and I used a Cat5 cable from the unit to the TT's wireless WiFi unit. Most of the units now have the antenna molded onto the case of the unit, and all that weight is at the very end of the crank out antenna, causing extra stress on the hand crank handle. It was nice to just be able to crank it up, where now I have to swing it upward from the ladder mount. Either way, it was worth it.

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