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Old 11-01-2013, 12:43 PM   #11
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Do the extended range/amplifier wifi pickup connections really help?

Over the years I have used just about everything . Started out with a Alf booster then went to a wifi repeater with a four ft antenna on the ladder they were all dependent on the wifi signal that the park had which most of the time was worthless. I have been using the Virgin Mobile mifi device and has been my best option so far their are a few areas that have a poor signal but most areas good. You only have to use it one month out of the year to keep it active, no contract buy top up cards no credit cards is what I do. I use it four months out of the year in the winter when am on the road then throw it in the drawer until next year. I use the Walmart plan $20 for one month with one gigabyte
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:35 PM   #12
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The range extender that I use is

Amped Wireless model UA600

I bought it online from their website:

http://www.ampedwireless.com/

It has made a big difference in reception when travelling in the trailer
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:41 AM   #13
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Decided to go with MIFI. That way we can use it even while on the road with laptops if needed. DW used it just as a test on a couple of shorter trips(about 50 miles) and we did not even get it to register less than 99 percent available of 5G per month. We will loan it to other family members if we are not using it. Can be useful for checking gas prices on some 12 hour 1 way trips we do several times per year.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:30 AM   #14
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Awhile back, I purchased a simple USB WIFI antenna and it quadrupled the number of WIFI signals we could pick-up in our neighborhood. We also noticed the signals are held at full strength, whereas previously we would have problems with erratic signal strength from our own wireless router.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/290941296817...84.m1439.l2649

Just remember a solution like this will only improve your ability to receive and hold a signal....and if the campgrounds bandwidth is overtaxed you may continue to have slow / poor service.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:56 PM   #15
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One of the advantages of the extended range Wi-Fi is that most CC's have more than one Internet Access Point (AP). The extended range allows you to tap into the CC's AP that is least used and increase your Signal/speed. I only used our MiFi a couple of times while traveling out west this year, but is a nice backup for the times when there was no CC or Public FREE internet signals available. I would never be able to just use a MiFi, because of the amount of data that we use. With the outside antenna on a 6' PVC pole attached to the TT's ladder, it is good for around 1.5 miles (line of sight). The newer models of EnGenius are even more powerful now. I guess you just have to figure out what you need it for, then decide if you want MiFi or just extend the range of your Wi-Fi. My system meets my needs perfectly, yours may be different.
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Here is the link to my WiFi Album: https://www.jaycoowners.com/album.php?albumid=328
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I also have the Alpha unit... works well but I only use secure wifi.. never an open link as that is sucker bait.
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Seann is correct.
For the average internet user the "Public Wi-Fi" can be a shopping place for individuals that want your information. If you set up your system to protect you from those individuals, life can go on without loosing any sleep. If there is HTTPS available from the desired website, I always use that. The Wi-Fi extender is set up as my first line of defense against intruders, followed by my Wi-Fi modem, that acts as my 2nd line of defense, and of course I have my laptop security set up for "Public Internet" usage... and a good PC security program that monitors your connection. If I want, I can have the security status/hits up on a second screen, but the laptops security program notifies me if anyone is trying to gain access. For my stock trading, (Live data stream would kill my Mi-Fi usage limit in a day or two) I use a VPN setup, between my TT and my home computer.

Am I 100% safe, no that is a dream, but it will keep 99.9% of the intruders out. Hopefully that 1/10 of 1% of the intruders is not in the area.

Your connection is only as safe as you make it.

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... and I never click on a website that does not have the green check mark on it, produced by my security software.
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