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Old 10-28-2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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Do the extended range/amplifier wifi pickup connections really help?

We have been to several locations where internet connections were not available or were very poor and have been thinking about one of the extended range "gadgets". Trips to the camp center or a fast food location with wifi are a pain. If anyone has one or has tried one and had not so good results with it I appreciate any response.

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Old 10-28-2013, 01:20 PM   #2
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Here is a thread discussing this topic.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...highlight=wifi
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:19 PM   #3
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Yes, they work. I have a usb powered thing that resembles a small satellite dish. I simply point it in the direction I think there's a wifi signal and take it from there. It will pick up a wifi signal that you normally wouldn't get due to distance. It will also boost the signal on wifi that you might be getting currently.
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What is the brand and model of your USB powered thing?
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I used to use a Alfa Wireless USB adapter. Ordered it online and it did the trick until we got MIFI from Verizon. Never use it anymore.
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Sailor how long have you had your new unit. I here in Southern Iowa?
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We used a usb wifi extender last winter. It helped a lot getting signals in the trailer.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:32 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info folks. I believe I will start shopping the available amplifier/extender devices available now so I can have one for the next long trip. Since we don't like to be tied to a schedule I like to be able to look at campgrounds on line when we are ready to move. We always try to move at first part of week and have not had any problems so far.
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I use to sniff out all of the FREE WIFI places I could find and got eat up several times with viruses and identify theft problems that I finally decided it just was worth playing the free game anymore...

I did like the other post on here and finally went with VERIZON MIFI and have never looked back. There is no problem now getting connected anywhere you can pick up Verizon Cell Phone service. When we go for walks and like to sit on the beach just slip the MIFI unit in your shirt pocket and works just fine with your tablets and such.

The MIFI units give me WIFI for up to five of our devices and there is no solid connections required (All wireless). We are only using the 3GB monthly dataplan at the present time and it handles our normal check-in with the kids, checking and paying bills, and some surfing the net. It is all very safe to use... If we ever had to downstream TV signals etc we would just upgrade to the 20GB plan with Verizon or use Millenicom...

Was a good and safe move for us going with the Verizon MIFI unit. With my MIFI unit sitting in its normal WILSON SLEEK docking cradle with external antenna we get a real big WIFI hotspot around our trailer sitting at the camp sites. All is password protected. Folks sees us sitting in our big chairs all the time playing with the tablets etc and always comes up and asks how we do this since their's is all dead to use.

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I'm with Roy, if you can justify the cost vs usage the mifi is the way to go. Since I travel often it comes in handy at airports and hotels, but it is nice to have camping if I need to do something online. For the most part when I camp I do try to go "electronics free" even going as far as shutting off my phone (gasp).
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