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Old 08-27-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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Wifi or Aircard?

We just picked up a Sierra Wireless Aircard for use while camping. We've been finding campground wifi connections to be spotty signal wise.. and very slow/congested at the times we're likely to use it. Had great luck with the aircard on our first trip. Other that paying to play.. we're happy so far. My question is, for our US friends, which carrier do you use? We're capable of using any of the LTE services. For our limited use in the US, I'd be happy with some sort of pay as you go plan.

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Old 08-27-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
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We use the campground WiFi if it is decent speed and working.
If not we use our Air Card which seems to be about 1/2 the time.
We have AT&T Service on our air card, and it works ok.
Not that it is the best by any means, but since my company pays the bill for my cell phone and air card, it sure is the cheapest !!!!
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:02 PM   #3
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We have a Verizon MIFI Hotspot. 4G Never been anywhere it did not work. We use it at home and when traveling.
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:42 AM   #4
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We use the USB aircard from Verizon and switch over to highspeed wireless if avail at the CG. I like the air card and is very helpful when your out on the road traveling or camping where wireless is not avail. I'd rather surf the web on my laptop vs. the phone.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:41 AM   #5
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I got a Virgin mobile mifi and it works great depending on the coverage map and where you are. I bought it from Amazon. Also saw is at Walmart. It's a no contract, monthly plan which cost either $35 or $55 depending on how much usage.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:21 PM   #6
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I used the Verizon AIR CARD for years running with the DOD work teams. Just having the one computer it was connected to was a good deal back then.

With the RV and other family members this wasn't a good idea for us anymore. I changed over to the Verizon Stand Alone MIFI unit that becomes a WIFI hot spot for as many as five WIFI hookups. This covered my big M90 computer, the wife's personal HP computer, the tablets, etc and not be just tied to one computer like the Air Card provided.

My MIFI unit is very small in size - fits in my shirt pocket - and has a good four hour run time on its internal battery. Perfect for sitting on the beach in Myrtle Beach SC and having all your WIFI toys with you...

My MIFI is the older model and doesn't have an external antenna hookup but in my POPUP I use one of those WILSON Cradles which holds the MIFI unit in its designated spot inside the trailer and has an external passive antenna in use with the cradle.

Works great for my crew operating all of the WIFI units we have with us all connected to the internet via the Verizon MIFI HOT SPOT.

Won't leave home without it...
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:33 PM   #7
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would love to get a sense of the costs you folks have in the US..
Like I said, limited to using it a few times per year in the US.. but heavy when in use, two laptops and a media player for netflix.
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Here's the Virgin Mobile I use. It would fit in a shirt pocket and has a good battery life. I keep mine plugged in to the wall outlet.

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Verizon MIFI 3G unlimited data $35. Can't upgrade to 4G without losing unlimited data so I stick with 3G.
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3G doesn't stream video that well, you will want 4G and hope you are in a 4G coverage area.
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