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Old 12-06-2017, 09:19 PM   #11
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I can't tether my Tracfone so I use a Straightalk router that uses Verizon cell service.
I use Straighttalk for cell service, have no problems with it. Been thinking about a router, any problems with yours?

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Old 12-07-2017, 04:20 AM   #12
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I have seen some Hughes satellite disks on rv's and lots of advertising on tv for their new improved internet , and phone service.

I know someone who had it years ago and it was not reliable. If they are having another go at it, maybe they have overcome some problems.
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:25 AM   #13
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I have a VERIZON MIFI account which is a stand alone unit that creates a HOT SPOT using Verizon. Works anywhere Verizon is working which is almost everywhere. This is a secure WIFI network for us and we can use up to five of our Tablets type devices within a 100 feet range of the MIFI unit.

I stopped using the non-secure FREE WIFI at campgrounds and local business companies connections a long time ago. Was not very dependable for me to use.

My unit is one of the older units which gives my 3GB of data per month and the speed is slow but it works great for checking in with the kids, paying a few bills, some surfing of the internet. This is an early unit and will not downstream any movies or HDTV shows over the internet.

The cost is $25 a month and is a separate item on my Verizon Wireless Phone bill.

If I would upgrade to one of the newer Verizon JETPACKS MIFI units I would get to downstream movies and TV shows etc... That would raise my monthly cost to around $50 a month and my DATAPLAN would start at 5GB a month... You will need a 10-20GB dataplan to do the HOTSPOT downstreaming thing on a regular basis and that will cost you around $100 - $150 a month I reckon....

My older DROID Cellphone does not do the HOTSPOT thing but that is what most everyone uses now it seems... You can tether five or so of your devices through your newer cellphone HOTSPOT feature. Verizon is about the only carrier that works well anywhere in the US doing this. I suspect AT&T would fall into the number 2 carrier for off-grid camping signals anywhere in the USA. Finding something that uses the VERIZON NETWORK backbone is what you want to look for...

We get our HDTV fill using the OTA BATWING Antenna pointing at local towns that are transmitting digital HDTV signals. Works great for us and this is all FREE... Watch local Digital HDTV every night when camping off-grid...



Then we use our Verizon low key $25 a month MIFI account to check-in using the internet with the kids, pay a few bills, and surf the internet etc... Been doing this since 2009

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Old 12-07-2017, 07:58 AM   #14
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I use Straighttalk for cell service, have no problems with it. Been thinking about a router, any problems with yours?

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The biggest problem I have with my Straightalk router is the device limitation. I run into the 5 device limitation frequently. Between cell phones, laptops, ereaders, and my kids and grand kids devices, it's pretty easy to hit the 5 device wall. I have to turn off the wifi on selected devices.

Another problem is that once your data runs out, it becomes unusable. I can't even go to their site and buy more data. I have to use my phone to reload more data.

You also need to know that using the Straightalk web site to ascertain remaining data is dicey. Sometimes you get an answer, sometimes you don't.

FYI the cost is $15/Gig but as you buy more the cost comes down. I'm on the lowest plan just to keep the router usable for when the power goes out at my house.

All in all, I find the device usable and cheap enough.
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Check with Verizon if you plan to use your phone as a hotspot in Canada with the Unlimited plan
We learned a dirty little secret of theirs. In Canada you do get service but after the first gb a day the speed slows down dramatically Usually for us it was 1x which precluded using the phone for anything other than a phone.
Do not run Google Maps under the unlimited plan.. a real data eater.

So for us spending a lot of time in Canada it was an expensive waste of money.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:15 AM   #16
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I just switched to T-Mobile They have a $60 plan (for those 55 and older...) that is for two lines, tax and fees inclusive, and unlimited talk, text and data. Also includes Canada and Mexico. I can tether wherever there is a signal...and the signal may be the issue but so far it's better than AT&T by a long shot.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:34 AM   #17
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The biggest problem I have with my Straightalk router is the device limitation. I run into the 5 device limitation frequently. Between cell phones, laptops, ereaders, and my kids and grand kids devices, it's pretty easy to hit the 5 device wall. I have to turn off the wifi on selected devices.

Another problem is that once your data runs out, it becomes unusable. I can't even go to their site and buy more data. I have to use my phone to reload more data.

You also need to know that using the Straightalk web site to ascertain remaining data is dicey. Sometimes you get an answer, sometimes you don't.

FYI the cost is $15/Gig but as you buy more the cost comes down. I'm on the lowest plan just to keep the router usable for when the power goes out at my house.

All in all, I find the device usable and cheap enough.
Thanks much hoppers4

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Works for me

I've been using Republic Telecom for over four years now. Costs me $23. a month. I get Wireless, Cell. and a gig of data......
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I have an AT&T wireless unlimited family plan. It includes 10GB of hotspot use for each phone during each month (after the 10GB AT&T claims the right to slow the connection). We use the hotspot when on the road. We do not use WiFi in campgrounds or hotels because of security risks and slow WiFi. As others have mentioned, as long as you have cell service the hotspot works great and is generally much safer and faster than free wifi from campgrounds and hotels. Verizon usually has coverage in places where AT&T doesn’t. However, except for camping in the back country, we have not had a problem with AT&T service.
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There is a fix to restore hotspot functionality to a newer Note, found on a search.
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