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Old 01-14-2016, 09:49 AM   #11
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A couple other tools that some of the CG's are using is when you check in, you get (1) sign in. It is up to you to decide which of your devices will get it. And they limit your access to 3Mb, which you can still get decent streaming (not HD), if it is not blocked.

The future of the Internet access at CG's I believe will be undergoing some change in the future as more and more devices are using the IoT (internet of Things). I see RV's mfr's using the IoT technology in their future models. Monitoring the RV, issuing updates to electrical equipment (fridge, AC, thermostats, uploading/downloading warnings of possible CO sensor issue or past replacement date, too much amperage on the LED lights circuit, possible LED light going bad.

Someone will have to pay for it in higher rate? Internet as an option?
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What is the unit you use?

Some CG's offer "FREE" Wi-Fi" and only have 10Mb service, then you divide that up between 20 users and the results are bad. ...snip
I have the EnGenius ENH202 and have no complaints. It did its job, but it couldn't overcome a CG's poor internet capacity. In the 1 or 2 situations where the signal was poor and the WiFi was free, I setup and used the ENH202.

Using PassPort America, it seemed most of the sites we were given were at the 'fringes' of the CG; further away from restrooms, laundry, pool, etc. We didn't stay in 'destination' or top tier CGs and we didn't pay $5/day for internet access. When boondocking, we stayed at Harvest Host sites; wineries and breweries. At those locations (usually rural farms and near the grape vines), any available WiFi was inside the tasting rooms etc., but not accessible outside.

BTW, I have a slick, cheap (dare I say, "ingenious" ) way of installing and raising the antenna using my TT ladder, a hose clamp, 2 boat cleats, PVC pipe, and paracord. My TT is at the dealer waiting for a warranty part or I'd include photos.
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Just for the heck of it.. I just logged into my ENS202EXT and had 47 Wi-Fi routers from all my neighbors on the scan list.. amazingly there are 4 with no security..

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I have the EnGenius ENH202 and have no complaints. It did its job, but it couldn't overcome a CG's poor internet capacity. In the 1 or 2 situations where the signal was poor and the WiFi was free, I setup and used the ENH202.
Same here. Worked great for me, At least on the CG's that had WIFI. I don't use it for gaming or TV, just reading news and catching up on Facebook, posting pics of my travels for family to see back home.

I mount my ENH202 to a Tree Pruning Pole, and extend it upwards of 15 - 20 feet high, tie it off to a tree and voila.
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I mount my ENH202 to a Tree Pruning Pole, and extend it upwards of 15 - 20 feet high, tie it off to a tree and voila.
Quick question.. do you aim your ENH202 toward the AP or just put it up?

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Just for the heck of it.. I just logged into my ENS202EXT and had 47 Wi-Fi routers from all my neighbors on the scan list.. amazingly there are 4 with no security..

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Both at home and in CGs, I saw many, too. But all of the ones I saw were secured.... except for one I saw briefly that might have been a wireless printer.

Re Antenna Direction:
I asked CG management with free WiFi where the WiFi antennas were located. In those cases, it was one of the buildings where laundry or showers were located and I aimed the antenna accordingly. I've also been known to turn the antenna in various directions to search in CGs to see if one of my neighbors was willing to 'share' their connection.
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An interesting note:
I have the ENS202EXT that has the (2) 5dB external antennas mounted to it. My old systems (2) EnGenius EOC5611P, had a single external 8dB antenna. So, just for the heck of it I connected the 2 8dB antennas to the 202EXT and actually lowered my power. I assume that the 25' of antenna cable was the cause of it. The opposite of what I was expecting. Still have one of the 5611P extenders working in the house to get the wifi from my office to the other side of the house.

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HOw about recommendations for an inexpensive booster for those of us who just want connect and check emails. personally don't need wifi bad enough to pay big $$'s for the systems that many are using.
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HOw about recommendations for an inexpensive booster for those of us who just want connect and check emails. personally don't need wifi bad enough to pay big $$'s for the systems that many are using.
If that is all you want to do is connect and check email, and if you have a smart phone, you would probably be better off setting the smart phone up as an Access Point and link your laptop to it... but if you get a lot of pictures or surf the web a lot then it could get expensive. That is providing you are getting cell service. Verizon has a MIFI unit (I have one also, just in case) but you buy a batch of data and it is only good for x amount of time, like 30 days or so. It operates on the same frequency as cell phones.

Most of inexpensive ones that I saw are indoor use only, and probably would not work well in the TT without an outdoor antenna. Some of the units only trans/rec on 802.11n, but most CG's are still on 802.11g. The inexpensive outdoor ones that I looked at have reduced signal strength (12dB) which will probably give you a little better signal depending on how far you are from the CG's Access Point. The ENH202 (29dB) is about $76 + shipping, you would also need a WiFi router to link your laptop and smart phones to ($10 - $15 at a second hand shop) and a length of Cat5 cable between the ENH202 and your WiFi router. It is a commercial quality unit, usually used between 2 buildings.

You may want to search the forum to see if you can locate any other models. Before you purchase any of them, check the customer reviews.

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The link below should depict the WIFI assist that we have had good luck with. Easy plug and play with laptop. I am not familiar with anything for cellphone or ipad.


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