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Old 01-14-2016, 08:44 PM   #21
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Quick question.. do you aim your ENH202 toward the AP or just put it up?

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Old 01-14-2016, 10:04 PM   #22
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We stayed at several RV parks this past summer, and all advertised free wifi to all camp sites. Only one campground actually had strong enough wifi for every site, and that was the most expensive CG we visited. The first one we were at was the worst -- the few times we got a signal at our site, it took forever to get online, and then we waited many minutes to get a web page. We finally had to leave, because my son needs wifi for his business (yes, he was working even while on vacation with us). I complained to the CG operator, who whined that people are using wifi to watch movies and play online games. I'm thinking -- 'They're offering internet service and -- horrors! -- customers are using it!!' I asked for a refund (we had paid in full for several nights) and the clerk pointed to a NO REFUNDS sign. The problem, I said, is that the CG was promoting in their sales material that they had wifi at every site, so in fact they were guilty of false advertising. I got my refund. The problem is CGs don't want to spend what it takes to get a powerful enough wifi system that truly services campers at all sites. If wifi is that important, expect to pay for it.
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On our 2014 three week trip, we had crappy wifi from most of the CG that SWMBO and I stayed. We have "Pay-as-you-go" cell phones and one of the no-nos is using the phone as a hotspot. We bought a "Mobile Hotspot" that travels with us. It cost $50 for 60 days of 5GB service. The device was under $99.

Our phones are Galaxy 4 & 5 using AT&T towers and for the most part, we use the phones 5GB of data for web surfing and what not. However, when we are in an area with no AT&T data, the phones will lock onto the hotspot that uses Verizon towers. The hotspot also works with the travel laptop computer when we need it.

If a CG has decent wifi, we use it, of course.

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Old 01-15-2016, 05:22 AM   #24
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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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I have that same unit. Years ago, it did a pretty good job back before multiple laptops and smartphones, as it plugged directly into the laptop. I put mine in a outdoor box and ran it inside from a pvc pole mounted temporarily on the roof.
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Old 01-15-2016, 09:12 AM   #25
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On our 2014 three week trip, we had crappy wifi from most of the CG that SWMBO and I stayed. We have "Pay-as-you-go" cell phones and one of the no-nos is using the phone as a hotspot. We bought a "Mobile Hotspot" that travels with us. It cost $50 for 60 days of 5GB service. The device was under $99.

Our phones are Galaxy 4 & 5 using AT&T towers and for the most part, we use the phones 5GB of data for web surfing and what not. However, when we are in an area with no AT&T data, the phones will lock onto the hotspot that uses Verizon towers. The hotspot also works with the travel laptop computer when we need it.

If a CG has decent wifi, we use it, of course.

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Does "... when we are in an area with no AT&T data, the phones will lock onto the hotspot that uses Verizon towers." I'm confused what you mean by'.. no AT&T data.' Do you mean an area without any AT&T connection or specifically just no '.. data ..' ?

Could you provide information on the brand of "Mobile Hotspot" or where to buy it? We'd like to have a device like that. I didn't find one before we left and don't know what to search for to locate one.

We have Consumer Cellular and they use the AT&T network. When camping this year, we sometimes saw folks on cell phones when we had no AT&T connection. We assumed they were on Verizon.
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And then there have been a couple of campgrounds I've stayed at where a nearby hotspot was off line, meaning my signal was coming from another one much further away. Amazing that they don't secure them better - it was a no brainer to unplug the power cord running down the pole, wait a minute, and plug it back in. Took a few minutes to reboot, but then I had great WiFi again! Of course, I made sure no one could see I was messing with their equipment. This was even at a major state park, besides a couple of private campgrounds. Unfortunately, most campground staff have little knowledge of their systems, they depend on a service company, which may or may not charge them to make a call - and always takes a long time to show up!
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Great info amigos! I too sometimes use "Hot Spot" on my cell phone for WiFi, but I just wonder if it's pulling too much data (more $$$) if I decide to watch a Netflix movie or 2 per nite.
Here is a useful website with free updates. Things are changing rapidly in the wireless business!
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This is what I plan on doing to my 5er in the spring.

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It appears that this device sets up and works just like what I documented in the link to the older thread. A ENH202 is $79 at this source
EnGenius ENH202 N300 Wireless Outdoor 800mW Long-range Multiple Client bridge/Access Point - Newegg.com
Like the unit you're looking to get, they are not very user intuitive but I don't need to use a laptop for set up each time, I can access it through a standard wifi router with my Kindle tablet. You might want you see if thats also the case.
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This is why I carry my own Wi-Fi.
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