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Gia

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free wifi hot spots?
« on: April 06, 2013, 02:10:32 AM »
We are renting an RV for the first time and going on a road trip from Canada down to Arizona.  Where can we find free wifi hot spots?

Thanks!

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Re: free wifi hot spots?
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2013, 03:25:21 AM »
Some (many?) campgrounds include WiFi in their nightly fee. Various establishments such as McDonalds provide free WiFi.

Here are a few articles in our forum library that also provide some pointers on funding WiFi hotspots, although some of the information is a little dated: Here, here and here.
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Re: free wifi hot spots?
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2013, 06:23:02 AM »
The most reliable way to find a free WiFi hot spot is to go to the local library. Almost every RV park I stay in offers free WiFi but virtually none of them work good enough to actually use.
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Re: free wifi hot spots?
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2013, 01:26:39 PM »
McDonald's. Buy a $1 soda with free refills and sit there drinking while you compute.
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Re: free wifi hot spots?
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2013, 10:18:49 PM »
The most reliable way to find a free WiFi hot spot is to go to the local library. Almost every RV park I stay in offers free WiFi but virtually none of them work good enough to actually use.

Don't know where you have been staying, but I have very rarely had problems with RV parks' wifi.
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Re: free wifi hot spots?
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2013, 01:39:25 AM »
McDonalds, Starbucks, etc. have worked for me.  If you're using GPS, try the POI Factory (http://www.poi-factory.com/).  I haven't tried the POI (points of interest) file for wifi, but I have loaded others into my Garmin.  It tells you how far & how to get to a nearby wifi place.
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Re: free wifi hot spots?
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2013, 05:30:09 AM »
If you have an iPhone, there's an app that lists free wifi around you.
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Re: free wifi hot spots?
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2013, 07:34:42 AM »
If you have an iPhone, there's an app that lists free wifi around you.

Also for Android called WiFi Finder.
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Re: free wifi hot spots?
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2013, 03:09:40 PM »
Home Depot's have free wifi as well

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Re: free wifi hot spots?
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2013, 08:29:46 PM »
Don't know where you have been staying, but I have very rarely had problems with RV parks' wifi.

I think the answer depends on what you are expecting the wifi to be able to do.  If all you are doing is checking your email then almost any connection will do.  If you are actively surfing the web, reading news stories and social media you're going to need a more reliable system with higher throughout.  If you expect to stream video you probably shouldn't even consider it.

We find that most CG wifi's can provide the basics (email) but aren't consistent enough for an hour of web-surfing without experiencing numerous slow-downs.  Some are better than others, but, since we have an unlimited Verizon account, we usually use our own connection rather than deal with wifi.
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Re: free wifi hot spots?
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2013, 04:48:19 PM »
If you need the really high speed broadband service for streaming video, you can get a Verizon aircard for their 4G service.  Mine was about $50 for 5GB per month.  I think it's about $60 for an unlimited plan.  Their website shows a coverage map for the entire U.S.  I have their unlimited cell service plus the internet service for $100 per month.  Good luck!

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Re: free wifi hot spots?
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2013, 05:52:38 PM »
This is a very old topic and the original poster has never been back to reply.  Also, Verizon no longer has any unlimited data plans, only unlimited voice and messaging.
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