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Zach

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As one who has become addicted to his laptop and wireless internet, are you guys finding campsites mostly have Wi/Fi?

I envision myself driving around towns with my laptop open trying to find a free wireless connection though!!
thanks,
Zach
 

Ned

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Not most, but many campgrounds now offer wireless internet access.  There is a file in our library that lists 700 campgrounds with free wireless internet and this web site has several files for Street Atlas and Streets & Trips that show campgrounds with both free and pay wireless internet.
 

John From Detroit

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Not all campgrounds offer Wi-Fi, the one where I'm at now used to, the antennas are still up but it has been turned off...

However everywhere I'm parked has wi-fi less I'm parked for a very short time

One of the RON's here has "Ron's internet solutions" in his sig file... Click on the link
 

Tom

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Zach,

If you'd like to explore the satellite internet option that John mentioned, click here for contact information for a HughesNet certified installer. A number of us here have had very positive experience with his work and support.
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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Campgrounds that do not have wifi often have a phone line available for use. Some times free and sometimes not; sometimes unlimited use and sometimes restricted to brief sessions.

You can also get online via a cell phone if you have a suitable phone and data kit.

Rare indeed do I spend a day in the RV without being able to get online.
 

Kuma

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Zack,

Also check out Wireless Air Cards.  Personally I use Sprint (a USB connected antenna and electronics (including GPS) that I can hang in a window in the rig, use out on the picnic table, or use in the truck when traveling.  Cost me $50 bucks up front and $60 a month for air time, vice $5,300 or so up front and $80 a month for the automatic DataStorm satellite internet system, or $1,300 up front and $60 a month for the Tripod satellite internet system.

Can I use my Air Card EVERYWHERE like satellite internet?  NO, I can't!  I have to be someplace that has sprint coverage, but given my travel habits I'm finding I usually have coverage.  If I don't, which as been rare, it's always been a short drive away.  To be honest I've had a harder time finding Wi-fi, at least Wi-Fi I can use from inside the rig, than I have coverage for the Air Card!

Another and possibly better choice, given the size of their network, is Verizon.  The Air Card I have is EV-DO, and it's very very fast.  MUCH faster than I thought it was going to be.  I'm not sure what protocols Verizon uses, but I doubt it makes a difference.
 

christian

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You can almost always tap into an open connection in a small town, or any town for that matter.  I drive around with my laptop open and my finger on the F5 key to refresh the list.
 

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