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Old 05-29-2014, 05:59 PM   #1
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Hello all....we are newbies to trailering and have ordered our Escape15. Can anyone tell me what we need in order to have secure wifi on the campsite, so that while we are on the road we can keep up to date with banking and bill payments and stay in touch with family? We have a laptop and an iPad and plan not to have a television, rather, to use Netflix, iTunes, etc. Do we need some kind of hub or stick from our provider? or do we buy a wireless modem and install in the dinette or somewhere? any suggestions appreciated....
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:19 PM   #2
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Easiest is to pull into a McDonalds or Starbucks if you have good security software on your machine. Free wifi connections there.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:20 PM   #3
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Hello all....we are newbies to trailering and have ordered our Escape15. Can anyone tell me what we need in order to have secure wifi on the campsite, so that while we are on the road we can keep up to date with banking and bill payments and stay in touch with family? We have a laptop and an iPad and plan not to have a television, rather, to use Netflix, iTunes, etc. Do we need some kind of hub or stick from our provider? or do we buy a wireless modem and install in the dinette or somewhere? any suggestions appreciated....
If your iPad doesn't already have an internet service included get a hotspot like the Verizon Jetpack. That way you can connect your laptop as well as your iPad. That's what I use and it works great (except for the roaming charges in Canada )
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:27 PM   #4
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I don't think you want to watch Netflix over a cell hotspot unless you have one heck of a data plan.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:29 PM   #5
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I don't think I'd pay bills using WiFi in a camp site. I'm too old school for that. Pay your bills before you head out.
If you start downloading movies on NetFlix or iTunes it could slow down the WiFi too much and become a problem viewing. Down load your favorite shows before you head out and watch them at your leisure.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:37 PM   #6
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Hello all....we are newbies to trailering and have ordered our Escape15. Can anyone tell me what we need in order to have secure wifi on the campsite, so that while we are on the road we can keep up to date with banking and bill payments and stay in touch with family? We have a laptop and an iPad and plan not to have a television, rather, to use Netflix, iTunes, etc. Do we need some kind of hub or stick from our provider? or do we buy a wireless modem and install in the dinette or somewhere? any suggestions appreciated....
In all the places we have stayed WIFI is often offered but seldom good. Most places have data limits. There is no way you are going to get a movie etc off one of those systems. They may even cut you off. Pre load your movies, take DVDs or read. We have barely even been able to retrieve and send emails. We have often had to use our data plan just to send an email. Also agree with others that you don't want to do serious business on insecure sites. It would be better to set up auto payment plans if you are going to be gone long.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:39 PM   #7
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I thought the post was about wifi - if you're after internet connections, use the search window on the forums. MANY posts about different methods for that.

Here's a good reference:

http://www.technomadia.com/internet
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Thanks tractors 1.
But I think Canada works different than anything listed on technomadia.com's advise blog. I'd be happy to hear otherwise.
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I use the data plan on my phone for light internet use and set it up as a hotspot to my i-pad or laptop. In the States we pull into a Safeway parking lot and use their wi-fi; it's free and fast.

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Old 05-29-2014, 07:22 PM   #10
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Hello all.... what we need in order to have secure wifi on the campsite, so that while we are on the road we can keep up to date with banking and bill payments and stay in touch with family? ..
It's really area dependent. For example we've just spent a lot of time in Utah etc. and days would go by before we could use our Verizon jetpack. In other states you have almost non-stop coverage.

In Canada we use a 7-eleven pay as you go data plan that we only use when we have to. Other times it's stop near one of the many, many places that have free wi-fi.

Second the comment about most campground wi-fi. For us it's usually an exercise in frustration.

So until you know what area you're heading for the answer to your needs is not clear.

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