INTERNET ACCESS ON THE ROAD(Updated Oct. 2009)
Of late, more and more RV parks across the country are installing Wi-Fi access points throughout their parks due to demand
and competition. If the RV parks install it themselves, the service usually is free and all you may need a security code to
access the internet. About 30-50% of the RV parks do not have that skill or money to set up a Wi-Fi system, instead they contract
with an internet provider and they come in, set up and wire the entire Wi-Fi operation. They charge the Wi-Fi user a fee ($12-25
a week) and give a kick back to the RV Park. In addition, there are numerous locations where free Wi-Fi can be found and used.
CELLULAR BROADBAMD MODEM:
Several new technology cellular telephones that are available (PDA/Smart Phones/Windows type) can be tethered to a laptop
via a USB cable where their software will dial the nearest cellular tower and put you on the internet at 3-4G speeds on your
USB BROADBAND CARD:
This is a small card that plugs into your laptops USB port, with software it dials the the nearest cellular tower and
put you on the internet at 3-4G speeds on your browser. The costs about $60 a months and it is not pro-rated and you must
have a 1-2 year contract for this service.
Clearly, I had to go with the cellular broadband modem option since it is the most flexible. First of all, Verizon Wireless
has the best cellular coverage across the entire 48 states (Check Consumers Report). Second of all, Verizon Wireless has 10-15
cellular (Broadband Modem) telephones, packaged with VZAccess Manager Software, cables. Etc. You then call the Verizon Representative
to activate/deactivate the Broadband feature which is pro-rated. It costs $49.95 a month for transfers of 5 GB or less or
data, with $0.05 for 1Mb in excess of 5 GB. For the 2 whole months I had it activated, I only used less than 600Mb of data
the entire time. So between this and free Wi-Fi usage at the RV parks. The combination of both of these made it perfect, unless
you were in a TOTAL DEAD ZONE location where there was no cellular telephone or Wi-Fi coverage, and there is a lot of that
Here's some very helpful web sites. Cut and paste into your favorites or bookmarks
Best place to search for camping places and prices.....
Find the lowest gas prices.....
Best truck stops on the road (Get an RV Saver Card for 1 cent of each gallon)
Nationwide Free Wi-Fi Hot Spot Directory
The Surface Wind Forecast, kinda hard to read, but necessary to avoid a hassle on the road.....
The best nationwide weather radar picture.....
Looking for a neat seasonal job while on-the-road.....
The best bank to have with the most nationwide locations and ATM's.....
Wal*Mart Store Locator.....
Nationwide events, activities, attractions and festivals.....
Best source for all camping supplies.....
Best source for RV supplies.....
Nationwide RV Dump Locations.....
Neatest RV'ing web site.....