Skip to comments.So I'm thinking of travelling
Posted on 01/26/2014 9:54:24 AM PST by digdem
Sorry for the vanity. I want to take my truck, my pop-up camper and hit the road. My one bedroom apartment feels like a prison cell and I'm tired of psying too much money for cable re-runs. I have my trusty laptop but I'll want internet. Any ideas on how to connect to the world while I'm enjoying some great bass fishing?
All suggestions are highly appreciated.
Michigan is great for a visit with hunting and fishing that can’t be beat. (ice fishing this time of year)
Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska.
World’s biggest ball of twine.
Get a cellphone with hotspot.
Google portable satellite internet rental
do like Bill Murray and join the Army!
Bright House has a ton of wifi hotspots in certain parts of the country. If you’re a Bright House customer you can access those free. They have a map on their site.
The hardware for the straight talk one is about a hundred dollars at wally and then it is $80 for a month. No contract so you can just put time on it as needed.
I've used the Verizon set up for years in the high sierras. If I can get cell service I can be on-line with my laptop.
I also have a 12V charger for my laptop. They are pretty cheap now on Ebay.
Prepare to pony up for 4G LTE service with tethering as part of your plan. Verizon has the widest coverage but they are a pain in the ass. I have T-Mobile and am happy with it. Unlimited minutes, messaging and data with 4.5 GB of tethering and mobile hot spot for $99.00. I’m in a city. Not so good outside of town.
I would love to come back and see how the archery white tail hunting stacks up against archery mule deer and black tail hunting.
Here is a fishing spot
Wow. That’s a lot of big deer all in one place. Ours don’t get anywhere near that big.
What’s the purpose of the “buck pole”? I’ve never encountered that before.
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A buck pole is basically a combination of storage as deer are processed, and a bragging rights thing. Basically anyplace that butchers deer will have one.
That one is in Brooklyn Mi.
No contract; several bandwidth plans.
Be careful to verify that they have coverage where you intend to be. They piggyback their service on Sprint’s system. Sprint is not the #1 3G/4G provider — still, I use DataJack for my internet in a rural area in Central Texas and all told, I’m happy with it.
For FReeping, email, and *most* web browsing, the connectivity is just fine. But if you’re a fan of sreaming media, you won’t be happy with it.
I would suggeest getting on some of the truckers’ forums and see what they’re using.
Most of the large companies have sat hook-up for comm, but many drivers still have their own lap-tops for personal use.
I used one of those little mobile Verizon units belonging to a customer, and the throughput just sucked. Not sure if it was my location at the time (town of about 25,000) or a limitation of the system itself.
This has worked perfect for me (cheap too):
Check out Virgin Mobile MC760 Wireless Broadband No Contract on Ebay. They're around $25.
Never been in a campground where I could not connect. A $20 Top Up card at Walmart gets you 1G, which is active for a month. It's fast enough that I can listen to live radio.
Get some kind of smartphone. Research the models first, to find out which one you want. If you don’t have much money, try EBay.
Pretty new here to be doing a VANITY......digDEM.
I use my Samsung Note 2. Native support for tethering and mobile hot spot. Fast.
Don’t do anything Google. Use another search provider.
My brother lives outside of Flint and loves to ice fish so if you need a hook up let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org
OK. We used to camp in a pop-up camper. A few days of messy cooking and even more inconvenient clean-up, along with a few cold nights pressed up against the cloth sides of the camper, waking up cold and wet, having to go potty & freezing into a popsicle ought to cure any romanticized ideas of “camping out”. Been there, done that, got the tee-shirt; don’t get me wrong, we were young at the time and persevered. Now in my 60’s and somewhat stiff, you’re welcome to my share that’s still left over from those days. - My advice is SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY - and it’ll still be a hard sort of life.
What ToastedHead said. It looks like a much better solution for a laptop rather than a cellphone.
I looked at EBay and also found external antenna/cable sets for more reach and better signals for the same kind of service.
“Buck Pole” = Poor Bambi ... :<
Sorry, couldn’t resist - I know the deer problems and I do support hunting!
I was just reading a review of the Virgin prepaid WiFi and they said the minimum plan is now $35 (for 2 GB). Do you know if this is correct?
Actually now I’m looking at the Virgin site and they show $25 for 1.5 GB. Is $20 for 2 GB maybe a Wal-mart only plan?
Do they still restrict shooting does on MI?
You have to get a doe permit but its not exactly a restriction since everyone who asks can get one.
Kind of a throwback to when deer were rarer but now its just about grabbing a few extra dollars in revenue.
This is the scratch off card I buy at Walmart so I don't have to use my cc info online:
Here's the way they show your connectivity on the screen:
A lot of campgrounds offer free wifi now, but the speeds on this gizmo are always better, and I feel safer staying off the open network.
“Leave the laptop at home.”
It helps when we’re going somewhere we’ve never been before. Usually I’m too busy before we leave to scope out the best trails for the kiddies, or what local festivals are going on.
Plus there’s always the chance that the nice campground in the pictures is nasty once we get there, requiring a move the next day. Gotta research to see if the RV will fit, or if 50amp is available to keep the cat air conditioned while we’re out during the day.
Thanks for the info!
So it looks like the $20 is a Walmart exclusive but is still available and is for 1 GB of data for 30 days. I’m looking for something for my mom so she can have internet at home (or wherever) but doesn’t have to get hooked into a contract. She doesn’t watch much video, mostly just does email, so I think 1 GB would work for her.
How easy is it to connect to the “remote satellite”? Was the initial setup pretty straightforward?
I also see that Verizon/Walmart have a Straight Talk plan for wifi hot spot that’s $15 for 1 GB/30 days. That’s even a little bit cheaper but I wonder if their customer service and that sort of thing is as good as Virgin.
I am no tech guru, so I'm sure she can handle it. I think it only involved downloading the software, following the little brochure that comes with the hardware. I'm sure I used my usual fake "internet persona" information to set up the account. I've never had a contract phone plan, so they must not have needed anything like that for set up.
All you have to do is stick this little guy into the USB:
In about ten seconds the connectivity box from above pops up on the screen, and you hit 'Connect'. If you're already paid up and active, it fires right up. Otherwise, they take you to the V Mobile homepage where you can log in and add your scratch off number.
Last year I lived in an apartment for work away from the family for a while, and didn't want to pay another internet bill, so I used it the whole time. It was even good enough that I could log into my Directv account and watch TV once or twice...although I'm sure I would have burned through the 1G if I did it too often.
Thank you again for ‘splainin. This sounds like a definite possibility.
I found the virgin mobile usb stick useful near interstates and urban areas. Kinda sketchy in rural areas. They use I believe the sprint network. I also have a straighttalk mobile hot spot that uses the verizon network. One or the other works most places I’ve been. I do a significant amount of bike tripping and the laptop and tablet are in the luggage. Accurate weather updates are critical for a biker. Hated the little smart phone. Wanna buy an HTC Wildfire S with mobile hotspot? Can be used on Tmobile or straighttalk, other networks don’t know.
Kinda funny, mom thinks the name “Virgin” is tacky so it’ll probably be Straight Talk instead. I’ll probably stick with the modem that comes with the package since it’s the one their tech support will be most familiar with. Thanks though for the offer.
I was in Manhattan over the weekend and the wi-fi was pretty good there. Parking is a hassle but the fishing should be good.
Branson might have chosen a better name for his various enterprises.
Believe me, I don’t plan on freezing my butt off. I plan on waiting till spring/summer I just want to take my dog and do some fishing/camping, bbq’n, canoeing and just generally relaxing in the most simplified manner I can. My laptop will be just along for the ride for the most part. I just want to get away, see some sights I didn’t get the chance to while raising kids. I don’t even plan on taking a woman this time.
Wow, that’s a big difference. OTOH she mostly just does email so maybe not a big factor in this case.
Cheeky, little man, aren’t you??
Cheeky, little man, aren’t you??
cool. Will you be able to write reports for us on the places you visit?