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DutchmenSport

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Posted: 02/12/18 06:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are in a valley, surrounded by mountains, chances you'll have no signal from anything. Before changing to a different phone service, check with fellow campers (if you see them talking on a cell phone), and ask them what plan they are on. If no once can get signals from Verizon, AT&T, Tmobile, or any other type of service, then switching to a different phone won't help you either. As a campground host, you are there all the time. Ask your fellow campers when you walk around the campground.

I know every campground is different, but when I see a campground host site, I kind of expect the host to walk around the campground and I personally feel, should just kindly introduce himself to folks. Seems lately, (like the last 4 or 5 years, every campground host campsite, the host is honkered down inside the camper and you never see them). OK, I've rambled and got that off my chest. But still, before switching phones, why not check with others there and see what works and what does not?


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Dutch_12078

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Posted: 02/12/18 06:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have both AT&T and Verizon hotspots, plus a Maximum Signal Max Amp RV booster/repeater. We have not found anywhere yet where both hotspots didn't work with the Max Amp, albeit often with one stronger than the other. That includes places where we get no service at all with the Max Amp turned off. As long as the Max Amp can get a sniff of signal even at levels our devices can't detect, it seems to work.


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Is it possible to build something to extend your range.. Two answers both yes

First if you are camp hosting does the park offer WI-Fi. just your RV is too far away to log in solid?

T-mobile offers a "Mini-cell" this is a device that plugs into the ROUTER on a LAN port and basically becomes a T-Mobile tower. Not sure the range but it might do the trick, also I BELIEVE (again not sure) you get UNLIMITED everything when using the mini-cell This is the exact opposite of a hot spot. Where as a Hot Spot gives you Interenet via cell. this gives you cell via Internet.. your Hot spot would then convert back.

Second.. There are several devices sold to extend Cell range on RV's and such We-Boost and one other (max Signal?????) come to mind, the other is the better one range wise.

These devices use an extenal antenna and ... generally.. and internal antenna with a box of electronics between them.

Use a DIRECTIONAL high gain antenna atop a good tall tower (Say 40' flag pole) because HEIGHT IS MIGHT.. Note T-Mobile's engineers may be able to advise on how tall a pole.. Now some of them are not that good with data (They may force you to a slowere frequency band) but I'm not currently using them so I can not be sure.

I can also extend your WI-Fi Range for the park router if the park has enough bandwidth, That I am very good at. Two or 3 different methods some are downright impressive. (NOTE: I do not give the actual instructions. only links to them)


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