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Raife

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Posted: 11/01/20 06:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good evening everyone. I have read through many of the posts here about internet options while camping. This past weekend the SO was not happy that the kids were not able to do their distance learning due to weak cell signal. So I am looking at cell booster options.

NOTE: I am fully aware I can't boost something that is not there (i.e. if there is no cell signal at all).

However, I need it to work while we are at a camp site and while we are driving between destinations (i.e. while we are driving pulling the travel trailer behind us).

It looks like most of the cell boosters "transmit" only a few feet (i.e. up to 6 feet and as little as 1.5 feet). If I install the equipment in the travel trailer it won't reach the tow vehicle...if I install it in the tow vehicle it won't reach the trailer...

Has anyone else been in this situation? How did you solve it?

I'm almost thinking about hooking a wireless router up to the receiving cell phone (getting its cell signal from the cell booster) which then theoretically the wireless router range would reach the TV, but then that phone would be in the trailer and not accessible. I could get a hotspot to reside in the travel trailer in place of the phone, but then I am paying for another data plan (I already have a data/hotspot plan on my phone). Also would there be the right power in the trailer to run the equipment?

Thoughts?

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Posted: 11/01/20 06:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With my iPhone and the proper data package, I link the internet to my Mac, no problems, it does not care if you have inter net or not..
As long you have phone service, you have Internet

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Posted: 11/01/20 06:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Weak cell signal or lack of bandwidth? Two very different issues. Or both? In the campground, almost always bandwidth.

“Also would there be the right power in the trailer to run the equipment?” Do you have an inverter? Adequate batteries? Is this 110 volt equipment? How much power will this equipment use in battery amp hours?


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Posted: 11/01/20 07:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had a cell signal (I.e internet through my hotspot), but it was not strong enough for the distance learning need...hence my questions...

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Posted: 11/01/20 07:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Signal strength is rarely the issue in a private campground.

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Posted: 11/01/20 07:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think I just replied to your post in another forum - with this resource:

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Posted: 11/01/20 08:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks - I just found that site through another search and was getting ready to dive in...

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Tom/Barb wrote:

With my iPhone and the proper data package, I link the internet to my Mac, no problems, it does not care if you have inter net or not..
As long you have phone service, you have Internet

yes you pay. and pay [emoticon]


phone service does NOT guarantee internet. It's possible for to have useable phone/text and NO internet service. Or decent phone and internet that is adequate for some apps, but not video etc.

Often we are places where cell service defaults back to 1X (voice only) no internet.


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in our case we use the Tow vehicle internet service (onstar) in the truck, as long as ATT or GSM service is available we have internet in the truck. At the campsite we use verizon phones and a booster.

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Posted: 11/01/20 09:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Verizon has mobile internet service that will work while you drive down the road as long as you have 12v power for it. We used to have a router and their service and had data service with that in places that verizon cell phones did not work. The coverage area is not the same for stand alone data service as with a phone/hotspot. We now have a device thru ATT that is no longer available and have had great coverage with it. Also mobile. They probably have something available. The drawback is the cost if you use a lot of data. Most private campground at least have an area that picks up service but many also have great service.

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