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hppyfngy 12-04-2012 08:51 AM

Road Warriors Internet Options?
 
Hey, I'm going on the road in my van and camper for months at a time. I'm looking for some service that will provide me with good internet for typical use as well as streaming Netflix.

Wouldn't mind Skype or other telephony as well. Or even combining with cellular service and tethering.

What are my options? Is this possible now or is it stupid expensive?

Bubwheat 12-04-2012 09:43 AM

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Originally Posted by hppyfngy (Post 20175202)
Hey, I'm going on the road in my van and camper for months at a time. I'm looking for some service that will provide me with good internet for typical use as well as streaming Netflix.

Wouldn't mind Skype or other telephony as well. Or even combining with cellular service and tethering.

What are my options? Is this possible now or is it stupid expensive?

Check these guys out: http://www.millenicom.com/

No contract, unlimited data for $70/month. I use them as a full-time RV'er. What they do is piggyback on cellular companies, for instance my modem is tied to the Sprint Network. Works for me.

Manuel Garcia O'Kely 12-04-2012 11:56 AM

Streaming video like netflix REALLY burns thru data, so any plan with a data limit is going to cost you.

You need a reliable 1.5 MBPS for netflix streaming.

You probably need both a cell phone plan and a way to connect to wi-fi when not mobile.

hppyfngy 12-04-2012 03:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Bubwheat (Post 20175500)
Check these guys out: http://www.millenicom.com/

No contract, unlimited data for $70/month. I use them as a full-time RV'er. What they do is piggyback on cellular companies, for instance my modem is tied to the Sprint Network. Works for me.

What kind of speed can you get from this? Can you watch Netflix or similar?

Manuel is right, a 1.5gb down connection is minimum.

This must exist somewhere. You can watch streaming video on the iPad and other devices over phone carrier signals...

JamesG 12-04-2012 05:26 PM

Park next to McD's, $tarBuck$, or motels that use predictable WiFi signons and mooch for free. Make sure to keep your anti-virus and firewall up to date.

hppyfngy 12-04-2012 05:28 PM

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Originally Posted by JamesG (Post 20178581)
Park next to McD's, $tarBuck$, or motels that use predictable WiFi signons and mooch for free. Make sure to keep your anti-virus and firewall up to date.

Yeah I can do that occasionally but I ain't friggin camping next to those places. :lol3

No, I need something on board.

katbeanz 12-04-2012 05:33 PM

:lurk :eyes :thumb

JamesG 12-04-2012 05:33 PM

Then you want satellite up/down link access which an't cheap.

hppyfngy 12-04-2012 06:16 PM

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Originally Posted by JamesG (Post 20178651)
Then you want satellite up/down link access which an't cheap.

Like what? Hughesnet or Wild Blue? DirectTV or Dish?

I don't really care much about television but I guess I could do a sat if it's the best option.

JamesG 12-04-2012 06:57 PM

Ok went and noodled around some of them... and have nothing helpful to add, since I've never used any. Good luck.

hppyfngy 12-04-2012 07:07 PM

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Originally Posted by JamesG (Post 20179229)
Ok went and noodled around some of them... and have nothing helpful to add, since I've never used any. Good luck.

Thanks for noodling anyway! :D

Nophix 12-04-2012 07:41 PM

Millenicom rocks. I used them while driving OTR

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hppyfngy 12-04-2012 07:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Nophix (Post 20179567)
Millenicom rocks. I used them while driving OTR

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I777 using Tapatalk 2

Do you know what network it runs on?

I'm also hearing about a less expensive Virgin Mobile service that isn't unlimited, but runs on Sprint towers.

hugemoth 12-04-2012 08:01 PM

I use the cheap Virgin Mobil service at home and while boondocking down in the desert during the winter. $20 per month no contract. There is only 3G where I use it so streaming video isn't really an option. The Virgin Mobile site has good accurate maps of coverage areas.


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Originally Posted by hppyfngy (Post 20179640)
Do you know what network it runs on?

I'm also hearing about a less expensive Virgin Mobile service that isn't unlimited, but runs on Sprint towers.


Bubwheat 12-04-2012 11:23 PM

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Originally Posted by hppyfngy (Post 20177865)
What kind of speed can you get from this? Can you watch Netflix or similar?

Manuel is right, a 1.5gb down connection is minimum.

This must exist somewhere. You can watch streaming video on the iPad and other devices over phone carrier signals...

well it depends, its 3/4G depending on where you are. My plan is on the Sprint network. I also have an antenna to boost the signal if needed. Good connection and 1.5 is not a problem.

edit to add: Millenicom also allows you to suspend your account. I recently suspended my account for almost 6 months, and when I reactivated they only charged me $19.95 to setup the line instead of the usual $49.95


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