Monday, July 19, 2010
Can you hear me now?
Anybody wondering how I can work on the blog while driving down the road? I mean, Eldy's driving, of course! We have a Verizon "air card". That is a portable connection to the cell tower signals. It looks just like a flash drive and plugs into the USB port on the laptop. Eldy is driving right now, and I am computing! We pay a fee of about 60.00 a month to use this air card/port. The connector itself was about 60.00 and you have to sign a two year contract with Verizon. The signal for the most part, is very good everywhere we go. Occasionally, we will hit dead spots when we are driving and we have had some very poor signals at the campgrounds in a couple of places. Service for the air card is very good in the midwest and eastern states but sometimes sporadic in the mountainous areas. We've heard that it will be much harder to get a good signal out west, where coverage is more sparse. When we hit the campground and get set up, we usually use a combination of the air card or free wi-fi that's offered by the campground (sometimes the wi-fi is a lot speedier). However, we don't use wi-fi for personal stuff like banking and sensitive information. We have a router in our camper, that is specially for travelers. It's a Cradlepoint MBR1000, and it enables us to print and compute wirelessly..we can both be on our computers at the same time and print, too. It's about the size of a box of kitchen matches, so it doesn't take up much space. Cell phone signals have been more problematic than the wi-fi or our network! Half a bar, one and a half bars on the AT & T network back in New Hampshire in North Conway was an example. So you can't plan on being tethered to a computer, or always able to talk to family easily! But we text and email and stay in touch often with everyone. Technology is great when it works well! I've been able to research campgrounds on the web while Eldy is driving, and let him know what kind of ratings it has and we decide whether we will be staying there or not. We use RV Campground Review website to check out places we think we might want to stay. Well, time for me to get off the computer, and help Eldy watch for our exit to Littleon, Massachusetts...headed to the Minuteman Campground for the next three days.