How to Get Super-Cheap Internet on the Road

General Discussion about almost anything Teardrop or camping related

How to Get Super-Cheap Internet on the Road

Postby Cosmo » Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:07 pm

I was camping with a friend recently who is using one of these methods with a Verizon *flashed hotspot" and getting unlimited Verizon 3G for $5 a month. Device was about $65 + $5 a month for unlimited data.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBoPjR3qSi0

=Cosmo



FUN WITH TEARDROP TRAILER VIDEOS
https://www.youtube.com/CosmoWeems

Cosmo
Teardrop Master
 
Posts: 220
Joined: Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:46 pm

Re: How to Get Super-Cheap Internet on the Road

Postby lrrowe » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:19 pm

Cosmo, this is good information. I just ran out of data yesterday and could use something like this just for general around home use. And it would be a good thing to have for traveling.
Bob

First Post on Purchase of Trailer: http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=60722
Hot water infloor and radiator heating project:[url]http://www.tnttt.com/posting.php?mode=reply&f=54&t=62327[/

Image Image
User avatar
lrrowe
Donating Member
 
Posts: 3268
Images: 439
Joined: Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:54 am
Location: SW Virigina

Re: How to Get Super-Cheap Internet on the Road

Postby Midget » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:41 am

We moved to a new house a year ago and found we had no access to the normal internet providers. The only thing we get is a cell signal. We picked up a Verizon Jet Pack for the home and use my Iphone's personal hotspot feature when camping. Only downfall at home is that we cannot set up a WIFI system. (That I know of.)

Bob
User avatar
Midget
Teardrop Master
 
Posts: 285
Images: 89
Joined: Sat Nov 18, 2006 1:38 pm
Location: Calaveras County, Ca
Top

Re: How to Get Super-Cheap Internet on the Road

Postby tony.latham » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:16 pm

Midget wrote:We moved to a new house a year ago and found we had no access to the normal internet providers. The only thing we get is a cell signal. We picked up a Verizon Jet Pack for the home and use my Iphone's personal hotspot feature when camping. Only downfall at home is that we cannot set up a WIFI system. (That I know of.)

Bob


Doesn't the Jet Pack connect to your devices wirelessly?

Tony
Image
User avatar
tony.latham
Silver Donating Member
 
Posts: 2277
Images: 17
Joined: Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:03 pm
Location: Middle of Idaho on the edge of nowhere
Top

Re: How to Get Super-Cheap Internet on the Road

Postby Cosmo » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:49 pm

I have been borrowing the Verizon hotspot mentioned in the video for weeks now and it is unlimited data for $5 a month. 3G is adequate for looking at videos when you have a good signal. It is not as fast as the FIOS I have at home – but when your on the road or camping – who cares. I just want to know where the nearest boondocking site is or restaurant! https://freecampsites.net/

Does anyone know if similar wifi options are available in Canada?

One option I was using is Straight Talk. You buy the wireless hotspot (it can service about 5 devices with wifi). The device costs about $50 and you buy a pre paid data card for $15 which gives you 1gig of data – I can get buy on a gig of data for a week and sometimes a month. as I don’t look at any videos.

The good news is I can activate this by buying a data card which is good for a month and let is expire for months before I buy another data card (telephone call refill with a credit card – no reactivation fee. This is good for the person who wants WIFI for vacation. Verizon said I could activate and deactivate as I described – but then wanted to charge me a re-activation fee every time I needed it again. THANKS BUT NO THANKS VERIZON.

Straight Talk offers 2 models – one for ATT network and one for Verizon (I have Verizon). You need to check which you are getting. I imagine if you had both you would be connected in most (but not all) of America.

=Cosmo


FUN WITH TEARDROP TRAILER VIDEOS
https://www.youtube.com/CosmoWeems

Cosmo
Teardrop Master
 
Posts: 220
Joined: Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:46 pm
Top

Re: How to Get Super-Cheap Internet on the Road

Postby lrrowe » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:56 pm

I have the Verizon version of the Straight talk and it does work well. But I was going thru data too quickly for me to use as a regular solution. But for a back up, it works fine and the adding of more data or reactivating was a simple process. The more I think of it, I may just go ahead and get the Verizon $5 unlimited one.
Bob

First Post on Purchase of Trailer: http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=60722
Hot water infloor and radiator heating project:[url]http://www.tnttt.com/posting.php?mode=reply&f=54&t=62327[/

Image Image
User avatar
lrrowe
Donating Member
 
Posts: 3268
Images: 439
Joined: Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:54 am
Location: SW Virigina
Top

Re: How to Get Super-Cheap Internet on the Road

Postby daveesl77 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:12 am

Verizon or T-Mobile unlimited internet doesn't add any cost to the system, as long as you have a cell signal. If you have an Android 4.4 or earlier phone, then you can use the PDANet/FoxFi app ($10 forever cost) and turn the phone into it's own wifi hotspot. After version 4.4 of Android, you can no longer do this without rooting the phone. Activate the "Hide Tether" option and the carrier doesn't know what you are doing. Also, if you have the OLD ORIGINAL Verizon unlimited plan, you are allowed to tether, jump, or whatever your system with no hassles allowed by Federal law from Verizon. However...

If you have a newer/OS, since the Android system blocks out the App's wifi system, then use the Easytether app ($10 forever cost) and tether the phone to essentially any computer (or any --WRT enabled router with a USB port). You then have a tethered connection through the USB port. PDANet works also this way, but will not work on a Linux system, only Easytether works with essentially every CPU and operating system around.

Next step - turn on the "network sharing feature" of the computer. This works well with a Raspberry PI3 or laptop. Then you have the phone tethered to the Pi by USB, and in turn spit out the signal through the built-in wifi system of the computer. If you have a USB/WRT enabled router, you can do the same thing. The one caveat to this is that you cannot set up a VPN on the computer side, but you can on the phone side, so all traffic is routed through your VPN, if you want.

With a VPN, your carrier has no idea if you are watching netflix or downloading plans to the death star or chatting with the guys on your favorite romantic comedy movie. No matter what, you should always use a VPN.

My new personal favorite "date night/romantic comedy" is Atomic Blonde. Just a laugh out loud rollicking show of some fun folks partying in Berlin. Ok, it is actually a really gory, nothing but sex and violence action movie. I loved it!

Anyway, back to tech land, doing it this way, your carrier doesn't charge you more. Your service isn't tanked if watching movies. I often run a tethered system, as it is way faster than my Comcast cable system, when I'm downloading large files or when Comcast makes me mad and I drop them for a few months.

dave
*******
Dave and Regina - Enjoying old age, a LOT!

Build Journal - http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=62386
User avatar
daveesl77
Donating Member
 
Posts: 777
Images: 271
Joined: Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:33 pm
Location: Central Florida
Top


Return to General Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: mbergen and 0 guests