Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Weak internet...

One of the hardest adjustments to the RV full-time lifestyle is figuring out what to do when we have no (or very limited) internet connectivity.

Do you know what I mean?  How about you?  What do you do?

We deliberately chose not to go to the expense of going with a Mobile Satellite configuration which may have  because we didn't think it would be cost effective.  We still think we made the right choice but we live with the consequences of that choice which is unexpected interruption of service.  I hate to let people down.  I want to post my blog regularly and it produces a little bit of anxiety when I can't.

We are still in Canada at a campground with intermittent connectivity so I don't know if this will actually work long enough to get this posted.  So I will keep it short.

We may miss another day of posting before we return to the US late tomorrow.  We will be in Port Huron for a couple of days and then head to Texas.  More on that later.

For now, please know I appreciate all you followers, readers, lurkers and curious folks... we will be in touch in a few days.  Thanks for viewing the Roadrunner Chronicles!


  1. A good wifi connection is pretty much a must for us when we travel. That's why, last year, instead of just relying on "unreliable" CG wifi, we purchased a Verizon Air Card for the 4 months we were in the U.S. It was flawless - we had great connections everywhere from Washington St. to California and all the way over Texas and New Mexico. We'll definitely be renewing that service when we head south in late December.

  2. We have just completed our struggle with slow and almost no internet connection while camp hosting at FDR State Park. It is very frustrating to say the least. Many evenings it would take Mike and I both working together several hours to read/comment on our friends blogs. When we would post our blog many times it would kick us off and we would have to begin again. Putting pics in was very hard on Trip Journal. We are no longer doing that anymore. :-)

    We are like you all...we could have gone with Motosat (we had that with our first MH) but the cost involved was more than we thought necessary. When we went with Motosat the first time the aircards were not where they are today. I guess we just have to take the fast with the slow and adjust. Huh??

    You guys enjoy the area while you are there and travel safely toward Texas.

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  3. We're not out there yet, but we are planning to do satellite internet - both Harry and I like to have internet access enough that it is pretty high up on our list of "must haves."

  4. I've had a Sprint air card for three and a half years. The only place it didn't work at all was while I was at Red Rock. With writing the blog and following others, I'd be lost without it. I usually don't stay in private campgrounds, but am out in the boonies on Nat'l Wildlife Refuges that don't have wifi. :)

  5. Den and I have a satellite we take with us..Only problem is when we are deep in the trees...Dennis has to put on his alter ego, McGuyver, and it's like threading a needle...After a few explitives he usually gets it...Between our hughesnet dish and our Direct TV dish, we look like we are communicating with aliens in space when we get all set up!

  6. Until we hit the road fulltime, I do what I am doing here in Iowa, For 12 dollars a night with electric and water at the site, I don't expect wi-fi but luckily within a few minutes is a McDonalds with great wi-fi and a libray which is quite a bit slower. As I type this I am at Mac's with a 54mps signal, just like home at the kitchen table, When we do hit the road we will probably go with a Verizon carn and hope for the best. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  7. We have the Verizon Air Card, and a little external antenna.

    It worked in Red Rock where the sprint card didn't in the post above. It was weak, but it kept us connected.

    It was weak in Lake Havasu, but again it stayed connected.

    So far we have been connected everywhere here in Colorado. We were again quite weak out on Blue Mesa Lake, but we were 11 miles from Gunnison.

    We also use it at our Lake place in Lake Ozark, Mo, and if it ever fails there, its a goner!

    But for the most part, for $60 a month, we couldn't be happier.

    You do have to live within the 5GB limit, but should you need more, you can always get a second card in Pam's name.

    Ten Gig for $120 is still way cheaper than the big cost of the satellite system.


  8. those of us at home have no trouble with the 'connection' but we have been many places where the service is not great!..I understand your frustation!..not to worry we will still be here when you are connected again!!

  9. Two thumbs up for the Verizon Air Card. We went satellite back in 06 but found it an aggravating way to have to do things. Ditched the satellite in 08 & went with Verizon. Instant success & we have never looked back or regretted switching to the air card technology.

  10. Our Verizon air card with our antenna and router worked great for us on our summer trip. We had service ever place we went.