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RE: internet on the go

Rock I have a USB stick, a hotspot and a phone all on Sprint service. The only difference is the USB stick has to be connected to the computer and the other two can be directly connected or used wireless. That is nice because the device can go where the signal is best and multiple users can get on with the password.
JiminDenver 04/30/16 07:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wilson Sleek came in today.

How much of a improvement is the larger antenna over the smaller?
JiminDenver 04/29/16 11:06am Technology Corner
RE: Using smart phone as a hot spot

On Cricket you have to have either the 5 gig or 10 gig plan with the right phone and pay to have the hotspot turned on. There is a list of hotspot enabled phones on their website. They charge a extra $10 a month to use the feature. Cricket a reseller, don't kid yourself. Cricket is owed lock, stock and barrel by AT&T.
JiminDenver 04/29/16 07:44am Technology Corner
RE: internet on the go

First thing is to find out who has coverage where you are going. Verizon is the best, then AT&T. The other two it may be best to be in a city or near a major highway. For us trying to get signal in the Rockies, there is no one carrier that can be depended on exclusively. You may have coverage on one carrier and move 5 feet and have it on another if it is there at all. So I got us coverage on all of them for as little as possible. Our main Phones are Cricket on AT&T with 10 gigs each and a hotspot on the phone. $65 a month each. On T-Mobile we have a hotspot with 5 gigs and unlimited streaming with Binge on. it's 700 band is the only advertised LTE up there. $20 a month. On Sprint we have a few hotspots from FreedomPop that give up a gig of data each for free a month. We also have a phone each from RingPlus that have hotspots and 3 gigs each for $10 a month. Last up is the Verizon hotspot with unlimited 3G data for $5 a month. Because out sites are so remote we also have a Wilson Sleek signal booster. It won't create a signal where there is none but it will make a weak signal usable.
JiminDenver 04/29/16 06:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

Yahooooo I'm still online. :)
JiminDenver 04/29/16 06:02am Technology Corner
RE: Wilson Sleek came in today.

So this is interesting. It is said the sleek won't boost Sprints band 41 but I had the phone in the cradle with signal check running. On B41 the signal went from -122 to -133 as I removed the phone from the cradle. Obviously something is happening. It makes me wonder what it could do with a real WiMax 2500/B41 antenna on the sleek.
JiminDenver 04/29/16 12:17am Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

$5 a month is impressive but I think $15 a month on auto pay will be more popular in general. It's a pain getting the cards or calling in every month. Miss a payment or be where you can't make a payment and poof, you have a paper weight. Since I am too chicken to risk it and put $15 on it just in case, we won't know if $5 will still works. Hopefully we find out by someone saying they still pay $5 and it's ok, not WTH, I paid $5 and they shut it off.
JiminDenver 04/28/16 07:58pm Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

I needed to make my payment today and the message has changed or maybe I am just not use to it. Last time I made the payment a few days early. The recording said that $15 was the recommended amount and then offered to let me make a different payment. Once I had paid $5 it told me my renewal date was in 30 days. Today it told me $15 was the minimum payment or would I like to make a different payment. I put $5 on it from the CC on account and it told me I had $5 in my account, my due date was today and to make sure I had enough in the account by that date. I thought ok they said $15 was the minimum so I put $10 more on. Now it says I have $15 on the account, my due date is today and to make sure I have enough in there. I don't know if it is because I did it on the due date or if they have changed something. Should $15 become the minimum to keep it going, so be it. With a card on the account Verizon did offer a auto pay. I didn't look into it. I sent M-S a text with that info and asked about the 6 month deal. They had me send them $35 via paypal along with the phone number and are setting it up on auto pay. I shall let you know how it goes and if my hotspot works in the morning.
JiminDenver 04/28/16 03:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Mostly for Solar Geeks; a short novella

Welcome to solar in the Rockies.
JiminDenver 04/28/16 12:30am Tech Issues
RE: Best OTA antenna?

Your rig may be new but there are still things to check. The end connection on the cable coming down from the antenna was so poorly installed that it nearly fell off when I got into the outlet box. There are no OTA signals where we camp so we use a pay as you go portable satellite system.
JiminDenver 04/26/16 12:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

Aw man. I'd need a hot signal on Sprint to get that kind of speed here. At some locations it hits 33 Mb during the day and 50+ at night. The congestion here started building around lunch time and will mellow out for a bit after 1 pm. Then I will switch to Cricket over the rush hour and not worry about it.
JiminDenver 04/26/16 12:42pm Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

Here in town I am a passenger. I only drive on the long distance trip or when pulling the trailer.
JiminDenver 04/26/16 11:14am Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

Here in town I am a passenger. I only drive on the long distance trip or when pulling the trailer.
JiminDenver 04/26/16 11:13am Technology Corner
RE: Solar

I don't think we'll get snow but it is Colo. Jim one concern as you stated is heat and if I go with parallel I surely would need to run larger wire down from the j box correct? Series is easier I believe but what is more efficient? I have solar on the house and if one is shaded then the whole system has a lower output but one a RV its charging batteries At altitude you will be seeing over 20a coming down in parallel. Somewhere on the site is a calculator that you enter the amps and length of run and it will tell you what you would need to avoid voltage drop. The thicker wire isn't going to be much thicker I would think. Your batteries are a year old? How many cycles? You may be able to add to the bank with little adverse effect.
JiminDenver 04/26/16 10:20am Tech Issues
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

The risk is pretty minimal considering what the hotspots provide. I have seen the you tube on it, or at least as much as I could stand before my eyes glazed over. The flashing part just makes the hotspot work on Verizon 3G, setting up the account is a different thing. I really wasn't able to find much on the subject. Having found a good spot for the sleek, the Verizon 3G is waltzing thru the morning rush hour streaming HD better than it ever did without no matter what time of day. The pair make a sweet set up.
JiminDenver 04/26/16 10:07am Technology Corner
RE: Solar

I would lose up to 10 amps at peak in series and have a hot running controller for it. actual or based on the curves in the back of controller manual? Actual The panels peak at 18.5a each or 55.5a. The best I saw in series was mid 40's.
JiminDenver 04/26/16 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: Wilson Sleek came in today.

Last year I was able to read the forums for three hours early morn, after that it was signal but no connection (congestion) followed by no signal at all. ( the tower breathed) Posting when I had a fridge problem took repeated attempts. That was on Cricket only. This year we will be better prepared with devices on all four carries and the Sleek. I'll pick up a directional antenna for it to give us the best possibility of gaining and holding a connection.
JiminDenver 04/26/16 09:29am Technology Corner
RE: Solar

No games, just options and their consequences. My decision was't because of what happens when one of the panels are shaded, we don't get a lot of shade up there. It was because I would lose up to 10 amps at peak in series and have a hot running controller for it. As for shading and shadows, the test I ran last year showed that in series a weaker or weakened panel will weaken the whole string and confuse the controller. Other panels may differ. Now I have three panels that at altitude will have more than 30 amps coming down in parallel. That's more than MC4 10 gauge gear can handle so I have 1/0 welding wire for the job. Over kill yes but it was cheaper than a thinner gauge new. With two panels you really wouldn't have to spend much more for the difference in wire needed for parallel vs series. I'm hoping to reseal our roof before the install, that is if we don't get a foot of snow this weekend.
JiminDenver 04/26/16 09:17am Technology Corner
RE: Wilson Sleek came in today.

wc I agree that the congestion is the biggest culprit but weak signals were not helping either. Just keeping the TMO on line was a improvement, what it did when rush hour was over was wonderful. That's what I am hoping to see up in the mountains. I know I have been talking streaming a lot but only because it seems a bench mark that is easy to understand. Generally I don't stream much as we get excellent OTA signals here and have a portable satellite for up there. Normally I putz around the forums and email which doesn't take a lot of signal.
JiminDenver 04/26/16 07:35am Technology Corner
RE: Wilson Sleek came in today.

Roy I believe the 3G version was the 460106, there were versions older than that.
JiminDenver 04/26/16 12:10am Technology Corner
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