Whether you need a passport, passport card, or enhanced drivers license to enter Mexico is irrelevant. You DO need one of them to return to the US...
All U.S. citizens traveling outside of the United States by land or sea (except closed-loop cruises) are required to present a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document such as a passport or a passport card to return to the United States.
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I don't appreciate inappropriate use of cell phones, but blocking signals in buildings is way over the top in most cases, as a "Throw the baby out with the bath water." solution. Last summer, I was in a big box store when another customer in my aisle collapsed with an apparent heart attack. Within 30 seconds, I had 911 on my cell phone and help was being dispatched while I was starting CPR. I'm sure there are landline phones in the store that could have been used instead. Somewhere...
I installed a 12-volt outlet in a central bay on each side of my coach so I can reach all of the tires and the water bay with my 12-volt "TruckAir" compressor. I picked up the power from the 15 amp bay lighting circuit. I blow out the water lines by pressurizing the system, including the water heater and accumulator tank, to about 50 PSI before bleeding it off at the faucets and drains. Two or three recharges and the job is done.
Worse yet, MS cannot make their OS secure. If they could, they'd have done it already instead of producing add-on utilities just like McAfee, et. al. Why would the company that developed Windows have to produce an add-on product (which does not come with Windows... you have to download it free) to fix its security problems? Why couldn't MS - with access, after all, to the source code and the APIs - just fix the OS? The answer, my friends, is that MS cannot fix it without breaking it and requiring all the developers to re-write their applications from scratch. Something Apple did a long time ago with OS-X.
I wonder why Apple found it necessary to issue at least two patches last year to stop the "Flashback" vulnerability? Oh, maybe it was the 600,000 plus computers that were already infected by it. Intego, F-Secure, Sophos, and others, all make security software for Apple OS's. I wonder why that is...
As a long time Linux user and retired systems administrator/analyst, I'm well aware that any OS can be vulnerable to malware, especially when social engineering is involved.
You're right ... a DSL connection ... I didn't realize anyone had those anymore. ;)
By the way, there is also one more (very rare) Internet access method that is the type we have in our residence here in the mountains. It's kindof a wide area WiFi. It's a system with the main Internet trunk feed broadcasted wirelessly from a town miles away to repeaters throughout our mountains. The repeaters aim line of site (high frequency carrier) or through the trees (low frequency carrier) into the canyons and then to antennas on roofs that in turn carry the Internet data via hard wiring into wall sockets inside the residences.
The coffee shop COULD HAVE had that type of Internet access, but I doubt it.
A company that was offering wide area WiFi in that area went broke before they signed up very many customers about 5 years ago. A salvage company took down their towers. I know exactly what the coffee shop has now though, because I installed their WiFi hotspot setup. The DSL is only 6MB tops, but it's the only game in town other than satellite.
When we're boondocking, I can balance the two tank levels using the third valve I installed on the main waste outlet. That usually buys us at least two or three more days before we need to dump, sometimes more.
My wife and I both have NextBook Android tablets that we use for reading and Internet access, among other uses. I prefer Android so I can run the same apps on my smartphone. Our e-reader app of choice, for instance, is Moon+ Reader Pro, and we download mostly free or low cost books from Amazon and other sources, including our library service. I use a program on my laptop (Calibre) to convert book formats as needed, and then automatically send them to the tablets using DropBox. Moon+ Reader's DropBox support also automatically synchronizes my current reading position on the tablet with my phone, and vice-versa. Very handy...
Trac phones are the cheapest option - mine cost $20 and I have a 2 year subscription of 800 minutes/yr for $150 total. I think Trac phone uses ATT's towers.
If you want all the extras that a smart phone provides Verizon has, by far, the best nationwide coverage but at a price.
Tracfone uses AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon, depending on which phone you select and where you activate it. Typically, the phone models that end in a 'c' (LG200c, LG505c, Z665c, etc.) are CDMA phones that use Verizon, while no letter or a 'g' (V170, LG840g, T245g, etc.) indicates a GSM AT&T or T-mobile phone. Currently, Tracfone's Android smart phones all use Verizon, regardless of your 'home' location.
I was in a cell dead area (all carriers) of the Adirondacks, but I was still able to make and receive calls using a Google Voice app and a WiFi hotspot at a coffee shop.
Hmmmm ... that is a necessary situation for most rural businesses. It means that the coffee shop most have had one of three things: 1) Cable service for Internet access, or 2) satellite service for Internet access, or 3) cell tower connectivity for Internet access via a cellular band antenna somewhere on the building feeding a cellular band amplifier somwhere inside the building so that, even though you couldn't connect to cell towers, the coffee shop could.
The coffee shop would have also needed setup 1), 2), or 3) in order to have accepted credit/debit cards from it's customers.
You missed one... The coffee shop has DSL service from Frontier Communications, the local landline phone company.
One advantage of a smart phone over conventional phones that I recently had occasion to use, was the WiFi connection capability. I was in a cell dead area (all carriers) of the Adirondacks, but I was still able to make and receive calls using a Google Voice app and a WiFi hotspot at a coffee shop.
I traveled extensively during most of my working life, but it was always "fly in, take care of business, fly out" trips, with no time to appreciate what an area had to offer. When retirement time was approaching, my wife mentioned that she'd always been a bit envious of the places I got to go, but understood that I never got to enjoy them, so we agreed that travel around the US and Canada was definitely in our plans. And as vacation camper/RV'ers for many years, there was never any question as to how we would travel. We currently spend about 9 months of the year in our coach on the road, and the rest of the time intermittently at our lakeside cottage near our kid's homes in upstate NY. We're currently at the cottage while my wife undergoes surgery next week, but as soon as she gets medical clearance we'll be heading for someplace warmer, probably in Florida. We call our lifestyle, "Seeing the wonders of North America from the comfort of our own home." :B
I have a Tracfone ZTE Valet Android smartphone on the Verizon network. They offer a 400 minute/400 text/400 MB card that's good for one year, and the phone triples the minute/text/data counts when you activate the card. Additional time/text/data can be added at any time, either online or with readily available cards. I estimate my monthly cost to be about $10.00.
I dont like those IDC (Insulation Displacement Connectors) for high current loads (hair driers, curling irons, heaters, etc.) Too small of contact area with the wire. With the vibrations caused from going down the road, the spring loaded connection will loosen. Then you will have a voltage drop and/or arcing which will lead to heating, oxidizing, and more arcing, melting of the insulators and the fixture, and possible fire.
I second that emotion.
I replaced mine with residential type boxes and outlets. One thing to consider is that the very small, shallow boxes only allow, by code, one cable so that you can't use them in the middle of a run.
Yep, and make sure to use the screw terminals, not those abominable "back stab" terminals that are little better than using IDC outlets.
Am I correct in understanding that the SensarPro wall plate replaces the power supply for the amplifier in the antenna? Is the 10db(advertised) in addition to the gain already afforded(built in to sensar) or do I get the same gain from the head and then a boost inside to overcome connection issues? (maybe my question is-what's the stock gain of the sensar antenna?)
I have a Sensar III and was thinking to add the Sensarpro and Wingman but have been contemplating changing out the entire head to the IV -it seems the design of the new head may be a slight improvement?
You are correct that the SensarPro replaces the existing wall plate power injector. And also correct that the variable gain SensarPro amp is in addition to the Sensar amp in the antenna head, but I do not know what the gain specs from the head amp are. I don't think there's any significant performance difference between the Sensar III plus Wingman and the Sensar IV, but I could be wrong about that. Maybe Bill S. will have better data on that.
When you install the SensarPro, keep in mind that the default '10' gain setting is actually '0dB' (unity) gain, rising to '10dB' as the numbers go up, and attenuating as they go down.
The president of the United States (Truman) said it best: The Buck Stops Here and he was in charge of everything.
And in this case the owners have stepped up and taken responsibility for correcting the situation and making the affected customers whole, even before there was a settlement in place.