WiFi on the go?

BigClay

Knower of useless ZJ things
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Winston-Salem
Looking for any input here. Is there a way to get internet access in remote locations without using your cell phone as a hotspot? I am thinking like is there a dish you can buy and subscribe to a service and take the dish with you everywhere you go to give you internet access.
 

77GreenMachine

Phillip Talton
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Mar 30, 2010
Location
Trinity, NC
Verizon Jetpack
 

rcalexander105

JV Wheeler
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High Point
Looking for any input here. Is there a way to get internet access in remote locations without using your cell phone as a hotspot? I am thinking like is there a dish you can buy and subscribe to a service and take the dish with you everywhere you go to give you internet access.
Moving (semi) off the grid?
 

RatLabGuy

You look like a monkey and smell like one too
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Churchville, MD
It sounds like you're describing a portable satalite (e.g. Dish Network) setup. It exists, but why? Really only necessary if you're in a place a cell signal worn't work.

E.g.
Portable Internet Guide | SatelliteInternet.com

do you need a shitpile of bandwidth? Thats the only real advantage to a dedicated device like a Jetpack, it might be able to put out more throughput than your phone, depending on the phone. If it's just a couple of folks, then there's no real advantage. You just need the right data plan for the phone. You'll have to pay for an extra data plan for the extra device anyway.
 

BigClay

Knower of useless ZJ things
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Location
Winston-Salem
It sounds like you're describing a portable satalite (e.g. Dish Network) setup. It exists, but why? Really only necessary if you're in a place a cell signal worn't work.

E.g.
Portable Internet Guide | SatelliteInternet.com

do you need a shitpile of bandwidth? Thats the only real advantage to a dedicated device like a Jetpack, it might be able to put out more throughput than your phone, depending on the phone. If it's just a couple of folks, then there's no real advantage. You just need the right data plan for the phone. You'll have to pay for an extra data plan for the extra device anyway.

I am specifically thinking about places with spotty/weak/no cell signal.
 

shawn

running dog lackey of the oppressor class
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Raleigh, NC
Back in the ECORS days, we used USB cellular dongles with roof mounted antennas.

It's that or satellite, but starlink isn't publicly available yet.
 

BigClay

Knower of useless ZJ things
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Sep 24, 2008
Location
Winston-Salem
You can do this with a satellite dish, but if you have a cell signal you will be much better off with a jetpack. We went all the way to Moab and back with Sara "working from home" in the passenger seat of the dually and it did great.

That is very good to know.
 

RatLabGuy

You look like a monkey and smell like one too
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May 18, 2005
Location
Churchville, MD
If you get a booster and a good antenna, there aren't many places left in the States that there is no cell signal.
There definitely are, don't get me wrong, but it won't be common.

Really its a question of "how much is this full mobile freedom worth to you?"
 

shawn

running dog lackey of the oppressor class
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Raleigh, NC
If you get a booster and a good antenna, there aren't many places left in the States that there is no cell signal.
There definitely are, don't get me wrong, but it won't be common.

We only had intermittent cell service for the five days we were in Montana. It was generally okay along I-90. There was SMS elsewhere, but data and voice weren't reliable. Same in Wyoming.
 
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