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Hello Members!

From the feedback we have received so far it looks like the FMCA Forums rebuild has been a success.

Because of the inconvenience we would like to take this chance to explain why things took so long. Around last Sunday we started to notice issues with the web server that hosted the forums and how it was randomly just going offline.

Usually with computers when this kind of thing starts to happen it means that a piece of hardware is going bad.

As we were diagnosing issue the web server just died.

We had backups of the forums and the database so we were confident that we could get a new server setup within a day or two at most and get the forums back online, but we ran into a major snag after loading everything up on to the new server. The forum software that we run that was previously purchased from invisionpower.com would not come online.

After much research of the vague error code we were receiving we found out that the software had shut itself down because it recognized it was on a different web server than the one it previously existed on and it deactivated itself.

The only thing we could do at this point (which was on Tuesday evening) was to reach out to the software manufacturer and ask why they had deactivated our license.

So we looked up their website and there was no phone number listed to call them only a ticketing system for us to email them if there was an issue. We put in a request for someone to contact us immediately about why the our forums deactivated itself.

The next day a developer for the company responded to us and told us that the forum software had shut itself down because it thought we were trying to run it on two servers and that we had only purchased a single license and that out software key was made invalid, and that we would have to be contacted by someone in their accounts department so they could issue us a new software license to reactivate the software.

Over the next two days we heard nothing from the accounts department at invisionpower.com, we sent many emails to them and posted many tickets begging them for resolution.

Finally on Friday after 4pm EST we got a message from the supposed CEO of the company that said that they were going to reissue the license.

After they did we installed the new license and the software reactivated itself and we were able to bring the forums back online.

No one in our current IT Department was working for the company when FMCA started using the invisionpower.com forums so we did not know how troublesome dealing with them actually was.

Sometimes when using third-party software you find yourself in a position where your hands are tied and you have to work on the time table of the company that you purchased the software from. And that is what happened to us here, believe me if there was any way that we could have got things up and running faster we would have, we love our jobs and hate to disappoint anyone.

So in closing we want to apologize to everyone, and promise you that we have added failsafe’s to our forum environment so we never have to deal with invisionpower.com for customer service again.

Thanks,
Your Web Team

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Hello Members!

As we continue to make enhancements to the site we will post updates about the changes here.

Lately we have added:

  • New Rally Calendar (04/04/2017)
    The rally calendar has been updated to be more like a real calendar, you still have the option to view the listing the old way if you would like to though.
    Click here to try the new rally calendar!
     
  • New Sidebar Search (03/26/2017)
    If you are on desktop/tablet you will notice there is now a search box at the top of the right menu.
     
  • Updated Campground/Repair Search (03/15/2017)
    To help you to find repairs we have added this ability to the campground search.
    Click here to try the new search!
     

Thanks,
Your Web Team


By Chris Guld
www.GeeksonTour.com 

If you’ve been reading our articles here, you probably know that you can tether your cell phone (if it’s the right model with the right service) to your computer. Tethering your cell phone to your computer will give you Internet access on that computer. What you may not know is that you can tether it to a router, as well.

The Gulds connect their modem (left) to their Cradlepoint router, enabling them to connect to the same network using a DSL Internet connection.The Cradlepoint cellular router is popular among RVers. Most people use it for their data cards. Plug the data card in to the router and configure the router for your hotspot. Several computers can use that same Internet connection. The router that we have will accept a data card, an Ethernet cable from DSL or cable Internet, or a cell phone USB connection.

While we are parked for the season at Paradise Island RV Park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., we decided to spoil ourselves and get a month-to-month DSL Internet connection. The telephone cable comes in from the post outside and plugs in to the modem and then to our Cradlepoint router. The Cradlepoint creates a wireless network called GeeksOnTour. We can both connect to that network and we have Internet supplied by the DSL cable.

Recently, as we pulled into an overnight site at Thousand Trails, Orlando, I felt a bit of panic. I wouldn't have my DSL Internet there! I called Verizon before we left Fort Lauderdale and asked that they turn on the Mobile Broadband Connect feature for the two weeks we’d be gone ($49/month), but I was wondering if I would remember how to get it set up. I knew I had to plug the special cable into the phone, and then into the USB port on the Cradlepoint – but there must be something more?

Motorhomers can tether their cell phone to a Cradlepoint router.Amazing! As soon as I plugged the phone into the router, the phone started sending and receiving data. I turned on my computer and it automatically connected to the GeeksOnTour network and I was browsing away. Every once in a while, technology just works, and it is good! Of course, I’m sure I owe this simplicity to the real geek of the house, my husband, Jim, who decided which router to buy and set it up in the first place.

Jim recently got the Droid phone from Verizon and he has successfully tethered it to his computer via something called PDANet. But, it doesn’t work to tether it to the Cradlepoint. He’s still working on it. I’m holding out for the Palm Pre Plus or Pixi Plus, which will have the ability to be a Wi-Fi Hotspot without plugging into anything!

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