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Verizon News Update: Disappointing news about our newest benefit

06/21/2017 5:00pm EST

Hello Members,

We thought today was going to be a day of celebration. As you’ll read in the July of Family Motor Coaching magazine, our expectation was that we would be opening the doors to the latest and greatest member benefit – unlimited, on-the-go internet access at a great price for all FMCA members.

Unfortunately, despite months of negotiations, approvals and green lights, the provider (Verizon) pulled the plug at the last second. Magazines had been printed, pre-announcements tested, and the staff was standing by for the flood of enrollments.

For more background on how this situation unfolded, see the post here.

We are very sad. And disappointed. We were so excited to bring you this program because we know how important staying in touch – with reliable access – is while you’re on the road.

Please don’t give up on us. After the unexpected cancellation by Verizon, we’re dusting ourselves off and getting back in the ring. We promise to keep working to bring you benefits of value and quality – the kind of service you expect from your RV family.

Thanks for understanding. And keep having fun – because that’s what FMCA is all about!

Charlie Adcock

If you joined FMCA just for the Verizon Unlimited Plan, Please Read This!

Dear Members,

Welcome to the FMCA family!

Ordinarily I wouldn’t write to a new member before we’ve even processed your enrollment, but this has been an unusual week around FMCA.

Last week we launched what we believed was going to be an awesome new benefit exclusively for FMCA members.  After all, our members are on-the-go motorhome owners and want to stay in touch while they travel! We’ve even heard that some people signed up for membership just to gain access to the Verizon unlimited on-the-go internet service.

But then, despite months of negotiations and approvals, Verizon unexpectedly pulled the plug.

If the Verizon benefit was your only reason for joining and you want to cancel your membership, just email membership@fmca.com and we’ll take care of it.  

But before you go ...

... Consider staying on as a member.  Our president always ends his letters with “It’s all about having fun” and that’s the truth!  FMCA members enjoy lots of great benefits designed especially for motorhome owners, but it’s more than that – it’s about being part of the best community of RVers you’ll ever find.

And speaking of benefits – FMCA membership includes a best-in-class travel assistance service, money saving deals on tires, great member-only content, and many more deals, discounts and services for motorhome owners.

 

Thanks for your consideration.  Remember – It’s all about having fun!

 

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Hawking Technology wireless-G USB 2.0 network adapterThis is a topic that has received a LOT of coverage.

There are many factors in Wi-Fi, and you don’t have control over many of them. What you DO have control over is your own system, and the best thing you can own is a USB type of Wi-Fi adapter.

You need a USB adapter if you know you’re near a Wi-Fi hotspot, but you see little or no signal at your computer. Or, there is enough signal to get connected, but the speed fluctuates and even drops you. If you plug in a USB adapter, you can position that adapter in the best location and, almost always, improve the quality of your connection.

EnGenius ENG-EUB-362EXT wireless LAN network adapterWhat exactly is the product I’m recommending? Well, there are lots of them. I sometimes hear people refer to them as "boosters," but they’re really not. They stand on their own; They don’t boost another piece of equipment. Most people today use the Wi-Fi capability that is built in to their computer. What I’m saying is, Turn off the built-in feature and plug in a USB adapter to use instead.

Our current favorite is the Engenius because it is high-powered (200 milliwats) and because you can attach an external antenna if you want an even better connection.

There have been times when we have sold adapters ourselves, but it’s rare; the products and suppliers just change too frequently for our taste. You can find these online at various Web sites, or just go to any computer and networking supply store and ask for a USB wireless network adapter. The technical specification is 802.11(b or g). That means Wi-Fi, and 2.4 gigaherz is the Wi-Fi standard frequency. USB simply refers to the way it connects to your computer – through a USB port.

Zyair G-202 USB 2.0 USB adapterDon’t be swayed by the claims of faster speeds – e.g., Bs are 11mbps and Gs are 54mbps. Those speeds are referring only to "within the local network" speeds. Once you start browsing the Internet, you will be limited to the Internet connection speed, which will be less than 3mbps. When looking at detailed specifications, power and range are much more important than speed. Almost any USB adapter will be an improvement over your internal device because you can position adaptor to have the clearest line-of-sight to the Wi-Fi hotspot’s access point.

If you are close to the hotspot’s access point, you shouldn’t need the USB adapter. Your built-in Wi-Fi will work fine if you’re within 150 feet or so and have no obstructions. If that’s not the case, and you’re having trouble, a USB wireless adapter will help.

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