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Finally, registration for FMCA’s 97th International Convention and RV Expo, scheduled for March 15 through 18, 2018, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter is open. Click Here to register.

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To All Our Friends in South Texas, Louisiana and Florida

Here at FMCA our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. These include the area residents, victims, first responders, and citizens who have stepped in to assist their neighbors.

Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma: Looking for resources or ways you can help?

1. Make a Donation
The following organizations* are accepting donations for South Texas and Florida relief efforts.
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org (https://www.redcross.org) or call 1-800-HELP-NOW (800-435-7669). Or text IRMA or HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Salvation Army: give.salvationarmyusa.orgor call 1-800-725-2769. Or text STORM to 51555.
Catholic Charities USA: www.catholiccharitiesusa.orgor call 800-919-9338. Or text CCUSADISASTER to 71777.
*Please note FMCA is not affiliated with and/or advocating these organizations.

2. Volunteer with RV Disaster Corps
RV Disaster Corps has put out a call for RVers to staff volunteer centers. Volunteers with RV Disaster Corps assist people displaced by storms and help first responders. Because RV Disaster Corps volunteers have their own accommodations, they can relocate to the impacted area without requiring scarce local housing resources. www.rvdisastercorps.org.

3. Help Evacuees Find a Safe Place
Texas: The Texas Association of Campground Owners has identified RV parks with space available for Hurricane Harvey evacuees. Visit https://texascampgrounds.com or www.TexasCabinRentals.net. It is recommended to call the parks in advance; availability may change based on current weather.

Florida and Alabama campgrounds: Information will be posted as available: www.CampFlorida.com and www.CampInAlabama.com.

Alabama state parks: Call 1-800-ALA-PARK (1-800-252-7275) for availability.

Florida road conditions: Real-time traffic information is available at https://fl511.com. Or call (866) 511-3352; in Florida, dial 511.

Member Vote: Voting Now Open

CLICK HERE to download and print a copy of the ballot.

Please note, all ballots must be sent via postal mail to: Mandel and Associates, Inc., 431 Ohio Pike, Suite 201, Cincinnati, OH 45255

FMCA Remodel

Big news! It's time to take a step in the right direction, CLICK HERE to learn more about FMCA's plans to remodel.

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By Chris Guld
Geeks on Tour 

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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