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New Tech Connect+ Benefit!

FMCA Tech Connect+ is a benefit package that brings technology offers to FMCA members. Offers include tech product discounts and mobile data plans.

What do you get? For just $49.99 monthly, you’ll have access to a Sprint mobile hotspot data plan, plus discounts on WiFi extenders and products. With Sprint, you’ll get full, un-throttled and uncapped 3G and 4G LTE speed.

To take advantage of this benefit, your FMCA membership dues must be active for at least one year. And stay tuned – we plan to offer more discounts to this benefit package!

Why not take part in a benefit package that keeps you connected at a lower cost?

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Read Member F470953 GAIL RUSSELL's Review of the Tech Connect+ Sprint MIFI Plan Below:

Signed up for FMCA Tech Connect+ and taking advantage of the Sprint Unlimited Hotspot Plan

I would say I started with Hotspot Authorization at 11:30AM, it is now 8PM and my Hotspot Battery is at 32%.

I am very pleased with both the Franklin R-910 Hotspot and the Sprint unlimited data plan. Everything is working flawlessly. I am in a rural area, 30 miles from the nearest city (Buffalo, NY) and I have had enough signal strength to do everything I wanted to do on my computers & tablets and ereaders, fast & flawlessly.

I found the Hotspot intuitive to use and easy to operate. I even liked the way it felt with its rubber armour coating! After 8-1/2 hours of continuous running, the Hotspot feels cool to the touch all over. If I had to tell one Hotspot fault, it would be the display screen font type is very small, making it hard to read.

Tomorrow I will play around with more of my WiFi capable devices and let you know what I think. The unlimited data plan is just great to have! No more running to public hotspots for me like when my old data plan was getting near its limit. I am in Computer Nerd Heaven!

Gail Russell
F470953

New FMCA Verizon Benefit!

FMCA has a new Verizon MIFI Member Benefit! CLICK HERE to learn more.

Perry Registration Is Open!

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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Dear FMCA Computer Geeks:

I was thinking of changing my Internet connection to a Verizon air card router. Will this work while under way in the motor coach as well as in RV parks where the Wi-Fi is not very strong? Will it work at home and can up to five computers be online at the same time?

I've seen other RVers using a small card-like device and I've seen their signal on my wireless search. Is this a good way to go? Any cost estimates?

Dick Kaitz

Dick,
 
It sounds like you are talking about the MiFi. It is a portable wireless router that will deliver wireless 3G data network access to multiple users in a small area network.  It can support up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices and it will work going down the road.

Verizon has many service plans available. If you sign a two-year contract, the device is free.
 
Most folks we talk to are very happy with their MiFi and opt for the $59.99 plan for 5GB data per month.  In my view, Verizon has the best overall coverage. I think it can be a good way to go. Speeds are quite acceptable, though not as fast as a residential DSL or cable connection.


Dear FMCA Computer Geeks:

I found your comment on tethering interesting. We are going to start traveling next year and I am a computer junkie.

I presumed I would need a "air card" to access service if we are are not at a park/location that provides service.

I now have a cell phone and DSL service at my home. I plan on cancelling the Internet service when we hit the road. Is tethering more of a viable option than an air card (speed and cost wise)?

Ron

Ron,

Good question. My answer is: Almost always .... It depends mostly on how much you need the Internet.

There are many options, but only three ways to connect wirelessly: Wi-Fi, satellite and cellular. Cellular is the de facto solution for Internet access as you travel.
 
An air card is easier to share using a cellular router. So, if you have more than one computer, it is a consideration.  An air card usually means an additional contract. Most plans allow 5Gb/month and cost about $60.

Tethering can save you some money because it's usually a feature on the phone service you already have.  You may not be able to use the phone at the same time you are on the Internet. Speeds are going to be comparable.

We have Verizon service with our Droids and tether.  See this video: http://geeksontour.tv/2010/07/gabbing-with-the-geeks-5-connecting-to-the-internet-with-droid/.

We also use Wi-Fi when it is available and working good. For winter 2010, we'll be in one place for the season, and will arrange for DSL at our site.

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