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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?

CLICK HERE to learn more.


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.

Keep your coach info up to date!

In order to better serve you, we ask that you please update the Coach Make/Manufacturer field in your Membership Profile at your earliest convenience if you have not already done so.

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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Fastest high-speed Internet 

Dear FMCA Computer Geeks:

I am a remote worker and going full-time in our RV/motorhome. I've been tethering and also using the T-Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot adapter, but my speeds are slow. What do you recommend for the fastest high-speed Internet? I also need TV/cable/satellite -- what is the best system?

Thank you. Leisa Barreto

Leisa,

Congratulations on going full-time.

Getting high-speed Internet on the road is a challenge. If money is no object, satellite Internet is going to be the most reliable and available. You need a clear line of sight to the satellite. The highest speeds on satellite will not be as fast as terrestrial cable or fiber.

Wi-Fi can be very good, depending on the backhaul connection to the Internet and number of other users.

Cellular is the overall best choice, with Verizon having the best nationwide coverage. Cellular is also the only technology that works in motion.

Bottom line is: If you really need connectivity, you need all three: satellite, cellular, and Wi-Fi. You can employ better antennas and amplifiers for an extended cellular signal. External adapters are available to get longer-range Wi-Fi.

TV is altogether different. Your choices are basically DirecTV and Dish Network in the United States. High Definition is nice to have. You need to choose between automatic- and manual-pointing dishes. Automatic is easier and more expensive. Portable dishes are more flexible as to placement in wooded areas. 

Check out the articles on our website www.geeksontour.com for more information. And, talk directly with satellite TV vendors at FMCA rallies and conventions.
— Jim


Ways to improve cellular reception

Dear FMCA Computer Geeks:

Hello. What is the best way to improve cellular reception? I currently use a Cradlepoint MPR1000 mobile wireless router and I would like to find ways to improve reception in 3G and 4G areas. Any suggestions on antennas, boosters, etc.? All help is greatly appreciated! Thank you.

Pat Riley

Pat,
 
Good to hear from you.
 
Improving cellular reception is important for both voice and data. There are a lot of options, too.

We have had good luck with the Wilson line of cellular antennas and amplifiers and typically recommend talking to the folks at the 3G Store. They have knowledgable help. Tell them what you have now and what you need, and they will recommend a solution. And tell them the Geeks On Tour sent you.
 
Prices range from under $50 to well into the hundreds, so much depends on how much you need.
 
A wired connection is generally best, but not all data cards and phones have ports for an external antenna. The Geeks use the Wilson Sleek, an amplified cradle attached to external antenna for our mobile hotspot. We can also use it with our Droids.
 
More info can be found on the Internt to go/staying in touch forum on the FMCA.com Motorhome Forums.
— Jim

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