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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.

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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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Dear FMCA Computer Geeks:

I have a laptop that is probably about 5 years old. I am having trouble getting reception at most parks unless I am very near the signal. Some of my RV friends with new computers seem to be able to receive reception. What do you recommend short of buying a new laptop?

Joe Williams

Actually, I'm surprised you're able to get connected at all with a 5-year-old laptop! We recommend a USB Wi-Fi adapter.

This is a topic that has received a LOT of coverage. Many factors affect Wi-Fi reception, 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 type of adapter, you can position that adapter in the best location and, almost always, improve the quality of your connection.

What 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.

Many motorhome owners today use the Wi-Fi capability that is built in to their computer. What I’m saying is, go into your computer’s network connection settings and turn this built-in feature OFF. Then, plug in a USB adapter to use instead. Currently, our favorite adapter is the EnGenius EUB-362EXT wireless LAN USB 2.0 adapter because it is high-powered (200 milliwats) and because you can attach an external antenna if you want better connectivity.

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 purchase an adapter online or at computer and networking supply stores. Ask for a USB wireless network adapter. The technical specification is 802.11(b or g). The standard Wi-Fi frequency band is 2.4 GHz. USB simply refers to the way it connects to your computer --through a USB port.

Don’t be swayed by the claims of faster speeds -- e.g. Bs are 11 mbps and Gs are 54 mbps -- those speeds are only referring 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 3 mbps.

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 one because you can position it 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.

— Jim and Chris

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