Teresa and I are planning to return to the USA to move our RV in October; it’s been sitting idle for nearly two years . We’re only going to be in the rig for a couple of weeks, but I’ve been trying to come up with a cost-effective way to have Internet connectivity during that time. The rig is currently fitted with an early-model DataStorm F1, a D1 controller, and decommissioned DW4000 modems.
Now, I know the DW4000 is essentially useless at this point; if we were returning to the road full-time, we’d split for a D3/DW7000 upgrade. But after this move the rig will be parked again for an undetermined period, so it just doesn’t make financial sense to do that right now. By the time we use the rig again, one or both of those items is likely to be obsolete.
So the first question is, does anyone have any ideas about how I might temporarily get my system online? I’m not averse to solutions that involve a fair bit of messing around, since this is only for a couple of weeks. Anyone?
The best I could come up with is the following: What if, hypothetically, someone on this forum had a commissioned modem they weren’t going to be using for the month of October. Then, still hypothetically, that person could ship the modem to me, I could use it for a couple of weeks, then ship it back to them – with a check covering their fee for October, the shipping, plus a little something for their trouble. Of course, since such “modem sharing” would no doubt violate HughesNet’s TOS, this is all strictly hypothetical.
If, hypothetically, someone thought that was workable, it might be best to e-mail me privately – just to avoid any misunderstandings.
But conversely, if someone has a better idea, please post it below.
Sterling... I know it isn't a solution or answer to your Satellite question, but if it's been two years since your last visit/travel by RV in the States, your going to be surprised at the number of RV parks and locations where WiFi is now available... and even works fairly consistently.
I prefer to travel the two lane roads and was amazed this year at the number of 'off the beaten path' locations with, minimal off air TV and no Cell phone coverage, that had WiFi.
While I'm fairly confident that someone on the forum may be able to come up with a 'satellite' solution.... a bit of planning should at least get you WiFi access to the net during most of your travels.
I think Liveneasy is right on target here. You simply cannot reactivate your 4000 modems so you are looking at a 7000 update at a minimum. With that you could continue to use your D1 controller (yuck, poohee! but your best choice) and sign up for service for a month. It costs $99.99 on a month to month contract but it would work for your short term need. You might look into the possibility of a wi-fi card but they may require a service contract as well.
-------------------- Bill Adams Winegard Company Posts: 15681 | From: Traveling the Western US | Registered: May 2003
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Buy the 7000 and have bill set you up. Then if you want to sell it, do so here on the forum. Im sure there are lots of users here that would jump on a used 7000.
-------------------- Steve O'Bosky Dealer/Installer Datastorm/MotoSat TV 559-901-9044 sro54 at yahoo.com F1 DataStorm |D4|7000S|99W/1370|Linksys WRT54GC Windows 7 premiumSee our location Posts: 1082 | From: Visalia, CA | Registered: May 2003
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quote:Originally posted by Steve O'Bosky: Buy the 7000 and have bill set you up. Then if you want to sell it, do so here on the forum. Im sure there are lots of users here that would jump on a used 7000.
This is the direction that we're leaning now, except I think we'll try to pick up a used DW7000 ourselves. It looks like one can be had for $100-150 on EBay. Then we might sell it again ourselves, or we might just hold onto it and hope that it's still viable the next time we are able to use our RV.
Related question: A few of the units on EBay are being sold without a power supply. Bill (or anyone), what does a DW7000 power supply cost?