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Travel and Internet Connections

 

I believe I have mentioned before that one of the challenges connected with travel is the availability of Internet connection, especially when traveling by motor home. In the past, when we were parked at a church where either Jerry or I would speak, and before we had a computer with wireless capabilities, we often ran a phone line from the church into our motor home. But we don’t even use dial up any more, and not many churches have routers so that we can have wireless service. So, as I did in Santa Maria, I often go to the library. Starbucks, and other coffee houses, usually have the service as now even some McDonald’s do, I understand. I remember more than once when we were traveling, that we would drive around in the car with an open computer, trying to track down a signal so we could check our email. Once we found a strong, non-encrypted signal outside a motel, and parked there for a few minutes while we did a bit of business. Hope they didn’t mind.

It’s all improving, though, and now many RV parks have wireless services throughout the park, or at least in their offices where we can tap in. It’s often spotty, though, and I recall pictures I took last year in an RV park in Durango, Colorado where both Jerry and Berl are outside with computers on their laps trying to pick up a clear signal.

BBC has an interesting article concerning the subject. Since I now blog everyday, this definitely is of vital concern to me.

In search of Google wi-fi

 

By Katie Fehrenbacher
in Mountain View, California


Google

Google’s home is in Mountain View

City-wide wi-fi networks are beginning to be rolled out across the United States. One of the most high-profile is a network operated by search giant Google.

While poring over hidden charges on your cell phone bill, or writing hefty cheques to your internet service provider, it’s hard not to think there should be a better way.

Anything but high prices and no choices. Well, I’m starting to think there is, and I caught a glimpse of it in the city of Mountain View, California.

Read the remainder of the article here. 

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

10 replies on “Travel and Internet Connections”

Melissa, it’s true that some Starbucks charge for wireless internet services…maybe all of them now, although I have used their services for free. Many high line hotels charge, some as much as $10.00 a day. I’m off to a conference in Louisville tomorrow and am curious to see what kind of service will be there.

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Just a tidbit I learned recently – the wireless connection at Starbucks is NOT free. You can subscribe or pay an hourly fee. However, Panera bread does offer free wireless, as well as many hotels, now, as was mentinoed, I think.
🙂 Melissa

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Oh dear, Helen. We may be criminals. 😦 It could prove interesting if suddenly my blogs originate from a prison cell somewhere. Sure wouldn’t be much of a Christian witness, would it now.

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Internet connections when traveling have proven challenging to us, also. We haven’t taken a trip this year but the number of motels offering free high-speed connections increased substantially from 2004 to 2005. My mother has no connections in her house, no computer either for that matter. But Bill is able to connect through our provider and her phone line. Bill takes his laptop, but all I do is check e-mail and reply if it’s an editor.

BTW, driving around in search of an unsecured wireless network is called “war driving”. See http://www.wardriving.com/

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