Monday, February 27, 2017

WiFi



USB Wireless Modem


10am - When I lived in Mexico, a TelCel USB modem was all that was needed to get internet access. That service, as I recall, was unlimited and not expensive.

Right now I am using a Cricket Personal Hotspot with my iPhone. 8gb/month costs $50. And 8gb is not very much data!

Is there a way to use a USB modem with my Mac Air to get on the internet as I did in Mexico? I am confused about this stuff?



12 noon - Oatmeal cookies
I really should have the will-power to resist preparing cookies. Because I eat at least half a batch within a couple of hours of baking them!

But K-Mart had a sale on Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix. Only $1! What could I do?



4pm - Itunes movies no more!
On the way to 24 Hour Fitness, I stopped at Best Buy where there is a WiFi available. Every time that I buy a movie from iTunes, I have big trouble getting the movie downloaded.

I should have learned by now to buy movies only in DVD format. None of this awkward downloading stuff for me anymore!

Had a good workout at 24 Hour!

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13 comments:

  1. George,

    You can use a USB modem with a Cradlepoint router to create a hotspot for your iMac, iPhone, etc.

    I got mine from the 3gstore online.

    Hope this helps,
    Mark

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  2. Hi George,

    As Mark pointed out, yes you can use a USB modem to get on line. But I think your problem is the amount of data, not how you access the data.

    You're right, 8GB isn't much when you like movies as you do. You might take a look around this sight: www.RVMobileinternet.com That site is for full time RVer's and has some pretty good info.

    I believe ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon are all offering "unlimited" plans again....but I believe they all throttle your speed after a certain amount of data used.

    Hope that helps!

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    1. Hi Swanny,

      Yes! You are right. My major problem is the amount of data and its cost.

      But how I get that data is still a problem. I am getting my data thru my Cricket Personal Hotspot. If I were able to get my data thru a cable, it would be sooooo inexpensive! But where I am in Apple Valley, there is no cable.

      George


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  3. George we are still using the TelCel USB stick but it is not unlimited nor is it cheap we get 5GBs for 50 day or until it is used up. Costs 500 pesos - about 25dollars US. We go through it in 20 days. We use it only for email, posting blog and reading papers. No movies, music etc. And 5GBS is the maximum you can buy at once. At home in the RV we use Verizon MiFi - works good but not unlimited data - anyway not when we left US in fall.

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    1. that should be 4GBs for 500 pesos.

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    2. Hi Carol,

      Thanks for reminding me about TelCel USB stick. I had forgotten about TelCel's cost and data limits.

      George


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  4. A mifi from verizon or ATT and buy your data. Not cheap. 90 bucks for 16 gig with rollover month to month but their is a catch. Roll over minutes must be used last and they cannot be carried over. That means you have nothing to carryover on the second month and plays that way every other month. I have been fighting with Verizon about false advertising as it is not rollover monthlly. It is bi monthly. I am taking it to better business bureau and suing in small claims for violating my contract that says monthloy roll over. They have offered me 4 gigs more free for two years to settle.

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    1. Hi Bob,

      I used a Verizon MiFi before going to Cricket. And I believe that Cricket is a much better service and price deal.

      The problem is WiFi data cost. It is sooooo high!!

      George


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  5. That is each month for two years.

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  6. We still use the Telcel and the Movistar USBs. They are becoming scarce and are being phased out. With the advent of cheap cellphones people have bigger phones with larger screens and rely on them. I find it hard to do my blog and we prefer a 17 inch screen. For those in Mexico, hang on to your internet USBs.

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    1. We have a TelCel MiFi. So both of us can use it on different computers at the same time.

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  7. George, it doesn't sound like your equipment is the problem - the source of your data is the problem. Data is expensive in the U.S. Perhaps downloading large amounts of data, such as for a movie, can be done from a source such as a library or cafe with "free" wi-fi. Save your paid minutes for browsing and email.

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  8. I know what you mean about the cookies! I try to keep it to once a month. As for movies, I was able to copy 1000 movies onto an 8TB drive so that I have them with me while full-timing.

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