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  1. Here is my setup: AT&T Lighting USB device Ubiquiti Bullet M2, a/b/g/n, 600mw 8dBI vertical antenna Bullet and antenna are attached to ladder with CAT-5 running inside. Cradlepoint MBR-900 router All are ran off the 12vdc house batteries
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    Towing a 2008 Ford Edge

    We have towed a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid for almost 16000 miles and have no problems at all. I know it is not an Edge but the 2008 Escape Hybrid and the 2008 Edge have the same transmission which is what makes them flat towable :-) The 2008 Ford towing guide is located at: http://www.fordvehicles.com/assets/pdf/tow...VTTgdeMay07.pdf You will find the info you are looking for on page 12.
  3. I have personally verified that the latest version of the Bullet M2 software fixed the problem the other person was having. Here is my latest Internet setup in our MH: Ubiquiti Bullet M2, b/g/n, 600mw (CP-BULL-M2H) $79.00 8dBI vertical antenna (AT-8OM-24) $29.00 Bullet and antenna are attached to the ladder with CAT-5 running inside Cradlepoint MBR-900 router (MBR-900) $149.95 AT&T Lighting USB device All are ran off the 12vdc house batteries With this setup I can have multiple computers on the Internet while traveling or stopped. I have two laptops, a RVPuter, and my iPhone that connect to the router via WiFi. The Ubiquiti Bullet M2 and antenna were purchased from Titan Wireless out of Austin, Texas http://www.titanwirelessonline.com/ The Cradlepoint MBR-900 router can be purchased directly from Cradlepoint via their website, http://www.cradlepoint.com/ or you may be able to locate a dealer near you also. The AT&T Lighting USB device is made by Sierra Wireless, model 305. You can use just about any cellular companies 3G/4G USB card in the Cradlepoint. If you do not need the ability to connect via cellular then you can use just about any wireless router and connect the bullet to the Internet or WAN port on the router. If you do not need to connect multiple computers then you can connect the bullet directly to your computer. You will need to connect your computer to the bullet to configure it. On my setup I do this by disconnecting the bullet from the WAN port on the router, then connect it to one of the LAN ports on the router. This allows me to then connect to the Bullet and configure it for the AP that I want to connect to. Once configured I unplug it from the LAN port and plug it into the WAN port. This sounds complicated but only takes about 2 minutes to get connected once I am at a campground. I try to make time over the next couple of weeks to create a PDF with screen shots on how to configure the Bullet M2 and etc to make it easy for a non-computer person to make it work with minimal hassle. Once I have created it I will post it on this thread as an attachment.
  4. Hello Jim, Sorry, I have not put that together. After I got back from overseas we headed out on a trip through Canada and the east coast. One user did order the equipment and he had a problem with the newer version of the bullet. I believe I found a solution for his setup but waiting on him to answer an e-mail to me before I know it worked. As soon as he answers my e-mail I will put together the list and suppliers for the equipment. Ronnie
  5. Since I have never used anything but AT&T (was Cingular in 1988 when I signed up) I can only speak of my experience with AT&T. We made a trip from Texas to Alaska then back to Texas in 2009 and I had service every place, with a few small exceptions, I tried either my iPhone or USB Data card. The exceptions where in areas that had very low population per sq mile and I did not expect to have service in those areas. We left home about a week ago, have traveled from Texas through Arkansas, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois and are now sitting about 30 miles south of Madison, Wisconsin. Every day I have had cell phone coverage, 95% of the time was 3G. Every night and every morning I have connected to the Internet via my USB device and it has never failed to provide me service. Campgrounds are a different story. At each location I have tested their WiFi. Most of the locations have a daily charge for the use of their WiFi and I refuse to pay extra for their service. One of the locations had free WiFi but their system was not working so it was useless. So, I have not used any CG Internet Services. I upload photos to my website every evening via my AT&T USB Device and I normally upload at greater than 1mb. I have my USB device plugged into a Cradlepoint MBR-900 router which is in the bedroom. I can use my laptop, my RVputer or my iPhone at anytime since the Cradlepoint is hooked to an outlet that is on the inverter. Next step is to hook the Cradlepoint to the coach batteries and thus won't have to use the inverter. I also have an external WiFi device hooked to a vertical antenna that is mounted to the ladder. If I am in a CG that has WiFi that is better than my AT&T Data connection then it only takes me a couple of minutes to configure it and the router to use the WiFi instead of the AT&T data.
  6. When I get back if enough are interested I will put together a set of instructions and add the part numbers and where to purchase all the items!
  7. You can't order directly from Ubiquit, you have to go through a reseller. I have used http://www.titanwirelessonline.com before and they are very good about getting shipments out. Here the basic items you need: Ubiquiti Bullet M2 High Power $79.00 http://www.titanwirelessonline.com/Product...ode=CP-BULL-M2H 2.4GHz 8dBi Omni Antenna $29.00 http://www.titanwirelessonline.com/Product...tCode=AT-8OM-24 Black PoE Injector $5.00 http://www.titanwirelessonline.com/Product...ctCode=PE%2DINJ 18V Power Supply $13.00 http://www.titanwirelessonline.com/Product...tCode=PE%2D18VS A router if you want to have more than one computer connected At least 2 CAT-5 cables, one to go outside to the Bullet and one from the bullet to the computer or router. You can also just plug 12vdc from your battery into the POE Injector and you won't need the 18V power supply. I am headed overseas tomorrow morning so I may be slow in answering any questions but send me a message if you want more detail! DISCLAMER: I do NOT work for nor will I receive any money if you order from Titan Wireless. I owned an ISP business in Texas from 1995 until 2009 when I sold the business. I am now retired. I have been in computers since 1979 but now my only involvement with computers is helping church organizations, missionaries and other RVers and I do all that for free!
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    Tethering iPhones

    With the release of Version 4 for the iPhone, tethering is now available. You just need to upgrade the phone and then contact AT&T to upgrade your service. However, a warning ... If you currently have unlimited data with your iPhone you will be downgraded to the limited service once you sign up for tethering. I verified this today and declined their offer!
  9. Here is my latest setup in our MH: AT&T Lighting USB device Ubiquiti Bullet M2, a/b/g/n, 600mw 8dBI vertical antenna Bullet and antenna attached to ladder with CAT-5 running inside Cradlepoint MBR-900 router All run off the 12vdc house batteries With this setup I can have multiple computers on the Internet while traveling or stopped. I have two laptops, a RVPuter, and my iPhone that connect to the router via WiFi. The RVputer is installed but in development stages. I replaced the AM/FM radio with a 7" touch screen that is hooked to the RVputer. Currently it functions are to monitor engine functions, AM/FM/HD Radio, DVD/CD Player, iPhone hands free, GPS and media player.
  10. Wow they get a premium price for the radio... The radio is nothing more than a repackaged Ubiquiti Bullet, http://www.ubnt.com/bulletm The Bullet M2 MSRP is only $79.00, add a power injector, Cat-5 cable and antenna and you are probably not over $125-$150 just according to what antenna you get. The normal Ubiquiti power injector takes 12vdc so you can either power it via the coach batteries or a 110vac brick. Also, this is NOT a "Booster" as it does not boost the signal to your WiFi Device. The unit is a full blown Client Radio (CPE) and can also be used as an Access Point. You connect to to your Ethernet port of your laptop or router. Here is my latest setup in our MH: AT&T Lighting USB device Ubiquiti Bullet M2, a/b/g/n, 600mw 8dBI vertical antenna Bullet and antenna attached to ladder with CAT-5 running inside Cradlepoint MBR-900 router All run off the 12vdc house batteries With this setup I can have multiple computers on the Internet while traveling or stopped. I have two laptops, a RVPuter, and my iPhone thato the router via WiFi. The RVputer is installed but in development stages. Currently it functions are to monitor engine functions, AM/FM/HD Radio, DVD/CD Player, iPhone hands free, GPS and media player. I control the RVputer via a 7" touch screen monitor that I installed in place of the AM/FM radio or I can use a wireless keyboard/mouse.
  11. You should go to the AT&T website and research the latest rate plans to use your USA Plan in Canada. If you do not sign up for a special plan then you will pay very high voice, text and data rates. The AT&T site also has a couple of documents for the setting up the iPhone so you aren't surprised with a extremely large phone bill when you return home!! We went to Alaska in 2009 and signed up for a voice ONLY plan, then turned off the data portion of our iPhone on the cell side. We also turned of text messaging. We left the wifi side of the phone turned on and used e-mail on the phone and wifi on our laptop. Here is the AT&T link for International Roaming: http://www.wireless.att.com/answer-center/...utionId=KB92093
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    Alaska Rally 2010

    Thank you! We took 70 to Vail then took turned south on 91 (Top of the Rockies Hwy) through Copper Mountain, then Hwy 24/295 on in to New Mexico. I just looked at days 39-42 as I thought I posted that info and found that I didn't... I also found that 36 photos were missing, so those are uploading now. The last 10-12 photos were shot on Hwy 91 looking North East. The distant mountains were covered with snow and the lake in front of them made what I consider almost a postcard photo! Location was 39.41462 N / 106.17390W
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    Alaska Rally 2010

    We are not going in 2010 but we went in 2009. We have only been RVing since April 2008 and purchased a Class A in March 2009. After researching tons of books and Internet info and the fact that my wife was retiring August 1st we left Texas August 17th and spent 43 days traveling to and from Alaska. We had a fantastic time. Next time, 2011, we plan on taking about 3 months. We found that August and September proved to be the best time to go. We made no reservations in advance and never had a problem finding a campground. Roads were great, weather was great! Check out my photos... 2257 of them :0) at: http://www.ronniesphotos.com/RV-Vacations/Alaska-2009 Ronnie
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    Wi-fi at campgrounds

    Before I retired I owned a ISP business in a rural area. I started my ISP business in 1995 and the fastest speed back then was 33,600 modems. Over the years my customers had the need for faster speed. I am also a ham radio operator and had a tower on top of a large hill so I put that to use providing WiFi service up to 10 miles away. The latest in outside WiFi equipment is very suitable for a MH. I have a unit that I mount on my ladder with a CAT-5 cable running inside to plug into my laptop. The power (12v) to the outside equipment is feed via the Cat-5 cable so only one cable is necessary. When I get to an RV park I fire up the laptop, connect to the external equipment and see what signals are available. If I need to get a better signal I climb the ladder and loosen the antenna enough to reaim it for a better signal. I have used this setup to even get WiFi from a hotel a mile or so away. The radio has 400mw of power and a 10dbi antenna. The MSRP for this device is $79.00 and can be purchased online from several suppliers and I have seen it available on EBay. Check it out at http://www.ubnt.com/products/nano.php You could also hookup a external omni antenna and would not have to turn the antenna for best signal but it works much better with the built in directional antenna. It takes a few minutes to setup but the connection is worth the extra time. We stayed at a park in Vancover this past September in the spot that was the fatherest away from the parks WiFi which was a router setting on a desk in the office. I pointed the antenna at the office and had Internet the several days we were there while others had to go sit at the outside table at the office :-)
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    Home Channels

    The loss of home/local channels when you are traveling outside of your home zip code area is NOT the fault of either Direct TV or Dish. It is the fault of your local TV stations. They wanted protection from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and they got it. The resulots is that Satellite companies may not provide a customer serivce outside of the local area. The "RV Exclusion" that was referred to is a piece of paper that the RV user states that he/she basically is only using the East/West feeds in their motorhome while on the road. FYI, East/West feeds are NOT your local home channels but east or west coast feeds thus if you are in Oklahoma City you won't get the local OKC channels but will get either a feed from the East or West Coast. If you want local channels in the area you are in just call your providers customer service number, give them address you are parked at including the zip code and tell them that is NOT your billing address but your service address. They will then program your account to receive local channels for that location.
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