Wandering WiFi RANT!

Discussion in 'Cellular - Voice - Data' started by MrMustard, May 15, 2010.

  1. Balakov100

    Balakov100 Road Train Member

    May 10, 2012
    Temple, TX
    Don't even bother with Wandering Wifi.
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  3. MrMustard

    MrMustard Road Train Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    Dayton, Ohio

    I'm the OP of this thread. If memory serves me right, I had a Sprint card at the time, it was only getting 1xrtt. I purchased the time from Pilot, and when I ran a speedtest, the numbers were EXACTLY the same as my card. When I called tech support, the help person informed me that yes, they did indeed have the router connected to a Sprint aircard. Both Verizon and AT&T had 3G up ad running in that area, Sprint did not. I was kind of infuriated at the time by the lack of research and the poor decision to put a 2G Aircard in a router used by a dozen or more people at any given time, when faster aircards were out there. Sprint has since upgraded their towers in that area, in fact it wasn't much more than a week or two after my original post. I'm still waiting on the promised tool embedded on the log-on page so we can test the speed before we decide to make a purchase.
  4. dollarmtn

    dollarmtn Light Load Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    The service is still horrible everywhere Ive tried it.
  5. WMGUY

    WMGUY Road Train Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Nine Mile Falls, WA
    my droid crapped out on me a week ago. so i hit verizon and all they can do is give me a loaner great im thinkin... not i get a black berry till i can get home. so i have been using wandering wifi at the truck stops and it is slow.... i though san diego ca would be good, i know i had 4g their on my phone... no it was slow... same with oregon and washington .... ohhh well i be home tomorrow and get my new phone
  6. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    I carry my old smart phone too.

    OFTOTR Medium Load Member

    Jul 19, 2011
    Toccoa GA
    You can't always park close or closer to the antenna, and that doesn't always solve things.
    I use the pilot/flyingj network as a backup to my sickly tmobile service. Some days, even parked at a flyingj or pilot, I can't use the net PERIOD.
  8. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    in some areas verizon is better. in others it's sprint.

    bottom line is it's half and half. i've been all over the country and i can certainly say that verizon isn't better then anyone else.

    every wifi spot i've used has been slow. even at motels. what also sucks is you can have great 3 or 4g OUTSIDE. on your phone. but go inside and forget it.
    Dieselboss Thanks this.
  9. TruckerPete1990

    TruckerPete1990 Road Train Member

    Jul 16, 2012
    Gentry Arkansas
    best time to use truck stops wifi is the AM not many ppl on it:p
  10. tknight#69

    tknight#69 Bobtail Member

    Nov 20, 2012
    your right, however one of the biggest problems with this system is the installation of the antenna systems, they ( the installers) have no idea of how a truck stop works. I'm currently sitting in the ta 1-80 exit 158 in pa. there is no signal in the truck parking lot which is where its needed, the antennas are on the main building roof aimed at the road, so there is pleanty of signal in the car lot, but nothing on the sie of the building to speak of, 1 bar signal, not enough to even load their sign on page. I'm in a truck stop every day, for fuel food or sleep, internet is important to drivers, we do our work online most of the times and need it to look for jobs, send emails, and paperwork, so we can get paid. I find myself with signal about 20% of the time, I wander the lot with my phone looking for a strong signal so i can get online, personally i find if the signal is good speed is ok for me, but thats rare, i wish i could park my truck inside of the building where it seems to work most of the time, like right now! I guess the next time a truck stop manager says "well find a better close parking spot, I'm gonna jam my truck into the car lot and block their front door while i do my work online! (just ranting)
  11. punkinhed

    punkinhed Medium Load Member

    Sep 19, 2008
    hello, cleveland!
    yep. i tried pilot's wifi for a couple months when i started. half of the pilot's had no service, and half of the ones that advertised for wifi had no signal.

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