Email and Internet
Inside Your Own RV Using Your Own Laptop
Using Public Wireless Hot Spots
As more and more RV'ers find the convenience of using their very own laptop on their travels, an emerging problem is that of using your own machine to download emails. Very few Internet cafes will allow this. You can find the odd visitor information centre/caravan park and real estate agents will sometimes allow you to use their fax line if you are a "fast" talker. One solution is of course using a CDMA phone, however this ranges from 16.5 to 24 cents a minute and of course there are wireless cards such as Vodaphone or the popular Sierra cards. In an effort to get more patronage many businesses are offering "Wireless Hotspots" on their premises. Dick Smith, Tandy and Jaycar all sell a "hotspot detector". This beeps at you as soon as you enter a hotspot area and costs under $50.00. Great for finding the odd "freebie"! Chrissy is using a Telstra Wireless Hotspot in a McDonalds carpark. Please note that not all hotspots work from outside in the carpark of business premises. The better your aerial the more chance you have of getting good reception.
Has Wireless Hotspots in Oz?
How to Get Connected
To understand this type of wireless hotspot you need to grasp how charging works, as your computer CANNOT talk to the hotspot, so it has no idea how much to charge you. This is overcome in a unique way. When you find a wireless hotspot (use the growing daily, extensive lists on the Telstra Websitehttp://www.telstra.com.au/wirelesshotspots/locations.htm for Telstra hotspots ONLY) you are allowed to receive service for 2 minutes or so. Turn on Internet Explorer and go to the Telstra Wireless Login Page. Enter the MOBILE phone number you gave previously. Telstra almost immediately TEXT you a message to your phone. Enter this password into the login page and you're connected! Now you might be wondering why use this convoluted method? Well it's to stop anyone else pretending to be you or "cracking" a password. Now Telstra shops seem to not have the slightest clue about this emerging technology, so you can certainly email us with any queries. Please remember the above instructions ONLY work with Telstra Hotspots. They WILL NOT work at the Casino Village for instance. You must negotiate with the owner of the hotspot.