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Survey: RVers Say Parks’ Wi-Fi Quality is Poor

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April 16, 2013 by   1 Comment

More than half of RVtravel.com readers (54%) who responded to an April 13 survey in the website’s weekly newsletter reported that they regard Wi-Fi service in RV parks as “poor” or “terrible.” Less than 7% consider it excellent or very good. About a third labeled it “good.”

More than 1,400 RVtravel.com readers participated in the survey which asked “Overall, how would you describe the performance of the Wi-Fi in RV parks where you’ve stayed?”

“In one way or another, most of the readers who left comments said that RV park Wi-Fi was hit and miss,” said RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury. “Some also mentioned that poor security of many networks kept them from using the service.”

Woodbury said he has stayed at least 100 nights in the last two years in RV parks with Wi-Fi and has found a mixed bag. “Once in awhile it’s great, but that’s the exception,” he said. “More often than not, I found connections so slow they were worthless. Other times the signal was not strong enough to reach my campsite, and many parks provide an unsecured WiFi network, which means personal information is vulnerable to thieves.”

Some readers who commented on the survey noted that instead of relying on RV park Wi-Fi, they use wireless air cards, which are available from most major cellular carriers. The devices allow a high speed, secure connection in most areas where cell phone coverage is available. “I’ve used my Wi-Fi card from Verizon for years,” said Woodbury. “For anyone who travels a lot with an RV who needs to get online on a regular basis, a device like this is critical.”

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One Response to “Survey: RVers Say Parks’ Wi-Fi Quality is Poor”

  1. Charlie Brown on April 17th, 2013 2:46 pm

    Safe to say no one that has stayed at Alamo River has taken the survey
    I agree that much of the time that is true, you get what you pay for.
    At Alamo River we spent over $17,000.00 to attempt getting good service. Problem we have is that we are in the country. Our slogan is “City Close – Country Quiet” and we were unable to get anything but sat. service. We now have a provider who gives us killer service and up and down loads of 10mps.
    Still cannot get cable TV but if you want great, free, and really high speed WiFi
    Come to Alamo River

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