Thursday, April 28, 2011

Verizon 4G LTE

WELCOME  to two new Followers:  Jorge and Evielynne Adventures on the Road and Doyle and Terri Johnson.  They both have very interesting blogs, which I'm following, but have to play catch up with some past entries.  Thank you both for following along with me and Katie.  Hopefully we will be full-timers in about a month.  Yeaaaaaah!  : )

I ordered a Verizon hotspot and it arrived yesterday.  I talked to a few Verizon techs on the phone, and the takeaway for me was that eventually 4G speeds will be everywhere, and the new Samsung 4G just came out through Verizon, so I ordered it.  I'll need something on the road, and I've read in some of your blogs about the MiFi.  That's basically what I ordered.  I'm not sure that was the right choice, since I don't get 4G here in San Marcos. It's by zip code, and although some of San Diego gets it, I don't. I don't know if my new zip code at Santee Lakes will have it.  The park does have WiFi, but I was told it's not very fast or reliable.  I need my Internet!  I don't want super slow speeds, and hopefully this will help.

I got it all hooked up when I got home from work, but I couldn't get on the Internet with it.  All bars were showing and it said "connected" but no Internet.  I ended up calling Verizon three times.  It's funny how different a call can be with different techs.  I finally got a woman who told me they were having problems with all the new 4G units, nationwide, the 4G Network was down.  

I have 14 days to test it out.  I had unplugged my router and cable unit, so I got online through a local wireless network that's unprotected, and will check the MiFi unit later today to see how it's going.

I have a potential tenant coming over after work to look at the condo.  He's a single father with a son in junior high, and another that's 17, and in high school.  I was kind of hoping for a little old lady like me, but if he wants the condo and checks out, it's his!  Keep your fingers crossed.

I got this in an e-mail today and couldn't resist passing it on for you "Old Guys."  (Sorry if you've already see it, it's new to me.)

The banker saw his old friend Tom, an eighty year old rancher, in town. Tom had lost his wife a year or so before and rumor had it that he was marrying a 'mail order' bride.

Being a good friend, the banker asked Tom if the rumor was true. Tom assured him that it was.

The banker then asked Tom the age of his new bride to be. Tom proudly said, 'She'll be twenty-one in November.'

Now the banker, being the wise man that he was, could see that the physical appetite of a young woman could not be satisfied by an eighty-year-old man.

Wanting his old friend's remaining years to be happy the banker tactfully suggested that Tom should consider getting a hired hand to help him out on the ranch, knowing nature would take its own course.

Tom thought this was a good idea and said he would look for one that afternoon.

About four months later, the banker ran into Tom in town again. 'How's the new wife?' asked the banker. Tom proudly said, 'Good - she's pregnant.'

The banker, happy that his sage advice had worked out, continued, 'And how's the hired hand?'  Without hesitating, Tom said, 'She's pregnant too.'

Don't ever underestimate Old Guys.

From me and Katie, have a nice Thursday, everyone! : )


  1. I just caught up on your blog and it ended with a good laugh!

    As for your unprotected wireless network I would at least set it for WPA with a password, anybody does something illegal using your conection they come after you first. ;)

    I also have the same MiFi and it works great, when Verizon's network is up of course. It came back online about 5:07am your time, I know because I was waiting for it! :)

    Congrats on the new rig! It looks great! Hopefully your son is able to repair it so it looks like new.


  2. Thanks for the goof laugh!!! Old guys indeed!

  3. OOOPS! Meant to say "good"! Oh well, either way...

  4. I have an LG 4G and I also got the same message about the networks being down. Other than that I love my new aircard. Enjoy your blog.

  5. It must have been frustrating to have the network go down just as you were trying your new aircard! Hopefully it won't happen to often.

  6. Hopefully by now your new Verizon device is working. I opted for the MiFi (older version) and it serves my purposes (wireless printer, two laptops), but it is sporadic at times too. Sometimes I just have to shut it off then turn it back on and it works fine.
    Loved the joke.

  7. Thanks for the laugh.

    When I purchased my Verizon MiFi, 4G support wasn't available on the device. However, considering the tower roll out will be over a couple of years I will be ready for the 4G version when my two years are up.

    The downside... With every purchased cell phone, and every other gadget that can get data access, the demand for that limited resource bandwidth will cause all users to experience poorer throughput. It is something I have seen over the years as the technology has changed from the old National Access to 3G today. Best throughput time is when most everyone is sleeping -- at two in the dark hours.

  8. Are you sure the device is activated? I don't think the stores tell you that you have to do this before it will connect to the internet.


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