The need for the use of the Internet has been the biggest stumbling block to running our business on the road. As photographers, we do have a bit of a unique need for lots of bandwidth. It’s not unusual to upload 4 or 5 gigabytes of photographs from one wedding. We haven’t any reasonable way of accomplishing this from a campground.
Free WIFI networks, like you find in Starbucks or McDonalds are designed for casual usage – they are find for light email and maybe uploading a few pictures to Picassa or Flckr for friends and family to see. I sat down at Starbucks the other day to upload an wedding album design – maybe 1 GB of data. I was informed that at the current rate of transfer, it would take 2 days to complete the task. That’s a lot of lattes.
Many campground WIFI systems are managed by Tengo Internet. Their service is weak at best in my experience. They use bandwidth shaping – once you hit an amount of data transfer, typically 700 MB, they slow your connection to a crawl. Don’t try skyping the grandkids or watching one movie on Netflix. I’m certainly not paying for that crappy service.
But not everyone has the demanding needs that we have for Internet access which if we bought what we minimally needed from Verizon, would be $350 a month. On the equipment page, I’ll discuss the options you have available, some better than others.