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Configuring the Radiolabs USB Repeater

How it Works
The CaptiFi WiFi booster uses it's powerful amplifier and antenna to talk to the campground (or other location's) WiFi signal. Because of it's power and the fact that it is outside and higher up, it is able to do a MUCH better job of connecting to the remote WiFi signal than your laptop. 
The CaptiFi is connected to the USB Repeater (the blue box). This device tells the CaptiFi what signal to connect to, and then re-transmits the boosted WiFi as your own local WiFi signal (or hotspot). This hotspot can be used up by multiple computers, smartphones, iPads, Kindles, Roku boxes etc. Because it is a wireless signal, you can connect to it from anywhere inside your rig, or indeed even if you are sitting relaxing outside!
Configuring your System [Note: the photos below are a little small - just click on them to expand them]
Each time you move to a new location you need to "tell" the CaptiFi what signal you want it to boost. You do this as follows:
1. Make…

Replacement Laptop?

"My Toshiba laptop's display is failing and we are ready for a new one. Do you have any suggestions for a new replacement?" - Tim & Dar
Hi Tim, a lot depends on what you want to use it for. First off, have you thought about an iPad. It's great for email, browsing etc and makes for a more enjoyable experience as you can sit outside having a cocktail while using it! Plus there are countless apps you can download that are ideal for RV'ers (see my article on Top 10 Apps for RV'ers). Otherwise, I would recommend a Mac. I know they are more money, but they last longer (this one I'm using now is more than 5 years old), are easier to use and maintain, great for managing photos and are just worth the extra money.  If you need Windows apps such as MSFT Word, Excel, or are just a glutton for punishment, then a notebook PC such as the Acer are small, compact and ideal for RV'ers, but they have a small screen which can be annoying and don't have a CD drive…

Swift Hitch as a Side-View Camera

"We have a 39 foot class A motor home with the typical camera mounted in the back of the motor home near the roof line (2004 39’ Fleetwood Providence.)  We have been concerned for a long time with the blind spot on the passenger side of our motor home.  We have been thinking of numerous means to be able to see better in the lane or roadway on the passenger side and tried using a wireless web camera.  The wireless web camera (D Link brand) worked very well except it knocked off our Verizon wireless mifi signal.  We spoke with Verizon and they indicated the wireless web camera indeed would interfere with their signal.  Since we live in our motor home and our Verizon MiFi is our only means to attain internet service we cannot use a wireless camera that interferes with our Verizon signal.  I notice your camera appears to use a 2.5Ghz frequency.  Have you had any experience with using it at the same time as a cell phone or MiFi device is being used.  Our plan is to perhaps mount this …