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Old 10-07-2016, 03:23 PM
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If I lose power at my home. If I want to keep up with whats going on - via tv or the net- my options are??????
1. a small battery powered tv - I guess they still make those and listen to an over the air station?

2. have a cell phone and connect via using an apple phone as example over safari to something like the weather channel tho screen is small- -----can tablets connect the same way (bigger screen)
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Old 10-07-2016, 03:26 PM
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Your cell phone should have a "hotspot". You can use that for your laptop or other electronics to connect to the web. Usually you can run a few devices. It's a little slower connection speed but works.
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OH forgot about that - thanks
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:35 PM
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Be careful, because you can use up your phone data pretty fast with video content.
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Originally Posted by Time Machine View Post
Be careful, because you can use up your phone data pretty fast with video content.
And lots of sites detect a desktop (aka not mobile/tablet) screen size and auto start video.

You might want to install a flash blocker as well.
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I am a dinosaur. I have AOL dial up. It never goes down. You are not watching flash streams but it is fine for text sites
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I am a dinosaur. I have AOL dial up. It never goes down. You are not watching flash streams but it is fine for text sites
Dial up? Do people still have home phones to dial on?
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Old 10-08-2016, 03:25 AM
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Just heard Verizon is suspending all data charges from Thursday to Tuesday in light of the storm.

Also, all the network tv channels are being simulcast on the radio channels. You are in sc right? 94.3, 92.5, and 1250 am I know for sure are covering.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
Obviously I'm missing something here because no one is mentioning to get a small generator. If you have a genny then you'll have power and if you have power then you can have all the service you want, even a cup of coffee or a cold beer. ????
Genny won't help if the service is down at the provider.
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I have a generator and a cellular wi-fi adapter. So as long as the cell towers have power (most have generators) I will have access to the internet.
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often times the phone lines and the cable lines are still up and running after the storm it is the fact that people do not have power for the modem, cable box, TV and PC that prevents them from getting service

after major hurricanes in Houston the phones were always up (back before interwebs) and a friend's family that had a generator had cable because they had the power to run the TVs and cable box

and as others have pointed out cell service is usually up as well

if you have dish or direct TV you will almost certainly be up unless your dish has blown away so if you have power for the TV and the box you are good to go......if you have dish internet you were screwed before the storm

and some of the dish offerings rely on the phone lines for the upstream request/confirmation packets as well so you will still need that to make it work

line of sight or fixed wireless internet will of course rely on those antennas being up and aligned and having power, but almost all towers have auxiliary power so as long as the antennas are still on the tower and aligned you should be good to go
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Originally Posted by crazybeard View Post
Genny won't help if the service is down at the provider.
That is exactly why I have dial up. Plan on losing power and cable will be gone before that but I have never lost my POTS line (all underground here). If you run an old Email client that is not part of a graphics intensive web site you will barely notice that you are on dial up. You are not streaming movies but you can keep in touch with the world.
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The other thing you can do for your data is to just log into your mobile provider via your phone, and bump up to a big data package for this month. It will cost you a little bit, but compared to overage charges will be modest. then just knock it back down to whatever you typically use next month. You can usually monitor your usage via your phone as you go and can make a judgment as to whether or not the bump up in size is necessary
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