Over-the-Road Wireless For Dummies
Whether you roam the road making a living or are enjoying the nomadic life of a retiree with a motor home, you'll want to stay connected to the rest of the world. Check out some directories that can point you to the nearest wireless hotspots, where to buy new wireless hardware when you're traveling, and some resources that will keep you both informed and entertained during your road trip.
Finding Wireless Hotspots with Directories
When it comes to finding hotspots, online directories are a great tool for navigating the growing number of hotspots in the U.S., Canada, and around the world. For your convenience, here are a few of those directories.
|JiWire WiFi Finder||Provides a directory of free and pay Wi-Fi locations in 144 countries.|
|AT&T Wi-Fi Locator||Shows a map of AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots available for Basic and Premier accounts.|
|Verizon Wi-Fi Access HotSpot Directory||This simple tool lets you locate the nearest hotel, airport, or business with broadband access.|
|The Wi-Fi FreeSpot Directory||Use this directory when you're strapped for cash. It tells you where the free hotspots are.|
Where to Buy Wireless Hardware when You're Traveling
Whether you're looking for cable, connectors, or adapters, the following web sites may be helpful:
If you're already on the road, these days you're probably never too far from some national chains like Radio Shack, Best Buy, and Walmart. The websites of all three of these chains have store locators, so you can find the nearest store to you and get help solving your hardware needs.
Web Resources for Truckers
For truck drivers, here are a few websites that offer industry news, rest stop info, fuel prices, software, weather, maps, and a lot of other helpful information. Even non-truckers may want to visit a couple of these websites on occasion.
|Layover.com||Find industry news, opinions from regular columnists, and a job board.|
|DieselBoss||This site offers lots of information especially for truckers, including tips on truck stops and updated diesel fuel prices, and software, such as GPS navigation systems.|
|Sparrow's Truck Links||A handy resource for legal and business help, parts, maintenance, maps, weather, and more.|
|TruckNet Drivers RoundTable||The main attraction here is the forum.|
|eTrucker||This site offers everything trucking, from the latest in trucking news and events to fuel prices and routing and mileage tools.|
Web Resources for RVers
You'll find an abundance of online resources and hotspot directories for the RV community. Here are a few sites dedicated to helping RVers that are both entertaining and helpful.
|RV.net||Lots of information.|
|RVtravel.com||Find information, resources, and a pretty good forum.|
|RV Internet Access||News, articles, and a list of links.|
|Trailer Life Directory||Find information for those new to the life and those who could write a book. The RV forum is one of the best on the web.|
Entertaining Yourself on the Road
Here's a quick list of places where you can find music, movies, and books that you can purchase immediately or stream to your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
|If You Want To. . .||Check Out These Sites|
|Download music||MSN Music
iTunes Music Store
Amazon MP3 Store
Amazon Instant Movies
|Read a (digital) book||Audible.com
Amazon Kindle Store