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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.

Directory Notes
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.

Web Site Notes
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.

Web Site Notes
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
Rent movies Netflix
Blockbuster
CafeDVD
GreenCine
Amazon Instant Movies
Read a (digital) book Audible.com
Fiction Wise
Amazon Kindle Store
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