Guess what I found. A new camping hot spot. Where? At the library! What? Well, you see, our library offers mobile hot spots that can be checked out for two weeks. I was interested in this because we were going to South Marcum Corps of Engineers campground at Rend Lake, and I knew there wouldn’t be wifi there. How would we survive?
It’s not that big of a deal because we can connect to the internet using the hot spots on our phone. Shouldn’t be a problem because we have the unlimited data plan, right? Well, in the past, when we’ve used our phone’s hot spots on camping trips we found out our unlimited data plan has a secret plan behind it. ATT will throttle us if we use too much data. We’ve hit that unknown data limit in the past, and like a runner on a marathon, we hit the wall. Except with our data plan, there’s no way to power through – until the next billing cycle.
So, we requested a mobile hot spot from our library, and it came just in time for our trip.
It was very easy to use, and it worked just fine. We watched Youtube videos along with other activities on our chromebook (Scrabble, WordPress (duh!), pictures, email, etc.) The only thing we didn’t try was streaming over our ROKU.
Since we were only to be gone for 5 days, the two week limited worked out for us. However, the fines are pretty hefty should one not follow the rules.
I don’t know the details if a mobile hot spot is purchased. Is there an additional fee for data? Is there a limit on data? Does it work well for streaming? I am mostly just curious, as I don’t really intend to purchase it anyway, but I’d just like to know. Information is power, right? That’s pretty much why I wrote this post, in case you didn’t know.
Being able to check out mobile hot spots from our library is just one more reason why I love the library!