ShaunaH Posted January 4, 2017 Report Share Posted January 4, 2017 Hello all, so happy to find this forum. I am in need of honest answers on whether to start full-timing considering my situation. This is a long post and I'm grateful to anyone that can help. I work in IT and am able to work from anywhere, as long as I can connect through a VPN to my company, and then I use RDP to connect to my work computer. I'm unsure at the moment how much data that takes up, I am measuring it over the next few days. As far as bandwidth needed, I'm guessing that I would need the equivalent of consistent 500k to 1Mb/sec connection from 9-5 Monday through Friday. I have bought and read Technomadia's book, which was wonderful but a little discouraging. I will most likely be a temporary full-timer, ranging somewhere between 6 and 36 months. That can change at any time if I get laid off or work telecommuting policies change. So, upfront costs that cannot be sold/recouped to some extent are an issue. However, I am willing to spend up to $1,000 if needed. I also may hire the Technomads for a consultation on my best options. The idea is to stay in one spot for a week and then travel/sightsee on the weekends. I won’t need internet access while we are moving (although that would be a plus!) My boss will expect to see me logged in most of the time (9-5 Monday-Friday). An occasional dropped connection is ok if I can reconnect, but I don't want to be in a panic trying to find usable public wifi on very short notice. Also, other than logging into work, I can live without much Internet access (streaming, surfing, etc.) Questions: If I go with Technomadia’s recommendation of 2 cell providers (likely Verizon and AT&T), plus Wifi with booster, what are the odds that my required connection will be available and reliable? Also, on a score from 1 (easy) to 10 (hard), how much planning and hassle will be involved? If 1 has a good chance of happening, how much will I be restricted to certain parks with good wifi, or urban areas? How often would I need to head to a library/Starbucks etc.? I barely know a flathead from a Phillips screwdriver….not a chance I’ll be drilling holes in RV roof, running conduit, caulking, etc for antennas. Any way around this, or is it possible to hire someone to do it? Assuming I can get all the above done, what am I looking at for monthly expense? I had hoped to stay around $200 a month but I sounds like a Verizon unlimited alone (if I can get one) is around that. Thanks much in advance. I’d love to fulfill my life-long dream of seeing the States! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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