Update to this article as of 2016: Good luck finding Clear anymore. Sprint killed their product off the market in 2016. I loved WiMax, but clearly (no pun intended) it wasn't working financially for the big firms. As of 2016, if you are a high bandwidth user, I still don't have a good solution for you except to say DSL and or Cable, which isn't really a good solution for RVs. Someday, this may change but in 2016 – so far – it hasn't.
I had a reader ask me why his Clear wireless modem isn't working. I helped him debug his problem over email which gives you an opportunity!
The most important thing to remember about Clear is that you check coverage first, and if you are in the coverage area, then buy a modem!
Trying to setup my RV as your YouTube video showed. Purchased a clear modem but they don't provide service for my zip code. Possibly you can give me some guidance ?
Sure. Love to help.
When you check your address ( link removed as no longer valid ) what do you see on the map?
Are you in a white, light green, or dark green area?
Did you try the Clear modem and it simply would not work?
We can go back and forth with email a little bit and depending upon how well I'm helping you, we could have a call too.
I called clear and submitted my zip code. Told I was not in there service area and they hung up. Tried calling and talking to tech support , no luck. Don't think clear is an option.
maybe not, but you can check on their website if you are able to get Internet somewhere. hate to trust tech support too much.
my setup does not require clear. you can do it with any provider. I did it with cellular for awhile, but the fair use limits make cellular tough. too easy to hit your limits.
I looked at coverage area, there's really nothing around me for about 130 miles. Maybe you can suggest another provider?
do you watch movies or listen to pandora, or mostly get email and web?
Mostly email and web
Not sure how technical you are, so hopefully all this makes sense.
If you don't use too much data you can get by with most anything.
There are WIRED technologies like Cable (Cox, Time Warner, etc.) and DSL (AT&T Uverse and related).
There are WIRELESS technologies like Cellular (Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, etc.), WiMAX (Clear, etc.), and Satellite (Dish, Hughes, etc.).
There are some local point to point radio technologies too that I won't mention because they can fit within categories above.
I picked Clear because it was high speed and did not have the “fair use” limits that cellular has. We TRIED T-Mobile, but you can't watch a movie with T-Mobile on my setup without hitting the cellular fair use. When T-Mobile decided we hit the fair use limit, they choked down our data rates so badly that our internet was almost unusable.
To my knowledge only cellular and satellite have very limited amounts of data compared to the other technologies.
However, based on what you said below “email and web” cellular technologies might be OK.
If you are MOBILE, I would consider Clear in addition to cellular. Clear has an agreement with Sprint so that when Clear's primary radio using WiMax is out of range, it will “backup” to Sprint cellular. That means you can have the best of both worlds. I'm not sure why your Clear modem didn't backup to Sprint unless it wasn't the dual mode modem OR unless you are not in a Sprint coverage area either.
Most of the cellular carriers have “wifi” hotspots which are pretty good, but the setup doesn't work well with the diagram of my system. If you want to replicate my system, you'd have to get a USB stick for the cellular modem AND a Cradlepoint router. We had the Cradlepoint and it was never as good as our Apple router.
If you really want to stream movies and use the system like I use mine, you will really need Clear, or a wired system like the DSL or Cable companies.
Hopefully this helps. If I knew more about how mobile you are, and what you really want to do I might be able to provide more guidance.
Watching movies is a big determination of how much internet you need.