Don WB5EKU asked this question. His ZUMspot on a Pi Zero W is easy to configure at home when he can log into it using his home network. When travelling, for example at a hotel with wifi or on a cruise ship, configuration in the field is more difficult.
For people who have access to cell service, many phones and cell service providers now allow creation of a wifi hotspot. And some people have wifi hotspot devices that log into the cell network. But sometimes those options are not available or the cost is not to your liking.
One solution is to carry a travel router that can be logged into a hotel's wifi and can create its own wifi network. This is nice for 2 reasons: if the hotel charges per device or mac address, then you use just the travel router's one mac address but can then use that connection with several devices, for example a couple of phones, a tablet and a ZUMspot.
Second, the hotspot can be preconfigured at home to log onto the travel router, so nothing to do there.
HooToo has Android and iOS apps that allow you to configure the router very simply in the field. You turn on the router, use your mobile device to log onto its wifi network, then go to the router's Admin page and configure it for the hotel or ship's wifi. Easy and quick, and you can avoid configuring your hotspot's wifi in the field.
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k7exj: Sorry to see the roundtable net close. I learned a lot listening to this net and I'm going to miss the discussions. I wish Mike all the best... you made the net a success and ran the best VHF/UHF voice net I ever was involved with. 73 all.
Apr 26, 2019 6:44:27 GMT -8
TG9AOR: I just found out the net is coming to an end. I want to thank you Mike N6HKH and all the team that put this effort together to bring us helpful information. I enjoyed listening live and had tuned to the podcasts since episode 118. Godspeed to all.
Apr 26, 2019 22:23:51 GMT -8
W5SLG: Sorry I missed this Net this last week, Truly one of a kind net. Thank you Mike N6HKH 73's New Call sign W5SLG
Apr 28, 2019 15:19:46 GMT -8
N0RSR: Sad to see this net end, best of luck Mike
Apr 29, 2019 19:11:54 GMT -8
k6jm: 5/2 - Tuned into XRF002A at 7pm PDT just to see if anyone was there. Had a few very nice QSOs. Everyone had heard the net is no more, but it was fun to talk. XRF002A is still a great reflector.
May 2, 2019 18:45:31 GMT -8