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#1 Apr 09 2010 at 9:54 AM Rating: Good
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hi guys! can i get a little help? i am a over the road trucker. i wanna be ready for the game when it comes out but i need to know how i can get online 24/7. currently i can get wifi at a truck stop on my ps3 but i cant guarentee i will be able to get to a truck stop.
i dont know much about laptops or any other options that might be availabe. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.thanks in advance and see ya ingame!
#2 Apr 09 2010 at 10:00 AM Rating: Good
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If you get some of the newer smart phones many of them come with a wifi link that lets you use the phones internet connection on other wireless devices such as laptops. You can also buy the same sort of service but through a usb adapter that attaches to your laptop. I don't know how good these connections are though, and they'll also depend on the area you are in just as a cell phone does. Plus they are usually very expensive.

Here's an example of the phone tethering to your computer: http://www.apple.com/iphone/iphone-3gs/tethering.html

Here's an example of the usb modems: http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/mobilebroadband/?page=plans

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#3 Apr 09 2010 at 10:04 AM Rating: Decent
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Hi WMJ,

Hmm good question, I assume that because you can run your PS3 out of your truck that you have a solid power supply, if that's the case there may be a Portable Wireless Modem that you may be able to purchase. At least we have them here in Canada through a company called Rogers. The speeds are supposed to be pretty decent but I don't know how the latency is. Here's the link to the service here in case you are in Canada. Coverage is pretty decent unless you're in the middle of Saskatchewan or Manitoba. http://www.rogers.com/web/content/internet-mobile/rockethub

Verizon has something similar it seems but I don't know how fast it would be. http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/mobilebroadband/ I imagine the other companies would have something as well.

Good luck!
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#4 Apr 09 2010 at 10:05 AM Rating: Decent
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thanks for the info. would this work to connect to my ps3 or would i need a laptop? i need to get a laptop anyway but i would like to be able to kick back and play on my ps3 if there is a way to do that.
#5 Apr 09 2010 at 10:26 AM Rating: Decent
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You would probably want this.

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/mobilebroadband/?page=products_mifi

You can plug it into the wall and it will act as a Wifi hub which you can connect to with your PS3.

Again I don't know if the speeds will be good enough for FFXIV but that is your only option for 24/7 internet access, other then as you mentioned finding wifi out in the world.
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#6 Apr 09 2010 at 12:31 PM Rating: Decent
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Depending on your route, a 24/7 connection is highly unlikely due to dead zones. Also, WiFi is usually charged by usage, so a 24/7 connection would get expensive fast. I mean several hundred, possibly even thousands of dollars a month.

I don't have a PS3 so I'm not sure of it's wireless capabilities or if they have a wireless adapter or not.

Your best bet would be to hook up with one of the truck stop chains and get on their wireless plan, I know flying J offers a wireless plan, I believe TA does also. Or you can get a WiFi contract with your cell phone company. Cell phone companies sell USB wireless adapters, although I don't know how well this would work on a PS3 and would probably take a general understanding of networking on your part.

Again, not knowing the wireless details of the PS3, a laptop would likely be the safest bet, due to the constant network changes your going to have to do whenever you get to the next WiFi spot. A gaming laptop in the $1200-$1500 range should be able to handle FFXIV at tolerable/decent settings. Also, depending on the quality of the wifi card in the laptop, you may be able to tweak it to stay locked onto a more stable connection.

As was previously said, depending on your cell phone, carrier, and data plan, using your cell phone as an external modem may be an option, although I don't know if the burst style transmission would be stable enough for online gaming.

If you do end up getting something worked out, MAKE SURE you notify SE that you are a trucker and are constantly traveling. Logging in from that many different IPs on a regular basis will get your account flagged fast, really fast.
#7 Apr 09 2010 at 1:30 PM Rating: Decent
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hey buddy, i dont have any recommendation on the tech stuff

but just some advise for your health
if you are a out of state trucker, take more rest and pay attention on the road, play when you are off (i meant when you are home)

i know it would suck, keep thinking about the game while you are driving and cant put your hands on the controllers when you are off after driving for 8 hours straight.
but yeah, think about your health too :)
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hey buddy, i dont have any recommendation on the tech stuff

but just some advise for your health
if you are a out of state trucker, take more rest and pay attention on the road, play when you are off (i meant when you are home)

i know it would suck, keep thinking about the game while you are driving and cant put your hands on the controllers when you are off after driving for 8 hours straight.
but yeah, think about your health too :)


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lol I jest, what a very thoughtful post.
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you can't game while driving. it's forbidden by law.
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#10 Apr 09 2010 at 2:09 PM Rating: Decent
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you can't game while driving. it's forbidden by law.


he's going to play when he's resting i guess.
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#11 Apr 09 2010 at 2:45 PM Rating: Good
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Raolan wrote:
Depending on your route, a 24/7 connection is highly unlikely due to dead zones.


Depending on your service it can be fairly stable. My phone is Verizon, for instance, and I can drive from southern California to eastern Idaho with only losing coverage once or twice, and that's in the middle of the Nevada desert where nothing but rattlesnakes and crazy Nevadans live.
#12 Apr 09 2010 at 3:33 PM Rating: Good
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Hmmm yeah useing a cell wifi might have it's ups and downs, another option you might look into is something like...
http://www.groundcontrol.com/prod_ig2500_001.htm
#13 Apr 09 2010 at 4:12 PM Rating: Decent
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Depending on your service it can be fairly stable. My phone is Verizon, for instance, and I can drive from southern California to eastern Idaho with only losing coverage once or twice, and that's in the middle of the Nevada desert where nothing but rattlesnakes and crazy Nevadans live.


Calls and data transmissions generally use two different networks, depending on the carrier. Also, a data connection stable enough to run a basic app like a GPS and a solid enough connection to run a MMO are two very different things. Simply changing towers would likely be enough to drop a MMO.
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Raolan wrote:
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Depending on your service it can be fairly stable. My phone is Verizon, for instance, and I can drive from southern California to eastern Idaho with only losing coverage once or twice, and that's in the middle of the Nevada desert where nothing but rattlesnakes and crazy Nevadans live.


Calls and data transmissions generally use two different networks, depending on the carrier. Also, a data connection stable enough to run a basic app like a GPS and a solid enough connection to run a MMO are two very different things. Simply changing towers would likely be enough to drop a MMO.


I hope he isn't driving while playing.....
#15 Apr 09 2010 at 5:19 PM Rating: Good
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There are plenty of aircards that will give you coverage while driving, but I am going to hope the driver in question is intelligent enough to not drive a multi ton vehicle while playing an internet video game, lest he wind up like the texting train conductor.

As far as brands go, I recommend Sprint's aircard. All the major carriers have the same price and the same cap on data (5 gigs), but Sprint has the best combination of speed and coverage. As far as the usage limits go, 5 gigs will be more than enough for internet gaming, but you will need to be careful not to go overboard on movie and video downloads/streaming while connected to it.
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#16 Apr 09 2010 at 8:03 PM Rating: Good
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As someone involved in the trucking industry, my 2 cents:

1) WMJ, consider investing in a Blackberry that can connect wirelessly. You would just plug it in via the USB and establish a connection that way. Of course, this won't work if FFXIV doesn't support this type of connection speed (I think it's equivalent to dial-up). Otherwise, when making your rest stops try to pull in at rest stations equipped with wireless technologies (like the Shorepower ones, depending on if they're in your area). I know some of the brand new Volvo cabs come equipped with internet- try to get one if you can (unless you're an O/O).

Edit: the above poster mentioned cards to, another good wireless alternative.

2) For those who think that "gaming on the road" is a safety issue, consider a few things. First, long-haul truckers are legally mandated to drive in pairs (each driver cannot drive for >9 hours at once). So in the 9 hours that trucker is off, his/her choices for recreation are limited to activities that can be undertaken in the cab/on the road. Gaming is a perfect way to R&R (and pass the time), unless sleep is being sacrificed to do so. Second, please realize that even when truckers are driving singularly, 1/3 of their total trip time goes to resting. A lot of this is done at truck stops, where the truck has to be left idling in order to be started again (hence providing a good energy source for applications like fridges, as well as TVs, PS3s, etc.). So during this downtime, again, a trucker has a lot of uniterupted time he/she can dedicate towards FFXIV activities.

Drive safe WMJ- you have a tough job.

*Note: "maximum driver hours" legislation varies by stage and starting/end destinations; 9 hours on/off is most common.

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#17 Apr 09 2010 at 8:08 PM Rating: Default
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Well when you go to the base to load up the truck, it takes a lot of time. I am sure he will play during that time and when he enters absurd traffic jams in the morning.
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#18 Apr 10 2010 at 6:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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thanks for all the suggestions. looks like i will look into which truck stops are along my route before i get anything else. as far as safety, i drive for 9-10 hours then take a 10-12 hour break. figure 2-4 hours of that break i can shower/eat/play. then there is the loading/unloading process which can take 2-3 hours(of course this won't be happening at a truck stop with wifi,one of the reasons for this post). another chance to play. then there is the wait in between load assignments can take hours there too. also, if i run out of hours too legally drive(70 hours in an 8 day period), i have to take 34 hours off to rest up and restart my clock. i don't text and drive, and use a bluetooth. safety out there is a big part of my job so dont worry about me playing while i drive. thanks again everyone!
#19 Apr 10 2010 at 7:06 AM Rating: Default
wmj wrote:
thanks for all the suggestions. looks like i will look into which truck stops are along my route before i get anything else. as far as safety, i drive for 9-10 hours then take a 10-12 hour break. figure 2-4 hours of that break i can shower/eat/play. then there is the loading/unloading process which can take 2-3 hours(of course this won't be happening at a truck stop with wifi,one of the reasons for this post). another chance to play. then there is the wait in between load assignments can take hours there too. also, if i run out of hours too legally drive(70 hours in an 8 day period), i have to take 34 hours off to rest up and restart my clock. i don't text and drive, and use a bluetooth. safety out there is a big part of my job so dont worry about me playing while i drive. thanks again everyone!


Hah I figured you were gonna trick your truck and put a monitor in the center of your steering wheel and somehow make your steering wheel into a controller. That would have been more logical! :P On a serious a note, good that you take safety seriously. Hopefully you can get something figured out.
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#20 Apr 10 2010 at 7:31 AM Rating: Decent
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you could also get the new alienware gaming m11x notebook which come with a slimcard port for 3g connection.. hook it up to a monitor and play with a gamepad ( i think PC FFXIV would support gamepad)



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#21 Apr 10 2010 at 8:20 AM Rating: Decent
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If you look into a mobile broadband solution for on the move game, be VERY mindful of set caps for transfer each month. For example, Verizon Wireless aircards are great, but they all come with a 5 GB limit. You could try using a Motorola Droid, with a paid tethering application to bypass this limit.
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#22 Apr 10 2010 at 5:29 PM Rating: Decent
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if you want to play like that. like that meaning having internet capabilities virtually everywhere. it's gonna cost you.

i watched a commercial for verizon, you hook up some sort of usb adapter and order a service with them. you can get internet almost anywhere in the world.

question is, is it compatible for ps3? if not, you might have to consider getting a decent-average gaming laptop. from what i hear, ffxiv isnt that graphics heavy, so you wont need to get an alienware

anyhwho, most truck stops nowadays should have wifi available right?
#23 Apr 11 2010 at 12:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Bah, I still like my satalite internet idea :P kinda pricey though hehe.
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I was an OTR trucker until about a week ago. What I did was drive to a Best Buy (we can drive behind them just like a Wal-Mart) and got me a Virgin Mobile USB wireless Modem.

It allowed me to play FFxi without having to enter a 2 yr contract with a phone company and the price of bandwidth was actually reasonable.

I paid $99.00 for the Modem and then used the 300MB option, as FFxi only used about 3~5MB/hr. Web surfing would consume much more, and a single video would obliterate that, but for FFxi 300MB a month was more than enough.

The basic break down was: $20 = 300 MB. $40 = 1 Gig and $60 = 5Gig (5 gig a month is also the same as what most call "unlimited" ) and that's with no contract.

Verizon also has a prepaid/no contract plan, but they wanted more for the modem as well as more for the bandwidth. I don't know if this would work for you, but it sure made my time out there much more bearable.

Be safe and don't let the crazy, begging to die 4 wheelers get to ya.
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#25 Apr 11 2010 at 10:43 PM Rating: Decent
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I second the sprint network as a connect anywhere solution. It's the fastest of them.
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#26 May 13 2010 at 7:31 AM Rating: Decent
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thanks again everyone. i got the mifi from verizon and so far its been great. playing tiger woods 2010 with no problem. i'm just wondering how it will be when there is alot more going onscreen. anyone know of anything that i can try now that might be compareable? peace
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I'm not sure if there's currently any title that compares to the amount of online data transfer as ffxiv. my best advice would be a game like mag- it has a 256 simultaneous player mode where there's all **** breaking loose. if it can handle that, it should be okay to handle xiv, but i'm just speculating... i have no idea how to actually break down the numbers. oh, and mag is lots of fun too. :) if you're looking to play any ps3 games online add me (my ID is in the sig, just say you're the trucker guy from the xiv forums haha).
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