Lone Star Corral has Wi-Fi towers scattered throughout the park to make free limited-bandwidth Wi-Fi, sufficient for email and web browsing but not streaming video, available to all our members and guests. Our system is controlled by an Internet gateway that attempts to equitably distribute the available bandwidth as well as block Internet activities that would incur liability on the part of the park, such as the illegal downloading of movies.
The access towers require a password to connect and, once connected to a tower, the gateway itself requires an Access Code to get through it and on to the Internet. The tower password and gateway Access Code are available from the office.
Our towers have both 2.4GHz and 5.7GHz Access Points. Each tower has its own network name which included the lot upon which it’s located so the best tower for a given location can be selected. A “LSC-xx” network ID is 2.4GHz, “LSC5-xx” is 5.7GHz.
The huge bandwidth needs of streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu, Sling, and others, as well as smart TVs, cannot be met by a reasonably-sized shared Wi-Fi system such as ours. It would cost the park about $35,000 a year to provide sufficient bandwidth for everyone to stream video. Therefore, those members desiring to utilize streaming video services should contact Southwest Texas Communications (830-683-2111) and have their own DSL connection installed at their shed or RV. A single smart TV or streaming video service will need at least a 10 Mbps ($59.99/mo + taxes) connection; multiple users will need a larger plan. The line can be suspended while you are gone, and reconnected for $12.
The low power (for OSHA safety and long battery life) Wi-Fi transmitters in battery-powered tablets and cell phones are useful only out to about 50 feet or so from a hotspot or access point. For best speed and reliability, we recommend using a small WiFi router such as either the GL-AR150 (2GHz only) or the GL-AR750S-Ext (both 2 and 5GHZ) inside your RV to isolate and boost the signal to and from all of your WiFi devices. Contact the WiFi Committee for assistance.