Gaming And Internet Help On The Road

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Alen A.'s Comment
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hello drivers i am looking for some help regarding gaming over the road. I am currently with t mobile (aka trash mobile) and am looking for internet to use to game on my laptop mainly playing (world of warcraft, diablo3, heroes of the storm, killing floor 2, counter strike global offensive, and other games. In conclussion i am looking for a way to be able to play on down time or resets without crazy bull **** 100 dollars a month for 12gb of data. Anyone got a way to use internet or a good provider for this? Thank you in advance

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Pat M.'s Comment
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hello drivers i am looking for some help regarding gaming over the road. I am currently with t mobile (aka trash mobile) and am looking for internet to use to game on my laptop mainly playing (world of warcraft, diablo3, heroes of the storm, killing floor 2, counter strike global offensive, and other games. In conclussion i am looking for a way to be able to play on down time or resets without crazy bull **** 100 dollars a month for 12gb of data. Anyone got a way to use internet or a good provider for this? Thank you in advance

I don't think you will find a provider that will be adequate for gaming.... Get some sleep, you only have 10 hours and by the time you eat and shower that does not leave much time for gaming. Yea you will have time for gaming at times but I can think of many better things to do with my time. I am not against gaming but I have seen many a people become addicted and forgo sleep for instant gratification. Get out and talk to people/drivers. I see the younger generation slowly losing the ability to interact with people face to face. Heck, people get shot now days because someone gets their feelings hurt... LOL

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Alen A.'s Comment
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34 hours or more on a reset or spending 24 hours at a dc is more than enough time im not looking to not get sleep im looking to entertain myself in the meantime

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Verizon and AT&T have by far the best coverage, but it comes at a price for sure. You could probably find carriers that have better rates but you're going to find yourself out of range more often for sure. I don't think there's any good way around it, really. The telecom companies have made sure of that.

I pay like $180/month for 30 GB of data from AT&T.

Kenneth L.'s Comment
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I've been out here for 3 months now. In my opinion, forget the gaming. I brought a few games with me on this laptop and have yet to play a single one for more than a few minutes. And that was just to see if the game was going to run well enough to play.

At first I thought, 34 hours will provide some time for gaming. But I've only had 1 34 hour reset in 3 months that was not at home.

It seems that once the 70 is about gone, they just give you shorter loads or loads that have more time to deliver and use the recycled time from days falling off the log.

I also find it pretty hard to get comfortable enough in the truck to play games. Reading, posting, tending business, things of that nature, the comfort level is fine. But gaming requires a proper command seat that won't leave you fatigued. Good internet is a must. Music and movies are also very welcome entertainment in the truck. The only problem with music, is they don't put high enough quality in sound systems in trucks. You'll need a good set of headphones if you want hi-fidelity. Only problem is you can't use them while driving, and that's where you're gonna hear most of your tunes. Audio books are another big plus. Movies, I tend to watch from my portable hard drive that I've ripped to. Although you can keep a DVD/CD book to compactly store your movie collection that you want to bring. But I also find watching movies is not quite so easy. I tend to fall asleep when watching movies. Any time I shut down and try to watch a movie, my body is trained to get some sleep during shut downs. Which by the way, IS GOOD THING, as you will need it.

Greenhorn Trucker's Comment
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If you have unlimited internet on your phone and it is Android phone you could always tether it to your computer, although this will void the phones warranty. I would go into depth on how to do this however I am not sure if this is "legal" (phone contract more than legal as breaking the law) or not. Also I do not want to show anyone how to do this in case it damages their phone, and I do not want to be held liable if it does hurt your phone. Mobile internet seemingly is very pricey from what I have researched and Wifi at most truck stops is not very secure so it is a lose lose situation, there are not too many "cheaper" solutions out there to be honest.

As far as gaming being addictive that is a grey area honestly, and personally I do not believe in that theory much myself. I use to play a lot of different games but now I just play a few, and even then it isn't that often anymore. It is no more addictive than tv watching in fact some games have better written stories than those you find in big budget TV programs.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
The Persian Conversion's Comment
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I used to play my ps3 several hours a day, so I know how addictive gaming can be. But trust me, if you're running hard and trying to make money, you will not have the time or energy to get into it out here. When you shutdown it's not like immediate freedom. There's still so much to do: paperwork, organizing/cleaning, eating, calling home, checking emails, etc. The list will vary from person to person but what if comes down to is there are always things with a higher priority than gaming needing to be done. And as others have said, unless you're playing a turn-based strategy game or something, you will find it very difficult to get comfortable for intense shoot-em-up action-type games.

This is all just a warning though. I'm sure there are many truckers who manage to pull it off, but you just have to decide what you're willing to give up in it's place. Miles? Sleep? A clean truck? Laundry? Showers? Phone time?

Magoo's Comment
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I have 40gb with AT&T at $200 a month for 4 lines (a deal from last year).

On my 4G phone AT&T allows tethering and no warranty is broken. You don't have to jailbreak it, just go into settings and choose USB tethering.

I live in the country and tethering, or using my phone as a hotspot, is my only means of good internet. I game like you do and never come close to my 40GB cap. As far as data goes unless I try and stream a ton of shows or movies I usually end up with a good sum of rollover minutes. Gaming itself doesn't use a lot of data.

Good luck.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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I'm going to get atv and ps4 for my truck soon. I'll have plenty of opportunities to play games or watch movies. I'm in a reefer division though and have a lot of time waiting to be loaded/unloaded. As far as online games though, I don't know. I've paid for internet at truck stops and couldn't even run Netflix. I'll stick to the single player games when I get set up.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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You can tether on Sprint as well. There's an extra charge of $10 a month and they limit your data which will bury you if you're gaming.

The other option is to root your Android phone and then tether it from there. I can run several items tethered to my Note 3 and Sprint is none the wise regarding data usage because it's rooted.

I'll agree with everyone else here about time being precious and tons of other things to do aside from gaming. Ideally, if you want to make real money, you try to run your clock without taking resets and run on your recap hours so you aren't forced to sit a day and a half. Plus. If you just drove a full shift and ran 600+ miles, you won't have the energy to fire up the computer.

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