December News Letter

Lake Waldena Resort
Monthly Newsletter December 2015

As I write this, Thanksgiving is less than 12 hours away. I am mindful of many things to be thankful for, as I’m sure all of you are as well. Having said that, this past year has been a challenge for many of our Lake Waldena staff. We all appreciate your support during those difficult times and want to thank each and every one of you for your words and actions. We are truly a Lake Waldena family and family sticks together!
Welcome back to all our snowbirds. With everyone returning, there will be enough people to volunteer and participate in all the wonderful and varied activities available to you. Please take advantage of them and maybe suggest new ones.
You may have a new neighbor as there were quite a few sales this past year. If you see a stranger, introduce yourself and welcome them as a Waldena neighbor.
Since this is the December newsletter, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and holiday season and a Happy Healthy New Year.
Doris

Campers, Thanks for working with the office this past month while we were working on upgrading our Wi-Fi system. As most of you already know we removed the 3 boosters that we installed at the beginning of October. They just didn’t work for us. In lieu of the boosters, we will be installing 3 additional repeaters in the campground.
Here is some information that may help campers understand an outdoor public guest access Wi-Fi system and how it works.
Wi-Fi connectivity is a “Two-Way” radio transaction. In one direction our wireless access points are broadcasting out to the network, identified by our wireless network’s SSID name. That is the easy part, we hang up a powerful radio transmitter to blast out our network at the federal legal power limit. Campers will verify this by saying you see x amount of “bars”
However… when Campers click on a link (or try to do anything while connected wirelessly) it is now YOUR side of the radio transaction. Now it is the radio chip & antenna in YOUR laptop that is attempting to call back to our access point. This is where the vast majority of all camper Wi-Fi complaints are generated from. The inability of YOUR device to call back and renegotiate with OUR wireless access point. Our campers think “our Wi-Fi system dropped me”, when in fact it is often the opposite.
The most common reason is that the problem comes as high tech devices get smaller, the radios get MUCH weaker. There just isn’t physically any space inside the chassis of the iPad, Kindles, iPhones, or… (etc. you name it) These devices that most people are now using are very bad for a radio transmission, often limited to less than 100 feet. Even worse when inside a metal box, like a camper.
A way to mitigate this is to purchase an USB antenna extender for your device. These are usually in the $20.00 range and plug right into the USB port of your device. DO NOT purchase Wi-FI “range extenders” that plug into a power outlet. They create a kind of radio feedback that is Devastating for public Wi-Fi hotspots systems with multiple access points.

Reminders:

When posting notices on the bulletin board, please keep your posting no larger than 5” x 7”. This will allow room for everyone. Any posting that is larger simply will be removed.
Emergency phone numbers are posted in front of the office. Please respect the privacy of our staff who live on the premise. It is to be used ONLY for Extreme Park Emergencies. Such as broken water or sewer pipes, electrical emergencies, etc. All others issues, you should call 911. For non-emergency issues, such as
Suspicious activity call the local non-emergency number (352) 732-9111

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