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Zoom call from VDLP to USA

John_H

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Frances 2019
I am starting VDLP from Seville with a Camino Frances friend on September 11. Sadly, there is a chance I will need to participate in a Zoom call back to the US on September 20.

Assuming good cell service and/or wifi, does anyone know of any challenges I will encounter? I will connect through the Zoom app on my phone.
 
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Lhollo

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CF pt2, Belorado to Sarria, May 21 – June 12, 2022
I’m not sure what sort of challenges you feel you could have, if you are working on the premise that you both a) have a good internet connection and b) have a fully updated version of the Zoom app on your phone. Are you thinking that it might be hard to use the app because you’ve previously used just the desktop? Or maybe that it could be hard to find somewhere quiet? Other than these things, I don’t see what could go wrong. I was struck, when I was last there, by people working remotely whilst doing the Camino.
 

John_H

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Time of past OR future Camino
Frances 2019
I’m not sure what sort of challenges you feel you could have, if you are working on the premise that you both a) have a good internet connection and b) have a fully updated version of the Zoom app on your phone. Are you thinking that it might be hard to use the app because you’ve previously used just the desktop? Or maybe that it could be hard to find somewhere quiet? Other than these things, I don’t see what could go wrong. I was struck, when I was last there, by people working remotely whilst doing the Camino.
My concerns were purely technical. I have used the mobile Zoom app before and will simply need to be attentive to connection and privacy. It seems that Zoom is truly international and it should work fine.
 

Bradypus

Migratory hermit
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Too many and too often!
Assuming good cell service and/or wifi, does anyone know of any challenges I will encounter? I will connect through the Zoom app on my phone.
Mobile phone coverage is very good for most of the VdlP. There are dead zones but they tend to be in very rural areas rather than larger towns or villages. Video calling is quite data-intensive - will you be sure of having an adequate data allowance with your phone company or be prepared for substantial roaming charges? Many albergues and bars provide Wifi connections these days and it might be wise to plan to be within reach of wifi on the day and time of your Zoom calls.
 

John_H

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Time of past OR future Camino
Frances 2019
Mobile phone coverage is very good for most of the VdlP. There are dead zones but they tend to be in very rural areas rather than larger towns or villages. Video calling is quite data-intensive - will you be sure of having an adequate data allowance with your phone company or be prepared for substantial roaming charges? Many albergues and bars provide Wifi connections these days and it might be wise to plan to be within reach of wifi on the day and time of your Zoom calls.
Thanks. The call is 2:00 PM central time US. Central European time is +7. I should be showered, fed and relaxed and set in my lodging for the call.
 
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Vacajoe

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2019
Definitely be prepared for very poor wifi bandwidth. Although the internet has become widely available on Camino routes, it’s usually not the 4G/5G you maybe used to at home. Add to that a dozen or two pilgrims all phoning home at the same time and you risk not being able to effectively use a data-intensive platform like Zoom.

Your best bet for that evening is either a larger hotel with a lot of bandwidth capacity or a tiny place where you won’t have to share.
 

Tom Conklin

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Frances (2016)
Porto (Fall 2017)
Mobile phone coverage is very good for most of the VdlP. There are dead zones but they tend to be in very rural areas rather than larger towns or villages. Video calling is quite data-intensive - will you be sure of having an adequate data allowance with your phone company or be prepared for substantial roaming charges? Many albergues and bars provide Wifi connections these days and it might be wise to plan to be within reach of wifi on the day and time of your Zoom calls.
In March and April on the VdlP I encountered only one dead spot in cell coverage and it was more weak than dead. It was in Campobercerros on the Sanabres portion. The wifi in the bar was OK, but not great.
 

John_H

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Time of past OR future Camino
Frances 2019
Definitely be prepared for very poor wifi bandwidth. Although the internet has become widely available on Camino routes, it’s usually not the 4G/5G you maybe used to at home. Add to that a dozen or two pilgrims all phoning home at the same time and you risk not being able to effectively use a data-intensive platform like Zoom.

Your best bet for that evening is either a larger hotel with a lot of bandwidth capacity or a tiny place where you won’t have to share.
Thanks to all.
- I confirmed that Zoom is truly international and should work fine. I suspected that but wanted some confirmation.
- Good point about the data requirements of these calls if using cell. Wifi is the desired option.
- Be attentive to wifi bandwith in choosing site to make the zoom call. My best guess is I will be in Merida on day 9. Looking at Booking.com there appear to be some options for accommodations that give a good chance of strong signal and less people using a the same time.
 

lt56ny

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10/22 Aragones/Frances
Definitely be prepared for very poor wifi bandwidth. Although the internet has become widely available on Camino routes, it’s usually not the 4G/5G you maybe used to at home. Add to that a dozen or two pilgrims all phoning home at the same time and you risk not being able to effectively use a data-intensive platform like Zoom.

Your best bet for that evening is either a larger hotel with a lot of bandwidth capacity or a tiny place where you won’t have to share.
I would agree wholeheartedly. Depending on where you are, how many people are using the wifi, what type of place you are sleeping and even if you are in a private room, where the room is situated in relation to the modem/router it is at best a crapshoot. You may want to get a data plan from Orange or Vodafone. Pretty cheap and lots of data.
 

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