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  1. Heading up to the border soon, and was curious about the various options crossing at/or near the border at Laredo. Looking at https://bwt.cbp.gov/ it appears that just Bridge 2 and Colombia are currently open. Is the Colombia crossing preferred for some reason? I have see several folks mention using this. The ones through Nuevo Laredo (Bridge 2, for instance) seems like it would be a more direct path. I do not know about the traffic up there however. I have directions that include the Banjercito at the Colombia crossing. If Bridge 2 would be preferable, could someone tell me where the Banjercito is located near or en route to it? Thanks in advance!
  2. Chatting with an installer in January, he mentioned that they normally have two for the whole Ajijijc, -> Chapala area. At that time however, it was only him. The other installer had fell off a ladder and hurt his neck and back. This is referring to the guys actually getting service brought into the house and got it going. Do all routers have the ability to load a VPN? I have a Netgear N600 WNDR3700. We use Express VPN for our phones and computers, which has been good...but our current installation is limited to those devices.
  3. Have had iLox for a month and a half, and have been underwhelmed to say the least. Rarely speeds are above 30mbs - which is unfortunate, but the real problem has been the stability of the connection. It gets dropped a lot, losing a lot of calls, or slowing to a crawl. I jumped on the forum to post and see if anyone had similar issues and possible solutions, but this thread proved to be a good place to start. We have the HG6244C model modem as the poster above does. I did the same as another poster and pulled out the fibre optic connection at the modem, and blew out the plug and receptacle. Also, I hooked up an 8 year old Netgear router to the iLox modem as another poster in the thread has done. Flip flopping between the Netgear WiFi and the iLox WiFi and doing side by side speed tests with two computers...the old Netgear router has at least double the speed of the iLox WiFi router. We will see if the connection stabilizes over the next couple days.
  4. Sorry if this has been posted before...my search didn't bring up any results. I am looking for the names/contact info for folks who rent cars on a long-term basis (several months at a time). I know that there are multiple car rental agencies on the area that do short term rentals. We have used several with good results. At this point, however, we are looking for a long term rental. Any info would be appreciated! Thanks.
  5. Thanks! It is a tiny project (2min or less) PM sent!
  6. Anyone know where to buy a Dremel tool in the area?
  7. Interesting stuff. Thanks Chillin
  8. So basically what is sold as Cemento Blanco in the ferreterias? Seems simple enough. I have some of that around I had the entirety of my interior walls resurfaced a while ago when doing new electric. At the bottom of the walls that there was a sealer (rubbery in feel) that dripped down onto the floor. I am assuming that was something that was added to the cemento blanco? I should have mentioned that the above photo has been primed and painted, and therefore is white from that. Here are pre-painted photos. Sorry, I should have included this earlier. Coarse nylon brush? What would that look like?
  9. Can anyone give me some pointers with both tools and technique in doing a texture as shown? Pretty commonly found in the area. I realize that I could hire someone to do this, but I'd like to know how to do it myself. Thanks in advance!
  10. Does anyone know of a source in the Ajijic area to buy official Apple earbuds? Looking for lightning port. I have bought ones that were pretty accurate counterfit of the packaging and earbud...but fell apart in a couple days.
  11. Thanks Rick - Will probably get month to month for our time in the US. I would call the data speeds in the US as barely usable...even at 4G. The ping on speedtest.net will be around 280 ish and download speeds certainly under 1mbs. Regularly 3G and often E.
  12. I've been using Telcel as my only cell provider for a while now, rather than buying a monthly plan from Cricket (ATT) or Straightalk while up in the US. Telcel partners with T Mobile in the states. While this works OK for calls etc...it isn't so great for data use. When in the US, the data speed drops to crawl. It is the same whether I am in rural areas or large cities where T Mobile has great service. I am using an iPhone XR. My wife experiences the same...using an iPhone 6. Is anyone aware of a way to avoid this? Is there some type of cell service setting that needs to be changed? Thanks in advance!
  13. THanks all. Lots of great options!
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