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Old 10-17-2018, 06:21 PM   #11
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Yeah, the Verizon plan put us at $85 mo. just for the data plan x 2 = $170 mo. and then it quits. Don't know how far 15g gets in streaming movies, but, DW likes to watch her old stories/movies several hours a day (primarily evenings - I shop and cook) so figure it would run out quick. My dedicated 40 mb loop in FL costs $60 mo. if I recall.
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:56 PM   #12
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Danny,

We have a Verizon Jet Pack that we use for internet when we travel. DW teaches college courses and needs to maintain an active internet anywhere we go. We do that by using the campground WIFI (if available) and by connecting the WIFI extender if needed. I have a 50' extension cord (orange outdoor cord) and can place the extender almost anywhere on the campsite (under a bucket if it looks like rain) to get the best signal. We try to keep it indoors, but sometimes it works better outside, on the far corner, behind the trailer or way out front sitting in the bed of the truck... Anyway, that's what we do. Right now, we're in a campground that has a satellite internet connection (slow at best) connected to an old Netgear router/network adapter. You can guess the quality of our "campground provided WIFI"... Yup, non-existant, so the Jet Pack is working and I'm online using it. We have the "unlimited 15 gig/month plan. Can't stream much of anything. Even a few UTube videos from the forum seem to be enough to put us over the limit with the DW's necessary work and my forum "playing".... Once the 15 gigs is used, the signal reverts to a "very slow signal". We can use it to "barely check email and load forum pages, but only one of us can be online at a time when we're on the "slow phase of our plan"....

Most standard definition full length movies are between 3 and 5 gigs of data, so watching 3 or 4 movies in standard definition (certainly not in HD) will "kill your Jet Pack" for the month. If your DW likes to watch old TV shows at night, chances are after a couple of nights, you'll be "over the monthly limit"....

As another example, we just ended our Hughesnet satellite internet plan. We had a 30 gig monthly allowance, cost was $119 monthly + equipment charges of $10 monthly. That's a tad over $135 a month with taxes and fees. We couldn't stream movies with that much data, essentially twice the Jet Pack allowance.

I don't think you'd be happy with a Verizon Jet Pack. You'd be out of data and it would be a paperweight within a couple of days use.....
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:33 PM   #13
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Thanks John. Your explanation fits exactly with what I figured. The Verizon guy said, "if I wanted to be out there", I could do the multiple Jet Packs with the cost and 2 year contracts to multiply the 15 gig; I told him I wasn't remotely interested and he chuckled and said he understood. They just don't have a viable option for doing what we like to do. I have 3 boxes of DVDs and that is our fallback. I just have to have internet service to check my financials from time to time, so I can get by with less but, as we always say, "a happy wife makes a happy life" - so I will look for a way, if any, to accomplish that goal. I really appreciate everyone's input on such a "off beat" topic.
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Old 10-17-2018, 10:32 PM   #14
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My plan is to just put all of my movies on an external hard drive and be able to play them locally. I have my entire library ripped for Plex use but obviously wont plan on being able to stream Plex in the RV. Since they are already digital, I plan to just copy all the files over to a 10 TB USB Hard Drive and have that locally available where ever we go. 10 TB should fit about 400 Blu Ray movies with no compression in my experience. Can't beat that density.

For internet, I will be happy to have WiFi when available but otherwise plan to tether off phone for just email/web browsing.

Disclaimer for any morality police out there: I own every movie I have on my hard drive, I rip them myself (legal to make a copy for backup purposes) and do not redistribute any of the files in any way other than streaming over Plex. I honestly do not even know how to torrent or download movies.
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Old 10-18-2018, 02:35 AM   #15
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I live in a rural environment and have a shop office about 150 - 200 feet from my home router. We get our internet via Hughesnet right now and have the 50 gig plan so we can stream movies. We don't stream that many but have never gotten near our plan's limit. I send the internet up to my office using a Netgear AC750 as has already been mentioned; It is a range extender for extending the range of your router and I don't think would help boost a signal inside an RV. I have an USB Wifi outdoor antenna on my shop and it picks up the range extender. Can't recall the name of this antenna but is is powered through the usb. The antenna is on an outside wall and the USB cord comes in through a window (made a small hole in the frame). My antenna is very directional but a similar antenna mounted on a pole attached to your ladder or the like and you are able to turn it in the direction of the wifi would probably help. I am also not sure how far a USB cable can go but the cable would have to go into an extender or router inside the RV or directly into your computer.



We are hopefully leaving Hughesnet next week. Have an appointment with AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet installer. They put an antenna up next to your house on a pole or mount on the side of your house; it is line of sight internet signal coming from a local AT&T tower and we are supposed to be in range. I have my doubts but it is $70 a month WITH NO CONTRACT and $99 for the antenna and router (they call it a gateway). I hope it works because we pay well over double that for Hughesnet. Hughesnet service is OK except for peak times and I think too many folks use it and downloads seem to be a lot slower meaning it is not always easy to stream movies on Netflix.


I use my phone for a hotspot for several years with AT&T and had 32 gigs a month for almost $200. We could stream some movies but had to keep an eye on the data usage. If you went over it was $10 a gig which can mount up if you binge watch some shows. If you go over with the new Fixed Wireless Internet service it is $10 for each 50 gigs of data. If you sign a contract for the Fixed Wireless service, it is for a year and you get $10 off and you may be able to bundle telephone and DirecTV for more discounts but I didn't go there.
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Old 10-18-2018, 10:00 AM   #16
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If your phone or iPad air has plenty of cellular data, and you have a newer smart TV, you can use Chromecast to get various streaming from the device to the TV. We have used it for mostly Youtube, but we sometimes also create a personal hotspot for the TVs.
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Old 10-18-2018, 10:46 AM   #17
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netgear nighthawk wifi range extender works for me. but it won't improve a conjested undersized link the campground has. just your connection to it....
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Old 10-18-2018, 12:52 PM   #18
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I live in a rural environment and have a shop office about 150 - 200 feet from my home router. We get our internet via Hughesnet right now and have the 50 gig plan so we can stream movies. We don't stream that many but have never gotten near our plan's limit. I send the internet up to my office using a Netgear AC750 as has already been mentioned; It is a range extender for extending the range of your router and I don't think would help boost a signal inside an RV. I have an USB Wifi outdoor antenna on my shop and it picks up the range extender. Can't recall the name of this antenna but is is powered through the usb. The antenna is on an outside wall and the USB cord comes in through a window (made a small hole in the frame). My antenna is very directional but a similar antenna mounted on a pole attached to your ladder or the like and you are able to turn it in the direction of the wifi would probably help. I am also not sure how far a USB cable can go but the cable would have to go into an extender or router inside the RV or directly into your computer.



We are hopefully leaving Hughesnet next week. Have an appointment with AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet installer. They put an antenna up next to your house on a pole or mount on the side of your house; it is line of sight internet signal coming from a local AT&T tower and we are supposed to be in range. I have my doubts but it is $70 a month WITH NO CONTRACT and $99 for the antenna and router (they call it a gateway). I hope it works because we pay well over double that for Hughesnet. Hughesnet service is OK except for peak times and I think too many folks use it and downloads seem to be a lot slower meaning it is not always easy to stream movies on Netflix.


I use my phone for a hotspot for several years with AT&T and had 32 gigs a month for almost $200. We could stream some movies but had to keep an eye on the data usage. If you went over it was $10 a gig which can mount up if you binge watch some shows. If you go over with the new Fixed Wireless Internet service it is $10 for each 50 gigs of data. If you sign a contract for the Fixed Wireless service, it is for a year and you get $10 off and you may be able to bundle telephone and DirecTV for more discounts but I didn't go there.
George, hopefully the ATT wireless will work for you. When wifi/internet was first getting started the first opportunity we had for any kind of broadband was from a local company that installed repeaters on the water towers in town. Although I was a manager for the local telco at the time the telcos did not offer any service like that so I went with them. They installed the pole with antenna on the side of my house nearest the water tower and ran a cable inside to the router. Worked far better than anything we had ever known and used it for several years until the telcos caught up. Hopefully they will provide you better service at a lower cost.
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Old 10-18-2018, 01:37 PM   #19
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Hughesnet is OK. Don't get me wrong; just very pricey for the 50 gig data a month plan. Also, if you want to run as a virtual VPN, it won't work with sat internet due the latency. I am not super hopeful regarding the AT&T offering as we sit down over the horizon a bit as our house is at about 1050' and the hill between us and the towers is higher by about 100 ft making tall masts unpractical.



We had line of site radio internet at one time from Castroville Computers and they had a send antenna up the hill to the northwest from us. It was on the side of a building and fairly high. We got the lowest level of service due to the signal strengh but we could stream 1080P video. The owner who leased the building saw the mast and was incensed and had them take it down and the mast was moved closer but lower and we lost enough signal where it wasn't workable. The company came out to extend the mast (really a pole) up even higher and the guy who was doing it was not the sharpest and he attached the guy wire to one side (of 3) and pulled it too tight and the mast came tumbling over and smashed my antenna out of shape and that was that. The company would not make good for the antenna and just wouldn't answer the phone when I wanted to see what they would do about their mistake.
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Old 10-25-2018, 08:52 AM   #20
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I use both a similar signal booster and using my phone as a hotspot. I usually just swtch my phones 4g hotspot on because it is faster and more reliable. 3g is usually faster than the free wifi, too.
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