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Old 11-15-2018, 10:33 AM   #31
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The router you are buying should set up a WiFi network and work as you want. I have setup simular configurations in my trailer. Keep in mind you need the devices to be in the same IP address range to communicate on the network. I have two WD boxes that are simular to your Roku, the simplest way is to load some movies on 64G thumb drives and plug it into the WD box usb port and access local source. This way I don't need a network at all. If you have a smart enough TV you can plug it right into a usb port on the TV and access the drive to play content. You can also connect with a smart tv over a network to the plex without the Roku. With the router you can access the internet with a computer or other device and send streamed content over your network as a bonus. Some Tv's let you "cast content from a device directly to the TV. My TV in the bedroom allows me to connect my tablet wirelessly to the TV and "cast" content to it(I think it was bluetooth). There are many ways to accomplish what you want these days as long as you can understand the capabilities and process.
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Old 11-15-2018, 10:45 AM   #32
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How are you getting the movies into the plex server? If you are not ripping them, then you will have to have some form of internet to download into the plex server before you can stream via your Roku.

I definitely ripped all the content I have from my personal discs. These files exist in a drive at home and are used by my home Plex Media Server. I just wanted to do the same thing in my trailer.


I purchased a 2TB USB drive and mounted it on my Raspberry Pi. I copied all my scrapped files to the external drive and now the Plex on the Pi can see and serve them.


So far, no Internet connection will be needed (desire is another thing).
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Old 11-15-2018, 02:03 PM   #33
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I just use my phone as a hotspot.
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Old 11-15-2018, 03:02 PM   #34
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Plex requires an internet connection to "serve" it's data. Is the local plex server storing all the content on you local pc /Plex server? I don't think so as that would be copyright infringement which would put them out of business . I believe the plex server is just a "repeater" in essence. So in other words it sits at your home connects to all your media sources and then "Repeats " whatever content you want at some remote location via the internet. Now, if it was a giant video recorder and could "store" all the things you tell it to while you are hooked up to the internet and then when you get on the road "play it back" then I could see it working. By the way , I didn't read through all the previous msg's so I may be repeating something someone else has said or I may be completely wrong and have missed a point. If so, my apologies.
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Old 11-15-2018, 03:49 PM   #35
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Plex Media Server can do many things, but certainly one of those is serve local content. This is how I normally use it.
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Old 11-15-2018, 04:01 PM   #36
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The WRT54GL will do exactly what you need. However there is one thing you might consider if you are tech savvy. There is an opensource firmware available for Linksys routers which will allow you to turn the device into a range extender. In this way you can have all the benefits of using your Plex server on your local WiFi network and attach this network(still isolated) through the router to a park/CG WiFi for internet access. We do this with a WiFiRanger core router. The project is called dd-wrt. Just add .com to the end to get to the web site to download the firmware. Obviously, the disclaimer is that any warranty on the router is void so it is generally done with old ones.
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Old 11-15-2018, 04:16 PM   #37
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Sweet, yes. I was looking for a way to inject the Park's Wi-Fi into my local network (it was next on my list).
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:28 PM   #38
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Hold it !! Hold it !!! This week Verizon has just announced a new unlimited package.
I almost stumble over myself to get to the computer to read it. Yes, a Wi-Fi
total unlimited data...no caps, no throttle, So you get there new plan &65.00 a month,
get a MiFi Jet Pack, marry up the jet pack to your Wi-Fi Router and bingo your Roku will
now give you your Amazon, Netflicks, Spectrum, Hulu etc, anything can be streamed
with NO Restriction. So before you buy a whole bunch of fancy stuff please look into this..I will definitely will. Safe Travels
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Old 11-16-2018, 06:26 AM   #39
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Hold it !! Hold it !!! This week Verizon has just announced a new unlimited package.
I almost stumble over myself to get to the computer to read it. Yes, a Wi-Fi
total unlimited data...no caps, no throttle, So you get there new plan &65.00 a month,
get a MiFi Jet Pack, marry up the jet pack to your Wi-Fi Router and bingo
your Roku will
now give you your Amazon, Netflicks, Spectrum, Hulu etc, anything can be streamed
with NO Restriction. So before you buy a whole bunch of fancy stuff please look into this..I will definitely will. Safe Travels
I'm not sure where you are, but that "deal on internet service" is not available in all regions. In northern Michigan, Verizon's "Above Unlimited" plan includes 75 GB/month unlimited service (with phone) after which "some slowdown during peak times may occur". As for "MIFI" limits, a "mobile hotspot" added to the plan will be allowed 20GB/month, after which the device will be throttled back to 600 MB for the duration of the billing period.

The difference between the current plan and this new "Above Unlimited" is an extra $20 a month for an extra 5GB of "mobile hot spot data". That's about one "standard definition movie" if you're burning DVD's or saving to view later. Now, if you use your phone as a "hot spot" that data increases from 22BG to 75GB, a significant increase, but once you reach that limit, your phone can be "throttled back" and may not be functional for intended purposes. So if you rely on your phone to check the thermostat/security at home, you may not be able to access that feature at the reduced speed.

Maybe your region is different, but we don't have a "true unlimited Verizon plan" in this area. Hopefully, "SOMEDAY" we'll all have "true unlimited internet availability" but for some regions, this new Verizon offering "just ain't it".....
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Old 11-17-2018, 04:47 AM   #40
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I am using a Sprint Mifi to do exactly what you are wanting to do. Someone told me about The Calyx Institute https://www.calyxinstitute.org which provides unlimited data to it's members. The first year is $400 and that includes the Mifi device. That is $33 a month for unlimited data. The second year I think is $300 which is $25 a month. Not bad for unlimited data. It's not supper fast but we have a Roku TV and it works fine. As long as you have a decent Sprint signal where you at then you should be good. We have been doing this for about a year and we are very pleased with how it works.
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