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Old 02-07-2014, 06:44 PM   #1
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Internet & Satellite Questions

I've installed a new Vizio flat screen with smart TV, new Sony receiver and DVD player. We're going to be traveling full time this spring. I need some help with figuring out what I need for both TV and Internet connection on my 5th wheel. The only thing on the coach is a TV antenna.
What do you use and why do you feel it is the best solution.
I can afford upper middle level equipment.
Thanks for your help
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:58 PM   #2
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No personal experience but here is what one blogger uses:
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A couple things I use.

A 4G/LTE hotspot from Mellincom. Uses Verizon's system for good coverage. $70/month for 20GB data.

If good WiFi is available I use it. Also have a WiFi booster/repeater from Hawking Technologies to improve the WiFi.
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I think most people here will agree that the best TV solution is a Winegard Trav'ler automatic antenna combined with a subscription to either DirecTV or Dish. We have DirecTV with DNS and a Genie DVR that permits us to record up to 5 channels at the same time.

As for internet, most of us rely on cellular connections. We have Verizon because its network covers the country better than the others, but in any particular region a different carrier might be better for you. We happen to use our phone's hotspot as our connection, although lots of people have stand-alone hotspots (MiFi's).

There are lots of threads on these topics and you might want to review some of those.
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I think most people here will agree that the best TV solution is a Winegard Trav'ler automatic antenna combined with a subscription to either DirecTV or Dish. We have DirecTV with DNS and a Genie DVR that permits us to record up to 5 channels at the same time.

As for internet, most of us rely on cellular connections. We have Verizon because its network covers the country better than the others, but in any particular region a different carrier might be better for you. We happen to use our phone's hotspot as our connection, although lots of people have stand-alone hotspots (MiFi's).

There are lots of threads on these topics and you might want to review some of those.
We do exactly as Docj does. Winegard Travler is impossible to beat in my opinion. We use Dish-but same system just different hardware. We bought one of these when they first came out-and its still going strong. Moved it from our last rig to this one. Was a little concerned about not having a portable option if under trees, but we can nearly always get a spot that works. Obviously if you were staying in the woods this could be an issue-but otherwise, nearly all campground owners are familiar with the term "satelite friendly site"

Verizon for a hotspot-we are lucky enough to be grand parented in on the unlimited data. But 7 years FTing and very, very rare to be outside of a coverage area of some sort.
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We frequent state and COE parks. We opted for a Tailgater with a ladder mount. Easily removed if needed to get a signal. About 2/3 of the time I get a signal with it on the ladder mount.
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Same as Docj with the addition of a Pathways carry out for those time were under tree cover.
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Same as Docj with the addition of a Pathways carry out for those time were under tree cover.
Ditto : Selah and docj...

Travler and Verizon 4g The most robust options
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