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Old 04-07-2014, 01:17 AM   #1
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Anyone using a hot spot and Roku or smart Blu-Ray?

I have a few questions if anyone has some input. My old switching box doesn't have the new style connections, rca vs coaxial or USB. I'm going to upgrade and once I do will I be able to watch blu ray content like Netflix in back bedroom? I'm thinking I should be able to.
Does anyone have recommendations for RV tv installs or parts in So Cal? I'm thinking I might go on Amazon but I like to support local business when I can.
I have a 98 HR Endeavor pusher.
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I have recently converted my AV equipment to the HDMI type equipment. Got rid of the switching boxes and hooked all the ancilliaries directly to the new TV.

EL Cheapo 22" Walmart bought LED TV with hanging bracket also from Walmart

Samsung Blueray player with multimedia capability (mini unit) from NEWEGG.com

I also added a battery powered speaker for a better sounding system.
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What I do

I use as Verizon air card thru a Wilson amp to a Cradlepoint router. Use the roku on the tv in the area of the coach that I want to watch streaming tv. The Roku seems to work ok but a Smart tv is better. We have a Samsung Smart tv at home and it is great, of course that is thru AT@T.

hope this is of some help.

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Old 04-07-2014, 07:43 AM   #4
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Any streaming device will be problematic on campground wifi and even on a 4G hotspot as these have become popular. Contention for the available bandwidth. As a consideration to others using the shared bandwidth, I don't stream movies.
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Vince...I have bought the all you can eat data plan from Verizon. I have been streaming video thru the Verizon MYFI for about two years now. Except for the places that have poor coverage.... it is working like a charm. Wife can log in and get the scoop on the latest what ever with her laptop and I can watch a NETFLIX movie in the evening before going to bed. There is just enough bandwidth in that phone relay for both of us. But I must agree...you get to a sharing system and you start sucking the life out of the device...and everyone suffers (including the person streaming the video)
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:49 AM   #6
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We've got a MiFi through Millenicom hooked to a WiFi Ranger and a Western Digital live TV with a 1TB hard drive. We've also added a 4TB hard drive to the WD.

My wife has put our entire movie collection, plus different TV show series on the hard drives.

We watch our data usage closely, because streaming uses it fast. We've haven't found a campground/RV Park that has fast enough speeds to stream, so we don't even try.

With over 3 TB of shows and satellite, there is way to much TV as is.
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I can never get enough bandwidth at campgrounds for my Roku.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:28 PM   #8
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We have an unlimited Verizon plan and last month used ~50GB. We have a Roku which we use nearly every day. The Roku is better than using a Blu-ray or a smart TV because it is constantly being updated and there are now hundreds of available channels. Most Blu-rays and TVs aren't updated once they are no longer the current model.

To serve your bedroom, just put a Roku with the TV and connect it to your WiFi network. A Roku doesn't need a coax or anything like that.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:50 PM   #9
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OK, I'm gonna add the ROKU for the bedroom and see how the bluray works in the salon. I'm thinking we're in the early adopter stages for RV's and tv so this may all change in a few years. Thanks for the input.
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We have an unlimited Verizon plan and last month used ~50GB...
docj, Have you run this amount of data per month prior to last month and not gotten an overage bill? Even with so called "unlimited" plans the Verizon contract fine print will often have a clause that restricts total data usage to 5 or 10 gB.

Others reading this need to exercise caution, the overage charges on 50 gB of usage (even if they called it "unlimited") will cause sever heart, brain and wallet damage. There are a few of the 2nd tier carriers that still use the term "unlimited" but buyer beware and read the fine print.
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Vince...I have bought the all you can eat data plan from Verizon. I have been streaming video thru the Verizon MYFI for about two years now. Except for the places that have poor coverage.... it is working like a charm. Wife can log in and get the scoop on the latest what ever with her laptop and I can watch a NETFLIX movie in the evening before going to bed. There is just enough bandwidth in that phone relay for both of us. But I must agree...you get to a sharing system and you start sucking the life out of the device...and everyone suffers (including the person streaming the video)
I also am on Verizon with a myfi device. When little to moderate contention it works well for streaming I agree. At many locations I have experienced contention. Not infrequently I see the WiFi SSID of multiple myfi devices, as they have become very popular.
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docj, Have you run this amount of data per month prior to last month and not gotten an overage bill? Even with so called "unlimited" plans the Verizon contract fine print will often have a clause that restricts total data usage to 5 or 10 gB.

Others reading this need to exercise caution, the overage charges on 50 gB of usage (even if they called it "unlimited") will cause sever heart, brain and wallet damage. There are a few of the 2nd tier carriers that still use the term "unlimited" but buyer beware and read the fine print.
There's no fine print. The grandfathered unlimited plans are unlimited (at least at the moment). We've been using >40GB/mo for several years. You can't get an "overage" bill on an unlimited account. That's an oxymoron.

Even though such plans have been discontinued, I'm definitely not the only one on this forum using one. I'm surprised you are so shocked by this.

There's also no throttling on 4G accounts; I believe this has something to do with the terms under which Verizon was award the 4G spectrum.
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another vote for the roku, since we are only weekend campers we have no problems with overages. use my phone as a hotspot.
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docj... while I was curious about your plan and whether you've used high amounts of data in the past my post was more directed to others getting the idea that they can stream movies all day without issue. There are no longer any new Unlimited plans and overage charges get real expensive real fast. Agreed, there is no throughput throttling.
You and the others with the unlimited plans are lucky, what is your SSID and password?
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