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Old 03-24-2019, 09:02 PM   #1
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Internet and TV questions from a newbie

My better half and I are just getting into RVing again after more than a decade and our first few trips were mostly just to Fort Wilderness over the last year or so. As many are probably familiar, FW offers all the amenities you might want including good Wifi and decent cable service. On our most recent outing we had poor to no internet access and weak cell signal to boot.

We tethered our laptops/ipads to our phones but still only got mediocre performance at best. I've followed the Mobley thread but with only cursory interest as until we're on the road more, I can't see taking on the expense with so little justification. So what do others that don't full time do for internet access in these situations?
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Old 03-24-2019, 09:25 PM   #2
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Winegard 2.0. There are recent threads here with pro and con. Itís a WiFi booster and can switch to monthly cell data plans. Itís a self contained unit that mounts on the roof. The only wires needed are for power and installing a switch.
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Old 03-24-2019, 09:44 PM   #3
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I've followed the Mobley thread but with only cursory interest as until we're on the road more, I can't see taking on the expense with so little justification.
If you're talking about getting an AT&T Mobley, that ship has sailed. The Mobley is no longer available.

I was lucky enough to get a Mobley when AT&T offered them again at the start of this year. For the price, they're the best thing since sliced bread. I used 85 GB data last month. Others report data usage between 100-150 GB.

I found out about the new Mobley offer through www.rvmobileinternet.com. Check it out.
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Old 03-25-2019, 05:32 AM   #4
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I'm not interested in a Mobley or anything else that requires a monthly plan, we only go every few weeks and then just for a few days at this time.

Anybody have experience with this....
https://www.amazon.com/Securifi-Almo...language=en_US
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My better half and I are just getting into RVing again after more than a decade and our first few trips were mostly just to Fort Wilderness over the last year or so. As many are probably familiar, FW offers all the amenities you might want including good Wifi and decent cable service. On our most recent outing we had poor to no internet access and weak cell signal to boot.

We tethered our laptops/ipads to our phones but still only got mediocre performance at best. I've followed the Mobley thread but with only cursory interest as until we're on the road more, I can't see taking on the expense with so little justification. So what do others that don't full time do for internet access in these situations?
We don't full time but we gots to have our Internet so the $20 Mobley works for us. $20 a month? We spend more than that at Denny's for 1 meal. Big Picture - it's a minuscule drop in the bucket.
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Internet and TV questions from a newbie

We have a $20/month Verizon hot spot which works great. Sometimes the personal hot spot on my phone works better. I like having a back up.
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While I appreciate the sentiment regarding $20/month, we just refrain from incurring monthly costs for services of little benefit. I just exchanged my Brighthouse DVR service for Tivo for primarily cost and convenience.

Regard range extenders, most of what I've seen so far are for a single device utilizing a USB port which considering my wife uses her iPad exclusively won't work for us, hence my query on the Securifi Almond device.
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While I appreciate the sentiment regarding $20/month, we just refrain from incurring monthly costs for services of little benefit. I just exchanged my Brighthouse DVR service for Tivo for primarily cost and convenience.

Regard range extenders, most of what I've seen so far are for a single device utilizing a USB port which considering my wife uses her iPad exclusively won't work for us, hence my query on the Securifi Almond device.
We use the mobley as our sole Internet connection at home and on the road. At home, we see 18mb down and 16mb up during the day and 20 mb down and 22 mb up at night. We are 1.8 miles from the closest ATT 4GLTE tower at home and need no external antenna. In the four years of using a mobley on the road, we have never been without a connection, admitted sometimes a little slow.
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Park WiFi most everywhere is basically useless for all but email. Judging by your restrictions Iíd get the Verizon hotspot prepaid ( in other words pay as you go . donít pay service stops) itís a little digging on the website but itís there ...unlimited , network managed service for 70 bucks a month 65 if you have credit card auto pay but thatís not you so ...
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Personally if you already have smart phones that can be a hot spot, I would stick with that. Why pay more for another gadget? As for your TV? Switch to Dish or Directv at home and simply buy an extra antenna for the RV. Then just take your receiver with you. Dish does offer a month to month package if you decide thats all you want.
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I'm not interested in a Mobley or anything else that requires a monthly plan, we only go every few weeks and then just for a few days at this time.

Anybody have experience with this....
https://www.amazon.com/Securifi-Almo...language=en_US


I donít think this is what you want. Looks to be just a range extender. I canít remember the last park we stayed at that had bad signal. The problem is with the download speeds and the number of other Rvís pulling bandwidth at the same time slowing everything down. As others have stated if you just want to check email then you donít need anything at a Rv park. If you want to surf the net or download video you will need a cell plan with enough GB that you donít use it all up in the first 1/2 hr. Verizon has a pay as you go unlimited plan for $70/mo. If you decide not to go camping next month it cancels itself. In two months you go camping again you can reactivate online. As I said before the Winegard 2.0 is pretty simple install and can have something like 10 devices at the same time running off of it.
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X2 for the Winegard ConnecT 2.0 I had an Version Jetpack and just had Verizon transfer itís number to the Winegard and give me the correct size SIM card. The Winegard reception is great it was able to connect to 4G service in a campground where I could not get service before. It will use the shared data that I have for my two other IPhones for Internet use.
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