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Old 03-01-2016, 06:39 PM   #1
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Anyone have a smart TV in their MH, wondering how well it typically works at wifi supplied campgrounds?


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I have 2 Vizio Smart TV's. They work on campground WiFi as well as the bandwidth allows. (That is the amount of data that can be transferred in a specific amount of time) Most of the time it is mediocre performance but there are some campgrounds that have great WiFi. At those they work well. There are a lot of factors that go into the ability of the unit to perform well. Bandwidth, other campers usage, distance from hotspot, and location inside the coach of the TV are a few. I installed a WiFI network in my coach with a exterior antenna that makes a big difference but I still am at the mercy of the campgrounds service.
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I have 2 Vizio Smart TV's. They work on campground WiFi as well as the bandwidth allows. (That is the amount of data that can be transferred in a specific amount of time) Most of the time it is mediocre performance but there are some campgrounds that have great WiFi. At those they work well. There are a lot of factors that go into the ability of the unit to perform well. Bandwidth, other campers usage, distance from hotspot, and location inside the coach of the TV are a few. I installed a WiFI network in my coach with a exterior antenna that makes a big difference but I still am at the mercy of the campgrounds service.

We have a Vizio smart tv at home takes a little getting use to to turn on. Wasn't sure if it would perform that well in the campground and don't want to add to the burden on the bandwidth. How well does it perform with just the cable link?


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Just purchase a LG 43" Smart TV for the MH, would like to know a bit more about Wi-Fi network with outside Antenna for RV?
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My experience with smart TV is they are often slower than, say, an external RoKu or Apple TV or similar. Newer units perform better than older units, as would be expected. That said, as commented by others CG wifi bandwidth and quality issues are usually bigger limitations. I don't stream over CG wifi as a consideration to others.
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If your asking about using the "smart" TV actually stream video from an internet source ... the answer is "it's only as good as the available bandwidth". If you're planning on using the typical park supplied WiFi ... be prepared to be disappointed on a regular basis.

In our case - we have several "smart" WiFi enabled devices in our coach. These include TVs, receiver, HD DVR, BlueRay player, printer/scanner, iPad, 2 iPhones and a couple of laptops. I use a Cradlepoint router that provides a local WiFi network inside the coach that all these devices connect to. Communication between all these devices takes place via this local WiFi network. My router is provisioned on the Verizon cellular network - so any device connected to the local WiFi network can reach the internet - however, doing so counts as bandwidth consumed under my data plan. As such, I'm very careful about what devices/apps actually go out and use the internet. In my case, I don't stream audio or video from the web. I do however connect all my entertainment devices to the local Wifi network and use the Roomie app running on my iPad as a "universal remote" that controls all of them. The network traffic associated with that local traffic never hits the internet - so there is no data costs associated with it.

By using an IP based / WiFI connected "Universal Remote" solution - I don't have to deal with multiple remote control devices and/or the "line of sight" limitations that comes with the typical remote control device (which use IR technology). I can be sitting outside on the patio - and change channels, increase/decrease volume, etc. on devices that are inside the coach with ease.
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My experience with smart TV is they are often slower than, say, an external RoKu or Apple TV or similar. Newer units perform better than older units, as would be expected. That said, as commented by others CG wifi bandwidth and quality issues are usually bigger limitations. I don't stream over CG wifi as a consideration to others.

That's kinda where I feel at this point too..


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