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Old 05-29-2015, 07:48 AM   #1
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Question Amazon Fire Sticks

Has anyone tried using the Amazon Firestick in their RV using a Hotspot on your cellphone when the Wi-Fi isn't very good at an RV Park or when there is no Wi-Fi?
I was curious if it would work that way. Use your 4G phone and create a hotspot then stream Netflix through the phone which I guess transfers to the TV through the FireStick when it's plugged in to the TV on the HDMI port.
Any thoughts?

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Old 05-29-2015, 07:56 AM   #2
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I haven't tried the Firestick, but I have loads of experience with Apple TV, Sony and LG DVD's that can also stream, and most recently Roku 3. By far the Roku 3 reigns supreme, followed by Apple TV. Sony and LG DVD player's were weak. I do not stream from campground WiFi, but instead stream from my own media server that is connected to my own WiFi hot spot.

When I have a solid ATT signal, I have used my iPhone as a hot spot, connected an iPad (or three!) to that hot spot, and had some success streaming Netflix and Amazon Video. That isn't as stable, but it can work. Interestingly, the Amazon app for streaming works much better than Hulu or Netflix for me.

Our kids are 11 & 14, and at that age, it turns out that solid internet is more important than cable or satellite TV. We don't have cable or satellite at home now either--just good internet. I have my sites on upgrading our capabilities to get better WiFi on the coach (5.4gHz instead of 2.5) with a high-end hotspot, but they aren't cheap so I'm not there yet...

If you already have a Firestick, might as well give it a try and let us know what you learn!

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First, check to make sure your phone will act as a hotspot, we do this with my wifes but she has to call to get them to activate and deactivate. There is an additional daily rate they charge for this.

Also, you have to make sure you will not be in roaming while using the hotspot as there will be additional cost and probably a limit to data transfer.

Lastly, streaming a moving like this would eat up a large amount of data.

I use to have ATT with a Blackberry that I could use as a hotspot for work, which I used a lot. The hotspot was active all the time or activate it as needed myself. I could also use a USB cord. Cost per month was usually ~$350 for phone with data roaming, sometimes higher.

I tried to use this phone on a different plan and they did not permit using it as a hotspot.
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