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Old 06-27-2022, 05:24 PM   #1
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Streaming on your motorhome TV

Weve recently purchased a 2019 34pa and have been enjoying the dish satellite system. I just cant figure out how to stream Netflix etc. on the TV. Once I activate my Winegard Connect, will the TV recognize that modem?

The previous owner was using Spectrum for a data plan. Were currently in Alberta, Canada. Can I try to activate the Winegard Connect and use it here or should I wait until were back in the states where Spectrum is available?

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Old 06-27-2022, 06:27 PM   #2
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Are the TV’s Smart TV’s with WiFi?

If so, and your plan will let you tether your phone, turn on tethering on your phone and tell the TV to find your phone as a wireless access point.
Now your connected to the internet thru your phone.

If they are not smart TV’s but have WiFi, then you still connect to your phone as described, but your use the Netflix or other app on your phone - then tell your phone to play what you want to watch on the TV.
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Old 06-28-2022, 12:33 PM   #3
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Are the TVs Smart TVs with WiFi?

If so, and your plan will let you tether your phone, turn on tethering on your phone and tell the TV to find your phone as a wireless access point.
Now your connected to the internet thru your phone.

If they are not smart TVs but have WiFi, then you still connect to your phone as described, but your use the Netflix or other app on your phone - then tell your phone to play what you want to watch on the TV.
I believe its a smart TV because the remote has a button Netflix & Amazon.
Im hoping someone with the same factory setup can shed some light on what the system is capable of as far as streaming.
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Old 06-28-2022, 12:37 PM   #4
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Go to the TV configuration, probably the menu button, and look for "network" or "wifi"
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Old 06-28-2022, 01:09 PM   #5
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I would be careful trying to set it up while in Canada, as the service may allow it but with large data fees.
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Old 06-28-2022, 04:10 PM   #6
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I believe the Winegard Connect is a Wi-Fi repeater. The antenna is on the roof and will pick up any Wi-Fi signal in the area. You use a computer or phone to sign on to the W/C and then select and sign on to the desired Wi-Fi signal. The W/C then generates its own Wi-Fi. Now you select and sign on to the W/C. Since the antenna is on the roof, the W/C gets a stronger signal than your individual devices may inside. Another advantage is once you have signed all your devices on to the W/C, you only have to sign the W/C onto a new Wi-Fi source and all your devices will get a strong signal. See the W/C manual for how to get "into" it. Note that you are limited to the band width and strength of the source Wi/Fi
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I belive you can put a sim card in the Connect and use it to generate wifi from that.
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Old 06-30-2022, 06:40 PM   #8
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Thank you for information. Exactly what I was looking for. Ill take the advice about waiting until Im back in the states to give it a try. Nothing seems to be very affordable in Canada. Paying $2.20/liter for gas. 3.85 liters per gallon. At least the exchange rate is in our favor 😎
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Thank you for information. Exactly what I was looking for. Ill take the advice about waiting until Im back in the states to give it a try. Nothing seems to be very affordable in Canada. Paying $2.20/liter for gas. 3.85 liters per gallon. At least the exchange rate is in our favor 😎
What did you end up doing? We have to say, Open Road Mobile, Don Pretlow, has a new box, and that is what we are using. Up to 1TB of affordable data on any of the 3 major carriers, cannot beat it. Have not tried skynet yet, but the hardware there is just too pricey so I have been leery.
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If you do not have reliable wi-fi or Apple air play on your TV, another option is to get a HDMI adapter for your iPhone. This allows you to stream from your phone directly. I use the HDMI input for the Blue Ray. When I want to stream from my phone or ipad, I plug the HDMI cable into the Blue Ray port and then, using the adapter, plug the adapter into your phone. Works great and will not be throttled as it will be if you use your phone as a hotspot or use a dedicated hotspot. When I want to use the Blue Ray player, I simply plug in the Blue Ray HDMI cable. I bought a 8" HDMI cable extender to make it easier to access the cable.

You can get them on Amazon.


https://www.amazon.com/Lightning-Cha...16953735&psc=1
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If you do not have reliable wi-fi or Apple air play on your TV, another option is to get a HDMI adapter for your iPhone. This allows you to stream from your phone directly. I use the HDMI input for the Blue Ray. When I want to stream from my phone or ipad, I plug the HDMI cable into the Blue Ray port and then, using the adapter, plug the adapter into your phone. Works great and will not be throttled as it will be if you use your phone as a hotspot or use a dedicated hotspot. When I want to use the Blue Ray player, I simply plug in the Blue Ray HDMI cable. I bought a 8" HDMI cable extender to make it easier to access the cable.

You can get them on Amazon.


https://www.amazon.com/Lightning-Cha...16953735&psc=1
Your idea of streaming from an iPhone is good but skip the HDMI cable. use AirPlay and cast wirelessly. if the TV is not new enough to support Apple AirPlay, then get a Roku and plug it in the TV HDMI and then You can screencast to the Roku.
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Your idea of streaming from an iPhone is good but skip the HDMI cable. use AirPlay and cast wirelessly. if the TV is not new enough to support Apple AirPlay, then get a Roku and plug it in the TV HDMI and then You can screencast to the Roku.
I have a Roku and 3 Apple TV's at home as I have older TV's there than in my motorhome. You still need a HDMI port for them. PLus you also need a reliable Wi-Fi source, which is sometimes hard to come by in a RV park. Choosing either solution depends on your park's wi-fi and the strength of your phone signal. That's why I have a Starlink system where i have a reliable W-Fi for streaming. Not cheap but it works well.
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Some clarity is needed on cellular vs. WiFi capabilities of the Wingard system as the cellular part varies significantly based on the specific installation and configuration. The WiFi booster part works great IF you have good WiFi service from the campground but even that may not be good enough for streaming TV. Also, campgrounds can easily throttle speed levels and protocols allowed over their provided service.

Starlink is a game changer if you work from the RV. Service is generally excellent but at $150/month it's a bit expensive.

I would look at your total home and RV requirements and combine them. We cut the cable at home (kept FiOS Internet) and went with YouTube TV. We have a cellular hot spot and Starlink for the RV and pay about the same per month as before for just the house. We get the same of everything at home and RV from YouTube TV. I also converted the home phone to MagicJack so we take it with us on travel in the RV.

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Your idea of streaming from an iPhone is good but skip the HDMI cable. use AirPlay and cast wirelessly. if the TV is not new enough to support Apple AirPlay, then get a Roku and plug it in the TV HDMI and then You can screencast to the Roku.
Agree with the principle, yet without reliable wifi and internet AirPlay is a poor solution. If the phone is using WiFi for AirPlay it wants Internet to be available for that too, at least that is what we have always found. While we have the Open Road Mobile and plenty of data from Don P, we have found that the best solution for reliability is the Apple Lighting or USB-C adapter to the HDMI port. We will leave the device at the back and plugged in with power (iPad or iPhone) and just hit play and all the TVs are live.

Not sure why the technology behind AP2 and the iOS ecosystem won't allow you to connect with AP2 and then tell the device to use cellular connection.
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