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Old 10-01-2018, 07:01 PM   #15
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We have a 2015 Chevy Sonic as our toad. A lot of GM vehicles have the capability of acting as a wifi hotspot. It costs $20 per month for unlimited data for the car through Onstar, so we are towing our hotspot. We watch a lot of ball games during the season and do a lot of Netflix streaming, no problem at all. The range is around 50 feet from the vehicle, so we have a good strong signal inside the MH.
Edit- The only downside of using the car as a hotspot is that the key needs to be in the accessory position. I have a trickle charger hooked up to keep the battery from going flat when we are using the car for more that a few hours.
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:13 PM   #16
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Try finding a Mobley by ATT. $20 a month unlimited internet and can connect up to 5 devices!
That plan no longer exists for the Mobley; you have to have a 4G connected CAR to get the Connected Car plan now.
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:17 PM   #17
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We need a solution for our Internet needs. Here's the background:

We are not full-timers, but we take a six-week trip in the winter and one- or two-week trips throughout the rest of the year. We work full-time, so we need Internet access while we are away. We have been using a combination of our Verizon Jetpack and tethering to our AT&T phones via a personal hotspot, but the data usage is off the charts -- resulting in very large bills. (We don't stream Netflix or watch videos, but we do send and receive large files via email.) I recently switched to an AT&T unlimited data plan, but it's quite spendy.

I've looked at the WiFi Ranger, but we're not looking to boost existing WiFi signals. I've also looked at the Winegard Connect, but we found the Winegard 4G plans to be expensive for the amount of data that you get. Satellite-based Internet is a no-go, given that we often camp in forested places.

I'm not opposed to spending some significant cash upfront for hardware so long as our monthly costs are manageable. I've researched the heck out of this issue, both here and elsewhere, but haven't found a solution that is any better than our current hotspot setup. Any suggestions?

Define your data usage in numbers, not "off the chart" and you may get more targeted responses.
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:59 PM   #18
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Define your data usage in numbers, not "off the chart" and you may get more targeted responses.
We are between 30GB and 40GB per month between the two of us when traveling in the RV for the entire month.
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Winegard Connect 2.0 has more than an just the Winegard plans and available. You can use a SIM from either AT&T or Verizon or their discount providers.
I'm looking at this more closely. Anybody have experience with this model?
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Old 10-01-2018, 08:22 PM   #20
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I like to travel and work remotely and have had to adjust how I work.

Maybe you need to reconsider how you’re working. For instance, most plans are unlimited data on the phone but have limits on the hotspot service. Only use your phone for email and use a local SAN to store the files once they are received and acces them in your laptop. Also, maybe consider a hosted virtual machine instance on Azure or Amazon. Using a Remote Desktop protocol and only pushing KVM data can cut your throughput a lot.
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Old 10-01-2018, 08:36 PM   #21
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AT&T's connected car plan is back. They have a new device which replaces the Mobley. I believe the device is $79.00 and the service is $30 per month for 22GB and then could be slowed down. Check it out here https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/att...y-replacement/
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Verizon user and on the road 8 yrs most timing (10-11 months). I have the Verizon Unlimited Plan. If I had a smart phone I'd get 22 G/month, on this plan I have 2 Mifi units at 15 G/month/ea. Yes I still have a flip phone so I can kiss the 22 G/month off (tether). However the cheapest way I and several Verizon sales folks have found to get my 15 G increased was to buy another Mifi unit. (note the 15 G I refer to is the amount of data they let you have before they throttle it.) My bill is usually < $140/mo. I have no idea if that's good or bad it's just the best I've found. Note: that if you have weak or no cell service you're in a digital desert. Some connections can be painfully slow. So either you have to plan for it or deal with it. Good Luck I hope you find something that works for you.
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You don't need hardware, you need to stop sucking down the data. Schedule your transfers to when you're on Walmart wifi etc.
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Since your concern is with email files why don't you compress these files so there not so huge. That may help and not force you into another plan or equipment.
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Winegard Connect 2.0 has more than an just the Winegard plans and available. You can use a SIM from either AT&T or Verizon or their discount providers.
Possibly you are confusing the WiFiRamger approach with that of Winegard?
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