Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > RV SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES FORUMS > Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc.
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-08-2023, 01:28 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 14
Internet for streaming while camping

We have a new Vanleigh Beacon. It has two LG smart TVs. We are looking for a way to receive Internet to stream Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, etc.
We realize there are different services out there that provide different equipment Ė we are looking for something that we can turn on and off when we need it, unless itís a very low monthly cost. We travel approximately 4Ė6 times per year for 1 to 2 weeks at a time. A lot of the places we visit are very remote - mountains, ocean locations.
We have a good hotspot on our up-to-date cell phones through Verizon, but we have tested it and it doesnít work very well. We have considered a satellite dish but weíre not sure if we really need that.
Any suggestions or solutions?
Thank you.
Bradley222 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-08-2023, 01:49 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 124
Congrats on your new TT. Are you staying in campgrounds that have WiFi? If so. A Wifi extender is a good start. I have a T-mobile 5G hotspot that works well. I have no info on a satellite set up.
WeeBeenew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2023, 02:30 PM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
 
TXiceman's Avatar
 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Bryan, TX when not traveling.
Posts: 22,536
Blog Entries: 21
Very few campgrounds have internet bandwidth suitable for streaming. A WiFI booster does nothing to add bandwidth. I do not know of amy streaming that allows turning the service on and off. This leaves you with Star Link, but it is expensive. Dish satellite has a pay as you go satellite service, but you will need to buy an antenna and a receiver.

The T-Mobile internet works well where you have sufficient T-Mobile service.

Ken
__________________
Amateur Radio Operator (KE5DFR)|Full-Time! - 2012 6.7L Ford Crew Cab Dually -2013 HitchHiker Champagne 38RLRSB - Currently FOR SALE Travel with one Standard Schnauzer and one small Timneh African Gray Parrot, retired mechanical engineer
TXiceman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2023, 03:37 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2021
Posts: 90
You might take a look at the travlfi https://shop.travlfi.com/
I bought the journey 1 last year (xtr wasn't out yet), and was mostly satisfied, but would go with the XTR now as it appears to be designed more for RV streaming, where as the journey 1 was more for just an internet connection. The biggest issue was that it would most likely connect to the strongest signal, but that wasn't always the carrier with the best bandwidth. It seemed that when it connected to Verizon, there was often little or no bandwidth and I would have to restart the unit until it would connect to TMobile or ATT. It would be nice if the user could choose the carrier it connects to...don't know if that's possible with the XTR or not. The other problem I had was the unit would tend to overheat when streaming, and then would not allow charging at the same time. The Journey 1 is a very compact unit that probably wasn't originally designed for 720p streaming, but the XTR looks more like it was and hopefully has better cooling. It also appears to have attached antennas that would help with maintaining a good connection especially if trying to stream on 2 tvs at the same time. I'm just guessing based on what I see on their website and my experience with the unit I have. We travel very similar to you, 10-14 days at a time, 4-5 times per year and while the data is a little higher than other "monthly" plans, it suited me to only have to buy the data I anticipated needing and then cancelling the subscription. We have 2 ATT phones with 40gig hotspot per month as well.
__________________
2021 Jayco Precept 36A
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Paul P. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2023, 03:55 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 824
I use Verizon cell service both using my iPhone as a hot spot as well as I have a second line with a dedicated MiFi device. Canít stop/start service but I travel 4-6 months per year. Iíve had good luck except some areas out west where there was no cell service. Traveling southeast this winter and have been able to stream everywhere Iíve stopped.

Iíve heard Visable ( which uses Verizon towers) is cheaper but I havenít tried it.
__________________
Randy & Ella (terrier mix rescue)
2020 Winnebago View 24J
Downsized from 2013 Tiffin Phaeton 40QBH
mricet1005 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2023, 03:59 PM   #6
Member
 
Dieselboy's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2023
Posts: 61
Can you get Tmobile Home Internet in your area? I use that for full time and also Starlink (not ideal for your desired usage). But Tmobile has worked great for us.
__________________
2008 Holiday Rambler Navigator Bismark IV 45ft
Cummins (525HP), Allison 4000 series
Dieselboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2023, 04:14 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Nildecaf's Avatar
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 208
We're full time and typically campground WiFi couldn't provide adequate bandwidth until late at night (after 10-11 pm) to allow us to stream. Not surprising given that it's a shared resource. The cellular data caps were too low to allow us to stream on a regular basis and often we couldn't get a good enough signal to reliabily stream. So we went with Startlink RV starting in Jan. But it's expensive, $600 one time plus $150/mo. You can however pause the service. The pause begins on the date of your next monthly bill. You can then restart the service any date. Happy with the service so far.
__________________
Deb & Ed
2019 Tiffin Phaeton 37bh
2014 Jeep Wrangler
Nildecaf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2023, 04:35 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
RVStitchy's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fl
Posts: 938
We went Starlink and paid the $2,500 for an in-motion antenna. $150 per month but it can be shut off. DW does work while I drive so In Motion is needed. Her work is video intensive so we needed 800 gig per month without throttle. Downside is the antenna is fix mounted on the roof so when we are parked under a tree we do not get a signal. Just got it installed so no real experience to report.
__________________
2022 Dutch Star 4369 FL Towing 2022 GMC Sierra 1500
Chris & Lee, Finnegan & Kirby (Double Doodled)
2020 Kountry Star 3709 towing Equinox.
RVStitchy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2023, 04:02 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
boomersooner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Augusta Georgia
Posts: 801
I use Verizon cell service. We use my wife's phone as the hot spot for laptops and my phone for TV streaming. We have Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+ (all 3 came free with my cell plan), and we stream the LG channels that show up when the TV is online.
__________________
Bob (retired Army CW4) & Brenda (Veteran Army Nurse CPT)
2020 Tiffin Allegro Red 37BA
2020 Ford F150 XLT 4x4 Air Force 1 braking system
boomersooner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2023, 05:18 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
docj's Avatar
Official iRV2 Sponsor
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 8,211
Quote:
Originally Posted by boomersooner View Post
I use Verizon cell service. We use my wife's phone as the hot spot for laptops and my phone for TV streaming. We have Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+ (all 3 came free with my cell plan), and we stream the LG channels that show up when the TV is online.
I'm also a Verizon customer and I'm curious as to what plans you are using? My understanding is that most, if not all, Verizon plans have relatively low caps on high speed data used in hotspots. I think our plans have like 20-30 GB/month limits which wouldn't allow for all that much streaming. Either you don't watch much video or you've found a way around these limits.
__________________
Joel (AKA docj)--
RV Technology Specialist
docj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2023, 06:09 AM   #11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 23
As previously stated T-Mobile home internet unavailable in your area would be a great choice. You are not suppose to travel with it, but many RVers do with great success. Another choice to possible consider is FMCA's Tech connect hotspot which which uses ATT. We have had great success streaming huge amounts with both.
Our20th is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2023, 08:15 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 824
Quote:
Originally Posted by docj View Post
I'm also a Verizon customer and I'm curious as to what plans you are using? My understanding is that most, if not all, Verizon plans have relatively low caps on high speed data used in hotspots. I think our plans have like 20-30 GB/month limits which wouldn't allow for all that much streaming. Either you don't watch much video or you've found a way around these limits.


There are plans with varying limits. I upgraded my line for my MiFi device to have 150 GB of hotspot data. My cell phone plan does have a 30 GB hotspot limit.
__________________
Randy & Ella (terrier mix rescue)
2020 Winnebago View 24J
Downsized from 2013 Tiffin Phaeton 40QBH
mricet1005 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2023, 08:24 AM   #13
Community Moderator


 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Full timing
Posts: 4,995
Quote:
Originally Posted by docj View Post
I'm also a Verizon customer and I'm curious as to what plans you are using? My understanding is that most, if not all, Verizon plans have relatively low caps on high speed data used in hotspots. I think our plans have like 20-30 GB/month limits which wouldn't allow for all that much streaming. Either you don't watch much video or you've found a way around these limits.
Our MIFI Verizon Hotspot has 90 GB/month, then it is throttled back. Plus, our 2 phones for 30 GB/month.
__________________
2018 Road Warrior 427
2013 Can Am Spyder RT Limited
2017 Ram 3500 w/Aisin w/4:10
2 Dachshunds DJ (RIP 9-12-19) & Joey (RIP 5-14-21)
hamm2018 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2023, 09:00 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
docj's Avatar
Official iRV2 Sponsor
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 8,211
Quote:
Originally Posted by hamm2018 View Post
Our MIFI Verizon Hotspot has 90 GB/month, then it is throttled back. Plus, our 2 phones for 30 GB/month.
Depending on the framing rate, 1080p HDTV consumes 2-3 GB/hour.

Your phones and hotspot provide a monthly allowance of 150 GB which would translate to 50-75 hours of HDTV per month, minus, of course, any data used by laptops, tablets and other devices. At best that works out to about ~2 hours a day of video but many people overlook how much data can be consumed by a laptop or table simply surfing the internet. Any video you watch while doing that is still video and can quickly deplete the budget.

Your data budget is definitely workable, but it would be on the margin for many people. That's why so many folks use Starlink and similar devices with larger data budgets.
__________________
Joel (AKA docj)--
RV Technology Specialist
docj is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
camping, internet, streaming



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Streaming movies with apple tv and internet on road jarata Full-Timers 10 05-02-2019 02:29 PM
Dinosaur needs help with streaming internet to TV TJ Newmar Owner's Forum 15 09-29-2018 07:45 PM
Streaming live TV over internet - providers that offer internet-only subscriptions? FlyFishn Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 9 05-23-2017 07:07 PM
Roku XD/S Internet Streaming Device DriVer Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 13 01-06-2011 09:28 AM
internet while camping okies79 Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 9 12-29-2005 06:34 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.