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Old 12-06-2022, 12:17 PM   #1
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Options for fast internet without being too remote.

I am driving a Roadtrek Simplicity cross country and will need fast and reliable internet most days. Most of the info Iíve seen focuses on reliability and not so much on speed. I donít plan on being in any remote places on this trip, so Iím not as concerned about access/signal. I have a hot spot on my phone, but the speed gets throttled once I hit a certain amount of data. I need to be able to share my screen (streaming video) for work for up to 10 hours a day. Shared work spaces (WeWork, etc) are an option, but Iím curious if there are any options for working from the RV.

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Old 12-06-2022, 12:43 PM   #2
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Hi Keith, the problem you are going to find is cellular plans are expensive when you get into the high data rate plans that you will likely need for working full time remotely. You can check and see from your current provider how much data you are consuming to give you an idea of what data consumption to plan for. With that said, and the lack of any truly unlimited cellular data plans, many are going a hybrid route with cellular for mobile use and emergencies, and starlink for the heavy lifting when sitting still. Starlink is no longer truly unblimited, but is far higher than the average cellular data plan you will find available, and will work in remote areas where cellular wont.
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Old 12-06-2022, 01:15 PM   #3
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10 hours a day . . . streaming video . . .

Starlink with cellular backup.
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Old 12-06-2022, 02:03 PM   #4
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FMCA for AT&T is unlimited
T-Mobile home is unlimited
Visible Wireless for Verizon is unlimited
Starlink is unlimited
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Old 12-06-2022, 02:32 PM   #5
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Do you have an idea how much data you really use in a month? You should be able to estimate / extrapolate that from how long it takes to burn up your hotspot allowance on the phone.

Calyx might be a good option if you have good T-Mobile coverage.

https://calyxinstitute.org
https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/gea...ofit-unlimited

They say it's truly unlimited but of course in reality everything has its limits or levels which are considered abuse which is why it would be nice to know if you're talking about a reasonable few hundred GB or a not so reasonable many TB.
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Old 12-06-2022, 02:54 PM   #6
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I would encourage you to go to the Mobile Internet Resource Center at the following url:


https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/


They provide a lot of information on what is available & generally the information is not too technical.


There is no one cellular carrier that will provide coverage every where. Starlink will not always be available in your location. RV park WiFi does not have the best reputation for being either fast or dependable (there are exceptions).


Many who work from & live in their RV's full time have equipment that will allow them the flexibility to take advantage of what ever signal(s) is/are available (RV park WiFi, cellular carriers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile & Starlink). If your RV has a metal shell, you most likely need an external antenna.


Peplink products seem to have a following amongst the RV community.


Good luck & safe travels.
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Old 12-06-2022, 02:55 PM   #7
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Keith, We set up originally with Verizon phones and a Jetpack to stream from for the TVs and laptop. I ended up adding a 35vdb gain antenna for the jetpack, and have now maxed out all my hotspot data. This still resulted in an entire summer season spent with dismal service across CG wifi, there just was no cell signal available. Toward the end of the season I was talking to my neighbor (they were next to us about a month) and said something about checking out Starlink. He told me that they had it and raved about how well it worked, and told me and the wife to try it and gave me the password to his network. We were able to stream the TV's the wife video chatted with the grand kids through Wifi calling, and my laptop connected at 350mbps. For three days we did not have a single issue, We had between both camps 3 or 4 TVs, 4 phones and at least 2 laptops using the system. Latency did not seem to be an issue, and every person I have talked to told me they had never been somewhere they could not get service. The antenna comes with a ridiculous amount of cable so if you are under cover you can set the dish where it can see the sky. Setting up the dis could take some getting used to though: set it out, turn it on, it will initialize itself, locate the low orbit satellites and connect, done.


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Old 12-08-2022, 09:21 AM   #8
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FMCA for AT&T is unlimited
T-Mobile home is unlimited
Visible Wireless for Verizon is unlimited
Starlink is unlimited
This

Tmob has been working great for us lately, they have very good 5G coverage in suburban areas. Their 5G hotspot is a little buggy but it's an OK fallback solution. I have not been able to get Tmob SIM's to work in my Glinet router. Wish I could, that would be pretty slick. Maybe with a better router.

If you have an EIN, AT&T business is good for 100GB on a given device. Couple of caveats. Hotspot use is limited, and they will throttle you if they catch you streaming. To the people at the AT&T store, "device" means "phone." For work, it'll be far more useful attached to a laptop, and you basically have to call AT&T and beg if you want that. It could be worth the trouble tho. If you could get it working, say, on a Surface Go, that would pretty much be the ultimate RV-mobile device. ATT is good pretty much everywhere, with very rare exceptions (and fortunately, Tmob has been able to fill in the gaps for us)

Starlink is fantastic but if you have any obstructions, performance will vary (a lot).

We have all three and haven't had to resort to park wifi yet. But, we do need all three.

ETA: I checked, and AT&T business elite does work on the Surface Go, and therefore I was compelled to buy one. Thanks for that. At least you don't have to call and beg anymore. Also, the web site *says* they allow streaming -- and even claim to encourage it -- but they are lying dog-faced pony-soldiers. Still. Great deal.
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