Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Over the next hill, around the next curve...
Soo many variables, based upon the locations that we all travel, as far as which carrier provides the best coverage. (The referenced RVMOBILEINTERNET site, has a link to the coverages of the main carriers. FCC recently updated the info they data-mine, so it's up to date.).
Since your wife will need to have good access for her work, I personally would take the time to join RVMOBILEINTERNET, and due some basic research. They have a '101' basic area, and they do offer Tech Support Consultation to review what you are trying to accomplish. That might be money well spent, to get you up and going.
Besides encouraging the above, I'll share my opinion:
> Keep your Verizon gUDP plan. (It is not throttled, and or subject to Network De-Prioritization. Would be worth a call to Verizon to see if they can offer you any discounts. But always state clearly, and repeatedly thru any interactions when talking about this current plan 'I do not want to lose gUDP.). (Some companies have negotiated corporate discounts for employees, perhaps her company does? With my Group Retirement discount thru my Aerospace company, I'm below $110 for our Verizon plan, with gUPD.)
> Second carrier is a reality you need, and possibly a third carrier to, as mentioned. I'd start with a second carrier. In our travels, primarily West of the Mississippi, our Verizon and ATT plan's work the best for us. When going into Canada, I have a relationship with Millenicom, that I activate as needed Month to Month. It's and older MiFi that provides 100GB of data, via T-Mobile, which has an agreement with the Big Three Carriers in Canada, so which ever carrier's Cell delivers the best signal in a given area, I can access. The Millenicom plans change from time to time, but that is how it worked the last time I activated ours.)
> Gear for getting access to Internet Data:
- Over the last few years, we very seldom use a park WiFi for anything. That being said, we do have a roof top antenna, feeding an internal router and wifi repeater in our coach. So it remains available for if ever needed.
- On ATT we use a SIM in a Netgear Nighthawk MR1100 Hotspot/MiFi. The MR1100 has two external antenna ports, which we feed from a rooftop antenna.
- Rooftop Antenna's: MobileMark 2X2 MIMO (Feeds the MR1100). And WeBoost OTR (Over The Road) Trucker Antenna, attached to our OTA (Over The Air) TV Antenna Mast (This gets the Trucker Antenna up about 4 1/2' above our roof. And it feeds a Cellular Booster.). And the mentioned WiFi antenna, a WiFi Ranger EliteAC booster antenna (Which feeds our main router and WiFi internal repeater, a WiFi Ranger GOac.)
- Cellular AMP at this time, is a WeBoost Sleek. (It's not the most powerful Cellular Booster/Amp available, but the few times we need a booster, it has covered us most of the time.) (I'll note we recently changed coaches, and I left a more powerful Cellular Booster/Amp and rooftop antenna and internal repeater antenna in that coach for the new owner. Our most recent travels over the last 2-3 years, we found that we very seldom needed to boost our signal, as the roof tom MobileMark 2X2 Antenna did a good job at pulling in and sending out signals.)
We have a 'Tech Cabinet' where the roof top antenna feeds come down into, and where we keep our gear. Inside the coach WiFi needs are centralized to the WiFi Ranger GOac router. It is tethered to the MR1100, and also when needed, connected via WiFi to the Verizon phone Samsung S21 HotSpot, and if ever used, a park WiFi signal. Using an internal Router as your gateway to the Internet, allows you to move to a new location, and determine which provider or source of Internet Data provides the best service in that location. And yet all the internal computers, or other devices needing Internet Data, are always logged into the Router. (And, in our usage we CAT6 connect ROKU, OPPO Blue Ray, DISH Gennie too, which saves a 'wifi' hop.
All of this is working well for us. So much so, that at this time I'm remaining focused on 4G LTE as our primary data source for the next few years. Out gear is aging. For example 802.11AC is the best inside the coach WiFi signal we can use with our current WiFi Ranger GOac. (Though we do have a few phones that support 802.11AX and WiFi6, and one laptop that has WiFi6 - which can be directly connected to those data sources, bypassing the GOac Router.) Sure, faster is always better!!! And if zooming Upload is as important as Download. But we stream up to 4K with Dolby Atmos on a regular basis. If we can get 30mBPS download speed or above, we get along fine. And, we really also survive well down into the teens, with limited buffering. When in a real weak area, we Load Balance via GOac software, and use both ATT and Verizon combined.) My point, is that while we often are in locations with greater then 100GB mBPS - I know our gear is aging technology wise.
We're letting 5G rollout continue. And more important, the new wave of 5G Routers evolve a bit too.
For you, whether you do it yourself, and or get help via RVMOBILEINTERNET - I suggest you carefully add the components to your Communication Arsenal. Try to Future Proof as much as possible. If buying a roof top antenna, get one that is 4X4 MIMO, and that supports 5G Bands. I personally would try to work a plan that is 'Stage 1', getting a roof top antenna, add a second carrier with Hotspot that allows External Antenna input, and if you feel your travels will take you away from larger cities and or interstates, a WeBoost Sleek too (Not expensive, and not a throwaway, as easy to transfer over to a vehicle for when exploring out in the boonies!). I'd then see how the combo of your Verizon and new carrier (ATT for now, and probably T-Mobile/Sprint as the third carrier.) support you. Get some experience on how you two use Data in your coach. Then over the next few years - phase in more gear and 5G type routers. (Router now? Sure, you could get several years usage out of a 4G LTE router, with dual SIMS (CAT12 & CAT18 slots) - but you can spend lots of money now, that in hopefully 3-5 years you'd want to replace with 5G. For now, the MR1100 does have the ability to connect CAT5/6 cables, as well as can support as a router your internal needs pretty well. Not the strongest intent WiFi signal, but depending upon where you locate it, a relatively inexpensive in the scheme of things MR1100 or for Verizon Inseego 8800L - should provide good support.)
Most important message? Is that it will take time to develop a set of gear, and approach, that works for what you two want it to do... No Right or Wrong, just choices!
Good luck on your adventure ahead,
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