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RE: DVR?????

One issue we found, we use an external hard drive for a dvr connected to the receiver via usb cable. In our case, each receiver demands that the hard drive be reformatted to work with just that receiver. This behavior is required by digital rights management rules (copyright law). Since digital copies are exactly like the the original if you were permitted to use the hard drive with another device you would have making an unauthorized copy of a program or movie.
docj 10/29/14 08:56pm Technology Corner
RE: DTV Genie and Dish Question

No, the fastest way to get them would be Amazon where I got mine. But read the amended post I just made; you may still be able to view the recorded movies even without changing anything. You just won't be able to receive any broadcasts.
docj 10/27/14 08:34am Technology Corner
RE: DTV Genie and Dish Question

Since your 18" dish has two coax outputs you are in luck. You can convert it to the SWM system which the Genie uses by simply adding an SWM8 switch and a PI29 power inserter. Even though this isn't quite the same as what you have you can use the basic process shown in this document to guide you as to what to do. You will have to reset the Genie's antenna type setting to "18" round SWM" Using SWM with non-SWM hardware If you can't get this done before your trip you should still be able to watch the movies recorded on the Genie. When you get the message "seeking satellite signal" just hit EXIT and then go to LIST and find your movies.
docj 10/27/14 08:24am Technology Corner
RE: Millenicom Customer Accounts Acquired by Verizon

Don't buy any Verizon device that does not list 4G LTE (4G is not enough) as this is where the new service and the next generation of service is located. I suspect that this is where the 5G service will reside as well. I think you mean 4G XLTE LTE has been used synonymously with 4G. XLTE is Verizon's way of talking about hardware that is compatible with the new AWS spectrum.
docj 10/26/14 06:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Millenicom Customer Accounts Acquired by Verizon

Where we are now (Charleston SC) the LTE speed is nothing short of phenomenal. Speedtest.net this morning shows 19.26mbps download, 12.07mbps upload - about double what we got with the 4G. It was half again higher speed last night. Of course, you realize you still are on the same 4G network; that didn't change. What may have changed is that your new hotspot may be AWS-compatible. The AWS frequency spectrum is being "rolled out" by Verizon in cities across the country and is accessible by newer smart phones and, most likely, by newer "hotspots." Because only a percentage of Verizon's devices can access AWS the speeds tend to be higher than most of us have previously experienced. However, as the number of AWS-compatible devices increases this speed is likely to decrease.
docj 10/25/14 08:35am Technology Corner
RE: Are Most Class A Motorhome Owners Hermits?

We have been to a few upscale rv resorts, and yes we have noticed that most of the grumpy old people sit in their motorhome all the time and watch TV. That is an offensive, gross generalization. I may be old and grumpy but when I wish to sit inside it isn't because I'm not being social. :BWe sat outside this evening and had a glass of wine while watching the sun set. Afterwards, we went inside and fixed dinner in our spacious kitchen using some of our gourmet kitchen appliances. We do grill outside when we desire, but that's only if the recipe calls for it. We ate dinner inside because it was air conditioned and bug-free and because I hate taking the porcelain dinnerware outside!:W After dinner we surfed the internet while watching a few shows on DirecTV. Our living area seating pieces are Ekornes Stressless furniture finished in glove-soft leather; some of the world's most comfortable furniture. I could have sat outside in the dark or with a campfire, but my 40" HDTV was more pleasurable. I hope this doesn't sound too snarky, but we're not compelled to sit outside to prove that we're camping. There's enough glass in our MH to permit us to feel as if we're outside anytime we wish. I suspect that in a year of full-timing we're outside a lot more than you are during your vacation or weekend adventures. We're not snobbish, we simply have options other than sitting outside.
docj 10/19/14 09:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are Most Class A Motorhome Owners Hermits?

We have been to a few upscale rv resorts, and yes we have noticed that most of the grumpy old people sit in their motorhome all the time and watch TV. That is an offensive, gross generalization. I may be old and grumpy but when I wish to sit inside it isn't because I'm not being social. We sat outside this evening and had a glass of wine while watching the sun set. Afterwards, we went inside and fixed dinner in our spacious kitchen using some of our gourmet kitchen appliances. We do grill outside when we desire, but that's only if the recipe calls for it. We ate dinner inside because it was air conditioned and bug-free and because I hate taking the porcelain dinnerware outside!:W After dinner we surfed the internet while watching a few shows on DirecTV. Our living area seating pieces are Ekornes Stressless furniture finished in glove-soft leather; some of the world's most comfortable furniture. I could have sat outside in the dark or with a campfire, but my 40" HDTV was more pleasurable. I hope this doesn't sound too snarky, but we're not compelled to sit outside to prove that we're camping. There's enough glass in our MH to permit us to feel as if we're outside anytime we wish. I suspect that in a year of full-timing we're outside a lot more than you are during your vacation or weekend adventures. We're not snobbish, we simply have options other than sitting outside.
docj 10/19/14 09:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cell phone boosters

So does the phone have to remain in the cradle with the Sleek? Seems like there would be issues with using in living room vs bedroom. Is there a device which will cover the entire trailer interior? The phone has to remain in the cradle but most people just use a Bluetooth earpiece so they can use the phone for voice calls.
docj 10/17/14 04:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Montana LLC

Render unto Caesar! Then you will be able to sleep at night and not pucker up everytime you passs a cop or a roadblock. IF you are a resident of FL and liscense in MT it is considered illegal by the state of FL and they are looking into it. Heard not long ago about them doing it on I4. Get caught in AZ and you'll probably never get out of jail. Check this out also. You are just biting off trouble all around by trying to beat the system. They are going to check where your domicile is and track you down. http://www.fmca.com/index.php/motorhoming/motor-coach-news/319-llcs-may-require-trip-permit-or-ifta-license OH! Then you'll have to have a NY HUT. Just so no one else wastes the time to follow your link, this is a 7 year old article that flamed about something that never came to pass. If you don't want to have a MT LLC that's fine with me, but don't spread misinformation to others. Most of the nay-sayers here don't realize that it is totally legal to have vehicles registered to you in multiple states, only one of which is your domicile. Rich people do it all the time. Don't you remember Mitt Romney talking about the multiple Cadillacs his wife has at their different homes? It's no big deal to have an SD license and a vehicle with MT plates. We went to Canada this year with a MH with MT plates pulling our toad with SD plates and our SD licenses. Had all our appropriate paperwork and didn't have the slightest problem going or coming back.
docj 10/16/14 07:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Montana LLC

We used Action Services of Missoula MT. That specifically answers the OP's question. Anyone who wants to become a "better citizen" by paying my taxes for me can send me a PM.:B
docj 10/15/14 07:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cell phone boosters

You made it sound as if you wanted to make phone calls, you didn't say anything about texting. Can't you just open it up and then put it back into the cradle? The Sleek has a very limited distance range between it and the phone but you should be able to lay it back in there and still get some benefit. It's not as it taking it out the cradle and then putting it back causes any "harm".
docj 10/15/14 07:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Cell phone boosters

Wilson Sleek. Walmart.com for around $100. Also, get the taller RV antenna with the window mount. The small car antenna won't be enough. Have not seen the 4G model for that price http://www.wpsantennas.com/460107-Wilson-Electronics-Sleek.aspx Amazon sells the outdated 3G version for $100. The 4G one is ~$140. Be careful which one you are buying; I seriously doubt Walmart has the 4G one for $100.
docj 10/15/14 06:11pm Technology Corner
RE: Improve campground WiFi signal

We access the internet with our smartphone and discovered that virtually everything we use the phone for, except telephone calls, eats into our monthly limit and there is a penalty $$$ for going over. Most phone plans simply charge you for the extra data you use; I've not yet seen a plan that has an actual "penalty" for going over. There's a big difference between a pro rata charge and a penalty.
docj 10/15/14 03:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Improve campground WiFi signal

All too often questions on this forum about streaming are answered judgmentally rather than with facts. You asked a question and IMHO you deserve an answer. There is no particular reason why you can't use your Roku and let it directly connect to an RV park's wifi. It may or may not have enough transmit and receive capability to do this well, in which case you might want to invest in a router with what is known as "WiFi as WAN" capability. It would be able to access the park's wifi and then redistribute it to the network inside your RV which would include the Roku. Such routers typically have better antennas and higher transmit power which make their wifi connections more reliable. I happen to work for one such company, WiFiRanger.com but there are several others that make similar devices. It's worth noting, however, that many RV parks lack the bandwidth in their wifi systems to sustain even SD streams. No router or other device can improve that situation. Furthermore, the larger the number of people using the wifi, the smaller the bandwidth is for everyone. If you managed to stream you would be taking bandwidth from other campers. If you use your cellular connection it is possible to stream even with a 3G connection (SD only). We happen to have an unlimited data plan so we stream quite often; with 4G HD streaming is easy. If you do have a limited data plan you can conserve it, at least on Netflix, by changing your My Account settings so that your streams are limited to SD. If you do that the usage is roughly 1GB per two hour movie. My wife and I like to stream TV shows we haven't seen many of which were only broadcast in SD so our usage levels are about the same even on services such as HuluPlus and Amazon on which you can't directly control the data rate. My advice ignore those who tell you streaming isn't possible or that it will cost big bucks on a data plan. If you pay $10/GB a two hour movie (in SD) will cost roughly $10 which is not all that much more than a pay per view on TV. If you have any questions feel free to post or PM me. Joel
docj 10/14/14 06:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Montana LLC

I feel a sense of obligation to pay the taxes in the state in which I live. Not to mention I am legally bound to do so. I might consider it if I were full time as it makes perfect sense to register in the state with the most advantages. I don't think anyone here is advocating not paying all the legally required taxes to the state you live in. But I, for one, am not eager to pay any more taxes than I am required to. If there are legal mechanisms for reducing the amount of taxes I have to pay, then I will use them and see no reason not to. Let's not be naive, rich people and corporations use every possible loophole that they can to reduce their taxes. They would be foolish not to and a corporation's shareholders would be upset if they didn't. That's exactly why some corporations are transferring their headquarters overseas; if the law permits it then they would be remiss for not taking advantage of it. If reducing taxes through legal means upsets you then urge your legislators to change the law.
docj 10/14/14 05:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Montana LLC

I recall an old song that applies to these threds: Skip A Rope The verse that applies: Cheating on your taxes, don't it feel cool What's that you said about the Golden Rule Forget the rules just play to win And hate you neighbor for the shade of his skin Skip a rope Skip a rope Listen to the children as they play Ain't it kind of funny what the children say Skip a rope That was popular around 1970 give or take a few years. To those who would like to imply that there is something wrong with LEGALLY keeping your taxes as low as possible, I offer this quotation from the noted jurist Learned Hand: "Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands."
docj 10/14/14 12:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Smart Router

Correct. WFR may be "smart enough" to select the strongest wifi signal, but not necessarily the one with the best throughput. Actually, the latest WFR firmware can fairly easily pick the fastest wifi access point out of a group of them at an RV park. However, if you ask it to decide whether to use wifi or cellular on the basis of which is faster, it is less reliable.
docj 10/14/14 06:38am Technology Corner
RE: Montana LLC

TinMac, if it was a private party sale there is no sales tax. DMV fees should'nt be that bad for that old of a coach. Even though there may not be any sales tax, most states still have a tax (fee?) that has to be paid to title a vehicle. Montana does not which is why the LLC is popular. Furthermore, for vehicles >10 yrs old the plates issued are permanent.
docj 10/13/14 09:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Montana LLC

A Montana LLC is a totally legal entity but IMHO it is best suited for use by full-timers who don't spend much, if any, time in the state where they are domiciled. Contrary to much of what you read on this and other forums, you can have a domicile in one state and have vehicles registered in another one. Problems arise, however, if you register a vehicle in one state but park it in your domicile state in excess of the number of days specified by that state's laws. In other words, you can't register a vehicle in Montana but keep it at your home in another state. That state will be justly upset by that and will probably go after you for all sorts of tax evasion. However, if you are, for example, a South Dakota full-time RV resident and your Montana vehicles spend little, if any, time in SD then you aren't breaking SD law and your MT LLC will have fulfilled its purpose.
docj 10/13/14 06:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Smart Router

Hi, I was thinking more along the lines of the wifi ranger which apparently picks the best way to access the wobbly wide web whether it be the campground wifi, wifi in the wild, or a cell phone dongle. The WiFiRanger will let you choose among a variety of internet sources, be they campground wifi, your cellular connection or something else. It's a bit of a stretch to say that it is "smart" enough to automatically choose between them (at least not without some supervision).
docj 10/13/14 06:40am Technology Corner
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