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I was wondering if anyone uses Roku or Chromecast when staying at RV parks or camps that provide free WIFI. I use them at home for streaming movies and such, but my concern will be that the parks FREE WIFI will be too slow to handle the load, I also have seen places that limit the amount of bandwidth that can be used.

Any comments will be appreciated.

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Posted: 08/07/14 01:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Besides the WIFI probably being too slow to watch continuously, the Roku uses so much bandwidth that you would probably really slow any use by other people just trying to retrieve their emails.

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dgodinez wrote:

I was wondering if anyone uses Roku or Chromecast when staying at RV parks or camps that provide free WIFI.
Evidently everyone where I stay, because the wifi is so slow it's almost useless.

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Thanks, that's what I thought, didn't even bother bringing it the last few times out to try, but I just saw a blog on GS and listed as top things to have. I didn't think it would work. A few of the WIFI places I had it took forever just to get my mail!

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Posted: 08/07/14 01:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Even the parks that have reasonably fast speeds often specifically block those kinds of streaming activities as they will pull the whole system down. Many actually block access to sites like YouTube and Netflix.


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I use Roku for Netflix. I found out that you can set up Netflix to send a degraded signal using only .3 gig per hour rather than the normal 3 gigs. I'm at a park right now where I've been able to access Netflix with only sporadic slow-downs, until the evening when too many people are online. But, I've been at other parks where it does not work at all. I make sure my Kindle Reader is full of un-read books for those nights I cannot get Netflix.

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I have a Sony TV box and tried to use it at the RV Resort. The WiFi is provided by Tengo and you have to access a webpage from your browser to activate the WiFi. There was no way to get the Sony TV to access a webpage before it had internet access. Couldn't use it.

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Roku would be a better choice right now if you rip movies and want to play them back on the TV. I haven't had much luck with tje chromecast, and chromecast needs to be hooked to a network. Most campgrounds require a sign on, and you can't do that on a chromecast. But, I do have a workaround on it on my YouTube.

Connecting Your Chromecast To A Hotel Network: http://youtu.be/2JQfzf_VMTs


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dgodinez wrote:

I was wondering if anyone uses Roku or Chromecast when staying at RV parks or camps that provide free WIFI. I use them at home for streaming movies and such, but my concern will be that the parks FREE WIFI will be too slow to handle the load, I also have seen places that limit the amount of bandwidth that can be used.

Any comments will be appreciated.


it's considered bad form, rude and selfish behavior to stream video over a CG's free wifi system. most systems can't handle that and some CG's are now throttling connections down to a snail's crawl when any sort of streaming is detected. if you want to stream suggest you contract for access from Verizon, millenicom, etc.


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I stayed at a campground about a year ago and was surprised that I was able to watch anything i wanted on Netflix. Then I realized my Ipad had logged onto someone else's wifi that I guess lived right next to the campground. Maybe it was the campground owner's wifi. Of course I logged off at once. Guess some people don't secure their wifi.





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