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Jas1317

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Posted: 11/11/20 08:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi we just bought our first travel trailer and are about to hit the road for a few months! What are the best options for reliable WiFi? I want to be able to run a video and temperature monitor in the trailer if we ever leave our dogs (for short periods of time) (I could use equipment suggestions here too). I also need to be able to reliably work via zoom meetings. We plan to stay at campgrounds with WiFi service but you never know how reliable that is. Any tips appreciated!!

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Posted: 11/11/20 08:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Park WIFI can be OK but often is not, the more people that try to use it the worse it gets. Most folks these days are going with call phone hotspots. Either Verizon (the best) or ATT are favored. We use Visible which is on the Verizon cell phone system. A good plan is to put one person on Verizon and the other on ATT to provide a backup. I have rarely not had service even when boondocking. You will want a cell phone booster system.

Visible costs $40/month and has 'unlimited' data. We generally use 30+ GB/mo and have had no trouble so far. If you plan to watch movies all the time or otherwise burn thru a bunch of GB then I'm not sure how it would work. There are other services, the major companies have killed most of their cheap offerings. Lots of these small companies fail in a few months leaving up up the river, de-paddled.


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Posted: 11/11/20 09:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

Hot spot is what you are looking for. Use and "add a line" and get a dedicated device for data.


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Smart phone hot spot. Even my most basic Galaxy phone that's many years old can act as a wifi hot spot. You just need to have cell phone service wherever you are.. But, relying on a campground wifi setup is good for email at best.. No streaming and especially no Zoom... That service takes a TON of band width and will suck data pretty fast, so make sure you get a plan that has a lot of data per month!

My office has Verizon MiFi hot spot units with "unlimited" data... But, after 15 GB it gets throttled down to a crawl.. I had a user use up all 15 GB in less than a week with just doing Zoom and Teams meeting video meetings...

Anyway, good luck!

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Posted: 11/12/20 08:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Read and research here - they are the gurus:

RVMobileInternet.com

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Posted: 11/12/20 11:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"We plan to stay at campgrounds with WiFi service but you never know how reliable that is." It won't be reliable for work purposes. Don't count on any RV park's WiFi.

"I want to be able to run a video and temperature monitor in the trailer if we ever leave our dogs." You'll need plug in power but spotty RV park WiFi may sink this plan.


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Best option is two different Cellular Wi-Fi providers

FMCA has Tech Connect 50 /month Spring Mi-Fi UNLIMITED Data No Throttling
I also have T-Mobile 55Plus plan 72 dollars a month includes unlmited data (Throttled after so much) Voice and Messaging.

Now T-Mobile and Sprint have merged but as I travel

Some places i get good T-mobile.
Some Good Sprint (GReat in a few places)
Some both
Some ... Well not so good.

But the best option is two different providers.

What is good? Speed test hits 40 or more MbPS
What is great 80-100 MbPS
What is bad 20 or less.
What is worse ZERO


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1. find a cell company that offers the amount of high speed data you desire.

2. buy a dedicated backwards compatible 5G data device (for example, a mifi)

3. purchase a cell booster and good antenna to boost reception, a mast is a good addition to have. I used a painters pole which could be extended as necessary.

4. 25 miles is the outside limit--if you are farther away than that, the necessary "hand shaking" will time out, even with a strong signal.

5. don't use the booster unless you must--they may slow down data when there is an adequate signal.

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I currently use OTR Mobile... looking into better value options, but this service works

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Posted: 11/14/20 07:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Second Chance wrote:

Read and research here - they are the gurus:

RVMobileInternet.com

Rob


This is exactly what I need thank you. Are you a member? I’m wondering if I sign up will they give me a direct consult. I was up for hours last night reading all the free material lol.

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