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MKirkland

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Looking for something else that I might have missed for getting TV reception. I have a tailgater by Dish but may be dropping their service at home. Which means I will also lose the tailgater satellite. I'm told a hotspot wont support tv use. My cell phone service doesn't have the stand alone jetpack. Is there something else I can use, especially where a campground doesn't have wifi?

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With no campground wifi you are limited to satellite, an OTA antenna, or something like a cell phone jetpack.

You are not restricted to your cellphone company for a jetpack. A competitor would be happy to sell you one.


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MKirkland wrote:

Looking for something else that I might have missed for getting TV reception. I have a tailgater by Dish but may be dropping their service at home. Which means I will also lose the tailgater satellite. I'm told a hotspot wont support tv use. My cell phone service doesn't have the stand alone jetpack. Is there something else I can use, especially where a campground doesn't have wifi?

We use an ATT mobile hotspot and a Google Chromecast very often, I wonder why someone told you it wouldn't work.

My wife and I still work and can get called to fix problems evenings and weekends. We either have dependable internet or we have to drive to work, so we also have a Visible phone that we can just use the phones built in hotspot. That also works fine for streaming to our tv.


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Even if you are in an RV park and have their WiFi you are unlikely to be able to watch Dish....lack of bandwidth available.


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My Smart TV and cellphone hotspot work just fine. But I'm in a 5th wheel, not a trailer.

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Why not keep the Dish setup and open a Dish Outdoor account? That's what we've used for 6-1/2 years of full-timing and it has worked well for us. The beauty of a Dish Outdoor account is that you can change local stations as you move around (using the MyDish app on a smartphone).

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We use a crank-up antenna to get HD OTA channels and a cellular hotspot for work and for streaming. It works great as long as there's decent cell coverage. We don't even bother with the park's wifi because it's slower than our own cellular.


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We use our cell phones as Hotspot on Verizon towers. Works out well with a decent signal. Never use parks wifi due to slow connection. Too much data trying to go down a small pipe to multiple users.

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MKirkland wrote:

I'm told a hotspot wont support tv use. My cell phone service doesn't have the stand alone jetpack.

MiFi/JetPack/HotSpot different names for the same thing.

As stated, depending on the strength of your cell signal where you are camping, you cell phone may be all you need. If you purchase another device (Winegard, Netgear, etc) it will appear as an extra "phone" on your cell phone plan. Be aware that most plans will "throttle" (limit) the speed once you have hit some limit or during busy cell tower times.

At home, we stream DirecTV Stream to a couple of HD TVs using Amazon Fire Stick adapters. At least one is on most of the day. Our last month cable internet bill said we used about 800-1000 Gb of data !

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An interesting alternative mobile plan is Ting Mobile's Flex plan (Ting rides on top of T-Mobile cell towers). $10/month/line for unlimited talk and text. $5/Gb of data for all lines combined FULL 4G (or 5G where a available) speed, NO THROTTLING !!

This could get expensive. 2 phones and a HotSpot that used 20 a combined 20 Gb of data would be $130 +tax. If you don't use a lot of data, this could be a very inexpensive plan !

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