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A/V internet upgrade
#1
I'm thinking about some upgrades to my Newell.
Has anybody found a smart TV to be useful in your coach?
What I think I need is an external roof mounted wifi antenna connected to a wireless modem inside the coach. Is that the best way? Which brand of equipment are you using? Is anybody successfully using cell signal to download video entertainment?
Thx!!
1993 Newell 45' 8V92,towing an Imperial open trailer. FMCA#232958 '67 Airstream Overlander 27' '67GTO,'76TransAm,'52Chevy panel, 2000 Corvette "Lingenfelter"modified, '13 Grand Cherokee.
#2
My opinion is that a Roku, or other streaming media player, is a better option than a smart tv. The different apps, Netflix, Hulu, etc. are more frequently updated and tend to work better with a Roku. The tv manufacturers don't seem to update the apps as frequently or at all. My Samsung is 4 years old and I've been using a Roku with it for about 3 years now.
Also I bought a 32" Samsung for my coach on black Monday that was advertised as having wifi but didn't. Bestbuy gave me a free Roku since I had already mounted the tv.
I'll let others talk about wifi. My experiences are a few years old and back then cell service for streaming wasn't that good and campgrounds wifi didn't have enough bandwidth for streaming.
Forest & Cindy Olivier
1999 Foretravel 36' U320
former 1998 Newell 45' 2 slide #486 

former 1993 Newell 39' #337 
2011 Chevy Tahoe 

2010 Silverado w/ RZR 570LE
#3
I second Forrest's comments on Wifi and streaming. First, forget about it in campgrounds. Campground wifi is abysmal these days. Most have installed software to kick you off the system when you stream.

Second, you better have a pretty good data plan if you want to stream using your phone or another hotspot.
Richard and Rhonda Entrekin
99 Newell, 512
Subaru Outback Toad
Inverness, FL (when we're home Cool )
#4
Being full time, we have an external wi fi roof mounted antenna.    pdqconnect.com   We are on year two with it. Very robust product. It is a PDQ ALFA, and has been in constant use for 18 months. Works like a charm after the initial set up learning curve with the clunky software provided. I may be naive, but I am under the assumption, uh oh, there's that word again, that the PDQ router and password gives our computers   a layer of protection from the outside world . I certainly hope so.  No one has drained our muti million dollar bank accounts yet. It has been a great tool in rv parks where service is capped at 3 mbps per  and there is heavy usage. Seems to put us first "in line" providing the max speed allowed by the park. 3 mbps seems to be a speed for downloading with no buffering.  Mrs Cobham watches her videos and movies with little issue most of the time. Being a dinosaur, I have waited ( put off) 18 months to hook up our Roku, and Amazon Fire Stick to this system, but maybe soon !
Guy & Sue
1984 Classic 40' #59
#5
Being in the high tech business and full timing for 18 months now while working for an Internet equipment provider, I will offer my experience. This is no longer rocket science unless you venture off the beaten path a lot. I have successfully used AT&T MiFi with an unlimited data plan for both video conferencing at work and TV streaming. I started out with Wifi extender and both Verizon and AT&T MiFi cards, but have only needed AT&T. I use an app from rvmobileinternet.com to determine all 4 major carriers coverage in the area I want to visit.

Also, in selecting a data package, network management is OK after 25GB of data, but throttling is never good. Network Management just kicks in congested areas, otherwise you have full bandwidth.

AT&T owns DirecTV, we have subscribed to DirecTV Now streaming for only $15 per month with no need for an expensive dish on the roof. Bear in mind we are not big TV people. This solution may not be adequate for some.

We also subscribe to Hulu and Amazon Prime Music and Video, and play through an AppleTV.

We have used about 300GB of data monthly for a year from AT&T with no issues. I still have a Verizon MiFi card as backup for work but have not used it.

My experience says forget about WiFi and even cellular booster equipment unless you spend a lot of time in rural areas with poor cell coverage. A new MiFi card sitting on the dash works perfectly well. Keeping it simple and inexpensive.
Mike & Jeannie Ginn
2000 Newell #555
2013 Chevy Avalanche
#6
I always hope that the internet service at RV Parks is fast enough to stream (or work remotely). Very seldom does that wish materialize. We are on Verizon’s (limited) unlimited plan and pay dearly each month to use it. I have tried a few times to stream on it and found it completely worthless. Not sure if an external antenna for the phone/modem would give me any better service. I have a Verizon wireless router that I may try soon to see if it works better. Maybe I will take both our iPads off the plan and add the wireless modem (if they still support it) and try that. Maybe 5g will be the answer to all our hopes and dreams but until then I’m just trying to stream Ground Hog Day!
Karen & Adrian Abshire 
1998 2 slide 45' Newell towing a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and a 2006 Mercedes SLK320 for wifey. 
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge WB40
#7
Don't hold your breath on 5G anytime soon in anything but major metropolitan areas. Typically 5G antennas are about a block apart (500'). Think of the infrastructure to put that along a major interstate.

You may find that an external antenna will help your 4G signal significantly.
Michael Day
1992 Newell 43.5' #281
NewellOwner.com
#8
(01-21-2019, 02:03 PM)pairodice Wrote: I always hope that the internet service at RV Parks is fast enough to stream (or work remotely).  Very seldom does that wish materialize.  We are on Verizon’s (limited) unlimited plan and pay dearly each month to use it.  I have tried a few times to stream on it and found it completely worthless.  Not sure if an external antenna for the phone/modem would give me any better service.  I have a Verizon wireless router that I may try soon to see if it works better.  Maybe I will take both our iPads off the plan and add the wireless modem (if they still support it) and try that.  Maybe 5g will be the answer to all our hopes and dreams but until then I’m just trying to stream Ground Hog Day!

We have 2 phones and a MiFi card on Verizon. The MiFi is a backup to my unlimited AT&T main device, but I have used it for streaming successfully. You are streaming directly to your iPads? Something is obviously not right, it does not take much bandwidth to stream. Try loading an app called Speedtest. The main reason for not being able to stream would be you are on a very congested tower, or you have been throttled to a slow speed due to your Plan. Verizon just came out with a good prepaid MiFi unlimited plan, but their post paid plans are expensive. Check out rvmobileinternet.com for unlimited data plan options.
Mike & Jeannie Ginn
2000 Newell #555
2013 Chevy Avalanche


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