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Old 09-16-2017, 06:21 AM   #1
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To all full-timers and boondokers,
What Internet Service can you recommend for full-timers? A connection that can handle Netflix on the go. Thanks a lot.
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Old 09-16-2017, 10:43 AM   #2
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Streaming video over cellular has some pitfalls. VERY data intensive.

You may want to look at T-Mobile. They have plan(s) that allow unlimited Netflix IF you run their special app that reduces bandwidth usage (and screen resolution).

Take a look at: https://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phone-...QICU68OAX10047
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Old 09-16-2017, 12:14 PM   #3
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I'm crossing Wyoming right now and I have Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon services... and the only data service I've had thus far is right now as I"m stopped at a Starbucks.

If you're on the road, you're going to have dead zones, and sometimes they will be an entire state. Make sure whatever capability you build includes a wifi client!
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:02 PM   #4
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To all full-timers and boondokers,
What Internet Service can you recommend for full-timers? A connection that can handle Netflix on the go.
I've been living and working full-time from my RV in the west (all states along the continental divide) for the last four+ years with Verizon cellular data. I have no recent personal experience with any other provider in this area but continue to see others struggling.

If you plan to get get off the beaten path (in the west), you will need an amplifier, external antenna, and ability to get that antenna up in the air (like this and this). These cannot perform magic but continue to impress me. There is a more modern crop of amplifiers available now.

I have no info on the streaming question as I don't do that. When I do have wifi (at a campground or ??), I still don't stream as that just destroys the bandwidth for everyone else.
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Old 09-16-2017, 02:43 PM   #5
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I have verizon ATT and T-mobile.. Verizon lets me watch NFL for free (yes!!), ATT doesnt charge me data when I use my Direct-TVnow (NOT Satellite) streaming service, and T-mobile I think has netflix free now... sprint - never worked enought for me to get it.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:17 PM   #6
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Has anyone ever looked into satellite dish?
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Old 09-26-2017, 07:17 AM   #7
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Has anyone ever looked into satellite dish?
I've looked into it but just too expensive for me to consider. Do some searching yourself but what I've found says hardware will cost about $6k-$8k and then $300-$400/month. That is VERY cursory information but enough to stop me from any further research. If you can get over the hardware/startup cost, I would be interesting to know how well it works in this environment.
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Old 09-26-2017, 12:00 PM   #8
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My friend has a dish antenna on his house that he uses for tv. He paid a few hundred dollars to get set up and then $99 a month for tv and internet
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Old 09-26-2017, 01:55 PM   #9
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Having a satellite dish on a non-moving house is one thing, but needing to re-aim it every time you park your bus would not work for me! I've heard that even slight movement of the vehicle when parked can be enough to lose signal. Does anyone here use satellite service for a bus or RV?

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Old 09-26-2017, 03:52 PM   #10
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I had Dish network for my Freightliner, but that was only when I was parked for the night. I understand that those in motion dishes work well for TV. Do not know how well they work for ISP.
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