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Posted: 07/05/20 11:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would like to get a easy to install equipment to boost CG WiFi and to boost my signal for my Verizon phone (hot spot) so we can use our Apple TV. Thank you.


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As has been discussed here many times, CG wifi is not able to support streaming no matter what boosters you put on it. In fact, many cgs will specifically prohibit streaming.

As for the phone, Weboost works ok.

I use this:

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the CC Vector by CCrane, to grab signals from at least ½ mile away, perhaps more. Mind you, it doesn't increase bandwidth for streaming, it simply allows you use of that signal.

Who knows, you may be able to pull in something usable from outside the RV park.

* This post was edited 07/05/20 02:38pm by 2oldman *

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Posted: 07/05/20 01:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That equipment is called a cell phone with a hot spot and unlimited data plan.


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Posted: 07/05/20 01:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Weak signal or lack of campground bandwidth? I’ll bet the signal is okay.


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Posted: 07/05/20 01:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As you hopefully Know Those are 2 different things
For the Park WiFi Outside our bubble here has a lot of info that might help but as said VERY fw parks can support or allow streaming. Park systems are in most cases little more than the same thing sharing your home internet login with all your neighbors would cause ... a bottleneck.
Cell phone .... weboost or a few others can boost cell reception sometimes but in Many ( most?) cases the booster in fact degrades the signal.I have one and leave it off 90% of the time.
Also, unless you have a older Grandfathered plan your streaming on a phone is most likely not unlimited like the data when used on the phone itself is. Streaming is capped normally. 3 movies can wipe out that data cap
The Question you want to ask is how can a purchase a Stand alone Hotspot and equip it with enough data to stream that doesn't cost a arm and leg. This is the Holy Grail that changes all the time with solutions coming and going monthly it seems.
I Suggest you look at the "Mobile internet resource center" web site free area and if you "Really" need internet..... spend the money on a membership.
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First the major issue with Campground Wi-Fi is bandwidth. They often do not have enough

However I use a Umbiquita Nano Satation Loco M (Mine is an M-2 but I'd recommend the M) strapped to the top of a flag pole to see over the other rigs and snag the camp router from far-far-away as router range is measured.

it is a direcitional unit. not all that expensive.. However it will not always connect to the park The put in a new router here and I can't seem to get it working (May play with it some day when I'm in range. I'm not just now hill in way)


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I used Weboost five months last year. My experience was very positive. I quit using a dB signal strength app and switched to speed test sites. I Found that Weboost increased data rates almost always. Dramatically many times. .5/1 MBs to 5-10 MBs.

I routinely stream with Appletv, Hulu and Netflix.


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We are finding campgrounds with decent WiFi including decent speed, but they are hit and miss. Some campgrounds are dropping cable TV and putting in better WiFi. We installed a Winegard Connect 2.0 4G which mounts up on the RV roof for better connections. It picks up either WiFi from the park or connects to a cellular 4G signal with data plans from AT&T, Verizon, or a pre-paid plan from Winegard that is a little more expensive. You have to program it to tell it what you want it to connect to, but the instructions are good. Regardless of the connection the Windgard re-broadcasts its own WiFi signal down into the RV. It works well, but still depends on some outside signal strength. Connected to a 4G signal, the data plan will determine your Gigs and speed. Our "unlimited" Verizon plan slows down to unusable after 15 Gigs so we almost never stream over it, but still use it for data.

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Part 2: We have a couple of techniques for streaming on weak WiFi. They both involve mirroring to a Roku plugged into the TV and apps installed on the cell phone such Netflix, CBS All Access, or Sling TV. I've found the Google Chromecast impossibly complicated to use and the Roku a piece of cake. Our "unlimited" Verizon plan doesn't slow down unless the network is congested and never slows down below 50 gigs--they have even bigger plans available. So, this works by streaming straight to the cell phone and mirroring it to the Roku. And of course this doesn't work if the cell phone signal is too weak. This does not use our Winegard Connect 2.0 4G because it uses a data plan with strict limits. If the cell service is weak, then I'll walk around the park looking for decent strength on their WiFi. Then I'll download straight to the cell phone. Not all shows allow downloading but many do. Then when we're watching TV in the evening, we just play back on the cell phone and mirror to the Roku.

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Campground wifi is mostly a joke where I've tried to use it because so many other people are using it - probably for watching movies.

This worked well back in 2011 When I bought it.

Nowadays, I pretty much gave up using campground wifi because the bandwidth is pathetic because so many people must be streaming movies.

* This post was edited 07/08/20 11:46pm by deltabravo *


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