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BobsYourUncle

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Posted: 11/12/20 07:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Alexa can be disabled in settings.

It's just another one of those annoying "invade your privacy" nuisance things for people too lazy to manually push a button.

It isn't required for running anything.


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Posted: 11/12/20 07:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

And put a piece of tape over the microphone. Call me paranoid, but I hate the thought of eavesdroppers, when I think I have privacy.


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

monkey44 wrote:

Ok - a little recap. We need WIFI - got it both home and Phone Hotspot - We need newer Smart TV - got it - We need a capture device, like Firestick. Not got it but can buy it. Need Prime or some other online distributor - Got it.

SO, essentially, We hook this up, download some series or some movies at home, and watch anywhere ... WIFI or not ... as long as we start and finish movies in 72 hrs, or watch the series as long as it takes, no time limit.

And, if we run out of video stuff on the road, we can reload all new stuff into the Laptop or Device if we have a good WIFI signal, and then begin again [emoticon] [emoticon] [emoticon]

Thanks for all the info guys - No place in this country better than RV.net to get the knowledge we need. Happy Camping to all ... M44 & Genie

Final Q? -- what rate of WIFI do we need to download or watch??? Thx


Thermoguy already corrected a few items on your recap.

To your final question, depends on the quality of video download and how much you are willing to accept buffering. I'm not sure if you can control that with Amazon but with Youtube, you can control it to a high degree. The difference between the lowest quality and the highest quality video is massive.
- 144p (barely watchable on a laptop screen) is about 80kb/s (note the difference in units)
- 720p (standard def) is about 2Mb/s
- 4k (top shelf high def) is north of 15Mb/s

If we are on a marginal connection, we will often drop back to 240p or 360p but that's for a smaller screen (24" TV or laptop screen). If you have a big screen TV, you probably want 720p as the large size starts to make the graininess show up. (if you are watching on your phone 144p is actually not bad)


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Posted: 11/12/20 01:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Alexa might be loaded on the Firestick
It's not all that big,
It's mainly a verbal interface to A.I. Residing on Amazon's servers


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On my Firestick, Alexa is only enabled when you push the microphone button on the remote and speak. Otherwise it's disabled.


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Posted: 11/14/20 08:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Clarification on how long you can keep downloaded videos from Prime.

Per Amazon:

You have 30 days to begin watching the video after you download it and once you start watching it, you'll typically have 48 hours to finish watching it.


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