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892834060

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We are new to RV'ing. Apparently there is not good internet for TV viewing when camping. We have 1 smart TV & 2 regular TV's. I was told to purchase 2 Roku's for the non-smart TV's. We have Xfinity for home internet, TV, and cell phones. I am reading that using your phone as a hot spot does not give you enough band width. Any recommendations out there? Do I need a separate hotspot device that I have to pay for and add that to my Xfinity plan?

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My phone's hotspot does just fine. Eats data like crazy though.

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Welcome to the forum! I frequently camp in boondocking areas where using my iPad or iPhone for TV watching works just fine. Depends are where you are camping.


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892834060 wrote:

I am reading that using your phone as a hot spot does not give you enough band width. Any recommendations out there? Do I need a separate hotspot device that I have to pay for and add that to my Xfinity plan?

The only advantage some dedicated hot spot devices have is a connection for an external antenna.

Read the "fine print" on your cell phone contract. Most will slow you down after a certain amount of data is used. At the slower speed watching TV is an issue.

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I also have success frequently with over the air (OTA) channels for local news.

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My cell phone gets throttled after 25 gigs of data. When it is, the speed drops to 2 megs/second. I find that is enough to watch netflix. I do watch on a laptop.


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Most 4G mobile data can stream channels with no problem. The issue is whether your mobile plan has enough monthly 'high-speed' bandwidth allowance sufficient for your viewing needs.

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2oldman wrote:

My phone's hotspot does just fine. Eats data like crazy though.


Might struggle if you want 4k quality but the technology can generally handle it. Even old 3G networks can work.

The problem as mentioned getting a plan that gives you enough data without throttling.


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valhalla360 wrote:

The problem as mentioned getting a plan that gives you enough data without throttling.
I have that, the old XXL Verizon plan. 28G a month, with carryover, and no throttling. Last I looked I had around 55G, which is pretty good for watching Breaking Bad and Japanese cats.

I'm not sure if there's an upper limit to what you can carry over.

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