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Old 12-13-2014, 03:19 PM   #1
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Two High Tech Questions

What are the best options for WIFI and TV (Dish/Other)? I understand Dish has a good pay as you go plan. Just wondering about equipment compatibility. I have traveling wifi in the tow vehicle but not AS. Thanks for thoughts and recommendations.
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Old 12-13-2014, 03:31 PM   #2
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Depending on configuration, you can get a wifi repeater (wireless range extender), and use the wifi you have.
Satellite is a different matter. We currently have DirecTV, and it seems like it might be easiest to deal with. There are less satellites to home in on.
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Old 12-13-2014, 03:37 PM   #3
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I carry a hot spot in the AS. It let's me do my e-mails, and that's about as tech savy as I get.

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Old 12-13-2014, 06:19 PM   #4
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We use Direct, best and easiest signal to pick up.

We use our hotspot configured onto our tablet and then connect via wi fi the laptop to the tablet to do banking etc. We run the hotspot through a VPN our son set up at his house so our banking is pretty secure, much more so than public wi fi or unsecured wi fi in campground which we would not use for security reasons.
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Old 12-14-2014, 07:11 AM   #5
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Thank you, good suggestions. Interesting comment about wifi security at campsites - I heard the same thing about free wifi in hotels recently. I grew up in the 60s, as well. No choice about becoming tech "competent" - savvy would be a stretch for me. Thanks, again.
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Old 12-14-2014, 08:46 AM   #6
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Our cellular plan lets us turn our iPhones into hot spots. We use that when we can. We have used campground WiFi when available, but so far only at Top of Georgia Airstream Park which, one would hope, is pretty safe. We use phone apps for banking.

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We run an Internet business while on the road and need dependable on-line access. Most campground Internet access is marginal at best, and usually not even that good. We use a hot spot created on our Android smart phones using the FoxFi Android app. We have found this to be very dependable during our extensive Airstream travels. Even a minimal cell phone signal gives us usable Internet access. In very remote locations, we use a cell phone range extender that usually does the trick. We have traveled to virtually every nook and cranny of the great country, and have always been able to conduct business on the Internet.

As to television, we have often though about a satellite system. Every time that we look into it, we are pushed away by all the equipment and set-up required. We are not long term campers at one location. We move the Airstream often, and complex set-up procedures are a real pain for one night stops.

We use Lucy's television antenna, and we can very often get some broadcast television. We supplement this with some on-line viewing usually on TNT which broadcasts live on the Internet. We also have a 4TB hard drive with thousands of movies and television episodes. Until satellite television becomes much simpler, I think that we will stick with our other sources.

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Media player

Like Moosetags, we keep a lot of movies and TV series on a hard drive. I currently have 2-2tb and 2-3tb drives. I rip my DVDs to .iso images (I know, technical gibberish) and then use a media player to put them on the TV. We also use over the air (OTA) TV when we travel but the media player we use at home as well.

If you have movies that you've converted to an image and placed on a hard drive (a 2 terabyte drive runs about $80 right now and will hold about 250 movies) you can connect that (USB) to a media player and then to the TV. The media player will play the image just like a regular DVD. I have a couple of Brite-View media players. They are the only ones I know of that will play just about any video format, including an .iso image. (An .iso image is an actual image of the DVD. You can write a total DVD from the image or play it on a media player.)

Creating the .iso is a little cumbersome but there are tools that will let you copy your movies to other formats. It is very nice to be able to watch something at night without having to wrestle with a lot of satellite dishes and cables. Of course, OTA TV is nice too.
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We use a Western Digital Streaming Media Player to connect Lucy's television to the hard drive. It works seamlessly with a remote control that came with the media player.

One caution on media players is to make sure that it will operate with the size of the hard drive that you are using. There are some media players that will not work with a hard drive that is over 2TB in memory size.

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The Brite-View says 2 TB max but it takes my 3 TB with no problems. It too has a remote. It will also connect and play from any drive (laptop, pc) it has access to on the network, wired or wireless.

Someone at work put me on to these media players. They're almost better than sliced bread. Will the Western play an .iso image?
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Question Lucy's television??

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We use a Western Digital Streaming Media Player to connect Lucy's television to the hard drive. It works seamlessly with a remote control that came with the media player.

One caution on media players is to make sure that it will operate with the size of the hard drive that you are using. There are some media players that will not work with a hard drive that is over 2TB in memory size.

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What is Lucy's television??
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Old 12-14-2014, 06:16 PM   #12
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Rich setting up the sat antenna (Dish with Winegard X1) takes only a moment longer that hooking up for cable TV at a campground. I keep the dish and stand in the trailer, pull it out when I arrive and hook up is easy. With an automated dish no specific pointing, just need a view of the southern/southwestern sky. Turn DISH on and off. Liked it so much I switched at home from DirecTV to DISH. Now the trailer while traveling is only $7 per month, just another RX on the account. And can still be turned on and off.
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Old 12-14-2014, 07:20 PM   #13
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Once again, can't say enough about how helpful the experience and advice is...many thanks. Really like the idea of just hooking up the Dish and being done with it. Great advice on wifi, it's likely I'll be working on the road on occasion. Really appreciate the support - happy travels.
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