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Old 07-23-2018, 08:14 PM   #1
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I have a tommy bahama 19cb and I want to live in it full time. I do a lot of online work off of my macbook pro. what can I do to get "portable internet" in my trailer?
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:38 PM   #2
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Hotspot on your phone and / or dedicated Verizon jetpack hotspot. Couple that with a 50 or 60db LTE booster and you are off to the races..
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Everything that wulfraat mentioned, but consider temperature regulation (heat, a/c, dehumidifier, fan), as well as additional power demands if you aren’t at full-hookups. Also - not much room for an ergonomic working space - I’ve done it full time, and it must be considered.
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The Mobile Internet Resource Center should be your go-to resource. https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/

SO much info there from people who make a living on the road.
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Technomadia website also has good info for mobile working.
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Old 07-25-2018, 06:10 PM   #6
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Since you are east of the Mississippi, an AT&T modem with an unlimited plan tacked on to it would be a pretty good option. We routinely run 50 to 100 GB (no typo gigabytes) on ours with no obvious issues. We have yet to find a campground that did not allow us to stream video ( = darn good data rates ....).

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Thank you all for your input. I guess now I have to do some research on data plans..
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Since you are east of the Mississippi, an AT&T modem with an unlimited plan tacked on to it would be a pretty good option. We routinely run 50 to 100 GB (no typo gigabytes) on ours with no obvious issues. We have yet to find a campground that did not allow us to stream video ( = darn good data rates ....).

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You must have a grandfathered plan from the early 2000s unless you are using hotspots across multiple lines of service.... current unlimited plans will throttle your speed after 22G per line in a given month. Cap after 15G if you use hotspot functionality.
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You must have a grandfathered plan from the early 2000s unless you are using hotspots across multiple lines of service.... current unlimited plans will throttle your speed after 22G per line in a given month. Cap after 15G if you use hotspot functionality.
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It's not a grandfathered plan. The key wording there actually is "may" cap you. Also, video does not count towards the cap. So far no throttling and about 90% of the usage has been through the device mounted here on the trailer.

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You WILL get capped in hotspot mode.
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You WILL get capped in hotspot mode.
Re-read his post. He's not "in hotspot mode" he's using a dedicated mobile hotspot device, which is a bit different. Also, he mentioned zero-rated video (DirecTV Now probably) so that may significantly affect how AT&T polices his data usage.

There exists the chance that he'll get throttled at some point but it's not treated the same was as burning through a bunch of data using the phone as a hotspot.
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I have a dedicated hotspot with att and Verizon - they both get severely throttled at 15G of data (minus DIRECTV streaming on the att device)

A dedicated hotspot device like the Verizon jetpack on an “unlimited plan” is provisioned on the network in the same manner that hotspot on the phone is treated - data caps. Trust me, I’d love if a dedicated hotspot device had no limits on the line, but they do, so people don’t use them as their home internet device

Now the exception is absolutely DIRECTV streaming / watchTV streaming on an att device, hotspot or otherwise. That data does not count towards your ceiling.

I’ve got 6 devices and regular rotate in a given month to maintain high speed without hitting ceilings streaming DIRECTV over the att devices is awesome and works well.

As 5G rolls out hopefully we will start seeing plans with higher ceilings. I believe it’s Verizon that will start offering 5G home internet service accessed directly via radio on the mobile network.
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The Mobile Internet Resource Center should be your go-to resource. https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/

SO much info there from people who make a living on the road.
X2 This couple keeps up to date and their information is excellent. If you have to have internet on the road, this is the info source for you.
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Most of the video we stream is YouTube. DirectTV is a very small part of what we watch. There are a few YouTuber's we keep up with, even when on the road.

The data all comes through a cellular modem that links to a WiFi Ranger. Maybe not a perfect setup, but it's what we run. It works.

We're well into our second year of doing this. When we are out and about, there is never a month where we are below 30 GB. How much is going to what ... who knows .... So far, no throttling.

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