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Old 03-16-2014, 06:14 AM   #43
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If you have a library of movies and/or tv shows on an iTunes library the simplest thing to do is sync some shows to an iPad and then simply connect the iPad to the tv via an HDMI cable and the corresponding adapter from apple.

As far as internet I would simply buy a Wilson sleek booster and possibly install an external antenna (the Wilson "trucker" antenna seems like a very popular option) and use one of your Verizon iPhones as a mobile hot spot for all your other devices.

Simple, and not too expensive.

I have pretty much given up on campground wifi access as it is very much the exception rather than the rule that their bandwidth is usable even for email.

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Hibby - an earlier post commented that streaming from their ipad to apple tv does not use plan data - if you are doing this as well, do you agree that is correct?

We are trying to figure all of this out and come up with the best solution. Do not want to carry a library of dvds with us, and want to be able to get news and email and most important have reliable phone signal.

We have Verizon, are loaded up with Apple products, are moderate internet users, have been greatly frustrated by lack of signal in places that were not remotely remote! Would appreciate any further suggestions in non-techy language.
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:50 AM   #44
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We brought our Apple TV with us on a road trip. We never found a single RV park that had enough WiFi bandwidth to use it. You can use it with a MiFi or similar hotspot but it will cost about $10/hour (a 1 hour show uses up about 1gB + of data). We get 12 gB of data to share with all of our devices, including the MiFi, for aobut $50/month/ Overages are $10/gB. Discouraging!
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:57 PM   #45
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KenSanLan,

This is correct. I download shows to my iPad frequentlly, in many cases so that I have them with me on a plane or a treadmill. If I stream these to the Apple tv by using the wifi signal from my jetpack, it does not use data from my wireless plan. However, if i didnt have them on my iPad already and wanted to download them to watch, it would use quite a bit.
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:03 PM   #46
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Kiddoc1, i agree... We have 10 gb now through Verizon and although I don't use it to stream movies, we are heavy users, and I never run out. I get great reception by having the antenna outside of the Airstream!
No need to waste time trying to use the campground service...
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:28 PM   #47
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Thank you very much. Now I know how to use that old iPad! We will be fixing up an antenna and booster. We appreciate the replies.
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:50 PM   #48
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I have all gens of AppleTV and a Roku as well. My entire music, DVD and blueray library (10TB worth) is on my home NAS withy the PLEX Media Server servicing streams. The Roku picks up HD quality streams when I have WiFi and a local-wiFi enabled chromecast runs SD quality streams via 3G and 4G cellular (against an unlimited phone data plan) when I have no WiFi-Internet access.

I must have my Mahler even when camping!

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I must have my Mahler even when camping!

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Wouldn't it be easier to bring a turntable and stack of vinyl?
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:14 PM   #50
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I do have a USB turntable.... Hrmmm, I wonder if I could retrofit the Sony DVD/cd system to accept a hookup off my Pioneer 1000A laserdisc player....
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Ah, laserdiscs--yesterday's technology of tomorrow, today!
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:11 AM   #52
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Looks like the new version of iOS will allow streaming without a wifi connection. This may be a solution for using an AppleTV in the AS without having to have a dedicated network.

Here are some details: AirPlay on iOS 8 doesn't need a network to stream your media

We will have to see when this is all released and see how it works. It might just turn out to be a great solution for streaming from an iPhone or iPad to the AS TV without having to deal with cables and dongles. If this does work, I will install an older AppleTV in the AS.

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If it supports steaming to a gen1 or gen2, this could be a good thing indeed! I am currently drawing the ire of campgrounds as I use currently a plex media server streamed from my home to wherever I am.
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My guess is that this will only work on Gen2 and up AppleTVs, as they will need bluetooth for the actual discovery, while the streaming will happen over a direct wifi connection. Bluetooth does not have the bandwidth the stream a movie.
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Does the latest gen AppleTV have a brick (and if so what voltage) or is it simply a 110 power cord? In other words, can you run it off of the 12v like you can a TV (that works with 12v) without an inverter?

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The latest Generation AppleTV does not have a brick, just a cord. If you search online you can find hacks people have made to make it run directly off 12v.
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