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  1. We tested the Winegard ConnecT 2.0 hardware on our all metal bus conversion - and found the signal still quite usable inside. The Togo/ConnecT (same hardware) is a nice simple package - and the plan is one of the best options out there right now. For our overview of it: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/togo
  2. There have been numerous reports of problems with porting numbers into Visible (and even worse, porting your number out later). We're definitely recommending that folks NOT port in a number they want to keep and set this up as a new line of service.
  3. Yes.. the Netgear MIMO antenna is an amazing low cost option to have in your setup - and a long time recommendation of ours. It has T-S9 antenna connectors to work directly with mobile hotspot devices (Jetpacks, etc.). Here's our full review of it: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/netgear-mimo
  4. Thanks for posting our video and Visible review. Up until a couple weeks ago, we were regularly seeing over 5Mbps hotspot speeds - it's only been recently that we're starting to see the throttling. As we stated in the video, we recommend making a choice on the plan assuming the clearly stated limitation and being presently surprised if you don't immediately encounter them. Also, needing to change the APN on your Jetpack means the plan is not intended for use on that device. Just because you were able to make it work does not mean it is supported as per their terms of service. Keep in mind also that the R2 phone, while a great deal, is only a Cat 4 modem and only covers 4 of Verizon's major frequency bands - you will not benefit from carrier aggregation or Verizon's newer bands with that phone. But it is a great way to try out the service with minimum investment. - Cherie
  5. This is the smartphone plan - and if you look carefully, it includes no mobile hotspot use at all. This should not be confused with the Unlimited Prepaid Jetpack plan (ie. 'pUDP' - http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/pudp) that retired on May 21, 2019 - which did not have hard throttling, but was always subject to network management. And for more on understanding the lingo used when describing "unlimited" data plans: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/unlimited
  6. The Togo Roadlink C2 did come out earlier this year, but it's based on the Winegard ConnecT 2.0, which came out a year earlier. And even then, the modem they released it with is rather old. A lot of integrated systems are going with inexpensive Cat 4 modems these days. But the form factor is simple, and the ability to get the $360/year unlimited plan are the benefits. Here's our coverage of the Togo Roadlink, with links to our full review of the hardware it is based upon: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/togo
  7. If anyone would like information on the new product line up - what is released now, and what is coming later - here's our independent news article: https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/wifiranger-releases-converge-details-and-pricing-new-outdoor-and-indoor-cellular-enabled-wi-fi-routers/
  8. There actually are some suitable options for all of the carriers presently .. here's our current top data plan picks for RVers: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/planpicks AT&T in particular has some appealing options starting at $30/month (prepaid annually) with the Togo Roadlink C2 roof mounted unit, or there are rental vendor options starting at about $60/month on standard consumer mobile hotspot devices. And if you're keen on T-Mobile, there are cheaper rental options that RVDataSat. The equipment RVDataSat is selling is the Pepwave MAX Mini router with the MobileMark antenna - which are quality products for sure But the modem is pretty old/lower end (that product line is due for a refresh in the coming months) and doesn't support T-Mobile's newest band 71. For price and simplicity - a setup like this is likely overkill, and you can keep it cheaper and better/equally performing with other options. Also, since you have specific locations in mind, check campground reviews for the places you stay for which carriers work best. For more on travel planning around connectivity, here's the article we wrote for the Xscaper's blog: https://xscapers.com/planning-your-rv-travels-around-cellular-coverage/ - Cherie
  9. If your Nighthawk is unlocked from AT&T, it would work on some of Verizon's coverage map. But the device is missing support for Band 13, which is a core long range band that Verizon uses. So it would not be optimal in some locations.
  10. For anyone who'd like to understand the differences between the Jetpack models, we have a quick video at the top of this guide that explains things like modem category, carrier aggregation, frequency band support and internal antennas. And, we have a head to head comparison of potential speeds between all of the recent Verizon models. Guide: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/lte-modems The 8800L is indeed the current flagship that came out last October, and is Cat 18 with internal 4x4 MIMO antennas. It was riddled with reboot and disconnect issues, but the 1S firmware update that was pushed earlier this month seems to make it much more stable than most. If you have the now retired prepaid unlimited plan - definitely purchase 3rd party, not directly from Verizon. If purchasing a new plan, the 8800L is not yet available for purchase directly with prepaid (but some reps are able to sell it that way) - it shouldn't be locked into pre or post paid that way, and you can swap SIMs as desired. - Cherie
  11. If in solid signal areas without congestion, those are fairly expected speeds for the Nighthawk - it's a very high end modem. AT&T has come a long way in the past couple of years in increasing their capacity too.
  12. One of the cool features of the Nighthawk is that it can be connected to mobile routers that support USB cellular tethering and WiFi as WAN (such as the WiFiRanger GoAC or Core, or Pepwave SOHO) AND it also has ethernet out so you can use it with most any residential router too (or on the mobile routers mentioned above in addition to a second cellular USB input).
  13. We keep a constantly updated list of the best data plans for a 'home internet replacement' (including unlimited options) here: www.rvmobileinternet.com/planpicks There are several unlimited AT&T vendors out there, most of them without authorized relationships with AT&T. Many of the $60/month range ones are just reselling the unlimited tablet plan that you can get yourself for $34.99.month. AT&T does currently have a legit unlimited data plan specifically for RVers for $360/year - it's only available to Airstream owners, or when using the Togo Roadlink C2 roof top unit. You'll find more info on these options in the link above. The Mobley only resurfaced for a brief bit earlier this year, and we don't anticipate it coming back again. But then again, it was a surprise it came back earlier this year too. - Cherie
  14. Our guide to cellular booster registration: https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/guides/booster-registration/ Basically, while it's a requirement - there's been hardly any enforcement of it.
  15. Yes, very exciting to see SpaceX make their claim in this space. We were actually on the press conference with Elon prior to the launch, and shared in our write-up the outlook for mobility in terms of RV use: https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/spacex-launches-first-sixty-starlink-satellites-building-a-massive-global-broadband-constellation/
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