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  1. Bill, ideally I want to be able to connect to my D-Link router and have THAT connect to either cellular or wifi, depending on what I am closest to. Is that what the Pepwave allows you to do? Use either wifi or cellular? If so, THAT is the device I need to buy and please share that router information. I take it that the Pepwave is a summing router. Is it also load balancing? I, like you, MUCH prefer that my LAN stay connected within itself and I can choose which WAN I will connect that LAN through.
  2. I tend to be really precise when I refer to things. That's the result of years of being a nerd and writing procedures. It is critical to write procedures as if you were explaining it to someone who has never seen the process before and has no knowledge. I used to jokingly send it to edit with "Rotate the O-N-O-F-F switch to the O-N position" as the first line. And every time they would send it back noted "Stop doing this." I am looking at 4G/LTE routers on Amazon and thinking "Why?" Anything with a wireless NIC can connect to any cellular sharing device. Kind of an unnecessary step so why spend money on that router? What I would LIKE to get is a summing router that can use both cell data and wifi in tandem. Without having to Frankenstein a system together that will work despite looking like a bowl of spaghetti in doing so. I CAN hardware hack. I just hate doing it. Truth be told though, if I have to move a big file (like a song file I need to send to my engineer guy in England) I will do that from a laptop parked somewhere like McDonald's. I am not about to send 200-300 megs over cell data! Not only will it take all day, but it would cut into my TV time!! I am way too spoiled by home internet! 120 down and 10 up is great! I need to load some files onto my phone and time the uploads for various sized files at a constant connection speed. Might do that later if it cools down some. 85 and humid right now.
  3. And Verizon's newest plan adds $10 but triples the data quota. Still not enough for a month of TV, but I need to adjust my watching habits. In the RV I can't be doing "TV on for background noise" anymore. At that, it will be 75gb from the phone and 20gb from the Jetpack. (And people need to stop interchanging "hotspot" and "Jetpack". The true definition of those terms is that "hotspot" is a way to configure your cell phone to act as a connection share device. A "Jetpack" is a physical device that does the same thing but has it's own data allowance. I see those terms used interchangeably all the time.) Wifi gets tossed around a lot too, so at the risk of preaching to the choir, allow me. While you DO connect to your hotspot or Jetpack wirelessly, THAT portion of your connection you could call wifi. The connection out of the RV is still a data connection. Even with the router that accepts your SIM card, it is still a data connection and working against your quota. I actually saw a comment on another forum where some guy said that because he has a router that uses his phone's SIM card that he was on wifi and not data. He neglected to come back and retract that a month later when he saw that from the middle of a mountain top in Utah there was no wifi available and he was on cellular data the whole time. Today I get to play with seeing how well a Chromecast will connect to the cell phone in hotspot mode. The joys of nerd research!!
  4. So that actually brings up another question. As a nerd who in his work life did a LOT of testing with routers and such, the question is this. As this person says "This works better" or that person says "This works better", unless they both based their opinion of different hardware tested under the exact same conditions, are those results really quantitative? The physical location would have to be the same for Bob's system to work better than Joe's. And then Mike chips in with his idea. Followed by Pete. That is like people complaining about how long specific selected web pages take to load, with no knowledge of what is serving that page from the server end. The analogy as this applies to this discussion involves how each party uses their data, where they predominantly use their data, and with how many people sharing. But as you said, the Mobley is gone anyway. My current plans include a Verizon hotspot added to my Verizon pseudo unlimited data plan. That gives me 37gb of data before I am subjected to the possibility of throttling. I will know after testing here how long I can expect that to last. Even then it will be an inexact round of testing, because I will only have the one hardware setup to test with. I am not going to sign a contract for a month to test AT&T or Sprint of any of them and then have to pay to escape. Been a good read through this thread though.
  5. I have that app too! See, I get lost when you add Unite Explore to the conversation. What I have come to understand is that the Mobely itself is what the Jetpack is. So why does the Mobely even figure into this if it is no more than a Jetpack? Does the Unite Explore replace the Mobely or work in tandem with it? What I need is a device to distribute cell data to one computer and a Chromebook, which is what I know a Jetpack to do. I log those 2 devices into the Jetpack and I am on the air. I have no wife, kids, nobody else sharing my data. The dog probably would if she had thumbs though..... browsing for toys on chewy.com Can't I just power the Mobely from any power source? I guess what I don't grasp is how the ODBII port is relevant. Remember that this will be used in a Class C RV.
  6. I thought I remembered someone building an adapter to power it outside the OBDII port. And i figured if anybody did, it would be you! I can envision having a dead battery often if it was plugged into the ODBII because I may watch TV for 5-6 hours at a time on bad weather days. And that is why I have some anxiety about streaming TV over cellular. I might eat up my monthly data and be throttled after one day.... Testing that soon when I use the free trial week of Sling. Can you post a picture of and/or a link to the MIMO antenna you use? Or some examples in general? This area (antennae) is one I know little about. Is it the same or different from a Yagi? And can any antenna be connected to the weBoost or is there a reason it has to be their omnidirectional one that they supply? I know directional is always better. I am trying to be realistic in that I know the idea of being out in the RV is to see stuff and not to sit inside and watch TV, but there are going to be days where weather doesn't permit sightseeing, and my mobility is limited due to disgustingly bad knees, so long hikes are out of the question. I have maybe a half mile of walking in my knees before they give out. I do that twice a day, but it is never going to be more than that half mile at a time. As far as actual phone use, I could live without one. I am pretty much a hermit and don't want to talk to anybody. I just need that data availability. I don't even know why I have a smart phone. An old flip phone would do me well as all I really need is a way to call 911 for emergencies. Working my way through all this research before I go live!
  7. Researching this now. The AT&T web page specifies "on a variety of vehicles model year 2015 and newer". It goes on to say "After 22gb/line/mo you may experience slower speeds" So they subject users to the exact same limits that Verizon does. Again, it is important to note that they say MAY experience slower speeds. Not will, may. I would wager that if I polled 100 people, the results would not be global, but vary greatly by usage habits. I watch a LOT of TV. Next week I will be signing on to Sling and take advantage of their 7 day fee trial to do some testing by spending one evening of TV viewing off my cable and onto the internet stream. Right now I use NO data. IN an average month I may use 40 mb of my unlimited plan. I just don't turn the data on. There is nothing coming into my email that I have to see RIGHT NOW. Calls and texts do not require data, and I have literally not had one actual phone call that wasn't some scammer trying to sell me a home security system or trying to get me to switch to aftermarket utilities to date in 2018. I don't answer any call from a number not in my contacts list. I have no family, and the 4 friends I have know to text me rather than annoy me with a call. Point of relating all of that is to show how different users are. So for me "Connected Car'" is nothing more than a different, more permanent way to connect a Jetpack. My computers in the RV will connect to a LAN via a router, but that router will not go out to the internet. Trust me here, the in house networking thing is my strong suit, as I worked for decades in IT and have many networking certifications. Contrast that to people who don't know LAN from WAN that call networking "the internet". Networking is computers communicating with each other. The internet is just one destination. So data stream wise, I have to research how much I will likely be using on the road full time, given my love of nighttime TV. Sling has A&E, Food Network, NFL, etc... for $45 a month. I am not a movie watcher, though should I choose to I know how to download them and store them on a PC, and I have 450 already on a hard drive. Different horses for different courses.
  8. What do you do with your cell data? Email? Banking? reading some news? Do you stream a lot of TV? Upload a lot of video? Send large files? You really can't do a lot of that at .6 mbps. I am well aware that users don't ALWAYS see slowdowns, that it doesn't say they WILL slow your stream down but that they MAY slow your stream down, and I know the difference between throttling and deprioritization, so spare me that lecture. I don't know how reliable cell data is anywhere but where I am, and how anybody else uses it. I am in a fairly major city with a lot of towers so I can stream all I want with my Verizon plan. I can actually see 3 towers from the top of my street so the users are scattered across several towers. But I am thinking of a time when I will be in a desert in New Mexico and possibly thousands of users are competing for traffic passing through one tower, and I anticipate there may be throttling. I do not want to pay a million dollars for satellite TV unless I absolutely have to, so my TV viewing will be largely through cellular data. I write songs that need to be sent to my engineer via file transfer. Those files are often 500mb and larger. On a throttles cell connection that will take hours. However, I am savvy enough to know that I should save those transactions for a time when I can snag wifi at McDonald's or somewhere. While boondocking, when cellular data is my only option, watching Live PD for 3 hours on Friday night will probably deplete my initial data allotment before I become a candidate for tower deprioritization. Again, not that it WILL happen, but it COULD. If I suddenly get throttled with 4 minutes to go in a hockey game I am going to lose it. More comes into play here than one person's report because people's usage requirements vary. Not just the amount of data, but the kind of data. I WOULD like to know who you use that you have never seen throttling.Your Car Connected plan is a dead soldier (and I wish people would quit talking about a product that is not sold any more - my 1969 Z-28 Camaro was a hot car but Chevy doesn't make 1969 Z-28 Camaros anymore. A plan no longer sold is the definition of "moot". ) and I can't get that. I also prefer Verizon's coverage map to AT&T's so I have Verizon. I suspect that those of you who talk of no throttling either don't use your data for streaming TV or spread your usage out across more lines. I have one phone line and one Jetpack, essentially a second dedicated line. I really don't want to have to get DirecTV. Buying equipment, paying on a monthly plan, aiming dishes.... only as a last resort.
  9. It is a repeater but provides an amplification of the signal. What you are saying about hops is true to a degree, but the decrease in signal strength is not from the hop itself as much as the distance involved in the hop. This is why you can sit in Maine and ping a web site in California and get different response times with every ping. It depends on the routing AT THE MOMENT as to how direct your path is. In the instance of your cell phone hitting the "chocolate bar" from the weBoost system, that distance will be less than 5 ft every time with one hop. And that hop will be exactly the same every time. As far as the transmit and receive part of your comment, the weBoost is not transmitting anything. Your phone is. There is a concept called handshaking that you learn in networking. That "handshake" between point A and point B is constant. Once you "join hands" there is no "rejoining of hands" until you break the session and reconnect it. In the case of an RV and a cell tower, consider this. In a perfect, pristine environment, with no line of site blockage and no interference, an LTE cell tower can theoretically reach 45 miles. (22 miles for GSM.) Theoretically. Now, in the real world, you NEVER have that pristine condition. Just watch how often your phone changes tower as you drive. Real world, 4.5 to 5 miles is a good working distance to use for discussion. If you are parked 5 miles from the only tower in the area, you can expect minimal service. You'd likely see a reading of -115 to -110 decibels. Now add a booster like the weBoost, and that may become as good as -90 to -85. That is because of the amplification. Now, consider that "handshake" again. Once your weBoost finds that tower and makes the handshake, that part of the transaction is done. Your phone will now send packets out THROUGH but not FROM the weBoost. The weBoost to tower is nothing more than a long and invisible piece of wire. Just as a point of reference, sitting in my house, in my office right now, my cell phone strength is -114. If I simply walk to the kitchen, 10 steps away and 10 steps closer to the tower, that jumps to -100. And I live 1720 ft from the tower I am hitting!!! Houses, trees, etc. At the top of my street, 1300 ft, and then 800 ft to the tower (because you travel at angles but signal is as the crow flies), I get -90. From 800 ft I am at -90. That weBoost, from my corner, would likely see that -90 become -70. (I do not own one yet.) This is also why the ads on TV that make claims that this internet provider or that internet provider gives different levels of wifi coverage inside of a house. Those claims are 100% nonsense. The thickness of your walls and relative location of the wireless router is what determines the signal strength, not the internet provider. I remember when I had a Spectrum tech here and I knew more about this than he did, because back when I worked, I would have been the guy he called at the home office to do his troubleshootng. Networking is networking, It is data packets going out and coming back in. Whether it is wifi (which at some ultimate point in the journey connects to a wired internet provider) or cellular data, the basic concepts do not change. All of these repeater/booster products are essentially the same thing. Some may provide more signal amplification, and those are the ones who as for $650 rather than $150. If you really want improvement, go to a directional antenna and aim it at your source. Directional will outperform omnidirectional every time because of focus. You just have to know how to locate the signal source and aim at it, which can also mean climbing onto your rood every time you set up. In my case, I am too old to be climbing onto the roof every time I park. And, and I can't stress this enough, I just don't want to. So that was a long winded way of saying that your position relative to the tower is more important than which booster you use. There are great apps for all of this. As I am planning my trips I use those apps and Google maps to find cell towers, though I hope to use wifi much more than cellular. Even with unlimited data (which really isn't unlimited USABLE data) I prefer not to use data when not necessary.
  10. It doesn't create signal where there is none. That's physically impossible. It provides a boost to what signal is there. I have seen reports of people going from a -110 db to -80 db, which is actually usable signal. One guy who tested actually drove to a place where he was too far from a tower and had no signal just to show that signal can't be created when there is none. I don't know from your post of you think any signal amplifying device can create cell signal when there is none or not. It seems that you might from that opening line.
  11. It costs you money to make a video? Where exactly are you losing money to play with your video camera and editing software? You no longer work. (Nor do I.) You have nothing BUT time. Shooting video and editing it on your computer costs zero. Nor does uploading it to youtube. I am just confused by your assertion that you are losing money. I have a youtube channel as well, shared only with friends, and that will never be monetized because I will never have followers. It's my way to share interesting (in my opinion, anyway) things with a select handful. Right now it is just a bunch of verbal essays about how bad the world and most of the people in it both suck. As far as "after quitting my job", well, if that move badly stresses you financially, maybe you shouldn't have done that yet. I WILL give you props for the fact that you bought the product and didn't accept it as a bribe to give a good review like 99% of the youtube shills do. I will also give you props for knowing that the word is "losing" and not "loosing". LOL! Yarome makes a valid point. Any post that was only a link to youtube requires people on the road to use their always precious bandwidth to view your youtube and IS often self serving in that it drives up view count to create income. My preference is that I do not wish to fund other people's road trips so I watch very little youtube. I have never contributed to a Patreon, etc. If people want to be nomads and can't really afford it, well, that's their choice. If there are suckers willing to support them, that's the fault of said suckers. Otherwise they should get a fricking job and earn money honestly. People who claim that playing with their video camera is a "job" are annoying. To topic, would it have been a huge thing to write up your review and post it in text? Note that I don't care either way. I am not going to view your video either way, as I decided long ago that the product in question will be necessary at some point. I am not out full timing yet so it is not necessary right now. A wifi repeater with some boost mattered more in my case and I bought that first.
  12. Just so I know I am up to speed, this entire 3 page thread is about somebody concerned with getting local channels so you can see news about a city you don't live in anymore? Wow....
  13. eddie1261

    DISH comes through for RV'ers!

    Yeah that is Red Zone which shows the scoring plays from all the games. Sunday Ticket allows you to watch out of market games as if you were in that city. Fortunately there are Browns Backers Clubs in just abut every major city in the USA so I will be able to go to a bar and watch them. UNfortunately that also means I have to put my RV somewhere within reasonable driving distance from one of those watch locations, but you can't have it every way, right? I'll drive an hour each way to see my home team's games.
  14. eddie1261

    DISH comes through for RV'ers!

    Does Dish yet offer NFL coverage like DirecTV does with Sunday Ticket? If not, they are not even on my radar. I am going to see my Browns games someway somehow, wither it's on DTV or finding a Browns Backers Club everywhere I go.
  15. And they have the bandwidth to provide it? Where are you now? I need to write it down.