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  1. I first moved my Mobley SIM to a Netgear hotspot on the advice of AT&T tech support when I asked about an alternative so I could use the OBDII port for an insurance company device. According to the TS rep, the Mobley is classed as a hotspot, and the SIM can be used in any other hotspot. Using it in a phone or tablet would be a TOS violation though, and there have been reports of people having accounts terminated for doing it.
  2. A local AT&T store had no problem replacing my failed Mobley SIM even though it was installed in a Netgear Unite Explore hotspot at the time. And the Explore hotspot allows up to 15 devices to connect...
  3. My Mobley is my backup for the $20 plan. The Mobley's SIM has lived in Netgear hotspots for most of the past two years.
  4. There's no harm in installing a properly oriented check valve on the inlet side, but I would not braze one in. Check valves can and do fail, so a threaded valve would be a better choice.
  5. I've said it before, but in 76 years of camping/RV'ing, the only things I've had stolen were taken by little thieves wearing masks and big thieves wearing bearskin coats...
  6. The Tailgaters are poor choices compared to the Winegard Pathway X2 when it comes to automatic aiming dome style portable dishes. The Tailgaters are limited to only the full Dish western arc set of three satellites, with some models adding just one of the three eastern arc satellites. The X2 not only can receive both full sets of satellites, it also has a larger reflector for stronger signals with less rain fade. Having both arc sets available means you have much better chances of getting a good signal on heavily treed campsites. Both the Tailgater and Winegard dishes can only be used with the currently Dish Wally receiver and older VIP211 series receivers. None of the dome style dishes can be used with the more advanced Dish Hopper DVR series receivers.
  7. Lots of part time RV'ers have Dish or DirecTV installed at home and either take their home receiver and a suitable antenna on the road with them or add a separate receiver to their account for use in the RV. The add-on monthly cost of the additional receiver is minimal. That said, we have Dish sat service and both Verizon and AT&T hotspot unlimited data services for our fulltime RV. The cell service quality varies from location to location, but we've rarely been anywhere that one or the other service didn't give us pretty solid streaming with minimal brief buffering at worst. We do use a good cell booster/repeater in fringe areas though.
  8. There are a number of Orby users on a couple of the satellite TV forums. Some are free to air (FTA) satellite users that have self installed Orby using dishes and LNB's they had on hand. Orby also offers a relatively low cost self-install kit for those that don't want the cost of the professional installation. The service itself seems to be satisfactory if the limited channel selection meets your needs and you have good OTA locals in your location. The $40 and $50/mo price points are certainly attractive. For mobile RV use, the single satellite does simplify setting up a manually aimed dish.
  9. FMCA has no relationship with Coach-Net anymore. FMCA offers an ERS plan serviced by SafeRide, the same company Escapees uses for their plan.
  10. We have Dish installed in our RV and at our Adirondack cottage, but Dish only knows we're an Outdoor account since all our equipment is owned and self-installed. The app works fine for us for changing locals as often as needed. I've even worked out how to change them to our next location so we're all set when we get there.
  11. Try this link: http://jameslong.name/ Click on the sat map of interest to drill down to the individual transponder spot beam coverages. They're not as graphical as the SatGuys maps, but they are kept current. The SatGuys maps are still available, but it's a bit convoluted to get to them in the archives. Here's another link that's helpful in finding which sats carry what: http://uplink.jameslong.name/ On edit: Here's the post I made awhile ago on how to access the archived SatelliteGuys spot beam maps: The spot beam maps are still there, but when you get the blank graphic, you need to right click on it and copy the address to your clipboard. Then paste the link into your browser's address bar, changing "thelist" to "retired" before hitting enter. Yes, it's awkward, but it will get you there.
  12. Source? Here's a different take on it: "Throttling vs. Data Deprioritization" https://www.wirefly.com/guides/throttling-vs-data-deprioritization
  13. And when Verizon slows you down to 600 Kbps after you hit some plan limit, you'll really see the difference between actual "throttling" and a busy tower...
  14. Yep, a good example of the "busy tower" effect that occurs even without deprioritization/network management.
  15. Have you ever been slowed down on a heavily used tower even with no throttling? That's about the effect we've seen on a few occasions, and we really can't tell if it's from prioritization or just normal traffic density. So far, it's never caused us any problems even when streaming...
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