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  1. So far this year we have travelled in DE, MD. VA, NC. SC, GA & FL. We travelled a lot on Blue highways and I can not recall a really bad one. US-17 from Norfolk, VA to Yemassee, SC has been greatly improved in recent years with bypasses and long stretches of four lane. The bypass around Wilmington, NC and the SC-31 bypass around Myrtle Beech, SC are mostly completed and greatly improved travel in those areas. In my experience, Florida state highways seem to be well maintained. We travelled portions of I-95 (FL, GA)), I-75 (FL), I-77 (NC), I-70 (MD) and I-81 (VA). The sections we were on were in pretty good shape. The major construction on i-95/695 on the West side of Baltimore has pretty much been completed and traffic flow was much improved.
  2. What do you need to setup? If it is just a laptop and a notebook or clip board, I have been to a number of parks that have club houses that would be suitable when activities are not scheduled. Some have had ethernet connections for internet. As mentioned, band width could be an issue depending on your needs and the park's system. In some areas (Las Cruces, NM is one) there are Wifi Access Points identified as CableWifi. Two years ago the speed was consistently 30MBS+. You log in using your account from a provider such as Spectrum, Xfinity, etc. If the park has long term residents that have Xfinity internet their router may be transmitting a public access point. In my experience speed varies from about 5MBS to as high as 30MBS. Not sure if Spectrum and others do this also. I think Xfinity still sells access to their Wifi system without a home account. Some parks have pay for Wifi that has a high speed no limit option. The last one we used was in North Carolina from Sky Best. The speed was 15MBS+. Cost was $60/month.
  3. I have had three Verizon jetpacks, the last being an 8800. It was on a previously offered plan, but was slowed to useless speed after the 15GB limit. In my experience, if the jetpack does not have an external antenna port, there is not much advantage to it over a phone, except for the fact that if you take the phone with you, your network or connected devices loose their internet connection. My phone and tablet, often gave as good a speed as the jetpack and after the data limit was reached could still be used for on device data without the severe throttling imposed on the jetpack.
  4. Not sure about their products for business, but if you are a veteran, you could check out USAA or Navy Federal Credit Union. Penn Federal is also popular with RVers because of their credit card cash back program on fuel purchases.
  5. By this do you mean the intake side of the pump between the pump and the water tank or the output side of the pump?
  6. My intent was/is not to promote Direct TV but to give the OP ideas to explore how to resolve short term issues with not being able to get satellite reception when cellular signal is available.
  7. Another advantage for me is that it lets me access many of the channels in my Direct TV subscription on a second TV without a second receiver and the location of the second TV is not dependent on satellite signal compatible wiring. Not sure that mirroring is more efficient as it does have some challenges but my tablet does not support an HDMI cable.
  8. The advantage to mirroring (not casting) or HDMI for me is that it counts as on device data not hot spot or tethering data (I do not have an unlimited plan). Using the Roku requires using hot spot or tethering data if there is not another adequate internet source. It does not require a network connection. My receiver is never connected to the internet. I don't record anything and do not even know if my receiver is capable of recording. As I tried to explain, many of the apps for channels (ABC, CBS, Fox, etc.) that are included in my Direct TV subscription permit signing into their app on the cellphone or tablet or Roku using the sign in through your provider option. This option also provides streaming access to those with subscriptions to a number of cable providers such as Spectrum, Cox, Verizon and Xfinity. I use this method because Roku does not have a Direct TV app but, I can still access many of the content providers included in my Direct subscription using their Roku apps and the sign in method described above.
  9. Never wintered there, but have visited in October numerous times. We love the area around Caballo Lake and Elephant Butte Lake. We seriously considered moving to Alamogordo which is a little further South with a little more development and lots more in the way of services and things to do. In the Summer the mountain towns of Ruidoso and Cloud Croft are not far away. Las Cruces which is even larger is about an hour and a half away.
  10. With Direct TV, the satellite receiver does not even need to be hooked up to stream channels in your subscription package. My Direct receiver is never connected to the internet or a network. Unfortunately the Direct app is not available on Roku. However, quite a few of the networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, PBS, USA, Bravo, TLC, etc. have apps for Roku. The two step sign in process includes a validation that the channel is included in your subscription. The validation seems to time out after a period of time which varies for each channel. If I have a fast enough internet source and am not concerned about data usage, I can stream through the Roku devices or Roku TV. If I am concerned about data usage, I can stream the Direct TV app or the desired individual channel app on my phone or tablet and project that to the Roku device or Roku TV. The Roku does not need to be connected to the internet or a network to view the program streaming on the phone or tablet. Some phones and tablets (including most iphones) can connect by HDMI cable to the TV giving more reliable video transmission.
  11. In addition to the ones already mentioned, we use Crackle, Film Rise, and Plex. If you have Amazon Prime, there is a lot of content for streaming. Locast lets you stream local over the air stations in various locations across the country. Direct Tv account lets you stream your channels. I think Dish may let you do the same thing.
  12. Keep in mind that starting in July 2021, Direct TV is shutting down their SD service in phases so the portable automatic dishes for Direct TV will be obsolete before too long. I received this email.
  13. With Direct we have been able to suspend service for three months twice a year which works with our travel schedule. We have done this for over 15 years. I believe you can suspend for up to six months a year. It is my understanding that the time in suspension does not count toward the term of any contract agreement. You can suspend in the middle of a billing cycle and they credit your account a prorated amount which carries over to the first bill when you restart service. Dish has a Pay as you Go Plan, but I am not familiar with all the details of that plan.
  14. We have had Direct TV standard definition (SD) with the Distant Networks package for about 15 years. We used a portable dish that was capable of supporting two receivers (we only used one). On a couple of occasions, I had 300 feet of cable out to get an open shot at the sky. Setting up the dish using the relatively new cell phone apps was pretty easy. That said, Direct has finally announced a date certain starting in July 2021 for the discontinuation of their SD services. As far as I know, at this time there is not a portable automatic dome that will work with Direct TV high definition (HD) service. In my research for whether to switch to Dish, the location of the satellites became an issue of concern for me. The spread of the satellites used by the portable dishes, 66-119 degrees or 110-129 seemed to require a much more open view of the sky than the 99-103 degree spread of the Direct satellites. We travel in the East a lot so the 129 satellite is pretty low on the horizon increasing the need for an open view. We also like to travel in the mountain regions of the West and Southwest where the terrain may block the view of satellites that are spread apart. Direct replaced my receiver and dish for free and will not raise my cost for 2 years, so for now I will see how much harder it is to align the larger dish to three satellites instead of one. Each year, cell phone and Wifi internet seems to improve. Depending on where you travel and how you camp, streaming may or may not be a viable alternative or additional source of TV. The Mobile Internet Guide is a great resource to help select equipment and data plans if you choose to explore the streaming alternative.
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