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What's best Internet product for on the road video conferencing?


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 Hey everyone, 

I'm thinking of getting a Verizon mifi/wifi thing for internet access on the road. I have no idea what to expect for upload or download speeds with it for video conferencing. If anyone has a suggestion for which product to get I'd be greatly appreciative. And please accept my apology for asking this question because I'm sure it's been answered, but I did a quick search here and couldn't find anything specific to my work needs. Thanks in advance. 

 

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2 hours ago, Big Rick said:

The real answer is.........

it depends on where you are at the time.

many places nearly any service is good. In some places, Verizon may be better than ATT and vice versa.

 

The other problem is if you use more than 15GB per month on most hotpots, you get slowed to unusable.  Good for weekend trips, not for longer or for work.  

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17 hours ago, Bill Joyce said:

The other problem is if you use more than 15GB per month on most hotpots, you get slowed to unusable.  Good for weekend trips, not for longer or for work.  

There are a number of resellers (MVNOs) that sell unlimited hotspot service on several of the cellular networks.   Most of those are on AT&T and T-Mobile.  For unlimited Verizon service Visible is a good option.  Most, if not all, of these unlimited plans have network management provisions so their speeds will vary.  But the use of a load balancing router often will "smooth things out" and make streaming video feasible.

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Thanks for the links folks .. truly appreciated :)

Video conferencing is possible, but it's a tough one to setup for - because you need fast & reliable download AND upload speeds. And a LOT of data. 

I see our video streaming guide has been posted, but that one is focused on streaming things like Netflix. Which is download focused. 

We have another guide specific to Video Conferencing and Broadcasting. And because this question is also about working remotely - I'll link to our resource collection appropriate for those setting up for this, which also includes the Video Conferencing Guide:

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Thank you everyone. I will take a look at Techomadia's links again and try and sort this all out. I'm hoping I might be able to get by with a slower speed during pandemic times since I think my office managers have been more forgiving with speeds. Maybe once we're through it all there will be a slightly faster product available. There have been a few times recently when I had to use my smart phone instead of my laptop -- seriously my dog TWICE chewed through my laptop power cord when I wasn't looking -- and it did the job! That's got to be pretty slow. Lots of my clients are using their cell phones to meet with me and it's all working pretty well actually. 

I've had to tap into my phone's hotspot a few times for short non-video reasons and it's great for that, but I have a feeling I'm careening through my allowed monthly data. I'm my area (mountains of NC) Verizon is queen so I'll probably pick up a Verizon mifi. I hope I can get unlimited data. 

 

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