Satellite / Wi-Fi / Cell Phones

We use DirecTV for our satellite service. It works for us. We have 4 TV’s. 2 are hooked to the Genie upfront and 2 are hooked to the Mini Genie in back. Anything taped on any TV is available to watch on all TV’s. We never have a problem getting a signal unless a tree blocks us or we get bad weather. When that happens, we resort to streaming or use our Over The Air antenna (OAT) for local channels.

The drawback to DirecTV is their price keeps going up. We just had to call them about that and they were able to bring our rate back down below $100 a month. Sound like a lot to some but we live full time in our coach and we like to unwind by watching our favorite shows or news programs. We tape most of them and watch at our leisure. I’d rather pass on going out to eat a meal if it means keeping my satellite.

Streaming – Everybody has an opinion and a gizmo to stream. Hotspot, Roku, HMDI cable from phone to TV – everyone has their favorite set up. There are many plans that are unlimited but then they throttle you at peak times or after 30 GB. We got lucky and got a Home Base Rural plan with ATT several years ago. We get 250 GB of data with no throttling for $69 a month. It’s totally separate from our phones and is like a router so several devices can connect to it at the same time. We can take it with us if we have to be out of the coach for repairs or such. Unfortunately, they don’t offer it anymore. We use it to stream Netflix or Hulu using our smart DVD player. We also have the Amazon Firestick. All connect to the internet via the Home Base.

Wondering about installing the Winegard Connect T.2?

Check out Doug Kniffin’s YouTube! He does a great job of explaining and showing you how to install it.

Excerpt from his YouTube post:
I needed to improve my RV WIFI so I bought a Winegard Connect T.2 with 4G but found that the WiFi Speed was terrible. I’m going to show you how to install the Winegard Connect T2. Our Crossroads Sunset Trail travel trailer will be the stunt model for that. We’ll do a complete review and share the dirty little secret of why this unit tamps down connection speed. Please watch the review fully as I share important install tips and all the things the system does amazing. Most of what it does really works fabulously, it’s just this little problem of speed which is a big problem for me.

RV WIFI | Winegard Performance Secrets plus full install and review.

Technomadia is the best sight for everything cell/satellite and connectivity information. Chris and Cherie stay on top of all the new advancements and programs as they are rolled out. We’ve been following them for years. They’ve gone from an RV to a Yacht and back and forth now. Both have similar challenges so you can glean a lot of information from them. I think they have both a free and a paid subscription membership. 

You can follow their travel adventures on their site.

This is the link to their mobile internet information for US based RVers, boaters and nomads. They go into great detail on cell boosters, cell phone coverages and plans, hot spots, internet access, etc. If it’s technical information you are looking for, they have it!!

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