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Old 01-15-2020, 11:56 AM   #1
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Thinking about what is best for our needs as far as Internet and cell sevices. I have watched hours on the subject but so much is available it's hard to know. Most YouTube videos give you multiple options but also make it hard to figure out what would work for us.
Our needs:
1. We don't need 24x7 coverage and don't plan on vbloging or working from the road. But would like to be able to do basic surfing and Netflix without multiple antennas on the roof.
2. I have a mini Mac I plan on making a part of the system.
3. Verizon sounds like the best option.
4. I also have an Orbi wifi buster system at my house (can this be used at all?).

Not particularly concerned about the cheapest option but the best that fits our needs.

in advance for any help.

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Old 01-15-2020, 02:59 PM   #2
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I've had ATT and Verizon cell service. I've gotten better service with Verizon. Sprint and T-Mobile are fine in populated areas but lacking in rural areas. However, no cell service covers all areas. You can check coverage maps and equate where you might frequent in your travels accordingly. I use the Coverage? app on the iPhone to check and still find it is not totally accurate. Coverage in state and national parks campgrounds are particularly spotty even though the coverage map says it is there.

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Old 01-15-2020, 09:13 PM   #3
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The best source of info on current options is here...
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:56 PM   #4
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I got a verizon hotspot (Verizon Jetpack MiFi 8800L) and installed a MIMO antenna on the roof. I installed the same one as (Avanti) installed. Search MIMO and your can find his antenna info.

Then I downloaded a 3D print file for a cradle (I had a lot of time on my hands) and mounted it up by the roof so the antenna install only required unscrewing one side of one ceiling panel.

The wife uses the hotspot for work so the company pays for it, but whenever we take a trip we just plug it in and go. We have received a stable signal everywhere we have traveled. At one state park she was talking away on her cell phone (t-mobile) but when I checked mine no signal. She didn’t have a signal either but was wifi calling.

Having a hotspot really makes traveling a lot more enjoyable for the passengers. Especially the teenage daughter.
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Old 01-16-2020, 06:28 PM   #5
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We have Consumer cellular. Has worked everywhere since they just buy time on everbodys towers. We have a hotspot on my wife's Samsung and watch movies streaming and browse the web.
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:39 PM   #6
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I found that I needed both carriers, as there are plenty of places where only one works, but relatively few places where neither works.

My phones are ATT and my hotspot is a Verizon pre-paid MiFi 8800L. We don't (yet) have an external MIMO antenna.

In most places the hotspot works. Where it doesn't we use tethering on the phones.

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