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Old 07-23-2018, 09:26 AM   #1
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My solution to no cable

I have a 21fbrs with a tv/entertainment setup. I purchased a roku device which works well when wifi is available. More often than not wifi is not available. So the problem is how to watch tv when there is no cable or wifi or satellite.



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Since my trailer is equipped with a wifi range extender (basically a router) I turn that on and connect my roku to it as well as my cell phone. Now the roku and cell phone are on the same network. I can use my cell phone and mirror psvue (local channels plus) playing on my cell phone to the roku and see it on the TV. Granted this will eat up any cell phone data plans pretty quickly but I usually am only interested in local weather or news. I do have an unlimited data plan but I'm sure that at a certain point it will be throttled.
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Old 07-23-2018, 09:33 AM   #2
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If you're just looking for local stations, wouldn't it be easier to just use the over-the-air antenna on the trailer? No data, and really, no fuss. Just set the TV to antenna, (if it's a crank up, crank up the antenna) turn on the booster, scan, and then you have local channels.

For local weather though, we just use the weather network app on the cell phone.
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Old 07-23-2018, 09:40 AM   #3
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I have a 21fbrs with a tv/entertainment setup. I purchased a roku device which works well when wifi is available. More often than not wifi is not available. So the problem is how to watch tv when there is no cable or wifi or satellite.



My solution.
Since my trailer is equipped with a wifi range extender (basically a router) I turn that on and connect my roku to it as well as my cell phone. Now the roku and cell phone are on the same network. I can use my cell phone and mirror psvue (local channels plus) playing on my cell phone to the roku and see it on the TV. Granted this will eat up any cell phone data plans pretty quickly but I usually am only interested in local weather or news. I do have an unlimited data plan but I'm sure that at a certain point it will be throttled.


I don't know what type of phone you have but most phones you can turn on the "hot spot" feature and connect directly to your phone and bypass the wifi extender, you can also download an app that will do the "hot spot".
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:27 AM   #4
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I don't know what type of phone you have but most phones you can turn on the "hot spot" feature and connect directly to your phone and bypass the wifi extender, you can also download an app that will do the "hot spot".
Some cell phone services do not allow hot spots. I've tried. Straight Talk does not work with any hotspot application. They'd rather sell me a device and charge me for a data plan.
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If you're just looking for local stations, wouldn't it be easier to just use the over-the-air antenna on the trailer? No data, and really, no fuss. Just set the TV to antenna, (if it's a crank up, crank up the antenna) turn on the booster, scan, and then you have local channels.

For local weather though, we just use the weather network app on the cell phone.
Sometimes reception is very poor in campgrounds for OTA. And local news can be important like when we were in DC area with all the rain they had. weather app only mentioned heavy rain. Local news gave more location detail so we could avoid flooded areas.
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I keep a small DVD player in the camper and usually remember to throw in a few DVDs before we leave. I've yet to be at any RV park that allows you to use what is almost universally bad wifi for streaming. Some claim they "monitor connections" and will kick you off if they think you're using too much of their bandwidth. (I think they're all full of it, lol) but I have never been able to keep my tablet connected more than 5 minutes straight let alone long enough to stream something IF the connection is even that strong. I use an OTA antenna and have an extender I can connect if necessary. The seemingly rarer times we get to connect to cable, there is usually very few channels and nothing we want to watch unless they have the weather channel for a few minutes. But for the most part, it's sitcoms on DVD when needed for emergency bad weather entertainment.
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Old 07-23-2018, 11:23 AM   #7
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I keep a small DVD player in the camper and usually remember to throw in a few DVDs before we leave. I've yet to be at any RV park that allows you to use what is almost universally bad wifi for streaming. Some claim they "monitor connections" and will kick you off if they think you're using too much of their bandwidth. (I think they're all full of it, lol) but I have never been able to keep my tablet connected more than 5 minutes straight let alone long enough to stream something IF the connection is even that strong. I use an OTA antenna and have an extender I can connect if necessary. The seemingly rarer times we get to connect to cable, there is usually very few channels and nothing we want to watch unless they have the weather channel for a few minutes. But for the most part, it's sitcoms on DVD when needed for emergency bad weather entertainment.
Understand that this method does not use campground wifi. IT merely creates a network in your camper that connects to something like psvue or hudu across the cell service of your phone.
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Some cell phone services do not allow hot spots. I've tried. Straight Talk does not work with any hotspot application. They'd rather sell me a device and charge me for a data plan.
Straight Talk does not permit "tethering."

However, their detection scheme is fairly simple: They use the information submitted by e.g., the web browser to determine what device is connected. From information they can determine your web browser, operating system, screen size, and a bunch more stuff. Don't believe it? Click here.

But there are a few things that aren't detectable:
  • Using your phone and a Chromecast device to "cast" audio and video to a TV.
  • Using your phone to tether a tablet of the same type (Android-to-Android or iOS-to-iOS)

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Sometimes reception is very poor in campgrounds for OTA. And local news can be important like when we were in DC area with all the rain they had. weather app only mentioned heavy rain. Local news gave more location detail so we could avoid flooded areas.
I agree that the native weather app on the phone is usually too vague, but I've found the Weather Network's app to be fairly reliable. What I really like is it's push notifications of weather alerts. Like a couple of years ago when we had the first tornado in 40 years, the app pushed a notification to my watch in the middle of dinner, allowing me to quickly get the kids/dogs in the basement bathroom (only room with no windows in the house). Local news alone wouldn't have been able to do that for us.

Where the local news is handy though, is the news. You only get a few select stories online, and often, you have to hunt for those after somebody else informs you about it. But for us, usually the signal's good enough for anything local enough for us. If the station's not close enough to get us a signal, then it's not close enough to be considered local. But we're also fairly flat around here, so there's not much blocking a signal.
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