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Old 10-22-2017, 10:35 PM   #161
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Wow! This is a lot of highly technical (over my gray head) info! Would one of you fine techno-gurus translate what I would need for a 2018 Serenity? I have two iPhones, a laptop, and an iPad. We don't stream movies and don't play online games. Our concerns are secure internet connection for online banking, emailing, cell phone calls, Facebook, browsing, and sending/receiving photos and videos. At this time we are on Verizon with a 4GB data plan, but are strongly considering the T-Mobile Senior plan (any thoughts there concerning quality and connectivity would also be appreciated). I don't really want to install an external antenna if it is not necessary (just one more possible source for leaks and another point of wind drag).

We typically don't stay in one location long - we are more into exploring and moving on....

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Old 10-22-2017, 11:26 PM   #162
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My advice:
1) Stay with Verizon. You will get FAR better coverage than with T-Mobile. The ads about T-mobile being "within 1%" border on fraud. They are talking about call quality, NOT coverage. Their coverage isn't even on the same planet.
2) Add a MiFi hotspot to your Verizon plan. That is really all you need. I think it will cost you $10 month. (If that is an issue, just use your phone in "Personal Hotspot" mode.) If you are SURE you will never want an outside antenna, any modern MiFi device will be fine. But, if it were me, I would get a Jetpack AC791L, just in case you decide to add a MiMo antenna some day.

Simple as that.
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Old 10-22-2017, 11:59 PM   #163
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+1 on what avanti said.

I have the same Jetpack he does and it works quite well depending on how far you tend to wander away from civilization with your Serenity. I have seen data rates upwards of 40mbps with my laptop using the Jetpack when I am in urban areas so you are within range of a lot home internet data rates.

As to the the gray head reference - most of this thread was written by gray heads/graybeards
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Old 10-23-2017, 05:41 PM   #164
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Most of the threads are written by gray heads/beards as we have nothing else to do but monitor this forum.

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Thanks for the great advice! This will save me several hundred $!
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Old 10-25-2017, 03:49 AM   #166
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My advice:
1) Stay with Verizon. You will get FAR better coverage than with T-Mobile. The ads about T-mobile being "within 1%" border on fraud. They are talking about call quality, NOT coverage. Their coverage isn't even on the same planet.
2) Add a MiFi hotspot to your Verizon plan. That is really all you need. I think it will cost you $10 month. (If that is an issue, just use your phone in "Personal Hotspot" mode.) If you are SURE you will never want an outside antenna, any modern MiFi device will be fine. But, if it were me, I would get a Jetpack AC791L, just in case you decide to add a MiMo antenna some day.

Simple as that.
Absolutely correct and if the need arises, you can get an external antenna that plugs right into the AC791L for about $20 from Verizon. Been using one for a couple of years now and works great even in some pretty remote areas. And you can buy the JetPack for $200 outright or $49 with a 2 year contract.
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Old 10-25-2017, 11:31 AM   #167
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Here is a thread on Antennas for the Jet pack, https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=59309, that may give you some useful information if you get one.
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Old 11-04-2017, 06:20 PM   #168
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I was excited to see that LTV added a wifi booster with 4G (Winegard Connect) to the list of options and ordered our 2018 with one. I should have done more research. The Winegard unit works OK but it is powered by 110 volts run through a 110 to 24 volt converter plug so you have to run the inverter or hook up to shore power to have wifi. I'm thinking about buying a 12 to 24 volt step up converter and clipping the 110 volt plug.

The 4G option is handled through a propriortory plan you have to purchase from Winegard. I thought the unit would have a SIMM card the would allow me to use various providers. The Winegard data plan options seem expensive and I'm not sure what company (Verizon, ATT, etc.) they are using so I have not activated that functionality.
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Thought I’d revive this thread as technology changes quickly. Do we still think a Verizon JetPack with external MIMO antennna is still the best option mid 2019?
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Thought Id revive this thread as technology changes quickly. Do we still think a Verizon JetPack with external MIMO antennna is still the best option mid 2019?
Yes.

If you are in need of something to enhance the signal strength you are already out of range for anything claiming 5G compatibility. Signal amplifiers that do not regenerate the signal with error correction are pretty much a scam in my book.
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