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Trying to watch Netflix in your RV? Streaming on the road can be tricky — and expensive

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A reader writes, "I could scream! We are full time RVers. We have a Dish satellite account for standard TV watching. I have an iPad on which I subscribe to BritBox, Disney+ and PBS Passport.

"My internet comes from a Verizon jet pack (cellular hot spot).

"My problem? Limited fast data to use for streaming.

"Since Verizon sets a limit, and WON'T let you purchase more, my streaming is severely restricted. Even RV parks that offer free internet limit streaming.

"What is a watcher on-the-go to do?"

Read more books? Just kidding.

 

I have to admit that I didn't know a lot about mobile hot spot internet for RV use, and the more I looked around, the more I realized I didn't know.

There are two ways to get internet on the road - through a smartphone's hot spot feature or through a true mobile hot spot, which is a portable LTE router that converts the cellular signal to Wi-Fi.

I soon found out there are a dozens of plans from both major and minor cellular carriers and resellers.

I decided to start with a familiar source.

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