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Old 10-13-2020, 11:45 AM   #1
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Cellular wi fi hot spot

Last winter we had great service with My Island Wi Fi .

Was a bit pri$y but worked great. We are in the Ortona FL area and the local providers system dies in the rain .

Or on a damp morning.

Does anyone have a good deal on a cellular Wi Fi l they found that works?

We have no cellphone so would use a hot spot from Wallmart or where ever.

We do not stream movies , just cruise the internet for an hour or two a day .

Would be delighted with a pat as you go plan.



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I link my iPad mini to my cellphone, Verizon is the carrier. No streaming movies, just email and net surfing. $50 per month or so.
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I've been using a Straight Talk (Walmart) hot spot with a prepaid plan. For $40 you get 4 gigs for 60 days. Not the best service but it works for email and occasional surfing.
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Last winter we had great service with My Island Wi Fi .

Was a bit pri$y but worked great. We are in the Ortona FL area and the local providers system dies in the rain .

Or on a damp morning.

Does anyone have a good deal on a cellular Wi Fi l they found that works?

We have no cellphone so would use a hot spot from Wallmart or where ever.

We do not stream movies , just cruise the internet for an hour or two a day .

Would be delighted with a pat as you go plan.



TIA
I'm currently using a Verizon JetPack MIFI 8800L on a prepaid plan. The device is $199 to purchase (you own it) and the service is $65/month for 15 GB, and they offered an additional 15 GB per month for 'free' as long as I keep the service current, so 30GB for $65/month, pay as you go.

I've researched the hotspots in depth and the MiFi 8800L is the least expensive one that is fast enough to do video streaming reliably in HD. The cheaper ones have half or 1/4 the speed of the MiFi.

That said, the customer service from Verizon for prepaid plans is TERRIBLE. You are basically on your own. If you just want to look here on TF, just about any hotspot or even your phone acting as a hotspot will get that done.
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Old 10-13-2020, 02:11 PM   #5
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We use T-Mobile 55+ plan with an extra tablet as a wifi hotspot. It runs our HD tv streaming Netflix (included in the plan), Amazon Prime, Pluto, and all of our laptops. We used 179 GB last month and the TV is still fine. Can't tell the difference between before GB allowance and after GB throttling. We pay for extra GB on the phones that it turns out we don't really need. That gets fixed next month. 2 phones and tablet is about $140/month. We use it in NJ, FL and on the boat cruising. CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox are local HD Over the air channels for sports.
Kicked Comcast cable to the curb. They want $29/month just to put our TV and internet on vacation hold while we are away. Yes, $29/month for no service!!! Bye-Bye!
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We’ve been on BixWireless using an unlocked Netgear M1 Nighthawk I bought one Amazon.

Pretty much unlimited, un-throttled AT&T for $85/mo. I think they sell Verizon as well.

Works for streaming Netflix, YouTubeTV, Prime and I work from the boat so Zoom or Teams all day. We routinely use 300-400G per month.

It’s not perfect and I fully expect it to go away at some point in the future (which happened with another reseller before I switched to Bix) bit it’s been rock solid as a land based alternative since Nov-19.
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We’ve been on BixWireless using an unlocked Netgear M1 Nighthawk I bought one Amazon.

Pretty much unlimited, un-throttled AT&T for $85/mo. I think they sell Verizon as well.

Works for streaming Netflix, YouTubeTV, Prime and I work from the boat so Zoom or Teams all day. We routinely use 300-400G per month.

It’s not perfect and I fully expect it to go away at some point in the future (which happened with another reseller before I switched to Bix) bit it’s been rock solid as a land based alternative since Nov-19.
Hi Steve,

I'm getting prepared to purchase a Nighthawk M1.

Do you use an external antenna? Which one?

Have you used in the San Juans and Gulf Islands?

I've been reading SeaBits blog and others here and am undecided on the external antenna.
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We used an ATT hotspot for a couple of years. The deal with the ATT hotspot is unlimited data but they MAY throttle you down during peak traffic times in congested areas. Since we really weren't in congested areas, they never slowed us down. My wife could watch TV while I was on a video conference call and no lags. We would not hesitate to get the same plan again.
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I just put together a system for my boat this spring. Hardware wise, I used a Pepwave Max Transit Cat 18 (plus a Mikrotik Groove for pulling in outside wifi). I went with the $50 / 100GB T-Mobile plan (have to call to get it, it's not on the website). Once you hit the 100GB on that plan you get slowed down to a very low speed, but not cut off or charged extra. I think AT&T just came out with a similar plan as well.

So far, it's been working perfectly. There's a second SIM slot on the router, so a second plan from another carrier can be added for more coverage or more data.

At this point, I'm just using the included antennas on the Pepwave router for cellular and around my home area, I've only seen it dip below 5 bars once. The unit supports band 71, so it should have good off-shore coverage on T-mobile, as that's their longest range band. If I find signal issues at some point in our travels, I'll look at adding a better external antenna setup.
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An update for us. The T-Mobile tablet/hot spot worked great for a year. Going past monthly limit kept right on streaming. Then in March when the limit was reached it was tough to get email.
Now TM has what’s called “Home Internet “ based on 5G wireless and truly unlimited. We have been using it for two weeks and it has been a rock star. With a tv streaming free Netflix in HD and two laptops going it doesn’t even hiccup. It’s $60/month. Ookla speed test 140/50 Mbs.
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I looked at the T-Mobile home internet option, but it forces you to use their hardware and isn't supposed to be moved around to different locations, so I passed on that option.
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Hi Steve,

I'm getting prepared to purchase a Nighthawk M1.

Do you use an external antenna? Which one?

Have you used in the San Juans and Gulf Islands?

I've been reading SeaBits blog and others here and am undecided on the external antenna.
I have a Nighthawk that I no longer need that I’ll sell for $150. PM me if interested.
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Old 05-17-2021, 09:19 AM   #13
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We have a T-Mobile MiFi system through the Myislandwifi people, but are switching to a Verizon SIM ASAP. TM can only deliver 250kb to us in Jacksonville which is ridiculous in 2021! Since it’s portable I’ve tried it in various neighborhoods and service with T-Mobile sucks all over town. Our Verizon phones get 13mb when the T-MOBILE hotspot gets 200kb……..
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Got the new T-Mobile Inseego 5G hotspot; only $50 per month for 100GB. Works great with no external antenna or anything.
Not sure why Woodland hills had trouble with it in JAX but we had plenty of speed to stream Netflix all the way down to Key West and as far north as Virginia, so far......
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An update for us. The T-Mobile tablet/hot spot worked great for a year. Going past monthly limit kept right on streaming. Then in March when the limit was reached it was tough to get email.
Now TM has what’s called “Home Internet “ based on 5G wireless and truly unlimited. We have been using it for two weeks and it has been a rock star. With a tv streaming free Netflix in HD and two laptops going it doesn’t even hiccup. It’s $60/month. Ookla speed test 140/50 Mbs.
Is it unlocked?

How old is it? Why are you selling it?
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Is it unlocked?

How old is it? Why are you selling it?
I bought it from from an outfit in the midwest, wirelessbuys.com. Unlimited WIFI or something like that in 2019. About 6 months into use the service stopped out of nowhere. When I called they said they no longer serviced my area. WTF? They actually gave me a refund for the partial month. Since they used TM as a backbone, I went to TM and asked them. Turns out that company was selling some sort of Friends and Family access for one account. There was over 10,000 people tied to that one account and owed TM lots of money.

Switched over to TM tablet as above in Post #5.
Unlocked? No clue other than it has a T-Mobile sim card in it.
I don't need it anymore. Its been sitting in a ziplock bag since March of 2020.
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I also have the t-mobile 100G option running over the Inseego device. While I feel the device is "ok", it definitely has some lacking options.
1. single port on device
- charging or data transfer via one port can be an issue if you want to link to standard router for better coverage
2. no option for external antenna
- can be an issue when traveling to more remote areas (San Juans for me)
3. the GUI is a bit lacking and slow to respond
- more of a personal thing for me..

I am looking at the NEW Nighthawk, the 5G version that has the external antenna options. As well as an ethernet port and USB-C port (data/charging)

***correction... 5200 is the unlocked version***

https://www.netgear.com/home/mobile-...tspots/mr5200/
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I have a Nighthawk that I no longer need that I’ll sell for $150. PM me if interested.
Dropped to $100 plus shipping.
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Dropped to $100 plus shipping.
I am guessing this is not the latest Nighthawk M5 (5G version)?
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I am guessing this is not the latest Nighthawk M5 (5G version)?
No. M1.
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