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If your cell phone has the HotSpot capabilities you could have your coach wireless router connect to that while all your devices connect to the coach wireless router. I setup the wireless router in my coach so i wouldn’t have to reconfigure each and every device I wanted to get on a camp site’s wireless at every camp site I go to. only have to worry about the router. Depending on how this weekends trip goes and the wireless connectivity I can get, I might change my cell phone plan to allow HotSpot capabilities and only worry about cell coverage.
I do need to add an external onmidirectional antenna to the my setup at some point. Probably going to attach it to the retractable HD antenna that’s on the roof.
James- Yes that is how my router setup will work. All devices in my coach would connect to my router, I would log into my router and have it connect to the camp site wireless. As for streaming, I have software called Plex that has a server/streamer component and a client component. The server software resides on my NAS server (can be on a laptop or any PC – just need enough CPU power to transcode movies if needed). I will be using a laptop with the server software and a 3TB usb drive will store the movies. Once the laptop scans and creates the database for the movies on the laptop it will pull down the artwork, descriptions, titles etc to the laptop. once that is done my Roku has a Plex client that will connect to the laptop(server/streamer) and show me my selection just like the Netflix client does.
Norma- yes it does take a long time, i would do a few at a time here and there. I would rip the dvds to my computer and add them to the handbrake queue for processing. once i had enough ripped dvds I would tell Handbrake to process the queue (usually at night while I was sleeping). i would check the movies to make sure they are good quality then copy then to my NAS. You can use a laptop, desktop as the server or a NAS – network attached storage (basically a server that is specifically designed for storing files). You can attach a usb drive to he laptop or desktop as your storage. I chose to get a Thecus N7510 NAS that can take 7 x hard drives. I have 22 TB of storage with 10 TB worth of movies, TV shoes, Anime, and music. I chose my NAS because they have a Plex server/streamer package for it. This way i don’t have to have a separate storage and Plex server, it’s all in one tucked away in my closet
Plex is a free software package and they offer a lifetime membership that has added features like being able to stream your own collection from anywhere in the world that you can get connect to the internet. I can watch my movies on my phone, laptop, tablet etc from anywhere as long as I can get online.
Reason for the router is that I only have to connect it to the camp site vs. every device I want to use wireless. This way I can setup all the devices to connect to my wireless once, from now on all I need to do is get the router connected to the camp site wireless and everything get’s connected.
I suspect that most camp sites will have poor wireless and I will also be bringing movies that I can stream to my Roku via Plex. I digitized all my movies (1200+), Anime (200+ shows) and TV shows (200+ shows) on to a network server. At home we can stream any of them to any TV, laptop, phone, tablet etc that resides on my network. I will be building a smaller version with a few synced shows with my laptop and USB hard drive.
The LED lights come in different temps (higher # you get a white cool color, lower number you get a warmer yellow color) we like the white cool color. I also noticed when I tested the old vs new bulbs the old bulbs got hot fast. LED’s not at all. I bought the COOL White (6500~7000k) for the coach and 4000-4500K Natural White for the shower.