Texas Home Internet Service in Rural Areas

 

We live in North Texas. We have had OneSource home internet for several years. I received a letter yesterday saying they were disconnection service in our area August 6 because they were loosing access to the facilities in our area.
This is a radio type internet.

My question is: Does anyone in North Texas have radio service with another company? If so how is the service and do they offer unlimited? I am having trouble finding a replacement internet to serve us. We need unlimited as we stream HBO, Netflix, etc. everyday.

Also, does anyone know of a Home Cell service that has unlimited Hotspot service that will let you connect to a TV?
Reading it looks like Hotspots don't let you connect to a TV from what I can tell by reading online.

I am desperate as almost everything I do is over internet. The first group I thought of was you.

Thanks, Mary

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Satellite may be the answer

There are internet providers that use satellites to provide services.

It is not cheap. Probably about 100 USD to 200 USD a month.

Just Google "rural internet options" and a bunch of services will be listed.

I think some of the standard dish TV providers may also provide internet access. Just be careful of "Data Caps", as some are rather expensive if you go over your limit. Some also have unlimeted data.

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Thanks

metricman wrote:

There are internet providers that use satellites to provide services.

It is not cheap. Probably about 100 USD to 200 USD a month.

Just Google "rural internet options" and a bunch of services will be listed.

I think some of the standard dish TV providers may also provide internet access. Just be careful of "Data Caps", as some are rather expensive if you go over your limit. Some also have unlimeted data.

I will look at that.

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Hughes Internet

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Infrastr...

One thing that those in Washington DC seem to be able to agree on is infrastructure improvements and repairs and I was glad to see that rural internet was listed as part of this.

Of course, going from agreement to law is tough these days.

Satellite

metricman wrote:

There are internet providers that use satellites to provide services.

It is not cheap. Probably about 100 USD to 200 USD a month.

Just Google "rural internet options" and a bunch of services will be listed.

I think some of the standard dish TV providers may also provide internet access. Just be careful of "Data Caps", as some are rather expensive if you go over your limit. Some also have unlimeted data.

Have satellite ISPs gotten any faster than back in the day when they were slower than AOL dial-up? I'm not sure they can be faster than that, as the problem was lag due to bouncing a signal off a satellite in addition to the usual processing time back on earth.

I feel for you Mary. Remember when utilities used to be a form of public service business? Those days have passed. Rural areas just aren't a priority for many companies.

25 Mbps

Lost Anyway wrote:

Have satellite ISPs gotten any faster than back in the day when they were slower than AOL dial-up? I'm not sure they can be faster than that, as the problem was lag due to bouncing a signal off a satellite in addition to the usual processing time back on earth.

I feel for you Mary. Remember when utilities used to be a form of public service business? Those days have passed. Rural areas just aren't a priority for many companies.

Much better than dial-up!

HughesNet is offering 25 Mbps (download) with no data limit for $59.99 USD per month to start. Read the fine print to see all the details about when the speed slows, video discount, etc.

Faster speeds are available.

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There is one problem with

There is one problem with Satellite that is very annoying. Latency. 400 ms and higher. As much as a full second. Those on cable and DSL have a latency in the are of 10-50ms. Almost instantaneous. With Sat, it seems like forever before the browser responds to clicks. Studies have shown that most users will only tolerate about a half second delay, (500ms) before the second click and get annoyed.

The signal has to travel 22,000 miles up, the 22,000 miles back, a few milliseconds to get to the website, and then another 44,000 miles to get back to you. At 88,000 miles the signal takes pretty close to 500 ms to cover that distance, plus any other added latencies. Tha sat companies maintain caches both in the ground station and on the satellite to help speed things up, but there is still a perceived and definite delay there.

I had to use Sat for about 5 years, 04-09. Sure the technology has improved, but the distance to the Satellite from Ground is still the same, and the speed of radio waves, (speed of light) haven't changed. Back then, Even AOL looked good, next to satellite.

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My niece had Hughes Net...

charlesd45 wrote:

This company advertises a lot https://internet.hughesnet.com/?hnkw=hughes%20internet&s_ace=&s_adp=1t1&s_agid=6831880987&s_aid=333247079459&s_cid=154688347&s_dvc=c&s_kid=1800928467&s_loci=&s_locp=9012387&s_ntwk=g&s_pid=1&s_plid=&s_sid=198&s_tgtid=kwd-1800928467&utm_mcid=3198051&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=hughes%20internet&utm_cmpid=154688347&utm_adgid=6831880987&utm_tgtid=kwd-1800928467&utm_mt=e&utm_adid=333247079459&utm_dvc=c&utm_ntwk=g&utm_adpos=1t1&utm_plcmnt=&utm_locphysid=9012387&utm_locintid=&utm_feeditemid=&utm_devicemdl=&utm_plcmnttgt=&gclid=CjwKCAjw2cTmBRAVEiwA8YMgzXW-7V02eVkDl_QY31NGxgq-zyf4QnuPBLJIIff-E_2sbA1KZSPj1xoCtEMQAvD_BwE

...a few years ago. She liked the service but she said that they would throttle it once you got to your data limit. I think she had 5 gigs at 10 megs. Once she got to the 5 gigs they slowed everything down to 3 megs.

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Thanks all

My sister has Hughes net and it is not good. The Latency is slow and it said unlimeted but there are rules. She has to download at 3 am to avoid extra cost. I don't think satalite would be good as we stream movies every say. We are movie people.
Thanks for all the information so far.

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internet

I have read on RV forums where Verizon has a new plan that is truly unlimited at $40 a month. So far no one has reported a slowdown and they stream Netflex and all the others.

You might check it out with Verizon.

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Texas Home Internet Service In Rural Areas

mgarledge wrote:

...My question is: Does anyone in North Texas have radio service with another company? If so how is the service and do they offer unlimited? I am having trouble finding a replacement internet to serve us. We need unlimited as we stream HBO, Netflix, etc. everyday.

Also, does anyone know of a Home Cell service that has unlimited Hotspot service that will let you connect to a TV?
Reading it looks like Hotspots don't let you connect to a TV from what I can tell by reading online...

Mary,

Who is your current cell phone provider?

Jim1348

I'm guessing you are maybe

I'm guessing you are maybe somewhat near Fort Worth, but in the far outskirts of the suburbs where you don't have the typical Internet services offered in the cities. Do you have a different landline provider or television service provider, or does it all currently come from OneSource?

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AT&T

Jim1348 wrote:
mgarledge wrote:

...My question is: Does anyone in North Texas have radio service with another company? If so how is the service and do they offer unlimited? I am having trouble finding a replacement internet to serve us. We need unlimited as we stream HBO, Netflix, etc. everyday.

Also, does anyone know of a Home Cell service that has unlimited Hotspot service that will let you connect to a TV?
Reading it looks like Hotspots don't let you connect to a TV from what I can tell by reading online...

Mary,

Who is your current cell phone provider?

Jim1348

AT&T

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I will check this out

garry1p wrote:

I have read on RV forums where Verizon has a new plan that is truly unlimited at $40 a month. So far no one has reported a slowdown and they stream Netflex and all the others.

You might check it out with Verizon.

Thanks will look for this.

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Just North West of FW

koot wrote:

I'm guessing you are maybe somewhat near Fort Worth, but in the far outskirts of the suburbs where you don't have the typical Internet services offered in the cities. Do you have a different landline provider or television service provider, or does it all currently come from OneSource?

We are 5 miles out of a small city. We are offered only land line from Frontier. Internet from OneSource, TV from Dish.

No Cable, No DSL, No Fios. No water, No Gas. No sewer. Just 1 mile over there is Water but none of the other services.
We are left out in the cold by everyone.

We do have great cell service from AT&T.

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Texas Home Internet Service in Rural Areas

You could do what I did. I ordered the $20 per month AT&T Unlimited Connected Car Plan and installed the SIM card in another device. It is faster than Frontier DSL was and less expensive.

Can i

Jim1348 wrote:

You could do what I did. I ordered the $20 per month AT&T Unlimited Connected Car Plan and installed the SIM card in another device. It is faster than Frontier DSL was and less expensive.

Can I srteam movies on a tv with the connected plan installed in a phone or hotspot?

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Texas Home Internet Service in Rural Areas

That will be speed dependent. What speeds to you get on your phone with AT&T service currently?

internet

ATT connect car plan is no longer available I have it $20 unlimited lot of folks use hundreds of gigabits per month streaming.

ATT is coming out with a new plan to counter Verizon not sure when.

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Fast for surffing

Jim1348 wrote:

That will be speed dependent. What speeds to you get on your phone with AT&T service currently?

My phone is fast. I have never watched a movie on it but youtube is good on it.

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Texas Home Internet Service in Rural Areas

garry1p wrote:

ATT connect car plan is no longer available I have it $20 unlimited lot of folks use hundreds of gigabits per month streaming.

ATT is coming out with a new plan to counter Verizon not sure when.

Some, on Howard Forums, have stated that they have been able to buy a used ZTE Mobley and then call and get the plan when they provided the ZTE Mobley IMEI. If you have more current information, then I stand corrected.

Texas Home Internet Service in Rural Areas

mgarledge wrote:

My phone is fast. I have never watched a movie on it but Youtube is good on it.

Can you please post the results after using this?

https://www.speedtest.net/

I am shocked

Jim1348 wrote:
mgarledge wrote:

My phone is fast. I have never watched a movie on it but Youtube is good on it.

Can you please post the results after using this?

https://www.speedtest.net/

I thought my phone was faster than the 10 mbps we have from Onesource.

Phone
7.4 download
4.1 upload
36 ping

Onesource
9.8 download
2.3 uploaad
46 ping

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Good enough to stream HD

Good enough to stream HD videos.
https://help.netflix.com/en/node/306

Thanks

chewbacca wrote:

Good enough to stream HD videos.
https://help.netflix.com/en/node/306

Ok, thanks for the link. If we have to go that way it looks like it will work.

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Sometimes the only choice

Our lifestyle has changed so much in a relatively short time such that we have all come to depend on internet connectivity to the point that it is nearly a necessity. This is reminiscent of the rural electrification program after the Great Depression. That was followed by telephone lines. It is hard for some of us to image that a hundred years ago, a great part of our country was living without electric power.

The nature of modern web pages has made dial-up internet impractical for the most part. Distance limitations clobber DSL a couple miles from the telco central office. There is no economic return for companies to run cable or fiber to low population dense areas. WISPs (Wireless Internet Service Providers) seem to be an option, but if one such as OneSource sets up shop and then shuts down, it may be because it isn't profitable enough for them in some areas. Cellular providers likewise invest in towers with acceptable data bandwidth capacity in population dense areas, but in rural areas, cell service can be hit or miss and data bandwidth is often minimal at best. That leaves satellite as the remaining option for some. As others have noted here, it can be expensive, it has imposed data cap limitations and the latency adds considerable frustration for some.

Most of us here are probably above average in savvy when it comes to our current technology, but for those who aren't, latency is the delay from the time you hit Enter until the page you want comes back to you. We've all seen this on TV news where they are talking to a correspondent in another country. The question is asked and then there is a lengthy pause with the other person nodding their head before they begin to speak.

As with the electric companies 100 years ago, there was no financial incentive for them to set poles, string wires and build substations needed to bring electricity outside the city limits. The government stepped up and a lot of good came from it. Perhaps it is again time for the government to step up and provide an incentive for businesses to expand the into the rural areas.

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Texas Home Internet Service in Rural Areas

TXRVer wrote:

...Perhaps it is again time for the government to step up and provide an incentive for businesses to expand the into the rural areas.

While I agree with the sentiment in theory, it sort of reminds me of the song, "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late." If the government had done that 10 years ago, I may have been in favor of it. Now, however, I think that wireless has, or will, essentially leap-frog over wired technologies. Sure, it will still take a while yet, but why run wires and put up poles in areas with few users?

Another reason I am sold in cellular internet is because of my recent experience. I had Frontier DSL for a bunch of years. They have little interest in improving their service. So. I bought two of the AT&T Unlimited Connected Car Plans, removed the SIM card, installed the SIM in other devices and I now have faster internet for less money than when I was with Frontier.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3ceb5OVG7k

Found one on line

I found where Veruzon is offering 5G fixed wireless for some addresses. It is not every where and I couldn't find any prices or plans. I put in my address and we are not one of the lucky ones. It sounds like it will be good for people like me in rural areas but not just yet.
So far the two options we have are the connected car idea and we found another company, Rise Broadband. Rise offers radio like we have now. Rise reviews are mostly one star and not very promising.

I am seeing as I get older problems are so much harder on me than when I was young. This is stressing me out. shock

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Stream movies

Jim1348 wrote:
TXRVer wrote:

...Perhaps it is again time for the government to step up and provide an incentive for businesses to expand the into the rural areas.

While I agree with the sentiment in theory, it sort of reminds me of the song, "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late." If the government had done that 10 years ago, I may have been in favor of it. Now, however, I think that wireless has, or will, essentially leap-frog over wired technologies. Sure, it will still take a while yet, but why run wires and put up poles in areas with few users?

Another reason I am sold in cellular internet is because of my recent experience. I had Frontier DSL for a bunch of years. They have little interest in improving their service. So. I bought two of the AT&T Unlimited Connected Car Plans, removed the SIM card, installed the SIM in other devices and I now have faster internet for less money than when I was with Frontier.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3ceb5OVG7k

Do you stream very many movies with htis set up?

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Texas Home Internet Service in Rural Areas

When we stress this the most, the following can be happening at our place:

-Wife is streaming Netflix

-Oldest son likely streaming something AND on-line gaming

-Youngest son on-line gaming

-Me streaming DirecTV Now and surfing the web.

My biggest concern was when the above happens at the same time. I am happy to report that it has kept up.

rural internet

One of the ideas is to have the rural electric corporations provide internet service it is now under test in several places.

https://cdgportal.com/blog/index.php/2019/04/25/rural-reconn...

FCC announcement:
https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-incentivizes-faster-broadba...

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Speed

mgarledge wrote:
Jim1348 wrote:
mgarledge wrote:

My phone is fast. I have never watched a movie on it but Youtube is good on it.

Can you please post the results after using this?

https://www.speedtest.net/

I thought my phone was faster than the 10 mbps we have from Onesource.

Phone
7.4 download
4.1 upload
36 ping

Onesource
9.8 download
2.3 uploaad
46 ping

I just put my phone beside my router and the speed was better
37.4 download
5.1 upload
212 ping

What devices do you have the sims card in.
I thought about buying a hotspot for the sims card and attaching it to my router.

How long have you been using them.

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mgarledge wrote:
mgarledge wrote:
Jim1348 wrote:
mgarledge wrote:

My phone is fast. I have never watched a movie on it but Youtube is good on it.

Can you please post the results after using this?

https://www.speedtest.net/

I thought my phone was faster than the 10 mbps we have from Onesource.

Phone
7.4 download
4.1 upload
36 ping

Onesource
9.8 download
2.3 uploaad
46 ping

I just put my phone beside my router and the speed was better
37.4 download
5.1 upload
212 ping

Being closer to the router has nothing to do with the speed if your phone connects through LTE cellular.

Speed test

chewbacca wrote:
mgarledge wrote:
mgarledge wrote:
Jim1348 wrote:
mgarledge wrote:

My phone is fast. I have never watched a movie on it but Youtube is good on it.

Can you please post the results after using this?

https://www.speedtest.net/

I thought my phone was faster than the 10 mbps we have from Onesource.

Phone
7.4 download
4.1 upload
36 ping

Onesource
9.8 download
2.3 uploaad
46 ping

I just put my phone beside my router and the speed was better
37.4 download
5.1 upload
212 ping

Being closer to the router has nothing to do with the speed if your phone connects through LTE cellular.

I put it by my router as that is where the hot spot will be. I was checking to see it the reception was any better there tnan when i ran the 1st speed test setting on my couch.

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Glad I researched before buying

Ok the Mobley car connect is no longer available. The Harman Spark has replaced it. The Harmar has a sims card that is non user removable.
The phone co is grandfathering the 1st device that had the sim card that could be removed but are not selling any more plans for the Mobley.

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Texas Home Internet Service in Rural Areas

mgarledge wrote:

...What devices do you have the sims card in? I thought about buying a hot-spot for the SIM card and attaching it to my router.

How long have you been using them?

The one I have for the house is the Netgear Nighthawk MR1100 M1 Mobile Router. There are a couple of versions of it. I have the version with AT&T Band 14. It has Carrier Aggregation and an Ethernet port. It works great for me. I have it connected to an Asus wifi router on the main level and on the second floor of our house I have a second wifi router.

I also have both an AT&T Unite Explore and an AT&T Unite Express 2
AC797S. The second SIM card has been in both of these and, since I don't need both of these, I will eventually sell one of them.

The first line I got a year or so ago and the second one I got a couple of months ago.

https://www.netgear.com/support/product/MR1100.aspx

streaming tv

I live in South Texas, so am no help on providers. About streaming tv, as a trucker I am gone alot I have AT&T as a mobile provider it is a little pricey to have an unlimited data plan but worth it as I can stream HBO,Netflix and others with no additional charges. Using a usb c to hdmi cable I can connect to any tv with hdmi and view on large screen. I know this isn't what you had in mind, but it does work.

hughesnet

Hughesnet (and every other satilite isp I looked at ) have caps on all their data plans. things change all the time so please look for yourself.

ATT & Dish

I see where you have AT&T already they have bought Direct tv and allow unlimited streaming of direct tv (with subscription) without counting against your data plan. I use this feature all over the country and love it.

ATT & Dish

I see where you have AT&T already they have bought Direct tv and allow unlimited streaming of direct tv (with subscription) without counting against your data plan. I use this feature all over the country and love it.

Looking at

Jim1348 wrote:
mgarledge wrote:

...What devices do you have the sims card in? I thought about buying a hot-spot for the SIM card and attaching it to my router.

How long have you been using them?

The one I have for the house is the Netgear Nighthawk MR1100 M1 Mobile Router. There are a couple of versions of it. I have the version with AT&T Band 14. It has Carrier Aggregation and an Ethernet port. It works great for me. I have it connected to an Asus wifi router on the main level and on the second floor of our house I have a second wifi router.

I also have both an AT&T Unite Explore and an AT&T Unite Express 2
AC797S. The second SIM card has been in both of these and, since I don't need both of these, I will eventually sell one of them.

The first line I got a year or so ago and the second one I got a couple of months ago.

https://www.netgear.com/support/product/MR1100.aspx

Thanks. I was looking at the Netgear Nighthawk Mobile Router . It did look good.
I can't go with the Car Connect, if you are not grandfathered in at&t won't let you use the sims card from the Harmon Spark they offer now.

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Thanks for all your info

Ajax67 wrote:

I live in South Texas, so am no help on providers. About streaming tv, as a trucker I am gone alot I have AT&T as a mobile provider it is a little pricey to have an unlimited data plan but worth it as I can stream HBO,Netflix and others with no additional charges. Using a usb c to hdmi cable I can connect to any tv with hdmi and view on large screen. I know this isn't what you had in mind, but it does work.

I looked at the AT&T plan. It has unlimited but only 15gb hotspot.
When you connect to tv with hdmi is this considered using a hotspot? We use Netflix and HBO a lot.

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Texas Home Internet Service in Rural Areas

mgarledge wrote:

Thanks. I was looking at the Netgear Nighthawk Mobile Router. It did look good. I can't go with the Car Connect, if you are not grandfathered in AT&T won't let you use the SIMs card from the Harmon Spark they offer now.

That's correct. The only possible/likely way to get that plan now would be to get the IMEI from a ZTE Mobley and try to activate it that way. However, there is no guarantee that they still will do that.

Another way is to get the $30 iPad plan. The name is really misleading, though. My understanding is that it works for any tablet. Again, you would need to activate it and then install the SIM card in another device.

IPad

Jim1348 wrote:
mgarledge wrote:

Thanks. I was looking at the Netgear Nighthawk Mobile Router. It did look good. I can't go with the Car Connect, if you are not grandfathered in AT&T won't let you use the SIMs card from the Harmon Spark they offer now.

That's correct. The only possible/likely way to get that plan now would be to get the IMEI from a ZTE Mobley and try to activate it that way. However, there is no guarantee that they still will do that.

Another way is to get the $30 iPad plan. The name is really misleading, though. My understanding is that it works for any tablet. Again, you would need to activate it and then install the SIM card in another device.

I just bypassed the ipad plan as i thought it was only apple. I have android tablets. Thanks I will look at that.

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Texas Home Internet Service in Rural Areas

Howard Forums is the place to be to learn more about this.

https://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1897341-AT-amp-T...

Thank you

Jim1348 wrote:

Howard Forums is the place to be to learn more about this.

https://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1897341-AT-amp-T-unlimited-iPad-plan/page27

Will look at this. Thanks

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mgarledge wrote:
Ajax67 wrote:

I live in South Texas, so am no help on providers. About streaming tv, as a trucker I am gone alot I have AT&T as a mobile provider it is a little pricey to have an unlimited data plan but worth it as I can stream HBO,Netflix and others with no additional charges. Using a usb c to hdmi cable I can connect to any tv with hdmi and view on large screen. I know this isn't what you had in mind, but it does work.

I looked at the AT&T plan. It has unlimited but only 15gb hotspot.
When you connect to tv with hdmi is this considered using a hotspot? We use Netflix and HBO a lot.

If you connect the smartphone or tablet directly to TV, it is not considered hotspot data.

As far as I know, cellular providers (in the USA) definition of "unlimited data" is anything up to X gigabyte and after that it is throttled down to snail speed.

Thanks

chewbacca wrote:
mgarledge wrote:
Ajax67 wrote:

I live in South Texas, so am no help on providers. About streaming tv, as a trucker I am gone alot I have AT&T as a mobile provider it is a little pricey to have an unlimited data plan but worth it as I can stream HBO,Netflix and others with no additional charges. Using a usb c to hdmi cable I can connect to any tv with hdmi and view on large screen. I know this isn't what you had in mind, but it does work.

I looked at the AT&T plan. It has unlimited but only 15gb hotspot.
When you connect to tv with hdmi is this considered using a hotspot? We use Netflix and HBO a lot.

If you connect the smartphone or tablet directly to TV, it is not considered hotspot data.

As far as I know, cellular providers (in the USA) definition of "unlimited data" is anything up to X gigabyte and after that it is throttled down to snail speed.

I have a small amount of data and wanted to see if I could stream with my phone. I messed up some stuff on my router so I put it back the way it was and now all ok with the router. I set my phone to hotspot and could see the link on my TV. I didn't try with it this way because of my data. I will run a cable to the phone and TV and see if that will stream ok. If it streams ok I may get a real plan (I have Prepaid).
I still will need a plan for my router as we are connected to a lot of stuff that has to run all day. Still looking at ideas.
It looks like that Rise Broadband (radio) may be the way we go. confused

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Been experimenting for two days

Trying to tether my cell phone to an old router to see how it would work if I get a cell plan. I don't want to try with my newer router as it is set up to provide the house with internet.
Getting frustrated. Don't know if it's what I am doing or if it is because it is an old D-Link 625 router. I can tether directly to my PC but not router. I looked online for directions and the router doesn't seem to have the same settings as the examples.
I think I am done for now. I said that yesterday and put everything up. I took all out again today and it is only 10:00 am and I am putting everything back up.
Think I will sew and forget about it for now (if I can).
grin

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mgarledge wrote:

Trying to tether my cell phone to an old router to see how it would work if I get a cell plan.

What exactly are you trying to do? Why are you trying to connect a router to a smartphone?

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