What we do for RV Internet, IoT, and Entertainment

I’ve been asked over and over what we do for internet and entertainment in the RV. I’m what one might call a geek, and have been into tech since the mid 80’s. Our RV wouldn’t be my home if it weren’t decked out with some cool stuff.

The first segment covers internet, how we get it, and how the WiFi network is setup. We use the AT&T Homebase with an Apple AirPort Extreme WiFi Router. There’s also a WeBoost Drive 4G-X RV Signal Booster to make the LTE better.

The second covers a couple of IoT (internet of things) devices we use to monitor the dogs while we’re out and about. The hub is a Samsung SmartThings Hub with one device connected to it: SmartThings Motion/Temperature Sensor. We use two Nest DropCams – one for the Chigger Cam (the dogs) and the other for the Office View of the rear of the RV!

And the third covers our home theater setup. The age of the devices we use is an interesting mix of ancient and state of the art. As with any electronic project, the scale is up to you, but the basics are always the same. Our projector is discontinued, but a similar device is the Epson Home Cinema 740HD. There’s an Apple TV connected to that (here’s a link to the latest version: AppleTV 4k). We use iPads, iPhones, Macbook Pros and use AirParrot Remote from Squirrels LLC to push video from the Windows 10 based PC to the Apple TV. We use a Blackweb BWA17AV004 Bluetooth Audio Receiver Set to get audio from the AppleTV to our amplifier since it’s of the ancient variety (only has an AUX input). It may be old, but it gets the job done, and the walls of the RV are built like saltine crackers (thin!).

For content, we use all of the regular suspects: iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, AMC, CBS, VUDU, Amazon Prime Video (yes, great shipping with the content!), HBO, Starz, and DIRECTV NOW.

The links above may point to the newer versions of the products I use as they’re discontinued. As with any of our posts, some of the links off site will be affiliate links and we will earn a commission if you make a purchase using the links. Thank you if you do that. It means a lot to us.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your setup, or are just curious what others have done, have a look. And please leave a comment on the video if you have questions or suggestions.

Thank you for being here! If you like this video, be sure to watch our previous video: Our RV living Pits and Peaks So Far!

This video was shot on a Sony HDRCX580 and was edited in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Michael

Husband, father, epic adventurer, perpetually curious, rule breaker, startup guy, innovator, maker of things. Doer of stuff. CEO of Epic Playground. Creator of inboundgeo.

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