Friday, February 3, 2023


How to watch YouTube videos using little bandwidth

By Chuck Woodbury,

For many RVers who travel a lot or even full-time, Internet access is hit and miss. For RVers who want to be online whenever they want to, the choice is often a cell phone used as a WiFi hotspot, a mobile hotspot, or the Wifi at an RV park or other public place, like McDonald’s or Starbucks.

At an RV park, the access speed is often very slow, making it difficult and frustrating to watch a YouTube video. Many RV parks also ask their guests to not watch videos: there is only so much bandwidth to go around and if someone hogs it watching a video, other campers may not be able to get on or if they do at a snail’s pace.

RVers who get online with a plan from Verizon, AT&T or other carriers are often very limited in the amount of data they can use. For them, watching a video takes just too much bandwidth. So they seldom watch.

In this video, I show you how to watch YouTube videos using very little bandwidth. There are two ways to do it, and I show you both. I recorded this at standard definition, so watching won’t use much data.


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6 years ago

This is a great example of why there is such a big problem with low bandwidth. You should provide a simple text based alternative to watching this video. If everyone that had instructions would provide a simple text based alternative then we would have much less video watching. Of course there are many videos that can not be replaced by text.

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