I mostly use an LTE connection for internet access. This works out nicely for most things, but I have been struggling to deal with one aspect: streaming video from Amazon. Netflix and Hulu Plus work fine, but Amazon's app doesn't allow for streaming over anything but wifi.
After a lot of reading and some trial and error I stumbled on an approach that seems to work. This is rather a rough hack, but it does appear to work for the couple of instances I have tried it on.
Prerequisites: a wifi router (doesn't need an active internet connection)
- create a wifi network
- connect your iOS device to the network
- in Settings->Wifi, hit the "i" button next to the network name
- Configure it as STATIC with the following settings:
- IP address: 192.168.0.2
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
Start the Amazon Video app and begin playback
Once playback starts you no longer need the wifi router. You can skip around, streaming over the cellular connection. But you can't start a new video without reconnecting to the router.
I'm hopeful that Amazon will eventually allow streaming over cellular. But this at least opens an option until then.
For those who may be curious, my home internet connectivity is currently provided by Clear. But this is in the process of being shut down by Sprint, and is significantly slower than the unlimited LTE I get from T-Mobile. So it makes more sense for me to use the faster, more reliable LTE connection, at least until I can work out something better for home.