In today’s world, staying connected to the internet has become increasingly necessary and even while travelling through the country in a motorhome, we still need to be connected.
Whether you’re only planning for a weekend getaway with a couple of friends or you intend to travel and live in your mobile home for several months, you’ll definitely need benefit from reliable access to the internet.
In this post, we will explore some of the motorhome internet options currently available to you.
Your motorhome internet options
While you’re away in your motorhome you may want to be able to reach your family and friends back home via emails, voice calls, and even video calls, you also need the internet for your GPS to help you find your way through the country.
And if you like to work while on the move, you definitely need a stable internet connection. Even to relax and have a good time in front of your smart TV requires a fast internet connection, for fast video downloads and live streaming.
Let’s face it, the internet has become a very important part of our lives. So what internet options are available for motorhomes and how do you make sure you’re connected even when you are away from the big cities?
Thankfully, there are a number of options for accessing WiFi in motorhomes and to enjoy a smooth and unlimited connection you need to choose the best type of mobile internet for you. Available motorhome internet options include;
- WiFi boosters
- Motorhomes satellite Internet
- Mobile broadband – 4G hotspot
Let’s take a look at each option in more depth to help you decide which is best for you.
Most caravan parks, truck parks and coffee shops now offer free WiFi as part of their regular services. And if you intend to stay camped for most of the time, you can access the internet using this free WiFi. This can be a good internet option but a major disadvantage is the strength of the connection.
This public internet option usually has lots of people trying to tap into it and this can weaken the connection. Or you may be packed in an area where the connection isn’t very strong, because a signal grows weaker as it gets farther away from the router, this can also make your connection really weak and slow – which can be very frustrating. This is where WiFi boosters come in.
A WiFi booster is a gadget that basically boosts the strength of the wireless internet signal. It works by connecting to the WiFi signal from the transmitter, it then amplifies this signal and transmits it to more areas. This will make your internet access much stronger and faster, making you less frustrated from a slow and unstable internet connection.
A WiFi booster, such as the above Kuma WIFIKIT, is an excellent device to have in your motorhome especially if you intend to stay camped on organised sites for most of the time. But getting one can be really tricky because you have to make sure you find one that is compatible with a wide range of routers, has a secure connection and is strong enough to provide you with fast connection.
There are different types of WiFi boosters; there are the extenders, the repeaters and the boosters, they basically do the same thing. And there are the wired and wireless boosters. For a motorhome, a wireless booster is a better choice, to aid mobility.
Motorhome Satellite Internet
If you intend to always be on the move in your motorhome and still want a stable and fast internet connection, or you’d like to move very far civilization, then a satellite internet – dedicated internet service from satellite providers – may be the best option for you.
This internet signal is trapped from space via a satellite dish and then transferred to a modem in your motorhome. It’s either you mount the satellite dish on the roof of your caravan or RV, or you can use a tripod-mounted satellite dish.
A roof-mounted satellite dish is permanently attached to the roof your motorhome. While the tripod-mounted satellite dish is mounted on a tripod stand and placed somewhere in your motorhome with the sky in full view. An interesting thing about the roof-mounted satellite dish is that you won’t have to climb to the roof each time you want to rotate the dish for a clearer connection, because with just the click of a button the satellite will automatically rotate to find connections.
Another advantage of mounting your satellite dish on the roof of your motorhome is that it won’t take up any space in your motorhome since it’s technically not in it but on the roof. Unlike the roof-mounted satellite dish, the tripod-mounted satellite dish will take up enough storage space in your motorhome, and if you choose to get RV satellite internet, storage and positioning are things you should seriously consider because these dishes are usually very big.
However, the dishes are large, they have to be as they have the ability to send and receive data. Ata minimum you’d expect them to be 80cm, which makes roof mounting an issue on smaller caravans. There is another drawback, the cost. They are expensive, as in thousands of pounds expensive.
There is no doubt that when it comes to performance, satellite internet for your motorhome is a great option, especially if you intend to travel to very remote places where WiFi network is virtually non-existent. No matter where you go, provided you can see the sky, satellite internet has you covered. However, a massive disadvantage though is the very high purchase price, to get one is really expensive.
Mobile Broadband – 4G Hotspot
Another great option for connecting your motorhome to the internet is wireless cellular internet connection. You may already be familiar with this type of connection from your smartphone hotspot and if you didn’t know it, this is actually a good way of accessing the internet from your motorhome since your smartphone is with you almost everywhere you go.
All you have to do is subscribe for data from your network provider and enjoy a caravan internet connection from your mobile phone hotspot, this means you’re literally using your phone as a modem. Alternatively, you can get a device for wireless networking.
Devices specially built for wireless networking are a great motorhome internet option, they are able to connect to external antennas and are better at picking up internet connection than smartphones. They usually require a SIM card with an active data plan and a 3G or 4G data connection.
How do I know the best motorhome internet option for me?
Connecting your motorhome to the internet is not luxury but a necessity and any of the motorhome internet option above is a good way to stay connected while camping. But just like most things in life, some options suit some individuals best.
In spite of this, choosing the best motorhome internet option for you isn’t rocket science and shouldn’t be difficult, it boils down to the type of traveller you are, where you intend to camp and of course, personal preference.
If you like to stay on campsites, a WiFi booster will be a good choice since most of these camps already have WiFi, so all you need is to ensure your connection is as strong as possible using a booster. And if you prefer to stay in small towns and pack by the curbside, then a 4G hotspot from your smartphone or a wireless networking device is a good choice.
But if yours is a wide spirit and you intend to travel far into very remote places and possibly to the ends of the earth, then you better get a motorhome satellite internet.