The best ways to get motorhome wifi
So I know RVing full time is an adventure and a half, not to mention cheaper than living in a house or even an apartment in many places in the U.S., but that is not to say that there aren't some things that you have to hunt for. One of those things is getting motorhome wifi. Whether you live in a full-time RV park in a major city or the middle of the woods in a state park, this will consider your mind. That is why in this article, we are going to be looking at some of the best ways to get access to RV internet.
When it comes to internet sources, there are a lot of options out there. The best options that you can get for your RV is Satellite, cellular, and wired cable. These are the most stable and reliable right now for RV's, campers, and any other facet of living the RV life.
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What are the types of internet?
There are multiple types of internet that you can look into if you are staying or living in an RV. One of the most common types is cable internet. Then I would say that the next two you could look at would be satellite internet and cellular. There pros and cons to both of these, and they will each be discussed in their sections. The last available one is fixed wireless, and there is a bit to unpack with this particular option compared to the others.
Cable internet or direct internet is the one that most people are familiar with. Here you pay a cable company an extra fee, and you will be able to use your cable to access the internet. Some companies will do this by providing you a modem, while others will let you use your own if you already have one. It is available at most RV parks with electricity because if you have electricity, why not have cable and internet.
It is also worth noting that not all RV parks have internet and cable, but those with park wifi. The park wifi may be free to the park guests, but it might also cost a fee. Either way, this is often a feature of RV parks and one that should be considered. We will talk more about how to use this effectively later on in the article.
DSL works fundamentally the same as the above cable-based internet seRVices, the big difference being that it uses phone lines instead of cable. For an RV, I don't see many ways that this could be useful because most RV sites don't have phone lines. If yours does, then this might very well be a viable way for you to get the internet.
Next up, we have cellular internet. The great thing about cellular internet is that it uses the pre-established cell seRVices that appear around the country and are only getting better with time. These seRVices might be accessed through the hotspot function on your phone as long as that is part of your plan. You could also access this would be to have a hotspot order from a cell network provider, or you can buy a cellular modem and then connect it to a network via a sim card.
The limitations of cellular internet are diminishing each year, but there are still some that you should be aware of before you go with this option. The biggest is that data limits may hinder how much you can do with your hotspot. The upside is that every year the data limits seem to increase, so I wouldn't be surprised if, in a few years, there were truly unlimited hotspots with no data limits for a reasonable price. The other factor is a delay. There may be a second or two delays when using a cell network if it is busy, but this is an increasingly rare occurrence with more mobile games needing a live connection.
Satellite internet ties with cellular for being the most mobile-friendly as well as being resilient. You have the option of two services for this right now, those either being Hughesnet or Viasat, but a few more companies are coming out in the next few years. With satellite internet, you would need to sign up with one of the companies and install the satellite dish at your RV. Some companies let you do this yourself while others require that you get it installed by there experts.
When looking at the downsides of satellite internet, I think that price to data limit will be the biggest detractor with these. Hughs net is better priced but with a smaller data limit. At the same time, Viasat has an unlimited plan, but that might very well run hundreds of dollars, not the most cost-effective internet solution ever. The difficulty of using satellite internet is not near what it was, and much like cellular, it improves every year, but the thing that you have to remember is that it is not yet comparable to cable. You will still have to have the dish, and if anything messes with the network, you can lose your internet seRVice, but that's not that much different from the regular cable when you think about it.
Fixed Wireless Internet
Fixed wireless internet functions similar to cellular internet. It is relayed from towers but is also like a satellite as it requires a receiver and a much more precise connection. This type of internet connection is a real option for those that are considering every possible internet type. Still, there are some factors that you should be aware of before you choose this particular option.
The downsides of fixed wireless internet are that it requires a direct communication line between your receiver and the transmitter. Anything that gets in between your receiver and the transmitter will block your internet. This inconvenience means that you are also tethered to one place as your receiver requires that transmitter. This type is a good option if you are staying somewhere without Cable fiber optic or DSL, but if you just want to pick up and go, this probably is not the internet solution for you.
The items that you need to access the internet from a cable provider are fairly simple. You will need a cable, but I would recommend that cable be at least twenty-five feet long. This length will make your life easier when you are trying to connect your modem to the outside poll. Another device that I would recommend that you have even if you don't intend to use it is getting a splitter. The spitter will allow you to hook up multiple devices to a single cable so that you could say have both your modem and a tv connected to the cable. Just be warned that splitter will lower your internet speed and bandwidth depending on; however, many items are attached to it.
Not much to say for DSL because all you should have to do is plug your phone cable into the back of the modem.
For cellular, you will want to take a look at hotspots or cellular modems for your internet. Simultaneously, you can run a hot spot off of your phone that will only be good for one device in a small space. If that all you have, then great. If not, then go ahead and look at the different available options. Version sells hotspots for you to use, and I believe at&t does at the time of this article as well. Most phone companies also sell sim cards that can be used in a hotspot or cellular modem.
Wifi ranger is good not only for modems but also for routers that will increase your signal range. You can also use routers to access the free wifi of the park you are staying in with the same device. Bypassing the metal of the RV and giving you a good signal inside.
You won't need much more for satellite internet other than the dish that they provide for you.
Fixed wireless internet
Fixed wireless internet is very similar to a satellite internet uplink in that you'll need the received for the signal and not much else.
This list has been our overview of the best ways to get motorhome wifi. I hope that this list helps you the right decision for you and your RV life. Suppose you find yourself looking form more advice, than feel free to look around the site. We have articles to help with RVing full-time, ranging from finding the best RV recliners to where to stay in your RV.