Satellite Broadband and Other Options
We did not consider Satellite Internet in my guide as it has a very high cost comparatively and can be cumbersome to get connected and you also cannot use it while in transit.
We know there many RV’ers who use this option and find it wonderful. But most people choose not to make the equipment/ installation investment that it takes, removing it as an option and its not really in the scope of this article. If cost is no object that certainly its a viable option particularly if you’re a boon docker.
More Information on Satellite Broadband:
Cant I get RV WIFI for FREE?
Perhaps you decided that mobile broadband is not for you but you still want to put yourself in a position to get the best WIFI reception possible while on your travels at a low cost one time expense. After all, then you can use the RV parks WIFI or possibly other local WIFI signals to your advantage.
There are many products that can help you get a better WIFI signal. There are 2 popular ways that seem to be common:
- Purchase and Install the WIFI Ranger. This is an all in one system designed integrate superior WIFI reception and your mobile broad band from (Verizon, Sprint, ATT, etc) so that you’re always connected. It will run you somewhere around $200 to $700 depending on the options you want plus any installation cost that comes along with that. Its one of the most widely used systems in the RV’er community.
- Purchase a WIFI Antenna/Booster. There are literally hundreds of options here. This is the cheaper and “self install” option. For under $100 you can outfit your RV with a device that will get you much better reception at a fraction of the cost of the WIFI Ranger, yet you wont get the integration and feature set that comes with it.
You should consider picking up two products in particular. You will need to purchase a WIFI Antenna with a USB adapter which you can plug directly into a Laptop or PC.
If you do not have a device with a USB port you can also purchase a Cradlepoint Personal Hotspot which you plug the antenna into and it takes the antenna reception and creates a WIFI hotspot in your RV so you can use your iPads, Mobile Phones, Laptops, Internet Connected TV, etc all at the same time.
This will increase the range of the WIFI your RV can pick up exponentially. We actually have both the Mobile Broadband from Verizon AND this setup described here to make sure we are able to find a good internet connection. You can see links to the two products you will need below. You will probably want a tech savvy family friend or perhaps someone at the GeekSquad to help you install it.
There is no way that anyone can cover ALL the options when it comes to getting RV internet. We attempted to hit the hot topics and focus on what MOST people will need and find useful.
We hope this RV internet guide was helpful and if there is anything you have questions on, find that our information lacking or just generally enjoyed this article please leave a comment below.