How Do You Stay Connected While on the Road?
RVing is all about enjoying life on the road and getting away from the stress of life, right? While that can be true it doesn’t mean that you want to get away from all the comforts of home as well. Some RVers like the option of being able to unplug from the modern world while they are away. However, that’s not true for everyone. Some RVers want the option to stay connected and others, like fulltime RVers, need to have the ability to access the internet to work remotely. So, how do you stay connected while on the road?
There are actually several options that you can use. Which one is right for you will depend on why you want access to the internet. If you need to stay connected because of work than you are going to need to make sure you choose a reliable option that you’ll have access to whenever you need it. But, if you only want to check social media and stay connected with friends and family while you’re away you can be more flexible.
Here are a few ways that you can stay connected in your RV:
Using your smartphone as an RV hotspot
One of the most basic ways to get RV internet is to use your phone as a hotspot. Most smartphones have this option, which allows you to create a mini wireless network within your RV. However, this isn’t the best option. It works if you are in a pinch. But, it can be costly depending on your plan. It’s also not a great option if you are trying to stream videos.
Using a separate mobile hotspot for your RV
An option similar to this is buying a separate mobile hotspot. This will allow you to free up the battery on your phone while giving you the same options that your phone hotspot would provide. Typically if you are are using this option you will pay for a monthly plan. The cost will vary based on the service provider that you use and your usage.
If you are going to use a mobile hotspot it’s helpful to also use an RV wifi booster. Using a booster will help to improve your cell service and reach.
Using satellite internet
Another option that’s available is to install a satellite antenna on your RV and use satellite internet. This is the most expensive option that’s available. It’s also not something that you can get from just any provider. You don’t want to just contact a satellite company. Even if they offer internet services it doesn’t mean that they are actually hooking you up with satellite internet. The last thing you want is to pay for something that isn’t going to do what you need it to do.
Using the wifi at the RV park
If you aren’t the type of RVer that likes to go off the beaten path than you might not need to worry about any of these options. Many RV parks offer incredible amenities so you have everything that you could want or need at your fingertips including internet access. Wifi services are included for free at many parks.
If you don’t want to worry about paying for a larger phone plan so you can use the internet while traveling then you might be better off only staying at RV parks that provide you with this service. However, if you don’t want to worry about what the park is going to offer you will want to look into the option of a mobile hotspot or what options your phone offers. And, if you need reliable internet access no matter where you go, even off the beaten path while boondocking, then it’s worth your money to invest in a satellite internet for your RV.
As always, if you have any questions about how to get your RV set up the way that works best for you and your family, give us a call at Sky River RV.