Most caravanners fall into one of two camps: those who don’t want the distraction of the internet while travelling versus those who want to stay connected.
The fact is even if you want to get away from social media and the outside world, there are still lots of benefits to staying connected while travelling in remote areas.
It could get you out of a sticky situation, and even save your life (not to mention give you access to your favourite movies and TV shows!)
The big dilemma is how do you stay connected when travelling off-grid?
The answer is RV WiFi.
RV WiFi routers are developed specifically for the Australian RV community. You install the router (base unit) inside the caravan and an antenna on the roof. The base unit creates a hot spot that allows you to use multiple devices at the one time. It also works while you’re on the move or towing your van.
Here We Answer Your Questions About RV WiFi:
Q. How Much Does RV WiFi Cost?
A. You only pay for the initial RV WiFi router and then only the time you’re using the caravan. You can choose your own provider to access the internet, which gives the best price options to fit your budget.
Q. Is It Easy To Set Up?
A. Yes! Even for the tech-phobes, an RV Wifi system is easy to install and get started. The router is installed somewhere inside the van. Simply plug it in using the 12V outlet. Then you can attach an external antenna to the caravan roof or you can screw flexible antennas into the router. Next, insert the SIM card by your chosen provider, set up your devices and connect them to the internet.
Our tip? The external antenna gives better reception.
Q. Which Devices Can I Connect?
A. Having and RV WiFi in the van will allow you to connect the same devices that you would to your inhome WiFi router i.e mobile phone and computer.
However another thing to consider is your caravan TV. Most traditional 12V caravan TV’s will not have an inbuilt WiFi receiver. However, we recommend looking for a modern caravan TV that lists “built-in WiFi” as one of it’s features. This way you can connect to your favourite streaming service and stay up to date with the latest episodes! We highly recommend the Englaon TV range.
Q. How Good Is The WiFi Connection?
A. It depends where you’re travelling. RV Wi-Fi is designed to help you get a better connection, so you enjoy faster and stronger internet. You should enjoy constant Wi-Fi service with a good operating zone around the caravan and even on the move. Of course, if you travel into areas where there’s no 3G, 4G or 5G mobile reception, you won’t be able to access the internet. But that requires you to go far off the beaten track.
Q. Does The Router Need Power?
A. Yes, you need to power your RV WiFi router with your caravan power system. The RV WiFi system only needs 12V power.
Q. Which RV Wifi Router Should I Buy?
There are a few very good options to choose from, depending on the features you want.
Our top pick is the RV Wifi router kit, and our customers agree! You can access the internet on multiple devices, such as if you want to use your phone and somebody else is watching a movie on their tablet.
Another feature we love is the Inbuilt Media Bank/Server which lets you watch your own movies and view photos on your phones/tablets and computers. You can also use the internet up to 50 metres from your van. So, if you’ve parked the van and gone fishing nearby, you can share your catch with your friends!
Another great option is by Sphere. The Sphere Mobile Wi-Fi Router comes with an internal antenna and an in-built flash drive USB sharing feature so you can stream movies, videos, music and other file types over the router Wi-Fi signal without consuming any data. Genius! Sphere also offers a router with GPS so you can get the location of your caravan at any time.
Got more questions before you buy your RV Wifi? Our experts are here to help. Just give them a call on 1300 400 122.
DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.