While some travellers can’t wait to get in their motorhome and get away from all of the technological trappings of the world. Others might still want to stay in touch with friends or family. Some travellers might travel full-time in their motorhome or camper and have to access the internet to complete work. Whatever need a traveller has to log in, there are plenty of ways to get your motorhome WiFi capable.

Public WiFi

Fortunately, free internet access is ubiquitous in all but the most remote corners of the modern world. Free applications and websites such as wifimap.io. This website lists all public WiFi hotspots near you, offering both an interactive map and mobile applications that are available on both Android and iPhone platforms.

This is only one of a myriad of options for travellers on the go who need internet access as they travel. Those who are feeling road-weary can often stop in at local coffee shops. These small businesses will appreciate your patronage while you sip a small coffee and rest your feet after a long day on the road.

Most small brick-and-mortar coffee houses will even offer a small selection of books, so you can relax with a comforting book while you handle all of your internet chores in their establishments. The great advantage to these options is their ease of access and free nature, but this is not without its drawbacks.

Travelers who are dealing with sensitive information or need a stable connection might find that relying purely on the customer WIFI provided by small businesses might not be an ideal choice for their internet needs.

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WiFi Boosters

WIFI boosters amplify connections that are already available. They are often an affordable way to get robust WIFI coverage inside of your motorhome. Boosters are very easy to use and can come in a variety of forms, but they are not sufficient to provide your vehicle with internet capabilities all on their own.

Travelers who are staying in a designated camp site can make use of the site’s WIFI or they can use other public options made available to them. Most camp site routers are located at the campsite reception, so a signal booster should be sufficient if your spot is near the site’s centre.

Boosters can also be useful if you are far away from the reception, but don’t need a very strong connection. WIFI signal boosters can also come in handy in stormy weather that can interfere with your device’s ability to pick up transmissions from a given router outside of your caravan.

This WiFi booster is one of the most affordable options on the market. Costing just 20 pounds, the AC750 is fitted for a UK outlet, so your motorhome will need outlets to use it.

This signal extender is only a few centimeters across and weighs just 200grams, making it perfect for travelers who are short on space but want to stay plugged in.

The AC750’s greatest drawback is that it does require an outlet to operate. Travelers who don’t have traditional UK outlets in their motorhome might have to spend a little more money on a rechargeable or battery-powered signal booster to provide their caravan with WIFI.

Portable Routers

Travelers who need to deal with sensitive work or banking information might be in the market for a Wi-Fi router that they can take with them in their motorhome as they drive. Luckily, there are plenty of affordable options that can easily fit any motorhomes of any size and accommodate travellers of any budget.

Huawei E5576

This portable Wi-Fi router can provide reliable 4G internet on all international providers. This HUAWEI product is the Amazon Prime best seller amongst all portable routers. It is rechargeable and advertises 6 hours of battery life, making it a viable option for a full day of remote work or a night of entertainment in your motorhome.

Costing only 43 pounds, the Huawei E5576 offers a two-year warranty and full technical support from Huawei. It can support up to 16 devices at once and comes with a SIM card to get your internet service up and running instantly.

Most reviews of this product praise its affordability and portability. UK users report being able to use the E5576’s capabilities anywhere from the United States to Spain, but users will have to enable the SIM card’s roaming features if traveling outside of the United Kingdom.

The one main critique that customers report is some difficulty in setup if one is not technically inclined. The installation of the SIM card is the most commonly reported difficulty when starting the system, but there are several tutorial videos and customer services resources to make sure that one is installing his or her E5576 properly.

Maxview Roam

This expensive but powerful router can serve as a 3G/4G hotspot for travellers on the go. It costs just shy of 300 pounds, but the Roam can support up to 50 devices at one time. It has been noted as being powerful enough to support Smart TVs, so travellers with luxury vehicles or that require exceptionally fast internet might be well suited by investing in the Maxview Roam.

The device can be mounted on the roof of a motorhome and is advertised as being “omnidirectional”. This means that there is no need to adjust the signal receptors in any way. Customers just need to make sure that the router is securely mounted to their motorhomes and the device will take care of the rest.

The Roam will require a SIM card to operate. Customers report a reliable signal and ease of installation as the device’s greatest strength. The most common drawback reported is an overall low megabit-per-second connection, with some even claiming signals as weak as 5mbps.

The Roam can be a viable option for travelers with limited installation skills, but there may be more powerful options at a similar price point.

Portable Modems

Rather than relying on a traditional modem, travellers would be better suited by investing in a mobile hotspot and a sufficient data plan. Most modern smartphones can be used as mobile hotspots, providing internet access as long as you have cellular reception.

This solution can be costly, as using the mobile hotspot feature on your smartphone will quickly drain both your cellular data plan (unless it’s unlimited) and battery power.

Fortunately, many alternative products are designed to act specifically as hotspots, meaning caravaners can stay online without needing a normal telephone hookup required by stationary modems.

Mobile hotspots (also called mobile tethering) are best for travellers who don’t require a great deal of internet data. What smartphones and their more specialised cousin products make up for in affordability and portability, they often lack in network bandwidth.

While a convenient option for many, mobile tethering is best suited for caravaners who need internet access for basic research and online chores. Customers who plan on streaming media or playing video games should look into more powerful internet access options.

ZTE MF920U

This mobile hotspot is a bestseller on online retailers. Costing only 33 pounds, it comes with a free Smarty SIM card, so you can sign on with a mobile provider and get online quickly. The device will also allow you to use other SIM cards and accommodate access to any network of your choice. The MF920U offers 4G WIFI that can fit in your pocket, making it perfect for travellers on the go.

Static homeowners also report that this model works well when plugged in 24/7, reporting that signal strength is adequate for zoom calls and setup is exceptionally easy. Users report between 30-40mbps of streaming and download speed as long as their devices have a reliable connection. This means that there’s little chance of your signal dropping in the middle of a media program or remote business meeting.

The most often reported drawback of the MF920U is the free SIM card. The device is typically reviewed as being a good investment for the amount spent, but the included Smarty SIM card is often considered a waste of time compared to what your network provider will ship to you.

People also ask:

What other options can I use to access the internet from my motorhome?

Satellite internet is one of the best options for travelers who require high internet usage. It is especially reliable, even when camping in very remote areas. All that’s required is that users have a clear view of the southern sky, anywhere in the world. Many satellite service providers even offer telephone and television capabilities.

The greatest downside to satellite internet is its restrictive price point. Customers will easily be spending at least 1000 pounds on equipment, and installation can be more complicated than some of the other options on this list.

Subscription plans for satellite service can cost at least 50 pounds per month. Inclement weather that interferes with your dish’s reception from the satellite can also pose a problem.

Relying on satellite internet can be a viable option for those with very specific needs or who will be traveling to very remote locations, but it comes at a literal price. Less expensive and more user-friendly options will be more fitting for all but very particular sub-sections of travelers.

The “Big Four” mobile networks in the UK are considered EE, O2, Vodafone, and Three. These networks will provide service to your motorhomes router via the SIM card that many of the platforms in this article will require to get you online.

Virgin Mobile also offers extensive coverage throughout the UK and can be considered another addition to the traditional Big Four.

These networks require a monthly payment plan much like a cellular phone plan, so travellers can easily set a budget to follow as they drive. The speed and data allowance for any given SIM card plan will vary greatly based on each customer’s total data requirement and frequency of use. This is an especially important consideration for travellers who plan on utilising multiple WIFI-dependent devices while traveling. Internet coverage tools such as Ofcom can help you determine which of the Big Four network providers is correct for you based on the area you plan on keeping your motor home.

How much do SIM card WiFi plans cost in the UK?

Pre-paid SIM cards are available at airports and other travel hubs, but these are typically only used by tourists. Citizens who plan on spending a considerable amount of time in their motorhomes would be better served by purchasing a month-to-month data plan from one of the UK’s major WIFI providers.

These can cost anywhere between 20 to 50 pounds per month depending on how much data you plan on using in your motorhome. Various SIM card plans also range in network access, but most will be well served by purchasing the 4G capable plans over the slightly more expensive 5G programs.

Luckily the UK offers plenty of options for those who would like to go on holiday in their motor homes or live full-time in a static caravan lot. Most caravan parks will have a source of WIFI as a courtesy to the lot’s guests, but customers might have a lot that is far away from the router’s signal. In this case, a WIFI booster might be a cheap, effective option to access your sites internet signal.

Travellers who wish to go mobile but still maintain access to the internet will have a slightly more complicated time, but there are a number of options at varying price ranges.

Mobile hotspots can either be activated through almost all smartphones. Travellers with a limited cellular plan can purchase a wide variety of transportable Wi-Fi hotspots that offer sufficient speed and strength of signal for the majority of casual internet access.

Satellite internet is an option for those with the most extreme need for internet access, able to support multiple devices at once and receive an internet signal anywhere there is a clear view of the southern sky, meaning caravaners can get online in even the most remote locations.

Satellite is the most costly option and should only be considered for the most ambitious or tech-happy campers.

We use satellite internet with an EE sim card with a router on top of the van, fixed to the roof. We went for this option because we need unlimited internet connection in Europe due to the fact we work on the road, so no other option would have been viable for us.

It costs us £41 per month, which includes a Netflix and BT Sport subscription (there are other options to choose from) and we have had coverage in all of the places we have been to in Europe.

You can choose to either have the router automatically connect to it’s closest provider, but we choose to manually choose the best 4G provider by choosing a big known brand like Vodaphone for example.

Summary

Motorhome WiFi is a way to keep in touch with loved ones, and still stay connected while on the road. It can be complicated to set up, so first thing is first: determine if you have service on the route where your motorhome will be traveling. Be sure that you have proper coverage before starting the setup process.

In order for your motorhome WiFi to work properly, it needs a WiFi antenna and internet connection from a cellular phone company or broadband provider that operates in the area where you are traveling. If there’s no service available in the area, then unfortunately there won’t be any WiFi for your motorhome or camper either!

You can also purchase an external antenna so that it picks up signals better than an internal antenna could do; however this option can vary greatly depending on what network towers are in range of your motorhome’s location at any given time.

However you plan on traveling in your motorhome, rest assured that there is an internet option for you. From static WIFI boosters to satellite reception, campers have a multitude of options to get online while on the go.

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