How to Get a Reliable Internet Connection in a Motorhome

In this day and age, where it seems like the internet controls our lives and smartphones are the primary mode of communication, it might be considered essential to have a strong internet connection in your motorhome in order to stay current with news, communicate with loved ones, and use our devices for navigation while on the road.

You will be relieved to learn that establishing a reliable connection to the internet inside your motorhome is achievable through the use of either 4G or Wi-Fi. You have access to a variety of choices now available on the market, but it's important that you conduct research on each of these choices in order to select the system that best meets your requirements and preferences.

What are the options?

Campsite internet: What's likely to be the easiest way to get internet connectivity within your motorhome is to use the available Wi-Fi network at the campsite you are staying on. Many motorhome campsites have their own Wi-Fi, allowing you to access the internet when you use their services. Often, this internet could be quite weak or slow due to the number of people using it; therefore, you might think about purchasing a Wi-Fi/LTE antenna to fit on the roof of your motorhome. This will boost your connection and improve your speeds, but it's important to note that these will only work if there is an existing internet connection.

Wi-Fi Dongle: If you need constant access to the internet, investing in a Wi-Fi dongle or router is a good long-term solution for you to consider. Additionally, you have the choice of paying a monthly fee for a SIM-only contract, which, provided that your service provider covers the area you are in, will enable you to maintain a 4G or even 5G internet connection.

This dongle will function as your Wi-Fi router, using an LTE/mobile data connection to ensure that you and your devices have reliable access to the internet while you are out and about.

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Mobile hotspot: If you have a smartphone with access to 4G/5G, it is likely that it’s able to offer you an internet connection, as well as operate as a router so that your other devices may connect to the internet.

A smartphone can function in a manner similar to that of a Wi-Fi dongle, and provided you have a data contract with your service provider, you should be able to use your personal hotspot feature on your smartphone to share this connection with other electronic devices. Later in this article, we will show you how to do this.

It is crucial to note that if other devices are using this connection, it could decrease the amount of available data you have left on your contract quite quickly. If you just have a limited amount, it may be worthwhile to purchase some additional data while you are travelling, especially if other devices are using this connection.

Getting set up on the internet

Without a SIM card, you will be unable to use mobile data to connect to the internet and instead will need to connect to an existing Wi-Fi signal if you want to use the internet on your devices.

It is possible for a device to access the internet and serve as a data point by having a SIM card installed. This allows the device to provide a Wi-Fi connection to other devices that are using a hotspot. This is where routers and internet dongles come into play.

You can gain access to the internet by making use of a SIM card by enrolling in one of the many data-only SIM plans offered by service providers such as EE, O2, Vodafone, and Giff Gaff, amongst others.

How do you set up a hotspot on a mobile phone?

If you have a mobile phone and a data plan and you want to use this to connect your laptop or any other device that is without an internet connection, it’s a simple process to do. Head to the ‘settings’ app on your phone and look for ‘personal hotspot’, normally situated in the main menu but may also be hidden away in your mobile data settings.

Once located, turn it on and follow the instructions on the screen. It’s important to set a password so that unwanted visitors cannot access your connection and use your data.

Then, changing to the item you want to connect to the internet, such as a tablet or laptop, head to the Wi-Fi settings and look for the network you have just created using your mobile phone. Sign in using the password you have created, and you should be connected!

It is important to keep in mind that in order for this to work, your mobile device must possess both a strong signal and a strong connection to mobile data. This connection will consume the data you have on your mobile phone contract.

Maximising signal strength

Maximising your signal strength is important if you want to have faster download speeds, and browse the internet at a quicker pace, especially if you're looking to stream TV shows or movies from your favourite streaming service.

There are a few ways you can achieve this:

Use a Wi-Fi booster or extender: With the use of an additional antenna, this gadget will assist in improving the strength and signal of an existing Wi-Fi connection, such as the connection provided by a campsite.

Think about where you park: If you are going to use the Wi-Fi that is supplied by the park where you are staying, it might be in your best interest to park as close as you possibly can to the originating point of the Wi-Fi signal, which is usually in the main building at the park, although not always. Doing so will provide you with the opportunity to receive a signal that is more robust. It may also help to try and park in a spot that is as far away as possible from obstructions like walls, trees, and other motorhomes which can impede the reception you get.

Reduce the number of devices connected to the Wi-Fi: Connecting only those devices to the Wi-Fi that you are actually making use of at the moment will help to alleviate pressure on the signal by preventing it from being split between multiple devices. This will result in the device you are using hopefully receiving a stronger signal.