Hooking Your RV up for High Speed Internet Access is a must if you truly want to be able to live and work effectively while on the road.

The dream of living out of the RV was finally happening. I was heading down to the Texas coast (Rockport/Fulton) for 2 months to get out of the Austin cedar allergy season and to be closer the beach.

Eeek we are going to officially be “Winter Texans”!

This was meant to be a trail run for our goal to be living in our RV full time by 2020.

It’s the day after Christmas in 2018 and I was about to jump on a zoom conference call for the first time with my team since we arrived at the RV Park as we had some really big goals in front ahead of us to close out the year.

And there I was frozen on my laptop screen …

The RV parks’ WIFI was not going to be sufficient. Shoot the signal was too low.

I immediately turned on my AT&T Hotspot and tethered my laptop to my phone. This could only be a temporary fix as we didn’t have unlimited data for tethering.

You might think you have unlimited data on your phone this is not the same thing mobile hotspot data. As soon as you hotspot your phone to another device your provider often limits your tethering speed and/or data. Most cell providers will provide customers with 15GB of mobile hotspot usage before a kbps limit kicks in.

I need to figure out how to work effectively while on the road … like ASAP.

I am so grateful that my husband Ryan is a genius at these types of things. The next thing I know he is at the RV park with the truckload full of gadgets.

The initial set up cost us a little under $1k then runs around $65/mo.

The most expensive part was the weBoost cell phone booster. You may or may not need this depending on where you plan to travel – we like remote areas. Its also super helpful to maintain consistent cell coverage while driving.

Here is what we ending up purchasing:

1. Verizon MiFI Jetpack – $200 + $65/mo

This is a prepaid, truly unlimited personal hotspot that runs around $70/mo. Discounts are available for autopay reducing the cost to $65/mo. WORTH EVERY PENNY.

2. Winegard ConnecT 2.0 WF2 (WF2-335) Wi-Fi Extender for RVs – $200

Designed for mobile environment, the long-range, high-performance ConnecT 2.0 WF2 for RVs captures and re-broadcasts available Wi-Fi signals to all devices in and around your RV — from phones and tablets to laptops and video streaming devices like gaming consoles, Apple TV, and Roku (sold separately).

This allows you to pick up a wifi signal from father away. We connected this extender to our Verizon MiFI so we could work outside and up to 200 ft away from our RV – think hammock.

3. weBoost Drive 4G-X RV 470410 Cell Phone Signal Booster for Your RV or Motorhome – Enhance Your Cell Phone Signal up to 32x – $499

The we Boost Drive 4G-X RV 470410 Cell Phone Signal Booster boosts your 4G LTE and 3G signal up to 32X for fewer dropped calls, higher audio quality, and faster uploads and downloads.

Note you only need this if you are planning to go into remote areas with limited cell coverage. This is super helpful when staying at State and National Parks or while driving across country.

I hope these tips help you live YOUR dream life while on the road!

Much Aloha!

~ Jess