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How We Keep Online: Illustrated Tour of our RV Mobile Internet Setup

Last Updated: August 2015

We’re constantly changing up our mobile internet arsenal to stay online as we roam this great country of ours.

For all our mobile internet information, news and guides – be sure to visit the RV Mobile Internet Resource Center at RVMobileInternet.com:

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Including our Overview of Mobile Internet Options for RVers


Disclaimer: We have no official affiliation with any of the companies discussed, and have nothing to gain (other than an occasional Amazon affiliate link) by sharing this information and links. We simply enjoy playing with technology and sharing our findings. 


The rest of this post is about our specific personal setup, as staying online is essential to our technomadic lifestyle.

And for us it isn’t just about keeping a single laptop connected – we have an entire household full of technological geekery and gadgetry that we need to keep connected to the Internet, and to each other. We’ve tried out a lot of equipment and services since we hit the road in 2006, and we personally selected all of the below components on our own after extensive research.

Because we tend to push technology to its limits and beyond, we ended up forging friendships with some companies and have become beta testers for several of the newest offerings. We enjoy helping companies making  products better suited for the needs of high bandwidth using technomads.. and we appreciate companies that strive to meet the needs of connected RVers.

This post gives a grand tour of our current mobile connectivity infrastructure that combines wired and wireless networking, and features cellular and WiFi.

Don’t get too attached to it however, this could all change in the blink of an eye! (Note, we are currently remodeling our bus – and will be making some equipment changes, and setting up for more head-to-head comparisons.)

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Flagpole Mast & Antennas – When setup for a while and we need to reach a further away tower or access point, we deploy our FlagPole Buddy ($116 – 12′ / 1″ mount kit – ours provided by FlagPole Buddy) with an Ubiquity NanoStation M2 ($87 – provided by WiFiRanger) for WiFi repeating. The NanoStation ties in nicely to our WiFiRanger Go2 router. We also have directional wideband cellular antennas we can mount on the flagpole. We don’t stop for long too often, but we like having this option available.

Wilson Wide Band Directional Antenna – Worth The Hassle? (Member Only)


WiFiRanger Sky – Mounted on the roof of our bus is a WiFiRanger Sky ($399.99 – provided by WiFiRanger) and WifiRanger Mobile ($499 – no longer available) that we have been testing head-to-head courtesy of WiFiRanger. Both are standalone outdoor WiFi routers that features a powerful long-range WiFi antenna that can pickup hotspots vastly further away than our laptops alone can, especially considering they are mounted high up on the roof and not located inside a big metal tube (aka, our bus). Usually we tether the Sky to the WiFiRanger Go2 (#6) using power over ethernet (POE) and then let the Go2 create our local inside-the-bus hotspot.  This is critical for us because our bus is metal, and getting signal from outside to the inside is difficult. We use this when we’re somewhere that setting up the flagpole doesn’t make sense, such as just passing through.

March 2015: We just got in their new Elite and Sky2 for testing, and will be sharing soon. All of our extensive reviews are posted at RVMobileInternet.com, and available first exclusively to our premium MIA members.

Cellular Boosters – The FCC implemented new rules in mid-2014, and manufacturers are just now releasing new products.  If you don’t absolutely need boosting now – we recommend waiting a bit longer before investing in a booster.

Since June 2014 we have been using the Wilson Mobile 4G booster (aka 4G-M), and we consider it ‘tried and true’.  We are currently assembling all of the newly released mobile 4G boosters (TopSignal Solid RF, weBoost 4G-X, weBoost RV 4G and Maximum Signal MaxAmp) in for testing, and will be choosing which becomes our new standard booster, and reporting on which models are best for which situations.

We will share our findings on our RV Mobile Internet Resource Center, and all of our reports will be initially available exclusively to our Mobile Internet Aficionados members.

To see what boosters are on our radar,
current status, initial thoughts and features:
Comparison: Mobile 4G Cellular Boosters

AT&T Unite Pro by Netgear

Mobile Hotspots (Verizon and AT&T) – We assumed liability of a grandfathered in unlimited Verizon account and now use it with a Novatel 6620L Jetpak. We also took advantage of the October 2014 double data promotions and upped our AT&T plan to 40GB (that we share with a few low bandwidth family members) and added a Unite Pro hotspot to the arsenal.

Our review of the Novatel 6620 and Unite Pro (member only content).

Not sure if you need a dedicated hotspot – here our article on the pros/cons:
MiFi/Jetpack, USB Modem or Smartphone Hotspotting?

April 2015: We just got in a PepWave MAX BR1 and MaxxFi Black for testing as an alternate router & hotspot combo. All of our extensive reviews are posted at RVMobileInternet.com, and available first exclusively to our premium MIA members.

iGadgets – The primary WiFi devices in use in our bus are our iPhones and iPads (purchased at market value). We use them quite often – including using the “Personal Hot Spot” feature to make them into MiFi-like internet access points themselves.


WiFiRanger Go2
(Router) – The heart of our system is the WiFiRanger G02 ($239.99 – ours provided by the folks at WiFiRanger, as we are a beta test site for them). The WiFiRanger is a smart router that can connect to a nearby WiFi hotspot automatically (such as campground WiFi, the MiFi, or any of our iPhone or iPad generated hotspots). It can also tether to and control a WiFiRanger Sky, Elite or Mobile mounted on the roof, and the Ubiquity NanoStation. To keep local traffic from clogging up the airways, the Go2 provides 4 wired ethernet ports that allows the router to network all our computers and entertainment devices. We have also tested a Pepwave SoHo (provided by 3GStore.com), and were impressed with it too.  Jack Mayer wrote a great comparison between the two.

April 2015: We just got in both a Pepwave MAX BR1 and MaxxFi Black (our first impressions now posted) for testing and evaluation – both are combo WiFi as WAN routers and mobile hotspots. We working on a head-to-head comparison and review of these options that will be posted at RVMobileInternet.com, and available first exclusively to our premium MIA members.

July 2015: We have received WiFiRangers new Mini Pack, and Elite, for comparative testing.

Gigabit Ethernet Switch – Our TRENDnet 8-port gigabit ethernet switch ($30) is located in a cabinet under our desk, and provides a very fast data conduit directly between our computers. The switch is also connected to the WiFiRanger via a long ethernet cable that runs via conduit down through our bays and across to the bedroom cabinet where the WiFiRanger is installed. Using wired Gigabit ethernet is MUCH faster than WiFi, and avoids all sorts of interference issues. If you have lots of data to move between two computers, do yourself a favor and find a way to do it with wires!

15″ Retina MacBook Pro – Chris’ MacBook Pro (purchased at market cost) actually does not have an Ethernet port, but he uses an Apple Thunderbolt display as a monitor, which works as a docking station and provides his MacBook Pro with a true Gigabit Ethernet port while at his desk.

Mac Mini – Cherie uses a Mac Mini (purchased at market cost) as her main machine connected to a large external display. It is connected directly to the Ethernet switch, though she often gets online by tethering directly with her iPhone 5S on AT&T (she gets frustrated with all of the beta testing our setup is always under!).

LTTE – Libation: Technology Tribulation Elimination – Surviving via mobile internet can sometimes be frustrating, especially if you are used to the consistency of a plugged in connection like cable or DSL. For dealing with the inevitable frustrations, we suggest keeping a box or two of LTTE on hand as part of your tech arsenal essentials – it helps take the edge off when the bits just refuse to flow. We love Bota Box Old Vine Zin and RedVolultion (Cost – $14-19/box depending on local taxes)

Notes on Satellite Internet: Up until November 2013, we did travel with a tripod satellite setup from HughesNet. However between the prevalence of cellular & WiFi these days and no longer needing to be as connected as we once were due to shifts in our client load – after two years of non-use we ditched the setup. New in Summer 2015, there are now two new mobile satellite options.

Our current cellular mobile internet costs are:

    • 2 iPhones on an AT&T Mobile Share Plan (25 GB/mo) – $75 (roughly, we actually share a 40GB plan snagged under a ‘double data’ deal with a few family members, which brings our costs way down.)
    • iPad on AT&T with unlimited data – $30
    • Verizon Grandfathered Unlimited Plan – $70
    • T-Mobile iPad Plan – 1GB for $20/month gives us unlimited music streaming, unlimited international data and rollover data.

We consider our base connectivity charge to be $195/mo. (Please note, not all of our current plans are available to new customers.. so you’d not be able to replicate our setup and certainly not our low costs for this amount of bandwidth. But paying attention to deals as the carriers offers them is key.. which is part of what we offer through Mobile Internet Aficionados.)

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Installation & Cabling

Wire runs (for both internet equipment, and eventual solar panels) from roof to inside.

So just how do we route all these cables around the bus?

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Conduit heading back to our tech cabinet

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Labeling our cables!

When we replaced our refrigerator a couple years ago, we took the opportunity to route conduit from the roof of the bus, through the fridge vent and then into our cabinetry to our tech cabinet.

This allows us to more easily switch out cabling as needed, as we’re constantly changing out gear as we test and evolve our system.

Our The Mobile Internet Handbook has a lot more tips and tricks for installation and mounting of mobile internet gear.

And we have an article & video (co-hosted with The RV Geeks) available at: Installing Antennas on your RV Roof.

Do I Really Need This Much ??

Our system is fairly comprehensive, and is designed to keep us online most of the time. As we work online, it’s important to us – but we can go out of touch for a couple days at a time. And of course, part of our work is testing mobile internet gear – so that we can report back to you what works for what situations.

What will be ideal for you, will likely vary.  Some may need far less, and some may need far more. It’s highly dependent upon your needs, your travel style, your RV type, your budget and what existing setup you have.

The combined Verizon & AT&T 4G/LTE coverage map. (From our app - Coverage? - click to enlarge)

The combined Verizon & AT&T 4G/LTE coverage map. (From our app – Coverage? – click to enlarge)

We like the redundancy of multiple cellular networks and the combined coverage footprint we get with Verizon & AT&T – there are places where one excels over the other. We also are finding T-Mobile to be increasingly more useful in our setup, particularly for crossing into Mexico and Canada.

Public WiFi hotspot usage is hit or miss – sometimes we find some that is usable, but a lot of the time it’s not to be depended upon.

But when we do find it.. it’s worthwhile having the gear on board to take advantage of it.

Curious how our other RVing peers keep online?
Links to other Full Time RVer Mobile Internet Posts


RV Mobile Internet is Our Passion
We’re Here to Help You

After years of sharing about our own mobile internet connectivity, and answering lots of questions on it – we now dedicate a lot of our time helping our RVing community keep connected via our site, RVMobileInternet.com.

We try to provide as much as we can as a free public service with news, articles, guides and a discussion group. And we do offer some paid services that funds our time & efforts. We’re proud to be completely funded by our readers & members – thank you!

Internet for RVers Facebook Group – Got questions? Want to stay in the know? We host this free open Facebook group where we share news stories, articles and answer basic questions.

Mobile Internet News Feed – We track the industry news daily, and report things that might impact RVers from an RVers perspective. Check out the News Center, Subscribe via RSS or even get our free monthly summary newsletter (which is different than our Technomadia monthly newsletter – our personal travel journal.)

The Mobile Internet Handbook – 2015 US RVers Edition is the third edition of our 236 pages of mobile internet goodness. It goes over all of this stuff in detail to help you decide just what makes best sense for your setup. Available in PDF, Kindle, iBooks and Print – starting at just $9.99. We update this book every 9-12 months to keep it current.

MIA-final_FullColor webMobile Internet Aficionados (aka MIA) is our premium membership group designed to help those who rely on mobile internet for their RVing lifestyle. We provide exclusive in-depth guides, product overviews, member Q&A forums to address questions in far more depth than we can in a Facebook group, video sessions and an alert newsletter if there’s breaking news that impacts RVers. It’s kinda like our classroom to go along with the book (and includes free copies of the book).

Mobile Internet Advising – Overwhelmed by all the options? Not sure what is right for you? We offer a service of helping you assess your needs to come up with the ideal setup that balances your desires, travel style and budget. We start with a quick written interview, do a 45-minute phone/video private session, followup with a written report and give you access to our membership group for follow-up resources.

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Chris & Cherie have perpetually on the road since 2006 embracing nomadic serendipity. Now traveling in a geeked out vintage bus conversion - working remotely as app developers, technology consultants and strategy advisors. They are owned by Kiki.

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  1. Hey Techies!! I have been following your youtube channel for a while. Sorry for the bum-filled RV renovation experience. Quick question, have you had much of an opportunity to try the Wilson WeBoost 4G-X? If so, or not, could you give me your thoughts on it compared to the Wilson WeBoost RV-4G? I noticed that the 4G-X only has 50db of gain while the latter has 55db of gain. I didn’t know if your evaluation with the newest model may have produced a better result at a lower gain over the older model at a higher gain.

  2. Interesting, I don’t see an AppleTV in your inventory. We love our AppleTV. We can stream content from any one of our Apple devices, including our iPhones, iPads, Mac Laptops, and my Mac mini. Great for displaying slideshows of our pictures, too, again from any device.

    • We have one onboard, but honestly hardly ever use it. Since our primary viewing devices are one of our computers (already has access to our NAS, photo albums and content) and an iPad streaming over cellular (it can’t also use the Apple TV at the same time, since it can only use WiFi or Cellular at a time.. not both).

      • Come to think of it, we too have an old grandfathered-in iPad unlimited plan from AT&T that we occasionally use for streaming that we connect directly to the TV via RCA jacks in the front, skipping the AppleTV. But, mainly, when we use that iPad for general internet access, we use an App called Tether (available for about 9 hours on the Apple App Store a couple of years ago before they yanked it) to tether the iPad to one of our computers and then share that connection (via Apple’s built-in internet connection sharing capability) out to our Airport Extreme. Then we are back to streaming content to the TV via our AppleTV. 8^)

  3. We’ve been FT since 4/1/2014. We both have Galaxy S4 phones through Verizon. We also have a Verizon hotspot. This set up works fairly well when we are near a big enough city or in actual RV Parks, but well, we like to stay in State Parks, BLM land, boondock, etc WAY more than in actual RV Parks. We find depending upon how far out we get that at times, even if we show as ‘connected’, pages load slowly – or not at all. We’ve talked about maybe needing to get ‘a booster’, but after reading your set up, I’m not sure if a booster is ‘enough’. If it is, which one. If not, what would we actually need to give us a little more boost to stay connected and not have to spend thousands of dollars. (We’d love to have Satellite too but hear it is expensive and like everyone we have a budget)… Also, I read someone’s comment about having their mifi burned out by an RV Parks wifi. Is that possible? Yikes, does that mean we shouldn’t be using our mifi in a park that has wifi? Seems impractical, there are other wifi signals all over the place. We prefer to use our own mifi even in parks with wifi because we seem to get a better connection. Are we doing the right thing? Thanks in advance for your response.

    • Hey guys.. and welcome. A booster can indeed help a bunch in improving your signal. Here’s our overview of all of the ones currently on the market: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/resources/mobile-cellular-boosters/

      A bunch of new ones just hit the market in the past few weeks, and we’ll be getting them all in to review over the coming months in a variety of situations.

      No problem using a MiFi in a park. You can always direct tether if there’s too much WiFi clutter (thus why we keep ours connected to our WiFiRanger Go2, and have a hard wired network). A lot of this is covered in our book – The Mobile Internet Handbook. (www.rvmobileinternet.com/book).

  4. Per David at Wilson Amplifiers today (~ 3:00 pm on 02Jun2015) The new ‘weBoost Drive 4G-X drive Cell Phone kit for RVs is P/N 470510-RV. It will consist of Drive 4G-X booster (P/N 470510), RV/Truckers antenna (P/N 318433, and Internal Panel antenna (P/N 311135).
    It will begin shipping next week, probably.
    Thanks for all the great info. It really helps a lot.

    • Hi John –

      The Drive 4G-X looks like a very promising booster, and we are eagerly awaiting our review unit to test it out. But beware pairing it with the trucker antenna. That antenna actually has negative gain on the AWS frequency band – used by Verizon XLTE. T-Mobile and AT&T use that band too in some areas.

      If data is more important than voice, that antenna is probably not a great choice.

      – Chris

  5. Hey guys! I was so glad to find your website! We have sold our house right out from underneath ourselves, and are planning to live in a 40ish foot fifth-wheel camper (which we don’t have yet). I do a lot of online gaming as cheap entertainment, because my husband is a truck driver and is gone during the week. We’ll be at a local RV campground that offers wi-fi. Knowing very little about RVs or about the bandwidth available with campground wi-fi, I’m kind of concerned about getting my online fix in an RV. Am I going to have to give up gaming?? What’s my best bet for internet in a parked RV? Thanks!

    • Hi Claire… some gaming is quite accessible on the road. We actually have an entire chapter in ‘The Mobile Internet Handbook’ on Entertainment on the Road covering gaming options and considerations. And, the book is on sale this week to celebrate our 1-year birthday of the massive expanded version. The book also goes over lots of considerations for your best options – or you can start with our general overview of the options at http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/overview. Enjoy!

  6. Chris and Cherie, we are unexpectedly becoming “full time” RVers for the next 4 months and will need to upgrade our cellular connectivity. Since I can’t wait for future technology I was thinking either the Wilson 4G Sleek or the 4G Mobile (I realize both have new names under WeBoost).

    We have two Verizon smartphones, both with hotspot enabled. I’m assuming I’d only need one hotspot running at a time so I’m not sure it’s critical to have a booster that supports multiple devices. Having said that, my primary concern is data connectivity for internet use – I can’t tell from the write up if the Mobile4G has a significant boost capability over the Sleek.

    If maximum data connectivity were my goal and running two smartphones with hotspots would the Mobile4G be the correct choice?

    Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

  7. Good Morning Chris and Cherie!

    We are new full-timers and just down the road from our old house while we get organized and get used to working together in less than 380 square feet. I have read your book and have purchase 95% of the equipment to stay connected. We MUST stay connected for work. So my questions are: 1- How % of time does the Wi-Fi Ranger work well? “It’s the only thing I have not purchased yet. 2- Do you have a set of “technology” questions you typically ask when making campground reservations? 3 – Do you both work side by side or does one go outside or in the bedroom?
    Hope to meet you both on the road someday to thank you with “Wine” for all your help in getting us ready to go!

    Jamie and Shannon
    “Living a Different Kind of Dream”

    • Welcome to the road guys!

      The WiFiRanger, when used for Wifi extending, is only going to be useful if you’re staying in places with WiFi worth repeating.. so that’s a big factor in ‘how well it works’. Honestly, we hardly ever stay anywhere with WiFi, we much prefer public parks and boondocking. But, we hear lots of positive stuff from folks who do use it for that purpose. From a router stand point, it’s works very well however. Of course, ours doesn’t work a lot of the time – simply because we’re a beta test site for them (they send us stuff to test before the public gets it.)

      As far as what to ask a park… we honestly are more apt to read reviews from others to get a feel for what is available. We’re cellular based mostly for our connectivity, so we use our app Coverage? and look for mentions of ‘got great Verizon’ in park reviews.

      For our work setup.. check out our RV workspaces series at http://www.technomadia.com/workspaces

      See you out there!

  8. Now that I’ve had a chance to digest this wealth of information, I’m curious why you chose to use the Ubiquiti Nanostation over the WiFiRanger Mobile (which I understand is now replaced by the Elite). Was the latter just not available at the time or is it an inferior product? Thanks for any insight!

  9. Thank you for sharing such valuable information! We bought your book last year when the second edition came out, but ended up not setting up anything because we wintered over at a campground with fair wi-fi access. Now it’s springtime and there are more full-timers around to compete with for the wi-fi. I dusted off my kindle and started rereading your book for answers. I am a complete dodohead when it comes to figuring out technology, but this article and your diagram is helping round out the big picture of we’d have to do to get a better wi-fi signal. Thanks for all your effort!

  10. In your arsenal, I see you use a hotspot. How do you get that signal to your bus network? Because of our homeschooling needs, we often have to be able to keep multiple devices on line through a cellular network (Wifi often being too slow at campgrounds). We currently use a peplink balance 30 router with a usb cellular modem and external antenna, but I know that those modems are becoming dinosaurs, but for us it was (and is) a great way to share a cellular signal for our network.

  11. I have been reading about Maxxfi (http://www.maxxfi.com/) which seems too good to be true. I do appointments by Skype phone, video, and chat on a regular basis (I am an online counselor) and plan on retiring to an RV for the next few years, so I need absolutely reliable internet that can at least provide Skype video. What does anyone you know about Maxxfi? Thank you very much for your help.

  12. I love your website. We’re planning a “giving” road trip with our chocolate business. Can you tell me about the map on your homepage, more specifically…how to get it?

    CURRENT LOCATION AND TRAVEL PLANS

    I thought it might be interesting for our trip.

    Maybe we’ll see you on the road!

    Thank you,
    Linda

  13. My brain shuts down every time I’ve tried to research internet/cell phones while full time RVing.
    Only need both for nonbusiness. I think 10-15GB would be enough. Might want to do Netflix. We plan to boondock in the boonies! Limited budget

    I do have a Verizon jetpack 4G from 2-3 years ago.
    Please help my brain unlock!

  14. My husband is retiring next summer and we plan to travel for extended periods of time in our RV. I am an online grad student and teach online. We also stream short YouTube videos and occasionally Netflix. Our concern is having enough data available when we are in more isolated areas. Our current provider said they could not give us a usage average because we recently changed equipment. Is there a good way to estimate the amount of data that we will need for our average use? Thanks so much for your site. We met you a few years ago at a bus get-together and have followed you ever sense. Hope you have a great Fall and safe travels.

    • Hi Jennifer.. several ways to go about it… from researching how much bandwidth your typical usage pattern uses, to installing tracking tools, to starting to monitor your ussage with your carrier.

      Details and specific options are also covered in The Mobile Internet Handbook.

  15. Great thread….I’m really thinking about RV’ing but connectivity is a big issue for my small biz. Thanks for the info. I will check back often for further ideas.

  16. Hey guys! I found your site a few days ago. Just wanted to you to know that you’re doing a great job. I have really enjoyed it. You’re talk of nomadic life and minimalism really speaks to me. : ) Anyway, I just bought your 2013 internet guide and read through it. Can’t wait to get the new version. I also wanted to thank you. I saw your mention of Doxie scanners in your list of RV gear and just now looked them up. They look pretty cool. I’ve been looking at getting a bigger, higher end-ish Fujitsu scanner to get rid of the paper clutter in my life. You may have just saved me $300 on the purchase of a new scanner, so thanks! Hope all is going well with your travels. : )

  17. Want to say the MIA service is well worth it for anyone wondering.
    Also, till you’ve experienced the frustrations of spotty connectivity, you’ll never fully appreciate the importance of the bota box. :-)

    One question. Is there any particular reason for choosing conduit over a cable tray/race.? Pulling wire is not one of my favorite occupations.

    edward

  18. Hi Chris, Cherie,

    Thanks for figuring all this stuff out for us ‘techno-neanderthals’. We’re also getting ready to FT and have need for consistent internet access. While I wait for the new edition of The Book I have a question. We use an Apple Airport Extreme as our router and backup here in the S & B. Can we use the Airport in a MH? Also how soon do you think Lithium Ion battery banks will be widely available for RV’s (versus the DIY approach).

    Regards, Brad

    • Hi Brad.. there’s nothing preventing you from using anything that can fit in the door of your motorhome. The real question is… will it meet your needs for mobile connectivity? And that, we can’t answer for you without knowing more about your setup and goals. The products we mentioned for routing are designed specifically for capturing mobile internet sources and redistributing them (such as WiFi as WAN and cellular devices). The Airport Extreme won’t have those features. But if you’re just wanting to connect your devices together.. sure, why not?

      As far as LFP.. we’re seeing it become a bit less cutting edge, and know of a couple solar installers who are now offering it as an packaged options for their customers. And there are companies selling drop in solutions now. So compared to 3 years ago, there are certainly more options and its moving that way.

  19. Good stuff, thanks. I’ve been wondering how feasible it would be to travel with a cable or DSL modem to use during long term stays at RV parks with cable/phone lines. It seems like there’s probably issues with the wiring and switching setup in some RV parks and maybe issues with the service providers. It would be nice to know what RV parks are compatible and which is more likely to work, cable or DSL… probably DSL. Also, would be good to know what wiring/switching setup is required for the park. So, you’d know what to ask in case the park managers aren’t sure.

    • There are some long term parks and mobile home parks that have cable run to them. We’ve found it’s usually best to ask the park if they have cable/DSL run to the sites.. and then contact the local cable company for details on getting it activated. It varies a lot by locale as to availability and feasibility. But a great option at times.

  20. This is excellent. Thank you!

    I clicked on your amazon affiliate link already, and will try to do so again another time.

    Big questions:

    Like you, I also work on the internet. And I work in the art and entertainment industry.

    This requires two things: Massive file transfer capability (on rare occasions I use up to 10GB in a day, sometimes for backup and sometimes for file sharing), and also encryption.

    Out of all that setup, I couldn’t tell if there’s an non-capped option for the large files. It would be okay if I had to drive somewhere specific to get it.

    Concerning encryption: what do you use to encrypt your files for security?

    Another point about which I wanted to ask: is there any kind of software that you can use to make sure that you don’t accidentally use up all your bandwidth in one go? The way I might accidentally do this is by having my online backup going in the background, and have it upload 30GB in a day while I’m creating temporary large files.

    Any ideas on all of that?

    It’s a difficult situation to master, but when I go on tour next year for my first novel, I’m hoping to have a good idea on how to solve the problem.

  21. Question? As you guys are app developers I was wondering if it would be possible to develop an app that could readily identify birds, animals, insects via a picture or audio? I spend much time surfing the internet trying to ID these things. Forgive me if this is a ridiculous idea as I have no tech savvy in my veins.

    Maura

  22. Great info as always!

    I’m just a couple of months away from putting our system together, so this is very timely.

  23. You guys are great, thank you for posting this in depth article about how you stay connected. (& when I saw the diagram on it’s own I wondered what the Bota box was haha) We are getting ready to head out fulltime and while we wont have a work station (yet) we are already having issues connecting to the internet at my parents home through their brick walls. I have pre-ordered a copy of your book and I look forward to reading it before we install any type of work station I felt like we needed to be more knowledgeable about the types of “geekery” it should be able to hold. Thanks for all of the hard work you do and for sharing it all with us! -Kayla Winter

  24. Very useful content. I appreciate your efforts that you are showing here. I promise that this can give a great knowledge to people. Thank you!

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