We’re so used to having WIFI at home that it can be easy to forget that we won’t automatically have it while travelling in our camper or caravan. While WIFI is easy enough to set up in the city, we’ll be going to more remote areas in our vans.
So how do you get WIFI in a caravan?
In this article, I will teach you step-by-step how to get WIFI in your caravan. In addition, we will talk about the benefits of having WIFI in your mobile home and the things you need to be aware of.
Benefits Of Having WIFI In Your Caravan
Although many people go outdoors to unplug and be closer to nature, no one can deny the fact that having access to the internet has lots of advantages.
Here’s a list of the benefits of having WIFI in your caravan.
- You can do your work even when you’re travelling, especially for those working remotely
- You can access Google maps and other similar apps to get directions
- Ability to connect with your friends
- Being able to share your experiences in real-time
- Having access to information
- Entertainment like music, movies, and podcasts
- Easier and more reliable than using a mobile hotspot
Everything You Need To Get WIFI Running In Your Caravan
What you really need to get WIFI in your caravan is a mobile modem like the RV WIFI+ and a SIM card. But if you wish to boost the signal by installing external antennas, you’re going to need some tools and equipment.
- Power drill with a hole saw attachment (The size of the hole saw depends on your external antenna)
- External antennas
- Antenna cable
Some modems include external antennas. But if your modem does not have an accompanying external antenna, it is possible to pick these up online.
5 Steps to Set Up WIFI In Your Caravan
Step 1: Get a WIFI modem and a SIM card
The first step is to buy a modem and a SIM card.
There are different types of modems with different ranges and compatibility. Our top pick is the RV WIFI + simply because it is specially made for caravans. But if you want to look at other options, we’ve made a list of the best caravan WIFI systems in another article.
Step 2: Set up the external antennas (optional)
Most WIFI systems have internal antennas and work very well even without external antennas. But if you are going to an area with poor reception and wish to install your external antennas, you’re going to need to use some DIY skills.
First, plan the route of the cables before drilling a hole in your caravan’s roof. Ideally, you should try to hide the cables so your caravan remains neat.
Once you’ve got that figured out, drill a hole in your caravan roof using your power drill with a hole saw attachment.
The size of the hole saw should depend on the type of antenna you have. In most cases, you only need to drill a hole your cable can pass through. Screw the antenna to the roof or follow the installation instructions found in the user manual.
Make sure to seal the holes and screws using your sealant to prevent water leakage. Lastly, run the cables in the route you planned and attach the cable to the modem.
Step 3: Insert your SIM into the modem
Insert the sim of your choice into your modem. Make sure you follow the sim activation instructions found on the back of the sim card.
Most WIFI systems include a free sim card in their package.
Step 4: Restart the modem
Most WIFI systems need to reboot after you’ve inserted the sim. Simply pull the plug and put it back after 30 seconds or so. It forces the modem to reboot and read the sim you just inserted.
Step 5: Enjoy your WIFI
Lastly, enjoy your WIFI. You may have to do a few steps afterward like connecting your device to the WIFI or changing the password.
Things You Need To Be Aware Of
Now that we’ve got WIFI up and running in your caravan, you only have one more thing to be aware of… the cost of your internet.
SIM-only internet plans vary depending on the network you choose (Telstra, Optus or Vodafone), the internet type (3G/4G/5G) and the amount of monthly data included.
On average, Australians spend $71 per month on internet access.
However, there are different types of plans which range from as low as $20 to as high as $100 and beyond.
Having a WIFI connection in your caravan has lots of added benefits and setting them up is pretty straightforward. Simply buy a mobile WIFI system and a SIM and you should have a WIFI in your caravan.
Some modems have external antennas which require a little bit of DIY skills. But if you follow the instructions above, you should be able to set it up quickly.
If in doubt, get a handyman to help you install the antenna properly and without any damage to your vehicle.
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