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Old 07-08-2014, 11:41 AM   #1
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WiFi on the road


We are about to embark on a two month tour in our 2005 28' CCD and need to stay connected for work purposes. While we have planned the trip around WiFi availability, we have also read that reception from inside our Airstream may be hindered by the double aluminum shell. We have had relative success in the past with using our iPhone hot spots, but that was in a previous motorhome "box".

We have also read about a number of booster kits available and found that little information is relative to an Airstream. Can anyone shed light on this subject for us? Any comments/knowledge would be appreciated,


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Old 07-08-2014, 11:49 AM   #2
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hi from AZ. . . must be a half dozen threads on this subject, a couple active now. Use the 'search' function and regards, Craig

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Old 07-16-2014, 03:37 PM   #3
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Or just go here: RV Mobile Internet Resource Center - WiFi, Cellular, Satellite | Technomadia
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:47 PM   #4
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verizon MIFI

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Old 07-16-2014, 04:00 PM   #5
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It is true, the aluminum skins do hinder wifi and cell phone signals. However, if you have a good wifi signal, it will work AOK anyway. I use my laptop in the kitchen dinette where I've got a nice window and it works fine, IF the place I'm at has good wifi.

If they don't have good wife, you will find that your's doesn't work but the guy beside you in the stick frame Prowler's does. As well, if the cell signal is iffy, it may work outside but not in the coach.

Contractor buddies of mine use a type of cell phone booster that attaches to the glass in their truck on both inside and outside. They bluetooth to it with their cellphones and it allows their phones to work where nobody else's will that's not on the booster. Something like that on one of your windows would do for the cell phone. You could run your laptop through cellular wifi.

But anyway, what you heard is no myth; it's true.

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Old 07-16-2014, 06:25 PM   #6
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We travel in our Airstream extensively all over the country. We depend on internet access to run an on-line business.

We use a hot spot generated through our Verizon Android cell phones. We use an app called Foxfi. This system has worked very well for us over the last five years. We just put the phone in the window of the Airstream. We do carry a Wilson range extender for poor cell signal areas.

If you are going to travel extensively throughout the country, Verizon is the only carrier to have. We have tried AT&T. Their coverage was awful away from major metro areas.

Don't depend on campground wifi. It is very often as slow as molasses.

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Old 07-16-2014, 06:48 PM   #7
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I need High Speed Internet access in my Airstream for remote work access, watching movies, streaming Pandora, accessing Dropbox files, or just plain fun. About two years ago, when we bought our new 30' FC, I decided to set it up correctly right away, and it has worked VERY well, and it's very inexpensive. See info copied below from the other thread:


Here's the link to the Wilson signal booster:

Wilson Sleek 4G Universal SmarTech III Cell Phone/Hotspot Cradle Signal Booster - 460107 [700/800/1900/1700/2100mhz], 132 Reviews :

NOTE: it is on sale through July 12 for ($139.99 $40 off!) and shipping is only $5.

I had the dealer mount the antenna to the roof with aircraft adhesive and drill/fill/seal a hole to run the coax into the interior of the Airstream (comes into the stereo cabinet). I then mounted the cradle to the cabinet just above the stereo faceplate (it comes with an adhesive swivel bracket). This allowed me to plug the DC power plug into the 12v outlet that is right above the DVD player.

Every time we are in the airstream, I just pull my Verizon Jetpack out of my briefcase and pop it into the cradle. Voila! Instant wi-fi throughout the trailer.

This works so well for two reasons:

1. It gets the reception OUTSIDE of the trailer by mounting the antenna on the roof.

2. The cradle boosts the signal from the cellphone/jetpack/etc.

I almost always have full signal now (4+ bars) and never use campground wi-fi. It allows me to use my laptop, iPad, phone, etc. all at the same time. My wife also usually has her laptop connected too. We are even able to use our AppleTV in the Airstream to watch movies from iTunes or Amazon Prime.

Hope this helps!

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Old 07-17-2014, 08:07 AM   #8
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Interesting info on Verizon vs AT&T coverage.

In Deep East Texas at Texas Airstream Harbor, Inc (TAHI) Verizon service is nonexistent.

Likewise, in South Texas throughout most of the Eagle Ford Shale play AT&T is the only service to rely on.

Good info about the rest of the nation.

I would hate to have to pay for two major phone coverages, both Verizon and AT&T.

Anyone else in this conundrum?

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Old 07-17-2014, 08:35 AM   #9
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A range extender helps. I find the wi fi tower and put the extender in a window with a good shot at the tower. But the reception is only as good as the network in the campground.
The problem is that wi fi at many campgrounds is marginal at best and becomes over loaded when many users attempt to get on the system.
Unless you want to work when others are sleeping, you need your own cell phone system. Verizon has the widest coverage.
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I agree with Handn: If you rely on campground wifi for your life (i.e., your business), then you may be disappointed. There are times when these systems just get overrun with service demands and become practically unusable. Resort towns like the one I live in just make things worse: During holidays when the place is packed to the gills with tourists, service will be painful even if absolutely nobody is in the campground. (Our town, for example, expands by a factor of 10 during holidays, and it seems like every single one of them must be trying to connect with multiple devices.)

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Old 07-17-2014, 12:09 PM   #11
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best available for reasonable cost and most availability

There are a few areas where Verizon is weak or unavailable, but overall it is highly reliable.

Have had it for years, and it is the only wifi we have. Use it at home, take it on the road.

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Old 07-17-2014, 03:10 PM   #12
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I worked with AT&T at my former job. They had antennas on our building so I got to talk with many folks about their systems. While AT&T has the fastest 4G service, it hasn't been built out like Verizon's network is. So once you get out in the locales outside major cities, you will find Verizon really has the better service level, especially if you want a faster connection. I have a Verizon hotspot device for my service. Those devices are more conducive to supporting multiple devices than a hot spot that is part of a phone.

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Old 07-18-2014, 09:34 AM   #13
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We have been on the road for a week in our 25FC. We have tried to use campground wifi but it is not reliable or very slow. The mobile hotspot we got from ATT has worked great and both of us are able to get on at the same time inside the AS. Maybe it is beginner's luck.

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Old 07-18-2014, 12:21 PM   #14
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If you're traveling to remote spots I'd go Verizon. For some of you older folks, more likely to be closer to urban areas, major cities and resorts, AT&T is ok. Verizon is still the fastest.

My wife works for an and I work for, we both work remotely, and online all day. Our lives and income depend on it. This is something I've been researching heavily, as we plan a lot of boondocking and visiting places like Glacier for the next year.

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