How to get WiFi internet access in caravans motorhomes & camping 2021
It’s more important than ever to have a good reliable internet connection and most people want internet access in caravans, motorhomes or whilst camping. Many caravan parks and campsites have installed dedicated WiFi networks for guests but if WiFi is not available there are other options for you to connect to the internet.
How to get an internet connection in your Caravan or Motorhome
- Check if the campsite or holiday park has WiFi available
Check what average speeds can be expected and if there is a charge for access.
- Use your mobile phone data if you can pick up 4G/5G
A quick coverage check online enables you to find out which mobile networks are available at the caravan sites you are going to and whether there is reasonable 4G or 5G coverage.
- Use a Mifi Device or Dongle
Buy a portable Mifi box or dongle to connect via mobile networks.
WiFi is available on site
If the campsite or holiday park has guest Wifi, it’s pretty straight forward to sign up, you just need to connect to the ‘guest’ network and follow the instructions. Most campsite WiFi is via a shared internet connection and most sites still charge for access due to the cost of running guest WiFi networks. Access can become slow at busy times as speeds may be capped or shared out across users on the network.
Mobile phone data, how to make your mobile phone a hotspot
If you have inclusive or unlimited data on your mobile phone, providing you are in a location where you can pick up a 4G or 5G mobile data signal, it is often an option to connect using your phone. Most mobile phones have a ‘make phone a hotspot’ feature in the settings. This allows you to turn your mobile phone into a router and share you phones mobile internet connection with other devices. This allows you to connect devices like laptops & tablets to your mobile phone and use your mobile phone in a similar way to how you connect to your wireless router at home. Connecting to the internet this way is convenient but you will be using up your mobile data, if you only have a limited data plan it could run out quickly and you could incur extra data charges.
What is Mifi and how do I get it?
Mifi is similar to mobile phone internet connectivity, you basically access the mobile data network via a Mifi router box. A Mifi router is a small portable router which provides a portable wifi connection via the mobile phone network. A Mifi box requires its own data sim card, plus a good local 4G or 5G signal. Again you will need to check the 4G/5G coverage of the locations you will be staying at to make sure there is reception. You will also need a data plan or PAYG data on your SIM card.
Once purchased you can take your Mifi box with you when you travel (even abroad if you have roaming data). Mifi boxes allow you to connect multiple devices via a single data plan and to share a wireless connection with devices like laptops, tablets and phones.
Our favourite 4G Mifi boxes on Amazon
Check out our 4 favourite portable 4G Mifi boxes on Amazon these all feature rechargeable batteries so they are fully portable with prices starting under £40 a Mifi box is affordable even if only as a backup plan.
NOTE: Mifi boxes require a mobile data plan or PAYG data via a sim card