RV lifestyle tips: what are your Internet connection options as an RVer?
Thanks to the widespread availability of Internet service, it’s easier now than ever for RVers to stay in touch with those back home, keep informed about the day’s events and take care of routine activities, such as banking and bill paying.
But, what are your best Internet connection options? There isn’t a single answer that’s right for everyone. So, let’s look at some possibilities.
Enhance your RV lifestyle with these Internet connection options.
Cell phone service: Smartphones allow you to do much more than talk. They enable you to shop, send e-mails, get directions, learn about nearby attractions and do much more online. But, you’ll need an Internet provider first.
Fortunately, major wireless service carriers (such as T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint) offer Internet service. Just be sure to choose a carrier that has good coverage for the areas you frequently travel, and pick a plan that’s appropriate for your planned usage.
Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots: An amazing amount of consumer-oriented businesses – ranging from cafes to restaurants to book stores to grocery stores – offer free Internet wireless connections to their patrons. (Learn how to find free wireless Internet connection options in your area.)
Be careful, though, about accessing the Internet in this manner. Most hotspots don’t offer secure online access. That means it’s easier for hackers to snoop into your privacy. Online activities that reveal personal financial information – such as banking or shopping – should be avoided.
If you plan to take advantage of unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots, consider using a VPN (virtual private network), which offers more privacy.
RV Wi-Fi: As demand for Internet access grows among RVers, more campgrounds are providing their own Wi-Fi network that guests can use for free or a nominal fee. Again, this may not be a secure network, and you may want to use a VPN when accessing this service.
Additionally, some campgrounds offer a cable or phone connection that enables guests to tap into the Internet without a wireless connection.
Satellite internet: You can always look to the sky for an Internet connection. Satellite providers (including DISH Network, HughesNet and WildBlue Exede) allow you to get online from your RV, even in remote areas that typically have poor Internet access. But, you’ll need to use the company’s hardware to receive a signal.
Public libraries: Many libraries now offer computer terminals and online access that you can use for free for a limited amount of time each day. Most require you to have their library card to use their system. For RVers with limited Internet needs that don’t travel much, this might be all you need.
Take care of your RV insurance, too.
While Internet access is a priority of many RVers now, RV insurance is a must for almost everyone.
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