Gear Guide: Wi-Fi for your caravan or motorhome

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  1. Philip says:

    When in albuferia we use a local data sim, it’s about 17euros for 15 days unlimited data ideal for streaming. But when in the south of France we use a ee data sim with 50GB for £30 per month and cancel after the fist month, but remember to limit the data to 50GB otherwise you will get charged extra which is very expensive.
    If any body knows of any think better please post.

  2. dave mison says:

    Hi Sharon
    I used VOIP for many years when I lived in the USA so I’ve become quite the ‘untrained expert’.
    The long answer is to buy the Solwise Patriot Wi-Fi booster kit as the router gives you a network port to plug your VOIP phone box into, if you are in a location without wifi you can unplug the usb wifi antenna and use a 4g data dongle instead.
    There many be a simple answert too, your VOIP provider should have internet managment for your service and you may be able to simply divert all your calls to a cell phone.
    hope this helps

  3. sharon says:

    hoping someone who is more techy than me can help ? i run a business and use VOIP phones which i usually plug into a modem internet connection at home and used in USA SPain and France. However this year i am looking to travel Europe in our Caravan and also work daily and need to connect to internet and also be able to use a VOIP phone does anyone know what i can use or if even i can do it ? many thanks in advance.

    Sharon

  4. Am looking for device so I can have Internet at my static caravan.. Any help please

  5. Jean Reeve says:

    To Paul Allman

    You state you purchase 24GB data costing £48 which lasts for 2 years – does this mean you are restricted to using 2GB per month or can it just be used on demand in a short space of time and then purchase another as necessary?

  6. Jason says:

    Bang on. If the pipe into the campsite is narrow or overloaded then the booster won’t speed it up. It may enable you to connect to another network, but having a secondary solution like a MiFi works well for us (in fact the MiFi is our primary solution with WiFi a back up). Cheers, Jay

  7. Jason says:

    We’re using a combination of WiFi booster and cellular via Huawei with a 4G antenna. We have an Android smart phone which we use to create a personal hot-spot when a particular county’s SIM won’t play with the MiFi. 800+ places and we’ve had Internet (almost) everywhere this way. More info here: http://ourtour.co.uk/home/online-in-a-motorhome-our-2016-internet-system/. Cheers folks, Jay

  8. JNS says:

    Unless you need to connect more than your smartphone and, say, laptop, just tether the phone to the laptop and use your existing mobile data allowance. You can then be online on phone and laptop with no kit or SIMS etc to buy. If your allowance is small or you think you’ll need lots of data, many providers will allow you to increase your limit for a month or buy one off extra data e.g. Tesco Mobile one off data bundle is £5 for 1Gb.

  9. Patricia Ellerker says:

    I got my MiFi from the EE shop..it was free and I pay £5.99 a month…if I go overseas, I just ring them for a top up, for that month only…

  10. Paul Allman says:

    I think the EE MIFI device others are referring to is the 4GEE WIFI Mini which is £49.99 and probably a typo at £4.95. These EE units may be cheaper to buy but you’re locked to their data packages or charges and could cost you a lot more in data charges then the units reviewed using cheaper provider sims. The article reviews the best units available in my opinion as the TP-Link or Huawei units are unlocked to use any and far cheaper mobile data providers. You can get the TP-Link M7350 unit for £61.21 on Amazon. They are only as good as the provider signal strength in particular areas but you can get a 3 Data sim loaded with 24Gb that lasts for 2-years for about £48 on Amazon. Just buy another when it runs out or get a couple from different providers to get a better chance of a good signal. Here’s another good guide:
    http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/buying-advice/internet/best-mobile-wi-fi-routers-2017-3656619/#bestmobilerouters

  11. Owen Granfield says:

    Site wifi is fine until later in the day when lots of users join the network, many of whom try to stream.
    The motorhomewifi kit is excellent as is their customer support – but if there is no site wifi – the HUAWEI mifi works well – if there is a phone signal = and 3 customer support works well
    And the technology improves steadily

  12. Sylvia Longhurst says:

    I used EE, they advised me to go …. Pay as you go, can cancel anytime, I bought the little box with sim, I cancelled after hol in plenty of time, they charged me approx £20.00 for month and still charged me half the month after, so it worked out more expensive than just hot spot with my mobile,

  13. Jim weir says:

    Any android or apple phone can be used as a modem. I gave my mifi away three years ago. There are loads of free apps that let you just connect online as you would any wireless router.

  14. John Pinney says:

    What the EE for £4.95 is as I have been looking got it online but can’t find it?

  15. John Pinney says:

    What is this please, looked online but could not find it!

  16. william.allen says:

    We use an EE Osprey2 wifi device on a pay as you go basis,And up to now have found it to be very good and at less the half the price of the items you are showing.

  17. Graham Jones says:

    Wi-Fi boosters may “boost” the signal but what happens to the bandwidth. If the original bandwidth is low the “boosted signal” will still be low and as such won’t be of any better. Or have I missed something?

  18. welemmer says:

    The EE at £4.95 is most sensible. Why exclude it from the review?


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