A reliable internet connection is like the Holy Grail for many full time rv’ers. How many crowded lodges have I come across full of surfers, with every available power outlet in use. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have reliable, free internet right in the comfort of your own rig. Did I just say “free”? I did indeed, and now I’m going to tell you how!
I have researched this for a long time and have come up with a solution that will work 90% of the time. This internet solution requires some hardware and software configuration, but at the end of the day, you can expect to have FREE internet 90% of the time. That’s right, I said FREE! How can this be you ask??!!
Ok, here is the answer to FREE internet on the road. Most McDonalds, Starbucks, book stores, or even local libraries offer free Wi-Fi. I know what you’re thinking; I don’t expect you to sit in at coffee shops, book stores, or the library all day. This is about internet in your RV at the location of your choice! This is about internet, in your jammies, with your own snacks an arm’s length away.
With this configuration, I have been able to pick up Wi-Fi from up to 1.7 miles away! I said it right, 1.7 Miles away!!! This is surrounded by mountains. With that in mind, I think I may be able to get up to 3 miles away on flat terrain.
To get access to FREE internet in your camper,you will need 5 pretty inexpensive hardware components.
- 100’ Cat6 Ethernet Cable
- RiteAV – Cat5e Network Ethernet Cable – Blue – 6 ft.
- Ubiquiti BULLET-M2-HP Outdoor 802.11b/g M2HP
- Outdoor Omni-directional Antenna for Dual Band WiFi and Wireless Applications
- NETGEAR WG602 54 Mbps 802.11g Wireless Access Point
I put links in the text to Amazon where you can find all these components for about $200.00. This is a small sacrifice when thinking about what you pay a month for an Air Card plan or paying a campground a monthly fee for internet.
Putting all these components to work for you is not a hard task either.
1. Pick a spot! The first thing to consider is where you are going to place your wireless access point and how you are going to run the 100’ Cat6 cable to your Ubiquiti Bullet and Wireless antenna. I mounted my bullet and antenna on the existing TV antenna so that when I bring my TV antenna with the crank, it brings up the Celluteq antenna as well. It will also lay flat for travel making this a seamless system. You can mount this setup on a flag pole style mount, but that will require you setup and tear down every time you move. For now, let’s keep going!
2. So you have found the perfect spot for your wireless access point and antenna. Now you will need to run the cable as neat as you can from the two devices.
3. Once you have run the cable, connect the bullet to the antenna with the N style connector. You just simply screw the two pieces together and you’re ready to go.
4. Next plug the Cat6 cable into the Power Over Ethernet (POE) device that was provided with your Bullet. From the 2nd port on the POE device, plug the 6’ Cat6 cable in and run that to the wireless access point connecting that to Port1 of 4.
Voila! Your hardware installation is complete and all that’s left is configuring the software of the wireless access point and the Bullet.
Using the supplied documentation (included with your wireless access point device), configure the wireless access point to meet your needs. Once you have completed the configuration and you can connect your your access point wirelessly, you will need to configure the Bullet. Click Here to download the PDF on how to configure the Bullet.
That’s it, you now have FREE internet from the local hotspots in your area.
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Here are some more pictures for you to get an idea of what everything looks like: