RV Internet - Get The Fastest Mobile Internet & Wifi On The Road - "How We Do It!"

RV Internet – Get The Fastest Mobile Internet & Wifi On The Road – "How We Do It!"



so when I hooked up my antennas like this the speed increase was incredible hey Nick Ferb we can explore it here and I want to welcome you to a segment that I'm calling how we do it and this is Lauren here as well and in this segment we're going to answer questions that we normally get from people as we go from place to place things like how do you do your internet or how do you get all those bikes in that camper or even how do you get all those people in that camper now knowing full well that there might not be the just one right answer for every question out there I thought it would be cool if we just shared how we do it and in this video I'm gonna tell you how I found the fastest internet that I've ever found on the road and I'll show you exactly how we do so before I show you what we have now I thought I would show you what we've used in the past and what we've gotten good results from so this one here was always my go-to device this is a Verizon MiFi device it's the 46 20 Tina and I have the grandfathered unlimited plan so we've had these for many many years and I'd just for a second thought of giving it up to get to their new plans to save a little bit of money but I'm really glad that I didn't because we've been using our grandfathered plans to do a lot of gigs like hundreds of gigs a month so the reason why I like this one because it had an external antenna port on it and I could pull in signals from far away with this and a wire and an antenna on a mast I've used this in many national parks to get signal when other people couldn't so this was my go-to about last year maybe two years ago it started to get a little buggy and I'd have to reset it all the time so then I would start using my backup and I'll tell you more about this one in a second I've also used this Wilson 4G and this is a booster it brings in a signal and then it rebroadcasts it and I've had mixed success with this when I would get it hooked up a lot of times it would go into a feedback loop which means that the signal was putting out was being picked up by the antenna when I would finally get it to work right by sticking the antenna far enough away I just got subpar speeds with it I would work but it just wasn't as good as having this hooked up all by itself so I didn't quite use this that much now this one is my backup what I like about this one is it has external ports as well but it has two of them and I'll explain more about the two in a little bit but starting this year this one started to get buggy and I didn't quite know why but then I want to talk to other people and they would say you know I'm experiencing the same thing and so I'm thinking that maybe Verizon is trying to phase these out I'm not really sure but it just wasn't working and that is the reason why I started searching for a better device which I found in this one here this one's from a company called Mophie or MOFA and I found this one by doing a search for enterprise 4G modem and this one came up it took a lot of searches to find this device well I actually called him on the phone and said hey I'm a little nervous because this device cost almost $400 so I call him and I said look I'm a little nervous and the guy reassured me that you'd get the best Internet possible from this device he said the Wi-Fi is much better there's no limit these things have like a limit of 8 devices I believe but there's an unlimited amount of devices that you can hook up Wi-Fi it also has a Ethernet ports on it so I could take my computer and wire it directly into the unit when you hook this up and you plug it in and turn it on you'll notice the speed improvement right away so it came with these two antennas right here and then had these ones hooked up to the cellular side but the way I have it hooked up it's it's really interesting so I'll bring you in the camper and show you how I have it hooked up now getting some schoolwork done all right so I haven't hooked up here and have it just inside this cabinet and we got 12 volts coming into it right there and we got the Wi-Fi antennas right there you put your card they give you this adapter and you put your card on there and it sticks to it and then you slide it in the slot here and you slide it in until it clicks and these are antennas that go up to the roof now I took this one from behind the wall here to show you how it works so I got some adapters from Amazon along with this wire this is LM are 400 wires really low loss so when you're running high frequencies like this they want to have really low loss wire that's running up so I'll show you how that goes up to the roof and you'll see one back there that one goes up to the roof as well and then you'll notice this piece of conduit coming down with some wires coming out this is how I wire my computer in directly into the unit so I'll take you up on the roof and show you how that works most people have an external antenna on their 4G modem and it's vertical up and down but 4G uses the technology called MIMO multiple in multiple out and that utilizes two antennas at a slant polarization so when I hooked up my antennas like this the speed increase was incredible so ones at an angle this way and that ones at an angle that way notice the this wire as it comes out of the camper it's so thick that it can't bend well and you're not supposed to bend it so it's coming up off of the ground just a little bit you see I get my finger under there and I have a large hole that this goes into and I put the RV roof on and this is watertight and we haven't had any water issues but then they have to make it a giant loop and you see how I have these screwed down and this giant loop that comes up and runs to the antennas themselves now this works well because I'm able to use it on the existing antenna mast and I just raise it up by cranking it and I'm able to turn it to the direction of the cell antenna and I have an app on my phone that will show me which way the antenna is now this bracket right here and this is custom built I made that but I believe you can get something like this online and I'll do a search for it wasn't too hard to do and if you just bring some dimensions to like a metal fabricator they could probably come up with something like this pretty easy I'll be sure to include my measurements for that so with a link on the website so you know exactly how that goes now that conduit that you saw was this box right here I added this box and I added runs the conduit that go to the back of the RV so I'm able to pull wires through and send them down to different spots in the camper alright so if you're watching this now and you say alright well that's cool he has it hooked up this way well how can I get something like that as well what I would recommend is first just start out if you're having trouble with your internet if your little MiFi devices aren't working check this out right so I'll put a link for this in the description try it they said they had a full 30 days if you don't like it send it back and get your money back it is fairly expensive I believe this one was for 59 we're just sorry 359 so it'll be somewhere between three and four hundred dollars and they have many different flavors of this they have one for North America they sell these all around the world so I will put the link in for the ones that is useful for Verizon Sprint 18 teen all those these guys were great to work with their support is great I haven't had any issues it can be fairly technical if you want it to but if you just follow their QuickStart guide you just set up your Wi-Fi thing and you put in your card and that's pretty much it it'll figure out what carrier you use and it'll latch on to that there isn't much configuration that you have to do to get it to work but you can go really in depth with it when you plug it in you'll notice the speeds go up right away and how this works is they have something called carrier aggregation and a little known fact with LTE is that there's many bands for an LTE signal so Verizon typically has three bands that have band to band four and band 13 usually in a spot where they have pretty good signal band 13 is where they're putting all of their MiFi units and that band has a smaller amount of bandwidth so typically you'll have a good signal but your speeds might not be that good since it has carrier aggregation it will try to lock on to two bands by itself so just a neat part of the unit is that it'll try to get you the fastest speed without you even having to do anything with it I just like to geek out with it with this unit you're able to lock bands so that means you can take and set the band that you want to it has a search feature where you can search and get all of the bands that are available and it'll tell you how much bandwidth available and you can lock the unit onto that band so a lot of times I'll get to a space like this I will lock it on band 4 and I will do a speed test and usually get maybe two to three times the speed as I would get with my standard Wi-Fi device that's what I really like about this usually when we get to a new spot I will do a search I will find out all the bands that are there I will lock it on a band and then I'm good to go I've typically been getting speeds of 30 down sometimes 45 it all depends in the spot that I'm at but it would usually blow away that my five device just blow it out of the water and the Wi-Fi on this I've noticed that just by having it hooked up like I do in the camper I'm able to pick it up pretty much anywhere in this area now another thing that makes this great and what I liked about this is that this would bring in a signal and rebroadcast it so that all the phones in the area were able to work then they could make calls and everything with Verizon you can take your phone and enable Wi-Fi calling so you can have this unit hooked up and then you can have your phone turn on Wi-Fi calling so that when you're out like maybe boondocking or something and the signal is hard to pull in you can use the external antennas for this pull in a good 4G signal broadcast it as Wi-Fi and then anywhere that you're able to pick up that Wi-Fi signal you can use your Verizon phone with Wi-Fi calling turned on now just something that you want to make sure if you do this there's a little spot underneath that says update your emergency contact info and so if you use that make sure to update your emergency contacts so that if you ever were to dial nine-one-one when you're on Wi-Fi they'll know exactly where you are so if you're interested in getting internet set up like this go ahead and check out the link below head over to the website I'll do it right up there on what I did and the stuff that I used and if you have any questions on this just you head down to the comments leave me a comment there I'll be glad to check that out and get back to you so I hope you enjoyed this if you did go ahead and click that button below that says subscribe and then click on that bell right next to it so that you get a notification for the next time that I do a video on how we do it I'm gonna be doing things like how we stabilize our camper when there's seven people in it how we put six bikes inside that front compartment how we're able to get the most of the storage of the camper by using the spaces that they don't want you to use how we do our solar how we do our generator on the front of the camper how we do boondocking just all kinds of stuff I love to problem-solve and I see this RV and this mobile living as a great puzzle and a way that we can plug at it and find the best way and great ways to do the things on the road so thanks so much for watching go ahead and click Subscribe right now and I'll touch

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40 thoughts on “RV Internet – Get The Fastest Mobile Internet & Wifi On The Road – "How We Do It!"”

  • I live in Loxahatchee a Cridge West Palm Beach Florida and we have AT&T Internet and my husbandGames and everything but it always delays I don’t know what to do I’d like to work from home and I can’t if my Internet doesn’t stay active help

  • Steve Tripper says:

    I am a ham Radio guy and use the LMR 400 coax for low line loss.
    I note in your video that you aren’t using any self fusing tape on your coax connectors to keep water out of the coax.
    If you please, Do a search on Amazon for “coax water tight tape” for examples :
    Note: if water enters the coax connections it will travel down your cable and can cause signal losses or worse.
    Good video by the way:

  • Very good. Just found the video I live in a small town and I bet this would work here. I had the 4620 till they cut me off. Worked good

  • guitarpornguy says:

    Hey! I live in the sticks, and generally I get 5-25mbps on my phone with LTE and we can only get exede or Hughes net and I was wondering if this is a viable solution to internet. Where do you get the unlimited data plans? I don't know much about this. But I'm really liking the vibe I'm getting from this.

  • Patricia Steward says:

    Hoo boy, we are just about to start out .. hoping this is not TOO complex to install but if you have tried several other options…sounds like it will be worth a try (albeit $$$) Thanks for a clear video and good ideas!

  • I'm not a road warrior, however, this video has helped quite a bit with the set up I'm working on in my new home that's a few miles down the road from BFE. The only "option" for internet is Hughes, which really isn't an option for the internet speeds I'll need. The local phone carrier has NO internet service at all. (That's how far out in the boonies I am ). They say they are working on it and maybe sometime soon they'll have it. Thus my adventure into setting up my own internet service.

    The phone app for finding signals is a bit better than the one I was "trying" to use. The info on the using the phone on a wifi network I had no idea about. I'm anxious to head back to my new home and try that out because our calls now are sometimes shaky especially if there is some bad weather around. I'm in the middle of moving from the old house to the new house…BLEH.

    So far I've set up a MOFI router using the same type of antennas and wiring. I have my antennas on the top floor of the house pointing out a window. I'm looking for an electrician to run the wiring for me when I mount it on the roof. My initial set up was pulling in around 20 mbs. It seemed to fluctuate during some bad weather passing through. I'm guessing this is normal considering the nearest cell tower to me is approximately 2 miles away, however, my house is surrounded by very tall trees. I'm going to try using the same antenna set up, or my version of it and hope that pulls in some faster speeds.

    Nice video and thanks for posting this. Very interesting.

  • Laura Messenger says:

    I work for a tech company from home, I take calls and assist people to fix their phones, is there a strong enough internet that I can be moving on the road, my husband driving while I am working?

  • I have same router. AT&T network. 45-55 mbps 23ms latincy. I live in the woods. What do you thaink wuld hapen if I setup the same antina you have ?

  • Thanks for the great info. I see 2 large LMR-100's going into the roof from the 2 antennas, but only one coming out of the panel by your router. Did you use a simple splitter to go from 2-1 cables?

  • Herbert Newman says:

    How did you set your yagi's at the correct degree -45 degrees and +45 degree is this correct and how critical is the exact degree? Were the mounting brackets on the back of the yagis included? I have several yagis that are not in the cones I hope to mount exactly like yours just different brackets.

  • I was considering the MOFI4500-4GXELTE-SIM4_COMBO or the NETGEAR Nighthawk MR1100 router until I saw your excellent presentation. My home in the country has been "Blessed" with promised SIX Megabit/sec while typically realizing THREE Megabit for Waaaay too long. I don't have an RV but I really would like to enjoy REAL Hi-Speed internet at home in my retirement years. I don't have Verizon here but I'm only 1.02 mi from an AT&T tower that I can see from my bedroom window. Even paying one of the several "Unlimited" Services will cost less than what I'm paying now. So, you've really done me a solid and I thank you, thank you, thank you…

  • Michael Kloeckner says:

    Matt ask this question and I just wanted to know… Is your Verizon plan unlimited DATA ? … Great video hoping to get set up. Matt Snyder 2019-03-28

    Do you have to pay for another service line to use a SIM card or do you just take it out of your phone?

  • Jeff Hambleton says:

    I wonder if people in RV parks turn their good signals into a shared hotspot when they have more bandwidth than they use?

  • so how would you use this with the carriers like Verizon, sprint etc, do you buy a sim card from Mofi or from the carrier? or would you use it in place of say the 8800L or in combination with the 8800L? please explain more I'm getting ready to start my nomad life style in just a couple of months and that one area that i have been holding off on buying since technology changes so frequently

  • Darrell Brown says:

    I'm looking into a system for an RV and have a question or two. Does the mofi unit need a booster such as Weboost or does the Moif unit do everything? I see that you used 2 yagi antennas. Will it work with one? What about an omidirectional antenna?
    Thanks
    Darrell

  • I have a Sprint Mifi pack from back in 2010. Is this what you’re referring too? Im not tech savvy and we are fixing to go full time this summer. Researching now. This is one of the issues I stress over so much. Thank you! We have Sprint and grandfathered in for over 20 years. I’m going to rewatch this video again. I so wish I understood all this…

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