We are so used to having internet access everywhere that it can be frustrating in the motorhome to find yourself suddenly isolated and cut off from the internet.
The internet can be so useful when travelling for campsite locations, sightseeing research and similar aspects.
There are so solutions available however to give you internet access back quickly and easily and most importantly fairly cheaply.
Motorhome wifi boosters are one aspect which can re-connect you to the net.
Some campsites offer wifi either free or for a daily/hourly rate, however the further you are from the transmitter the slower your connection becomes, that’s if you can connect at all as wireless transmissions range varies dependent on obstructions.
A general rule of thumb for motorhome wifi is that Wi-Fi routers give the following ranges:-
- Older 802.11a routers that ran on 5 GHz bands can reach approximately 50 feet(15m) indoors and 100 feet (31m).
- 2.4 GHz systems can reach up to 150 feet (46 m) indoors and 300 feet (92 m) outdoors.
- Newer 802.11n and 802.11ac routers that operate on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands are as above.
Physical obstructions in homes such as brick walls and metal frames will reduce the range of a Wi-Fi network by 25% or more.
Due to laws of physics, 5 GHz Wi-Fi connections are more susceptible to obstructions than 2.4 GHz.
As you can see from these variables on a large campsite with only a transmitter at the reception (typical installation, however large campsites are installing multiple transmission aerials throughout the site) the further away you get the less speed you get until you are too far away to even connect to the wifi at all.
This is where wireless boosters / wireless aerials come into their own, they simply allow you to receive the wireless signal further away from the transmitter hence either boosting the speed of the connection or in fact allowing you to connect in locations where ordinarily you wouldn’t even be able to.
The main thing to take into consideration with motorhome wifi aerials / boosters is the type of the aerial and the connection at the end of the lead.
There are two main types of motorhome wifi boosters, omni directional also called rockets / rubber ducks and directional aerials also called panels. Omni directional aerials are easier to use as no manual intervention is required, however the range advantage gained with an omni directional wifi aerial is less than with its directional counterpart. However directional wifi aerials require you to turn the aerial until it points at the wireless transmission source which may not be immediately obvious.
The connection on the end of the wifi aerial also needs to be considered. If you are going to be using a motorhome wifi aerial in conjunction with a laptop or PC which has a USB Connector then the USB Connections on a standard wifi aerial will suffice. If using Tablets / iPads or any other devices which do not have a physical USB Connection point then a wireless re-transmission device is needed which connects to the wifi aerial and then creates a new wifi network locally which you then connect to as you would normally via WiFi.
motorhome wifi aerials can be as low priced as £30-40 for standard omni directional versions and all the way up to £250+ for the more intricate and complex motorhome wifi systems with built in routers and antenna.
More motorhome wifi products and information are available on our shop.