Want to stay connected while you travel? Don’t rely on sketchy caravan park internet. An RV WiFi router is a reliable and affordable way to keep connected to the internet while you’re on the road.
A good internet connection will provide countless hours of entertainment for everyone. How often have you needed a distraction for the kids while you make dinner? Or wanted to stream your favourite TV show on Netflix?
That’s not all – a good internet connection lets you get essential information for your trip, such as weather conditions and road conditions.
You can also use it to stay connected with loved ones back home. Video chat on special occasions and update them on all your news.
What should you look for in a RV WiFi router? Read on for our Buyer’s Guide to RV WiFi:
What Is RV Wifi?
RV WiFi is the name for a portable wireless router that is fixed in your caravan. They are specifically made for the RV community, so you can enjoy a stable internet connection while you travel. (It’s also the name of one of our top-selling brands – RV WiFi – which can get confusing!)
All you need to do is install the router (base unit) inside the caravan and an external antenna on the roof of your van. The router is powered by your caravan.
The base unit creates a hotspot so you can use multiple devices at the one time. So, if you all want to stream different movies at the same time, there are no arguments! The hotspot also works while you are towing your van. Best of all, you can make sure it is password protected so nobody can access your connection unless you want them to.
RV Wifi have now released the new 5G RV Wifi that gives greater speed in 5G and 4G areas with the introduction of the MIMO router. This means it has increased range to the tower near you and also increased Wi-fi range around your caravan and into your tow vehicle while you are driving along.
Do You Need A Mobile Plan For RV WiFi?
Most portable wireless routers, like the one by RV WiFi the brand, operate off 3G or 4G networks. This means you need to insert a SIM into the base unit. It works in much the same way as the SIM in your phone, so you need to sign up to a mobile data plan. The good news is you can sign up to whichever provider (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone etc) and plan you like. You also only need one data-only SIM card to provide internet for a number of devices.
What About Added Features?
When it comes to RV WiFi, it’s worth thinking about what extra features you’ll use. Some RV WiFi systems come with GPS built into the router. This means you can obtain the location of your caravan at any time, giving you the comfort and security to locate your motorhome in an emergency.
You can also use your WiFi system to create a media centre for the family to store and watch movies and photos. RV WiFi, the most popular caravan WiFi router brand on the market, comes with a built-in media centre. You can simply insert a hard drive or USB to share movies, images or music over multiple devices.
Expert Tip: The RV WiFi router can be used as a media centre WITHOUT a SIM card or data only plan. Download movies onto an external hard drive (maximum 1TB) at home and watch them wirelessly on Smart TV, tablet or mobile phone, without needing any data!
How To Power RV Wifi:
Do you need to power your RV WiFi using a 12V, 24V or 240V power source? Check out the specs for power requirements before you buy your device. The RV Wifi range uses 12V as standard. You can purchase a 240V adapter to use if not camping off grid.
How To Install Your WiFi:
Good news! Installing your WiFi device is easy - even for the less tech savvy amongst us! The router is installed inside the van. Simply plug it in using the 12V outlet (or an adapter). Then you can mount an external antenna to the roof for better reception. Alternatively screw flexible antennas into the router. Then, insert the SIM card from your chosen provider, set up your password and connect your devices to the internet as normal.
RV WiFi 4G comes with four internal antennas and one external antenna for better reception. The RV Wifi 5G comes with 4 Internal 4/5G Antenna’s, 4 Internal Wifi Antenna’s and the External 4G/5G/WIFI Antenna for even greater coverage
Expert Tip: Always ensure you use your NOOSY Sim Card adapter that comes with your RV Wifi, this allows the Sim Card to sit perfectly into the RV Wifi for the best results.
Which RV WiFi Brand Is The Best Choice?
We love the RV WiFi brand which is why it is the only model we stock!
The RV WiFi model has the following features:
• Your choice of network provider
• Password protection
• USB sharing and media centre
• 4 x LAN Ports and 1x USB Port
• Powered by 12V, or 24V/240V using an adapter
• 3G and 4G coverage and now also with 5G coverage in the RV Wifi 5G model.
If you do want to explore other models here are some key questions you should consider:
• What is your budget? The RV WiFi model will cost you close to $499, however it does come with additional features and a longer warranty than other models on the market. The new RV Wifi 5G comes in at a higher price point, the price reflects the extra capability and performance.
• How much coverage do you need? The RV WiFi router boasts WiFi coverage up to 50m from your van.
• How long is the warranty? This is where RV WiFi really excels against other models, it comes with a 3 year warranty.
• Do you need a SIM card adapter? The RV WiFi comes with an adapter for full, nano or micro cards.
• Do you need an external antenna? The RV WiFi router comes with an antenna and 2-metre lead.
Check out what our customer Elysia has to say about the RV WiFi router:
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DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.
Permanent VanHi I have a permanent van in the South Coast, the caravan park does not have internet and the reception is not real good on my phone for the internet. Can you tell me what I need to do to be able to get wifi. Thank youBy: Diana on
Hi Diana, we will reach out to you via email with some great options
WiFi portableI have telstra wi-fi at home if I had the device can I utilise it in my van while travellingBy: Paul on
Hi Paul, Unfortunately unless your modem at home is designed to be a portable/mobile modem it can't be taken with you as it is connected to your landlines details. If you have a mobile/anywhere modem then you can take it with you, be mindful of how it is powered though
Internet ProviderWe will be living in our caravan for about 6 months while we are waiting for our new home to be built. Will be travelling interstate for about 3 months of that but would like to continue using our current internet provider as we will reconnect by cable with them once we move in. Is there an issue with? Also do you need to use the external antenna ow will the internal antennas suffice on most occasions?By: David Adcock on
Hi David, thanks for reaching out and good luck with the house build! The RV Wifi requires a SIM Card to work so you can use the same provider you will however need a Data only plan on a Sim. The RV Wifi's come with the new and more powerful 4 in 1 Antenna that should do the job.
Caravan wi fi boosterWe often stay in caravan parks that offer free wi fi that is slower than we would like, what you you suggest to improve the speed of the wi fi connection, we dont down load movies or play games etcBy: Mick Harrison on
Hi Mick We don't offer a solution to strengthen the Caravan Parks Wifi. Your best bet would be to carry your own with you. Check out the RV Wifi both in 4 and 5G (mentioned above). This will mean you will have internet everywhere there is mobile phone reception. Be the envy of all your caravan mates watching un-interrupted Kayo
RV WiFi installerI live on the Gold Coast at Pimpama is their availability to purchase and have installed in my caravan by a technician in this areaBy: Keith Tonkies on
Hi Keith unfortunately we are just an online retail store and do not do installations. Feel free to give us a call on 1800 787 278 if you would like help finding the right products for your caravan!