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Internet in your Motorhome – Find the right WiFi router and provider for traveling

Welcome to our article dedicated to WiFi solutions for mobile internet for motorhomes. As experts at Camperguru.com and passionate remote workers, we can have first-hand experience of how important a reliable internet connection is when traveling or on holiday.

Life in a campervan offers a lot of freedom and adventure. But there are also challenges, for example finding reliable mobile internet in a motorhome, especially when you are abroad. Unfortunately, not every campsite has good internet. Not having stable internet access can be a bit frustrating, especially if you need a reliable connection for work or just want to stay online to keep in touch with family and friends.

Of course, you can use mobile Wi-Fi hotspots or special routers to use the internet in your motorhome. There are also campsites with Wi-Fi access. Make sure that your data plan is sufficient if you plan to use a mobile hotspot and check the network coverage at your destination.

Good Wi-Fi is worthwhile and allows you to surf the web or work online without any obstacles and enjoy your trip in your campervan even more. With a sufficiently strong internet connection, you can not only work well and without problems, but also watch TV, stream films, watch your favourite series and news on tablets, or search for the next interesting place to visit on your travels.

With a high-quality Wi-Fi router, you can even give several devices access to the Ethernet at the same time. This means you can conveniently check emails on your smartphone and use your laptop to complete important tasks – all without interruptions caused by slow connections.

Let's take a closer look at the best WiFi solutions for traveling in a motorhome or caravan in the following sections. We've put together a brief overview of the best options available, comparing performance, cost, and ease of use. In this article, we'll also show you what you should look out for when choosing a WiFi solution and how you can maximize your WiFi performance when traveling.

The best WLAN solutions for the internet in your motorhome

Here we have put together some WLAN solutions for internet reception in motorhomes:

  • Mobile router: A mobile internet router for motorhomes is a good choice for many campers. These devices have the advantage that you can install your own wireless network and connect and use two or more devices at the same time. You can connect to the internet either via a SIM card or via an existing Wi-Fi network. Well-known providers of routers are Huawei, TP-Link and Netgear.
  • LTE hotspot: LTE hotspots or mobile hotspots, often referred to as MiFi, are another good option for traveling, no matter where you are. These small devices use the mobile network to connect to the internet. They have a built-in battery and only require a SIM card with a data plan. Simply switch on, connect wirelessly, and start surfing the net.
  • Webcatcher: The Webcatcher is a specially developed antenna amplifier for motorhomes and offers improved reception in rural areas or on remote campsites.
  • Starlink: Starlink provides motorhomes with a high-quality internet connection, regardless of location. This is particularly advantageous in remote or rural areas where a traditional mobile phone or WiFi connection is often weak or non-existent.
  • Gigacube: The Gigacube from Vodafone is a powerful solution for fast internet in motorhomes with unlimited data volume – ideal for frequent users or families.
  • Tethering: Another option is to use mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets as a Wi-Fi hotspot. However, it is important to remember that this may incur additional costs, especially if you only have a tariff with a limited data volume. After all, if you spend a long time surfing the net or streaming films, you will quickly use up a lot of mobile phone data.

When choosing the right WiFi solution for the internet in your motorhome, factors such as individual needs, reception in the camping region you are traveling in, and possible additional costs should be taken into account. Compare the offers of different internet providers for motorhomes and check their options in terms of performance, user-friendliness, and availability of service providers.

Also remember that the internet connection depends not only on the chosen device, but also on the location and the available networks in the area.


Personal experience with WLAN routers – from Ralf

The idea of working online while traveling in a campervan immediately appealed to the team here at Camperguru. Of course, this requires a stable and fast internet connection. Camperguru team member, Ralf Koll, found the following solution:

WLAN solution

“I opted for the compact Azimut S3 Wi-Fi router and the robust MAKO 5G Dome LTE roof antenna. Both devices are easy to install. The router has 3 ports and a SIM card slot for 1 standard-sized SIM card.

internet in your motorhome
internet in your motorhome

I installed the WLAN router on the side in the wall unit above the seating area and the aerial was mounted on the roof above it. I think the router is well installed here, as it takes up very little space in the cupboard and provides an optimum connection, as I sit directly underneath it at the table in the campervan and work online. I even have internet when I'm sitting outside, about 2 to 3 metres away from the router, working on my laptop.”

How does it work out?

“The router and antenna have proved their worth so far. Whether I was in the city, at the campsite, or anywhere else – I always had good reception with the 5G antenna. The router provided good connectivity and a stable internet connection, allowing me to do exactly what I wanted to do: work online while traveling in the campervan.”


How can I choose the right WLAN solution for traveling in a motorhome?

As a passionate camper, you know how important reliable internet in your motorhome is, whether you want to work online for business, simply stream a TV series, or watch YouTube videos. But how do you choose the right internet options for motorhomes? Here are some important factors to consider when choosing a suitable solution:

  • Network coverage: Before buying a mobile phone solution, check how far the provider's network coverage (e.g. Telekom) extends. Make sure that the network provider covers your preferred destination and that there are no “dead zones” in the wireless network.
  • Speed: Pay attention to the maximum download and upload speeds of the tariffs on offer. The faster the connection, the better you can work online or surf the internet.
  • Data volume: Also check the included data volume per month. If you like to stream and surf a lot, you should choose a tariff with a generous data or GB volume that suits your needs, or look for options with unlimited data volume (flat rate).
  • Flexibility: Think about whether a monthly contract is right for you or whether a prepaid tariff would suit your needs for internet in your motorhome better.
  • Compatibility: Make sure that the WiFi solution is compatible with your motorhome and check the technical requirements and whether certain connections or adapters are necessary.
  • Ease of use: Make sure the WLAN solution has a user-friendly interface and is easy to set up. You certainly don't want to waste your valuable camping holiday having to carry out complicated installations.
  • Customer service: Find out more about the provider's customer service. It is important to know that you will be helped quickly in the event of problems and that you won't have to wait long.

In addition to these factors, there are other aspects that should be considered when choosing a suitable WiFi solution for the internet in your motorhome. To help you make your decision, we have compiled a list of the best WiFi solutions here.

WLAN solutions for motorhomes

There are various WLAN solutions for motorhomes on the market. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here are just a few of the many options, based on popularity, performance, and cost:

Mobile router

  1. Netgear Nighthawk M1: This is a mobile hotspot with SIM card that provides high-speed internet for up to 20 devices. It offers a download speed of up to 1 Gbps and an upload speed of up to 150 Mbps. The Nighthawk M1 is equipped with a LAN port, USB ports, and a removable battery that lasts approximately 24 hours. The cost of the Nighthawk M1 is just over £350.
  2. TP-Link M7350: This mobile Wi-Fi router with SIM card offers download speeds of up to 150 Mbps and supports up to 10 devices simultaneously. It has a practical display on which you can easily read important information such as battery status, data consumption and network information. The TP-Link M7350 costs around £55.
  3. Huawei E5577Cs-321: This portable Wi-Fi hotspot with SIM card allows download speeds of up to 150 Mbps and supports up to 10 devices simultaneously. This device also has a powerful 1,500 mAh battery that can be used for up to 6 hours of network operation. The Huawei E5577Cs-321 is available for around £65.
  4. Azimut S3: A compact and robust dual band WiFi router with SIM card. Designed for easy installation and operation in moving vehicles, it enables the simultaneous operation of up to 40 devices, with wide coverage and no interference from other signals. Full 4G LTE speed at 150 Mbps for downloading files in seconds, enjoying HD content, and making seamless video calls.
  5. 5th Gigacube from Vodafone: The Gigacube is a powerful WLAN router with a SIM card that is simply plugged into a socket and offers a high download speed of up to 300 Mbps. With the Gigacube, you can use up to 200 GB per month. The Gigacube is only available to use the internet in the country that you purchase it.

SIM card providers in Europe

ProviderCountryAdvantages
VodaphoneEU wideGood network coverage, generous data packages, fair roaming
OrangeEU wideStrong presence in many countries, customisable packages, fair roaming
T-mobileEU wideGood network coverage, various data options, fair roaming
TelekomGermany/EU wideStrong network coverage in Germany and many parts of Europe, various data options
ThreeGreat BritainFavourable prepaid options, offers for use abroad
TIMItalyGood network coverage, fair prepaid offers
MovistarSpainBroad network coverage, flexible tariffs
Campersim36+ countries1 SIM card for all networks

Please note that network coverage, prices and conditions are subject to change and it is best to check this information directly with the provider.

Webcatcher

Webcatchers are devices that amplify public or private Wi-Fi signals and make them accessible to your devices free of charge. They are a popular choice for internet in your motorhomes as they provide a stable internet connection, even in areas with poor network coverage. Here are some web catchers for motorhomes:

  • Alfa Network Camp-Pro: This is a complete solution consisting of a router, an external antenna and the necessary accessories. The Alfa Network Camp-Pro is particularly suitable for use in campers, caravans and on boats. The kit allows you to receive weak Wi-Fi signals and distribute them in your motorhome. This solution costs around 150 euros.
  • Winegard WF-3000: The Winegard WF-3000 is another high-quality webcatcher specially designed for use in motorhomes. It offers high performance and can support several WLAN networks simultaneously. The price for the Winegard WF-3000 is around 350 euros.

To make the best choice when purchasing such devices, it is important that you consider your specific requirements. These include the number of devices you want to connect, your planned destinations and data volume, and the conditions under which you want to use the device.

Campersim

CAMPERSIM is the perfect solution for the internet in your motorhome. With CAMPERSIM, you only need a single SIM card for currently 36+ countries with a total of 107 networks. Switzerland and all Scandinavian countries are also included. Wherever you are, CAMPERSIM always finds the most powerful network with up to an incredible 300 Mbit/s, so you can stream your favorite series, surf the web at your leisure, or work while on the move. At the moment, this SIM is only available for purchase in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, though they have plans to expand their service.

Starlink is an ambitious project developed by SpaceX that aims to provide internet access via a series of satellites orbiting the Earth. The Starlink project is an ingenious solution for anyone who loves traveling and being on the move. With Starlink – according to Elon Musk's vision – high-speed internet via satellite will soon be possible to almost anywhere on earth.

Advantages of Starlink

  • Access to the Internet anywhere – One of the biggest obstacles for those traveling by motorhome is access to the Internet. Not all destinations have reliable or fast internet connections. Starlink changes this and ensures a reliable internet connection regardless of location.
  • Easier working while traveling – If you like traveling, reliable internet like Starlink promises can make it easier for you to work and stay connected while on the move.
  • Always and everywhere safely informed – With reliable internet access, you can get updated weather forecasts and find out about safety concerns in your area. This can be particularly important if you are in remote or less traveled areas.

Costs of Starlink

  • Monthly fee: According to the latest information from Starlink, high-speed Internet on the move costs
    • Mobile tariff – £85 per month with unlimited data inland (use on one continent).
  • Hardware: The necessary equipment for Starlink, which consists of an antenna, a tripod and a router, is currently on offer at half the usual price – £225 instead of £450!

Tip: You can pause and restart the contract at any time. The contract term is always 30 days once you have activated it. If you pause, there are no costs.

Despite the relatively high purchase costs of Starlink, this service could be an interesting consideration for motorhome travelers and vanlife, as Starlink offers the possibility of having reliable, fast internet in your motorhome everywhere you go. Definitely a must for anyone who not only wants to stay online while traveling but also wants to work while on the road.


Having fast internet everywhere is also extremely important for Camperguru co-founder Amos Struck! He has chosen Starlink as his WiFi solution for traveling in his campervan.

Amos: “Starlink consists of the Starlink antenna with the corresponding bracket, the router, power cable, and Starlink cable. The setup is simple. Place the antenna on the bracket and then align it with a clear view of the sky. Then connect the router to the power supply and connect the antenna to the router. Starlink establishes a connection to the Internet in just a few minutes. Done.

Magnetic holder for antenna not from Starlink

The compact router is located in the rear garage and takes up hardly any space. Starlink is set up quickly and as soon as Starlink is connected, you have high-speed Internet and can work online, stream films or play online games. This makes working online fun!”


Installing and setting up the Internet in your motorhome

Setting up internet access for motorhomes can seem complicated at first, but it's relatively simple when explained properly. Below you will find step-by-step instructions on how to easily install and set up your WiFi solution.

  1. Selecting the right router
    Firstly, you need to select a suitable router for your motorhome. Make sure that the router has the necessary functions to meet your requirements. There are special routers for motorhomes on the market. They are robust and suitable for traveling with a motorhome.
  2. Positioning the router
    Once you have the right router, it is important to place it in an optimal location in the motorhome. Ideally, the router should be positioned so that it offers maximum signal coverage while being protected from external interference.
  3. Establishing a connection to the Internet
    To establish the internet in your motorhome, you will need either a SIM card with data volume or an external LTE modem stick for your router. Simply follow the manufacturer's instructions to configure a connection correctly.
  4. Configuring the network
    Once you have successfully connected your router to the Internet in your motorhome, you need to configure the network. Firstly, give your network a unique name (SSID) and then select a secure password.
  5. Connect devices
    Once your network is set up, your devices can be connected to the Wi-Fi. Go to the settings on your smartphone or notebook and search for available Wi-Fi networks.
  6. Check the connection
    Once your devices have successfully connected to the Wi-Fi, you should make sure that everything is working properly, for example by trying to load a website.

However, problems sometimes occur with Internet in your motorhomes, such as:

  • Weak signal
  • Limited data volume
  • Interference from other networks

What can you do in such a case? How can you optimise your WLAN solution?

Optimising your WLAN solution for traveling in motorhomes and caravans

When it comes to using Wi-Fi and internet in your motorhome, optimum performance is essential. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure you're always equipped with a reliable internet connection when traveling:

  • Position your router correctly
    Ideally, place your router in the center of the motorhome, as this will give you even signal coverage.
  • Use an external antenna
    External antennas can help to amplify the signal and improve the range of your WiFi.
  • Check the channel of your router
    Make sure that your router's channel does not overlap with other networks. Otherwise, this can cause disruptive interference.
  • Update the firmware
    Regular updates from the manufacturer's website can help to fix problems with your router and improve overall performance.
  • Use apps to monitor the signal strength
    Various apps are available to help you monitor the signal strength of the internet in your motorhome.
  • Avoid overloading
    Limit the number of simultaneous connections or consider a more powerful router model.
  • Use a repeater
    A Wi-Fi repeater can help boost the signal in weak areas of the vehicle.
  • Limit data consumption
    Close unnecessary background activities on your devices and deactivate automatic updates, especially if you only have a limited data volume.
  • Test different locations for your router in the vehicle to find the best reception location for internet in your motorhome.
  • Keep your devices up to date by regularly updating the software versions.

With these tips, you can ensure that your Wi-Fi connection works optimally while traveling in your motorhome, campervan, or caravan and provides you with a satisfactory internet experience. Don't forget that the choice of solution and careful installation are important factors for good performance.

Here are some recommended apps and tools to improve your Wi-Fi performance:

With these apps, you have everything you need to make the most of your Wi-Fi performance when traveling and to be able to fully enjoy the internet in your motorhome.

Summary: The best WLAN solution for traveling in a motorhome

When it comes to using WiFi and the internet in your motorhome, optimum performance is essential. Here are our expert tips to make sure you get the most out of your mobile internet reception:

  • Position your router strategically
    Place the router in a location with optimum signal strength and avoid corners or obstacles that could impair the signal quality.
  • Use an external antenna
    An external antenna, for example on the roof of your motorhome, can help to amplify the Wi-Fi signal and improve the range – choose the right roof antenna for your needs.
  • Check your internet connection regularly
    Make sure your data connection is stable and monitor it regularly.
  • Use a network monitoring app
    You can monitor the quality of your network and internet in your motorhome with special apps.

Now you know a little more about how best to set up a mobile WiFi solution and have a guide on how to optimize the internet in your motorhome. A good internet connection is a must when caravanning in Europe. It allows you to work and surf the World Wide Web without any problems while traveling. Remember that it is important to choose a suitable router, configure the network correctly and find an optimal position for the router in the motorhome.

By Tasha and Tristan • March 2024

Tasha and Tristan are enthusiastic camper travelers, currently journeying in their orange vintage Mercedes van. Natasha, who previously lived in Borneo working for orangutan conservation, brings a minimalist lifestyle to their vanlife. The couple, without a permanent base, take on various projects across Europe, from pet-sitting to house renovation, earning enough for food and petrol. They constantly seek incredible camper stops to share with Camperguru members.

Check 29 Verified spots at Camperguru by Tasha and Tristan.

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