Camper Van WiFi – Mobile INTERNET ON THE ROAD As A Digital Nomad // WiFi In RV

Camper Van WiFi – Mobile INTERNET ON THE ROAD As A Digital Nomad // WiFi In RV


Well, hello everyone, this is Amber with Story
Chasing and in today’s video we’re going to talk about how I stay connected on the road
as a digital nomad. Guys have been asking for it, what equipment
do I use? How do I use it with my solar panels? So we’re going to talk all about that today. So the first thing that I use is hotspots. So I have a Verizon hotspot here and I also
have an AT&T hotspot. Now, in my video from last week, I talked
about how I use my Verizon hotspot with a new prepaid plan so check that out. You may want to look into that because the
Verizon hotspot that I was on before with my regular cell phone plan just didn’t work
that well. So here’s the thing, as a digital nomad, you
need to make sure you’re connected everywhere you go. I’m online at 24/7, it seems like I’m always
charging my equipment, I’m always online loading videos or answering emails, social media,
etc. As a digital nomad, that’s very important
that you are always online and connected. So in order to make that happen, I have the
two hotspots that I was just telling you about with Verizon and AT&T. The other thing that’s super important to
make sure you’re connected is a cell booster. So the system that I use is called a weBoost
and it is connected to an antenna on the roof and well, you know what, let me just show
you. So here’s the weBoost, I usually have it mounted
to the side of the wall, but my Velcro has somehow come loose and that is actually connected
to AC power, so you do need to have your inverter on in order to make that work properly. And then let’s go outside and take a look
how it’s connected outside to the antenna. All right, so the antenna that came with my
weBoost is not the antenna that I’m using here. This antenna is one that I specifically bought
because it has an earth magnet on it. The one that came with the system is one that
you hard mount onto your van or to your RV, and I didn’t want to punch any holes in my
RV so I got the magnet instead. And that just sits up at the top, I take it
on and off when I travel and when I’m stationary I just keep it up there so that actually runs
down the side of the van and in through the driver door and then that connects to the
weBoost inside. That is how I stay connected to a cell booster. So that cell booster, if you’re not familiar
with it, a cell booster will boost your signal typically when you’re going to be in rural
areas. The cell towers are far and few between more
so than an urban area, so you need sometimes to boost your signal. That thing has helped me so many times when
I’m in rural areas, sometimes it’ll say I have no signal whatsoever, or just maybe one
bar and then I’ll plug that thing in and it’s amazing. I can get sometimes anywhere between two,
three and even four bars. That will help me to get that cell signal
in those rural areas. If you’re going to be doing a lot of boondocking,
make sure you get some kind of a cell booster. There’s different ones out there, weBoost
seems to be the best one in my opinion, and so that’s the one that I went with and it’s
the first one that I bought when I actually started RVing and so I’ve kept it. It’s worked really well. I haven’t had any issues with it, so except
the fact that oh guess what? I had a different antenna and that antenna
was just a slender antenna that had an earth magnet on it and I would put it on the top
of the roof and I could actually drive around a lot with that one on, but I was on the coast
so much and with all the salty air it got rusted. That’s the antenna that I have up there now
that I just showed you is the one that I got instead and it is good for being in outside. It won’t get rusty or anything like that. The next thing you need to know is when you
have … So you have your cell booster set up now, it’s plugged in, the green light is
on. Now the green light means that it is getting
a signal from the antenna on top of the roof and that it’s working properly inside. So the next question is how do you actually
get that cell tower signal boosted to your devices? Like your hotspot or your cell phone and how
does that whole system really work? So you have the antenna on top, you have the
weBoost system that I showed you in the bottom that’s connected to the AC power, so then
you have this antenna right here that’s plugged into the booster at the bottom, and I just
let that sit right here and sometimes I’ll just throw my hotspot like up here in the
window so it’s getting a signal outside and it’s close to this antenna. This antenna is what ties it altogether so
that you can get a good cell signal to your devices. The closer it is to the antenna, the better. Making sure that I use my weBoost and cell
booster and these two hotspots. That’s how I stay connected most of the time. I have the option of going to like a Starbucks
or place that offers free wifi, but I generally don’t have to use that because this is what
really works for me and I haven’t had too many issues with it except if I go to a different
country like Canada or something like that. I am capped at how much I can use when I go
into those countries only because I haven’t purchased a plan that allows me to have more
usage there so I will make more use out of the Starbucks or believe it or not, Home Depot
they have really good wifi if you sit out in their parking lot next to the contractor
section, they have really good wifi there. So that’s an option too if you are traveling
around and for some reason you don’t have a hotspot or you can’t get a good cell signal
for some reason, go to a Starbucks, go to Home Depot, a Lowe’s, Walmart. I’ve had iffy luck with Walmart, I’ve had
better luck with Home Depot to be honest so try that if you are looking for some free
wifi. The other thing about being a digital nomad
is making sure that you have enough power in order to charge everything. So I tend to use a lot of power because I
have a lot of things to charge like a computer, a camera, several cameras, iPhone, my two
hot spots over here. Those need to stay charged up so that I can
always stay connected. I have multiple other devices. My weBoost needs to be plugged in so that
it can actually get a signal. So I do have my solar panels which actually
charge everything and then I just have to make sure it’s plugged in. So my Verizon always gets plugged in over
here to my USB ports. This is all AC power for me, which means I
need to have my inverter on in order to get power to the USB port and to these plugs. So I have to turn on my inverter and I have
to make sure my lithium batteries are on and then I will be able to have power to everything. So because I’m pulling so much energy from
my batteries, I want to make sure that I’m getting enough solar power so I make sure
that either one, I am charged up by using my solar panels and that just means that my
batteries have to be on in order to actually convert the solar energy to energy into my
batteries and store it, or I’m driving throughout the day or I can turn on my under hood generator,
which is part of the Hymer Aktiv van system. And that allows all of the batteries to charge
in the coach. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of
it and you understand the system and really get to know your coach and figure out how
much power you’re pulling in from the sun and how much energy you’re actually pulling
out of your batteries on an everyday basis. So as a digital nomad, that is something that
I really have to pay attention to on an everyday basis. I’m very conscientious of how much power I’m
using just to turn the lights on or how much power I’m using when I’m cooking. So anyways, I want to make sure that I’m completely
powered up throughout the day and just managing how much energy I’m using and consuming every
single day. One of the things you might think about too
is getting that Verizon hotspot that’s prepaid and that is not throttled completely unlimited. I have the video up on the screen now that
I put out just a couple of weeks ago. Go ahead and watch that video so you can see
how you can get that hotspot, make sure that you’re always connected, no throttle and unlimited. That’s a big deal in this digital nomad community
as well. Have a great day and I’ll see you in the next
video.

Danny Hutson

27 thoughts on “Camper Van WiFi – Mobile INTERNET ON THE ROAD As A Digital Nomad // WiFi In RV

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  2. Thx for the heads up. Saw your video yesterday and I immediately went and got the verizon $65 prepay Jetpack unlimited 4g plan. Thx again.

  3. weboost sells a 12 volt cigarette power cord then you don't have to waist power going from 12v to 110 then back to 12v. the same goes for all your usb chargers. It will help save a lot of power by not using your inverter!

  4. Hello Amber…. I don't see the weboost magnet antenna or the A/T tires and size that you had install awhile back on your list

  5. One thing I’m confused about…when you access the WiFi at Home Depot or Starbucks, do you use a VPN for security? Everyone says we shouldn’t use free WiFi because of security issues. What do you think?

  6. Amber, I just stumbled onto ur channel, I just might understand this stuff after all. New subscriber here. Safe and fun travels, Mo in NJ.

  7. Great video! Thanks. I want the same antenna and weboost but don’t want to pay for the hotspot things. Does the phone just pick up the signal just as well and then can operate as the hot spot? Seems like it would.

  8. Thanks for turning us on to the Verizon Pre-paid Unlimited. We go crazy without our social media and wasn't always guaranteed WiFi at the parks we go to. Going on our 2nd month with Verizon and so far we're very happy with it. We want to start traveling as soon as weather clears up and wife's fractured foot is healed. In the meantime we're saving for a Weboost so we can stay connected to friends and family via social media when we get into areas where cell signal is "iffy". Thanks again!

  9. Im wondering if Verizon changed their site from the time you posted the following link for the hotspot. I can find the $65 unlimited plan but looks as if its ONLY for the phone not a jetpack. Is there another link???

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