Friday, 6 March 2015

Boosting my Caravan WiFi Connection....

One of the problems that I have experienced while on long camping trips, is maintaining a good internet connection....
Of course with 3G/4G you can always access the internet with your smart phone if you have a suitable signal.....however that is also a very good way of eating up your data allowance in double quick time.
In the past on trips up to about six weeks such as the trip I did cycling back to the UK from Gibraltar, that is exactly what I did, buying extra data as I went along.

This is perfectly acceptable for those sort of shorter trips, but is not a good idea for much longer trips like the one that Anne and I our starting out on in a few weeks time. 
Also we will be wanting to use laptops...tablets and also a kindle...
At home we connect these devices to the internet via a WiFi router and they work pretty well that way.

When staying at a lot of campsites WiFi is often available free or for maybe a small fee....however the signal is often very patchy and slow around the campsite and very dependent on where on the site your pitch actually is.....
You can quite often see people sat on a wall outside the reception office trying to get a good reliable WiFi connection in order to post to their blog or social media and surf the net.....
I can remember spending a good couple of hours in the toilet area of a campsite in France trying to make a posting on my blog...the toilet area seemed to offer the least troublesome (but not perfect) connection....Not the best place to spend and evening though.....

Now what I wanted for our life on the road was something that would give us (most of the time) a good solid reliable WiFi connection that we can access in the comfort of Eva the Eriba.....
After communicating with others out there already travelling long term in Europe and doing a bit of research myself I was directed to the I-Boost Pro D8 Directional System .........
The I-Boost D8
I have seen and heard lots of good reports for this bit of kit, so I am hoping that it will solve the problem......

According to the information on the website of Motorhome WiFi who market the D8 :-

"The I-Boost D8 serves to both boost the externally available WiFi signal and then repeat that signal at full strength inside your van, creating your own secure network with your own unique security code......
Compatible with I-Pads..Tablets..Smartphones and even Kindles...
There are no drivers to install on the devices and no wires between you and the system..."

I have tried the unit out at home... normally my computer shows that there are 7 available WiFi signals that could be connected to....
With the D8 linked up it shows an available 46 WiFi signals....so it certainly seems to boost and multiply the strength of the WiFi signals....

Once we hit the road I will update you on my real world findings of this bit of kit.....
I have high hopes.....

3 comments:

rlove2bike said...

That sounds very interesting. I will be watching for your review. I just may need one.

RL

Trevor Woodford said...

*rlove2bike*
Yes RL...I will give it a couple of months of use in varied situations and then I will do a full review of my findings...good ones I hope :-)

J_on_tour said...

Very fascinating, I spend too much time out on the road in bizarre places trying to get a signal. Hope this works well for you.