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Staying Connected on the Road

Posted by Bob Newman on Jun 30, 2015 - 0 Comments

Nowadays, it is hard to imagine a life without the Internet. Thanks to our ever expanding mass of personal communication devices — tablets, smart phones, and laptops — we live in a digital age where we are ‘always on’ always connected to our friends and family, and (dare we say it) work.

Staying Connected on the Road

This is no different for most caravanners – being connected enables travellers to keep in touch, be entertained and share their adventures. In fact, connectivity on the road (or lack thereof) is often a deal breaker when it comes to deciding where the road will take you, but for those who are worried about being unplugged, here are a few options you can consider.

 

Tethering Your Smart Phone

Tethering basically means turning your mobile phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot. Your other electrical devices can then connect to your phone as a Wi-FI device and connect to the internet via your data connection. Most modern smart phones, including iPhones and Androids, have tethering options built right in.

Set up Personal Hotspot on an iPhone (via PC Advisor)
How to use an Android phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot (via PC Advisor
How to use a Windows Phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot (via PC Advisor)

 

Using a USB Modem

If you don’t want to tether to your mobile phone (and use up your battery) or are only looking to ‘connect’ a single computer, you can look at a USB modem, which plugs straight into your computer or device, and provides a single cellular data connection.

 

Turning to Satellite Technology

If you worry that being in the outback will mean you will hit technology black spots (where there is no communication signal), you can always opt for a high-speed satellite connection. And although a satellite connection is another level up over Wi-Fi connections, communication and internet service providers are beginning to offer them at reasonable prices, including Optus and Telstra,

 

Signal Boosters

It also recommended you get a signal booster kit – they are a great addition for when your Internet signal is poor or you want to turn a one-bar signal into three to four bars. A booster will also come in handy if you are looking to connect to a free public Wi-Fi and be sure to check out boosters that come with a private wireless network for that extra security option.

If we have missed something or you have found something that works for you, please share it in the comments below.

 

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