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Message posted by dk168 via mobile 15/4/2021 at 3:37pm
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I am currently on a site with very poor EE mobile phone signal, and paid site WiFi is very patchy.
It is a known issue, however it is very peaceful being next to a forest, and it is my favourite site.
Although I have unlimited data on my mobile phone contract, it is no use to me when the signal is so poor.
Thinking of gettting MiFi and have visited motorhomewifi.com to see what is on offer.
Just wondering if MiFi would still work in areas with poor reception before I fork out for one.
Thanks for your help in advance.


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Message posted by seanfdh15/4/2021 at 5:45pm
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They work off a mobile signal so I can't see that they're going to help if the signal is poor. They're unlikely to be better at picking up the signal than a phone.


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We go to Tesco (or other supermarket) in that situation, but itís less convenient.
I did think there was a satellite techy thing that overcame the mobile mast signal problem: someone will confirm that or correct me, I hope.

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Quote: Originally posted by dk168 on 15/4/2021
I am currently on a site with very poor EE mobile phone signal, and paid site WiFi is very patchy.
It is a known issue, however it is very peaceful being next to a forest, and it is my favourite site.
Although I have unlimited data on my mobile phone contract, it is no use to me when the signal is so poor.
Thinking of gettting MiFi and have visited motorhomewifi.com to see what is on offer.
Just wondering if MiFi would still work in areas with poor reception before I fork out for one.
Thanks for your help in advance.




I can't help with your question but just wondered how you are finding camping in the new van compared to being under canvas?

Message posted by cliffbrown16/4/2021 at 7:00am
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as there are different phone companies, there are different coverage areas, you might find Vodafone, for example, might have better coverage where you are, if you can search the different suppliers.
eg. I have a Tesco Mobile phone which uses O2 as there carrier, my MiFi dongle was originally a Vodafone, but as it became cheaper to get sims elsewhere I unlocked it and for the last couple of years I have been using EE.

The MiFi dongle is a cheaper method to try, but I suppose the dedicated kit that you can get nowdays with an aerial etc, in theory, should pick up a better signal. £300 is a lot of money for "in theory".
perhaps someone thats got one can advise you better.

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Motorhome wifi are very good and helpful.

have you considered getting a netgear M2 and roof mounted mimo antenna?

i like the motorhome wifi set up as it allows more than one device to be connected to 'site' wifi, whereas the m2 comes into its own when accessing mobile data when signals are poor

i got our m2 via ee for about 150 then cancelled the contract after a month (they allow you to do that) and inserted my normal ee card - the m2 retails at around £500

Message posted by cliffbrown16/4/2021 at 8:22pm
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GULP!!!!

Message posted by birder9917/4/2021 at 7:49am
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Trying to get a good phone signal inside a Faraday cage (metal box) is never going to be great but if you can get a mifi box above the roof line you should get a lot better signal. I used to put mine on a pole away from the caravan which made a massive difference. If you put a decent sized power bank onto the mifi box it will last for ages before needing a recharge.

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There is a lot of useful information on this site, under the heading 3G/4G/5G Mobile Data.

https://www.solwise.co.uk/


The products they supply include routers and van roof mount antenna.

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Message posted by dk16818/4/2021 at 10:58pm
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Thanks everyone for your responses.

I took the van out to the beach, and accessed the internet while I was there as the mobile signal was better than the camp site.

Motorhomewifi has come back to me and recommended a couple of products, both are roof-mounted.

Not cheap, however, for me personally, it is business/work essential.

DK

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Message posted by dk16818/4/2021 at 11:42pm
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Quote: Originally posted by lidds0 on 15/4/2021

I can't help with your question but just wondered how you are finding camping in the new van compared to being under canvas?




I have to be a lot tidier compared with camping under canvas!

Every time I wanted to take the van out and about, I had to unhook from the utilities (I opted for a full service pitch for the first trip out), and put everything away securely.

That's probably the only downside, more a lifestyle adjustment as I am not a naturally tidy person!

DK

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- Apple The Campervan - A Van For Work, Rest And Play!


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