RV trips are a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and rejuvenate in the great outdoors. Plus, you have the freedom to get totally off the beaten track and find some awesome, secluded spots in the wild. But just because you love getting out into the fresh air, it doesn’t mean you have to love being cut off from the world entirely.
Whether RVing is a way of life for you or just something you do on your vacations, getting online can be essential. Many jobs these days offer remote working, which fits in nicely with a van lifestyle… as long as you have a laptop and WiFi signal. And even if you’re using your RV on vacation, it’s super handy to be able to look up activities in the area and check out Google Maps to plan your next hike.
At A Glance: Our Top 3 RV WiFi Boosters
WiFi boosters (or WiFi range extenders) are a nifty bit of technology that capture and amplify (or, boost) an existing WiFi signal, and some will even speed up your connection too. Sounds ideal for an RV trip doesn’t it? Here, we’ve put together a list of the best RV WiFi boosters currently on the market, so you can say goodbye to those long trips to town just to fire off an email from a coffee shop!
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We’re starting our list of the best RV WiFi boosters off strong with the KING KF1000 Falcon, our top choice for off-grid adventures.
This 2.7 lbs WiFi booster will sit on the roof of your RV without weighing you down. From up there, this high-gain antenna will search far and wide for existing WiFi signals.
We love that you can see what’s going on straight from your phone, as this RV WiFi booster is compatible with Andriod and iOS devices – download the app and you’re just a few clicks away from getting hooked up to the identified signal (although the interface could be slightly more intuitive).
Another nifty feature is that the KING KF1000 Falcon is automatic and directional… which basically means that it will move itself to the best position to slurp up any signals.
As well as functioning over long ranges, this booster can also speed up your wifi connection – perfect if you’ll be doing high-process activities in your RV, such as watching movies in the evenings.
Our main grip with this wifi range extender is the price… it certainly doesn’t come cheap. However, if range and the ability to ramp up signal speeds are your top priority, then this booster is definitely worth those extra dollars.
Next up we have the Alfa Camp Pro 2+ Kit which, as the name suggests, is a kit containing everything you could possibly need to get hooked up to WiFi in the back and beyond.
In the Camp Pro 2’s box, you’ll find a sturdy fiberglass-covered antenna as well as a USB router/repeater. The height of the RV WiFi antenna is particularly impressive, and it will tower over others in the area, ensuring that your signal isn’t blocked.
Plus, this kit can be used on boats too, so you know it can definitely handle a bit of weather! There’s some tape included in the Wifi booster kit too, but we recommend picking up your own weatherproof tape if you want it to last, as the included one isn’t great.
This RV WiFi booster can connect well over long ranges, and the R36A will increase up your throughput speed too. We like that you have the option of connecting your devices wirelessly from the repeater or plugging into the Ethernet ports on the modem, although you must initially connect all computers using the wires (which can be a little annoying).
The instructions are clear and the set-up is intuitive, making this a great option for first-time users of a wifi booster or wifi extender.
If all you want is a simple and reliable way to hook up a laptop to WiFi while you’re on your adventures, then look no further than the Bearifi BearExtender.
This is one of the most durable devices we’ve found that will let you surf the web via your laptop from the comfort of your RV. The marine-friendly RV WiFi antenna is resistant to water, dust, UV, and even corrosion… so you can be sure that it will last you a while.
Unlike the other antennas we’ve seen, this one is nice and compact and can be placed wherever you fancy – at your desk, on your camping table, you name it (although you might find higher locations like the roof do actually work better). Furthermore, you can choose from one of three mounting options, making this a very convenient bit of gear.
For the price, you’re getting an excellent range (it is designed to pick up signals even out at sea, after all), and although this RV WiFi booster offers just a 2.4 GHz wifi connection, there is a dual-band model available.
The main drawbacks are that this RV WiFi booster is only designed to boost the WiFi signal for one computer at a time, and it must be connected via a USB cable (but at least the cable is long to allow you some flexibility).
However, if one laptop is all you need, and you want something rugged that will stand up to the test of time, then this is a great (and surprisingly affordable) wifi extender option.
Next up is a product from a brand you’ll all have heard of before, the Google WiFi System.
Although designed primarily for use at home, this is a great bit of gear for people that like to spread out while they work. Perhaps one of you works inside the RV while the other works a bit further away on your camping table? No problem – you can use more than of these to enlarge your area of WiFi coverage.
The dual-band compatibility makes it more likely that you’ll be able to pick up a Wifi signal, and we love the network assist technology that constantly chooses the clearest channel and fastest band without you having to think about it.
Also, we know this probably shouldn’t be a factor, but this is one cool-looking RV WiFi booster – it’s super compact and doesn’t have a huge RV WiFi antenna shooting up anywhere, so you can place it somewhere discreetly and keep your RV’s interior looking tidy.
Plus, if you’re traveling with kids, you can even use the app to see who’s connected and other people off if you really need the WiFi signal for something important.
Designed for home use, this isn’t the sturdiest thing we’ve even come across, so make sure you handle it carefully.
Another thing is that this actually a wifi router replacement system, so, although it remains compatible with large Internet providers, it might not be the most practical solution if you’re out in the back and beyond.
And here we have another great option brought to you by Alfa, the Alfa AWUS036NH. Unlike the kit we reviewed earlier, here you’re getting just an adaptor plus an antenna, and so it’s a more affordable option.
But this isn’t just any old antenna, this high-range high-sensitivity antenna has excellent range and supports high-speed transfers (we just wish it was dual-band and not just 2.4 GHz).
What’s more, the antenna screws in and out of its mount on the RVs exterior in seconds, so you can pull it inside for long journeys to avoid any unwanted damage (which is probably for the best, as it isn’t the most robust one we’ve seen).
Plus, we all know that space can get tight in an RV, so you’ll be glad to know that this wifi booster weighs less than two ounces and has tiny dimensions (3.5 x 2.5 inches ), making it a very travel-friendly option.
It has great security features too, and it works via wireless or USB connection, making it very versatile. Featuring high speeds and great range, at a very reasonable price, Alfa has done very well with this one.
And now for something a little different, the Winegard 434719 ConnecT.
Not only does this RV wfi booster have excellent range, but it also acts as a WiFi range extender too, so you can tap into networks from further afield. On top of that, there are cellular data carrier options, so you can access nationwide 4G LTE.
You can easily pop your sim card into it, or you can opt for a noncontractual prepaid data plan through Winegard directly. With all these options, you can rest assured you’ll have the best possible chance of staying connected.
You can hook up multiple devices to the wifi booster at once, and it comes with both interior and exterior mounting equipment. Unfortunately, all of these perks do come at a price, and this is one of the most expensive options we’ve come across. However, if you want to make sure you can stay hooked up no matter what, then this is probably your best bet for a wifi extender.
The D-Link WiFi Range Extender might not look like much, but it’s actually one of our favorite WiFi extenders.
Why? It’s just so convenient. Not only is this wifi booster lightweight and compact, but it’s also super simple to set up – with just one push of a button you can hook up to a router.
Plus, you won’t have to clamber up onto your roof (which can be a huge pain when the weather is bad!) to mount this device – all you have to do is pop it into one of your RVs plug sockets and there’s even a smart signal indicator that will tell which plug is in the best spot for signal acquisition.
You can hook up your devices remotely or, when you need higher speed, you can make use of a wired connection. The fall-band boosting capacity increases the odds of you picking up a signal, and we love that it can extend both 2.4 and 5 GHz connections at the same time to increase the overall reliability of the wifi connection.
This RV WiFi range extender was built for internal use only, and it certainly won’t survive life on the roof of your RV, which can be a pain if the signal lower down is weak. There are also similar models available offering much faster speeds, but you’ll find the price jump is quite substantial.
Overall, if you want a simple no-fuss approach to sucking up nearby WiFi, then this is a fantastic shout.
And last, by no means least, on our list of the best RV WiFi boosters is the NETGEAR EX2700.
This device also super simple to install and configure (much like the D-Link WiFi Range Extender above), but it’s also incredibly economical. Again, it’s small and sleek and definitely won’t take up much room in your van, yet it can add WiFi coverage to an area as large as 1000 square feet.
On top of that, it can connect up to 15 devices at the same time, so there won’t be any family arguments over who has what connected.
You can hook up devices like your phone using the wireless feature, but there’s the option to plug in a wire if you need maximum speed for playing video games or streaming videos. We also like that the app lets you know where best to place the device to pick up a signal.
Obviously, this wifi booster was designed for indoor use, so it will be limited to your RVs interior, which can be a disadvantage when you’re competing with other vehicles with rooftop-mounted boosters.
The range isn’t the furthest we’ve seen either – we definitely recommend sticking to campsites with this one (not expecting to pick up a signal in the middle of nowhere) – and it only works with 2.4 GHz connections too.
However, despite a few flaws, this device really does have a lot to offer for its astonishingly low price point.
So, there you have it, our list of the best RV WiFi boosters around. Some of the more eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that we’ve cheekily thrown a few extenders into our list too… although they’re both used to provide remote access to WiFi signals, we thought we’d clear up the difference between the two once and for all.
WiFi boosters work by tapping into a pre-existing WiFi signal that they then improve (or ‘boost’). Some of the best RV wifi boosters will also speed up the signal, but this isn’t always the case.
WiFi extenders are similar in that they also rely on a pre-existing signal, but they differ in that they don’t improve this signal at all. Instead, they merely extend the range of the signal, which means that, if the original signal is strong, you can pick up a strong signal from further away but, if the original signal is weak, you will pick up a weak signal from further away.
So, although the terms are often used interchangeably (which can get a little confusing), they aren’t exactly the same, but both are pretty handy things to have with you in an RV.
We all know that things can get a little cramped inside RVs, and even the smallest of items can get in the way after a while. It’s therefore worth thinking about where you’ll place your booster in advance.
Interior boosters have the advantage of not requiring laborious mounting on the roof, but they will take up precious space inside your RV. Alternatively, if your RV will be on the roof most of the time, then great, no space is wasted… but you will have to mount it and keep an eye on it in bad weather.
This relates to a few different factors. Compatibility with both 2.4 and 5 GHz connections is great, as you’re even more likely to pick up a signal (and some can even combine both to improve reliability). Some boosters only hook up to phones with the latest software installed, so make sure that your phone is up to the job.
Also, if you want to do activities that require high speeds in your RV, such as streaming movies or playing games, then you’ll want a booster you can hook up to via cables as well as wirelessly. And, as we’ve seen, some boosters are even compatible with cellular networks, so you’ll have a backup when there’s no WiFi signal around.
Again, this could mean a lot of things. Some wifi boosters can only work with one device at a time, which is fine if you’re traveling solo and will only use an internet connection just casually. For family vacations, however, this can become a huge issue, so make sure you know the limits of your wifi booster.
Still struggling to decide which wifi booster is right for your RV? Here are our top three to help you decide:
If you’re on a budget and looking for a way to hook up your laptop while on RV adventures, then we definitely recommend the Bearifi BearExtender.
Granted, there are slightly cheaper models out there, but this one is so sturdy you’ll probably never have to splash out on one again! We also love that it comes with heaps of mounting options so you can find it the perfect spot in your RV.
How could our top all-rounder not be the Alfa Camp Pro 2+ Kit, which comes with everything you need to slurp up WiFi from afar?
The range is great thanks to its mighty outdoor antenna, and it has awesome throughput speed too. What’s more, you can hook up your device via cable or wirelessly, and the set-up is super easy, winning.
Our absolute favorite RV wifi booster just has to be the KING KF1000 Falcon. This dual-band booster has excellent range and speeds up connections too.
Plus, we just can’t get enough of the automatic directional antenna that finds the perfect spot on your RV’s roof. If there’s any wifi booster that can find your signal in the middle of nowhere, it’s this one.