Internet Recommendations For Vanlife

Hi. I now have solar in my van and can plug in my laptop. Besides cell phone hot spots with the absurdly limited data that always runs out, do you have a recommendation for wifi? So far my travels have been in CA, NV, AZ, ID, MT, UT. I typically stay in suburb areas.

I’ve heard of:

  • Nomadinternet

  • Calyx Institute (seems to cost less than Nomadinternet)

  • Starlink (I can’t make sense of the webpage)

Is there something else or is one of these 3 the best? Will it be fast enough to upload long vidoes on YouTube?

Thanks you.

I have a friend who has Starlink and it works well for him - pretty high upload and download speeds and getting better all the time as more satellites are added. It’s run by SpaceX - same people that are ferrying astronauts and cargo back and forth to the space station. Same parent company that makes Tesla EV cars. Ever heard of Elon Musk?

Uses about 8 amps or so, so you’ll have to have enough solar/battery capacity to run it - extra 150 watts of solar and another 100 amps of battery would probably do it. Works everywhere because it’s satellite-based.

Greetings!

99% of the time I just park near a fast food joint, coffee house, or library for fast, free, & unlimited internet. Some parks have it too.

When boondocking I can piggyback off somebody else, or do without.

Cheers!


"Those who believe money can't buy hapiness, don't have either."
~ An Anonymous Vandweller



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Did you read through the FAQs? It’s satellite internet service; you need a clear view of the sky for it to work. The rest is simply connecting it together, powering it, and connecting with your devices, right?

Greetings!

So is Starlink available for mobile applications now? Last I heard it wasn’t.

Cheers!


"Those who believe money can't buy hapiness, don't have either."
~ An Anonymous Vandweller



Looks like it will be soon. Part of the reason it exists is to provide internet anywhere - even the current system was shown to work in a portable environment.

I find it odd they don’t have an upfront disclosure of prices like a typical internet provider website. It also prompts the customer to add an address.

Just asked my friend who has Starlink. He said the equipment cost is $500 plus $99/month for the service. They plan to have a mobile/portable system out late this year or early next year. Don’t know the cost on that.

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As I stated, I asked a buddy.

A simple call or email to them would result in the same. Not complicated.