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How to Stay Connected While Boondocking

Posted by KING on 18th Oct 2020

Our Favorite Boondocking Connectivity Solutions

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What is Boondocking?

Most full-time RVers are well-versed in the practice of boondocking (ie. RVing without being connected to water, electric or sewage - sometimes referred to as "free camping"). With boondocking comes a variety of challenges in regards to staying connected, which is why we're here to explain the variety of ways you can still experience the comforts of internet, TV and streaming, even when parked off-the-grid!

Connectivity Challenges for "Parking Lot" Boondockers

Also known as "Wallydocking", this style of boondocking involves staying overnight at a Walmart, hotel, or other parking lot. While you may not have hook-ups for sewer and electric, you're in luck with internet since most of the time you can access free Wi-Fi! The downside to this free Wi-Fi? Often the signal is weak because it is too far away or overcrowded by too many people trying to gain access.

Here's where Wi-Fi extenders come in....these products are designed to pick up far-away Wi-Fi signals and bring them to you, then rebroadcast them inside your RV on your own private network! This helps you gain a stronger, faster signal, allowing you to stream and download just like you would at home.

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Connectivity Challenges for Off-The-Grid Boondockers

This type of boondocking involves parking in an undeveloped campsite, sometimes in the middle of a forest or on BLM land. The most common complaint we hear from off-the-grid boondockers is that they don't have a strong enough cell phone signal. Aside from using a cell phone for phone calls and texting, many people also use their cell phone as a hotspot to connect other devices in order to do things such as streaming movies on their TV or answering emails on their laptop. Many rely on their cell phone signal as their only source of internet connection, since there typically isn't Wi-Fi available when parked off-the-grid. Unfortunately, the further off-the-grid you are, usually that means the further away from the cell phone tower you are, making access to a strong signal.

That's where cell signal booster products come in...these help strengthen the signal that your cell phone or hostpot device uses to provide you with reception and internet. If you're an RVer who finds yourself relying on cell signals as your source of internet, this is the best investment for you!

"This [KING Extend Cell Booster] is what we have to boost our internet and it's worth every penny. If you plan on doing this long-term, invest in this."

— Brittnee Proha of Oils & Grace Tribe, full-time RVer & frequent boondocker


Our Favorite Boondocking Connectivity Solutions

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KING Falcon™ Directional Wi-Fi Antenna Bundle

 

The perfect product for boondockers who have access to free Wi-Fi but they're just too far away to get a strong enough connection - the KING Falcon will extend that signal up to a mile away, giving you the Wi-Fi connection you need to stream and download just like you would at home.

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