Last summer Airstream and AT&T launched a partnership offering a very sweet $360/year Unlimited Adventure AT&T data plan - but it was available only to those purchasing a flagship 2019 Airstream International. Then in February 2019, this plan was opened up to all Airstream owners via a dealer-installed $999 Airstream Connected Kit.
We've long suspected that Airstream was just the beginning, and that this plan would eventually be opened up to the broader RV market. And indeed, that is now happening!
This week, the same unlimited AT&T hotspot plan is being made available to ALL RVers - as long as they utilize it inside the newly released Togo Roadlink C2, a roof-mounted Wi-Fi and cellular device retailing for just $399.
It is great to see a major carrier offering a truly unlimited data plan specifically targeting the RV market!
But there are some tradeoffs to consider.
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Who is Togo?
Togo is the technology division of a new company in the RVing market called TH2, which started up in late 2018 as a partnership between RV industry giant Thor Industries and Tourism Holdings, Ltd.
Thor Industries also owns Airstream, which is how they were able to tap into the same Unlimited Adventure data plan negotiated with AT&T.
Togo has partnered with Winegard to manufacture the Roadlink C2 hardware, basing it on a slightly modified version of the ConnecT 2.0 that adds a GPS receiver to allow remote tracking functions through an app.
Togo also promises future GPS location-based services and features that will be rolled out to tap into this capability.
The Roadlink C2 is a completely outdoor roof mounted unit, with no indoor component. Inside the 16" diameter and 8" height dome there are 3 Wi-Fi antennas for reaching remote Wi-Fi access points, and a cellular modem with dual antennas.
It's a clean and simple all-in-one unit that only requires running a single 12v power cord from the roof to your RV's interior. Your indoor Wi-Fi network is broadcast wirelessly from your roof.
The cellular modem inside the Roadlink C2 is only a LTE Category 4 modem that claims support with AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile networks - though the Roadlink C2 plan is locked to AT&T. Only cellular bands B2, B4, B5, B13, B17 are covered - which misses support for many of the newer bands offered by the carriers.
Without support for advanced LTE features like carrier aggregation, the modem is considered fairly low end and it will always be limited in peak performance compared to more modern devices. However, the modem being on the roof directly connected to the antennas should overcome some of this downside.
While the unit provides WiFi-as-WAN capability to also connect to further away campground Wi-Fi access points with its three antennas, the single 2.4GHz 802.11n radio has to perform double duty - hosting both your local short-range private Wi-Fi network and also connecting to any remote public Wi-Fi network you choose to reach out to.
In other words - it leaves a bit to be desired on the hardware side, but at just $399 it is a reasonable value.
Here is our product overview video sharing about the Winegard ConnecT 2.0 that was released in February 2018. The Roadlink C2 will be almost identical:
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AT&T Cellular Data Plans
The Roadlink C2 has access to special data plans for RV owners thanks to a partnership with AT&T.
These plans are only available with specific equipment purchased and installed on RVs, and according to the terms the plan is restricted from being used in other devices.
Currently, there are two available plan options:
- The "Unlimited Adventure" plan allows unlimited and unthrottled (but subject to network management after 22GB/mo) hotspot data for a full year for just $360 (only $30/month - but paid all upfront).
- The "Weekend Adventure" package provides 5GB for $25/month on a month-to-month basis.
The plan is considered a prepaid plan and is run by AT&T's Connect Car department.
On the Unlimited Adventure plan, there are no high speed data caps or video throttling, however the connection is subject to being network managed when in congested areas after 22GB of usage in a month.
The prepaid plan does have access to AT&T's roaming partnerships, however speeds while roaming will be at "2G" and capped at 100Mb of usage a month.
For the annual data plan, keep in mind that the plan cannot be transferred if the RV is sold and there is no pro-rated refund, except for residents of some states where this is legally required. The plan fine print makes no reference to if the Roadlink C2 can be moved to a different RV, boat, or home however.
NOTE: While the Winegard ConnecT hardware is capable of using SIM cards from Verizon and T-Mobile, Togo tells us the Roadlink C2 is locked to use only the AT&T data plans they have arranged.
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The Togo Roadlink C2 has a lot to offer with a simple all-in-one unit, access to a great AT&T unlimited data plan, and a dedicated mobile app for control.
All at a reasonable price of just $399.
The Roadlink hardware is almost identical to the Winegard ConnecT 2.0 and therefore inherits its limitations and lack of future upgradability.
The companion AT&T Unlimited data plan, while a great value, is subject to network management (after 22GB/mo) and it requires that a year must be paid for up front.
But it is one of the best unlimited data plans currently available directly from a major carrier.
Power users and those wanting more advanced features, better cellular data performance, or ethernet networking will be disappointed in the hardware.
But if simplicity and affordability is important to you, then the Roadlink C2 offers that in spades.