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Welcome to our new classroom - or our Mobile Internet University. This new premium member benefit will walk you through our guides & videos, and complements our textbook (The Mobile Internet Handbook).
It's presented in the order we recommend to ramp up your knowledge so that you can learn at your own pace.
Sections in this Course:
Have Questions? While this course is self paced, we are here to help every step of the way! We welcome our members to ask questions in our Mobile Internet Q&A Forum, our Private MIA Facebook group and/or by attending an upcoming Member Q&A Webinar.
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Section 1 (Mobile Internet Basics) is available
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Member Only Content
We are honored that we are member & reader funded. It allows us to create unbiased guides and product information, and enables us to provide tons of free content here on the resource center. In thanks for their support, our members get first access to our in-depth guides. As time goes on, we may release more parts of this guide to the public.
If you're a member, please log in above to gain full access to this guide - or if you're not yet:
Benefits of a premium membership include:
- Product overviews & reviews
- Subscription to The Mobile Internet Handbook
- Mobile Internet University (our classroom)
- Special MIA newsletters
- Private Q&A forums
- Interactive member only webinars
- A community of fellow RVers relying on mobile internet
Before you decide on what gear and plans will make up your mobile internet setup - you have to assess your mobile internet needs.
What is right for you depends on what you want to be able to do online, your travel style and how important reliable mobile internet will be for you.
In this section, the lessons are meant to help you assess your own personal needs and understand the basic options out there.
Free | Beginner
Our overview guide to the basics of mobile internet options, and where we recommend anyone just starting out begin their research.
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Member Only | Beginner
This special video guide walks you through the considerations to make when choosing what options you'll rely on for your mobile internet - from travel style, RV type, what you want to do online, your budget and your technical comfort level.
It even includes us walking a member through the process of choosing their ideal mobile internet setup based on these considerations.
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Free | Beginner
If you'll be hitting the road and working remotely, your internet needs will be essential. This guide goes over the specific things you need to take into consideration when thinking through your mobile internet setup.
Read the Guide:Mobile Internet Tips for Working Remotely
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Free & Member Only | Beginner
It's not all campfires and S'Mores on the road - sometimes RVers like to kick back with their Netflix, or tune in for Game of Thrones or the play off games. This guide covers options for mobile TV & movie viewing.
Read the Guide:TV & Movie Entertainment on the Road
Join us on October 25, 2017 for our next Member Webinar, where we will be updating this topic. The video archive will be available to members below!
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Member Only | Intermediate
Online gaming is entirely possible on the road, but there's a lot to understand about setting up a mobile internet arsenal to support it.
Read the Guide: [Coming Soon] Mobile Internet Tips for Online Gaming
Cellular Data is a primary way mobile travelers stay online.
This section will go through considerations for selecting plans, selecting your gear and enhancing your signal.
Because cellular data is currently the most viable source of maintaining connectivity while traveling, we have a lot of content on this subject to share. There are 9 lessons in this section, ranging from beginner to advanced.
While cellular data is a hugely popular, affordable and a relatively easy option to keep online while being mobile - it's certainly not the only option. Or necessarily the right option for you as a primary means online.
Alternatives might include using Wi-Fi hotspots (such as those provided by campgrounds & marinas), satellite (for those really wanting to go off the grid) or thinking outside the box for alternative ideas that might not be obvious at first.
This section will go over these options, and the trade-offs that tend to make these options not the first or primary connectivity type for mobility.
Once you've considered the options you'll use to keep connected - now it's time to figure out how to bring it all together to make it work as easily as possible in your travels.
This section will go over routers (the heart of your network), installation and our preferred approach to centralizing your gear for optimal performance.
You don't necessarily have to be a networking engineer to end up with a nicely streamlined setup that you can manage on your own.
While it's very rare for any two nomadic households to have exactly the same setup given all of the options and unique needs for mobile internet - we have put together a few basic samples to give you some ideas.
From basic, moderate to advanced - and everything inbetween, the sky is the limit to how your setup might end up looking. But hopefully these samples give you somewhere to start.
You can also view some sample real life RVer setups:
- Links to other Full Time RVer Mobile Internet Posts (Free)
- Share your Setup (Member Only Forum - Members Sharing Their Setups)
This section best corresponds with the Sample Setups chapter, starting on Page 207 of The Mobile Internet Handbook.
Other Resources We Offer:
- Our book: The Mobile Internet Handbook
- Our app: Coverage? overlays the cellular carrier's coverage maps so you can better plan your travels around connectivity.
- Stay in the Know - We track the industry and write news articles analyzes for RVers:
- Browse our Resource Center / Guides for further detailed information (some member only content).
- Browse our Product & Review Center for detailed information on gear & plans we track.
- Prefer Video? We have you covered - visit our Video Center
- Have questions? Join our (free) Internet for RVers Facebook group to interact with other RVers interested in this topic.
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It's our passion to help our nomadic community stay connected.
We could do none of this however without the support of those who chose to become members. It's how we receive most our funding. We do not take sponsorships or advertising dollars from vendors, manufacturers or carriers. We prefer to keep accountable to our membership, viewers & readers - the very people we're serving.
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Our premium membership group - Mobile Internet Aficionados - is designed for those who consider mobile internet essential for their RVing lifestyle. Together we navigate this stuff by sharing our wisdom, experiences and knowledge in a community dedicated to this topic.
In thanks for their support our members get extra assistance in our private Q&A forums, alerts of critical breaking news, updated in-depth guides & videos, regularly hosted webinars, field testing results, product reviews, insider tips and exclusive money saving discounts on mobile internet gear.
We help our members keep up to date on this always changing topic and provide resources to make informed decisions on selecting the components to meet their indiviudal connectivity needs.
Overwhelmed by all the options? Want help figuring out what is right for you?
We do offer limited personalized mobile internet advising sessions where help you assess your needs based on your unique goals, travel style, internet needs and budget.
We start with an online interview and then a 1 hour private video conference call followed up with a customized written report with a shopping list for the products and services that we think will best meet your needs.