Cellular, Wi-Fi & Satellite For a Fixed Location
Here at the Mobile Internet Resource Center, our focus is on mobile internet in the United States - meaning internet sources that can travel with you as you in a nomadic lifestyle like RVing or cruising.
However, there are times when you may park your wheels or dock your dinghy for an extended period of time.
Or you have a fixed residential home base from which you travel.
Or perhaps you live in a rural area where traditional home internet solutions aren't viable.
Or you're a cord-cutter also relying on similar solutions to RVers and boaters.
This guide is meant to help you utilize mobile internet options like cellular and Wi-Fi sources when you aren't so mobile.
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Considerations for Stationary Setups
The challenges of a stationary internet set-up and a mobile internet set-up are different.
One of our catchphrases here is:
The best internet solution is the one that works best at your current location.
A stationary setup, on the other hand, can be optimized for what works best at a particular location.
If you're staying in one place for a long period of time, you'll (hopefully) only need to figure out what works best in your given location once.
Even if you're staying in an RV or boat, it's not much different than moving into an apartment or house in a new neighborhood.
While the upside of being stationary is that you can optimize for the best solution, the downside can be that finding that best solution may take a lot of trial and error.
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How to Find What Works Best in a Single Location
Our number one tip for figuring out what works best in a specific location?
Ask your neighbors.
You can learn a lot just by asking what those around you are already utilizing for their internet access.
If you're at a campground, RV park, marina, or other housing situation, ask the owners, management, or other guests what they suggest.
Check campground or marina reviews for mentions of internet access.
If you're willing to spend some cash without a promise of an answer - but with the promise of more information to help solidify your answer - companies like LTE Fix - The Wireless Haven sell Cell Tower Survey Reports to help you better identify which towers are in your area.
If you're hitting brick walls, then you're going to have to simply try different solutions - which can be time consuming and costly. But once you have it all tuned in, the investment should hopefully pay off for a long time to come.
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The possibilities may not be endless, but they are typically more abundant than options for a nomadic lifestyle. This section discusses the solutions that may be a good fit for stationary setups.
Even in a stationary setup, you may need to do things to enhance whatever signal it is you're using. This section covers what your options are for enhancing a setup in a stationary location.
Residential Home Considerations
There are some special considerations for residential-sized homes when using mobile internet solutions, which are discussed in this section.
Summary: Optimize for your Location
Mobile internet solutions can apply to stationary settings, although mobile solutions are not usually optimized for stationary settings.
For those who are simply 'too far off the grid' to access typical stationary household options, investigating what those who are mobile use can be a good 'jump off' point to find an internet solution.
For those who are mobile sometimes, but stationary others, creating a 'mixed internet arsenal' - utilizing stationary options when those are available and best, and mobile solutions at other times, is often the solution.
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