Remote Access On the Go
Whether you're running security cameras to check in on your RV or boat while out exploring, desiring remote access to home automation systems, checking in on pets, or checking in on a home you've left in storage - remote monitoring while using mobile internet has some unique challenges.
In this guide we cover the considerations for assembling a mobile internet setup for supporting remote access, as well as things to keep your eye on when selecting your remote monitoring gear to be compatible with sometimes finicky mobile internet options.
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Why Remote Monitoring
Many in our audience live in their RVs or boat full-time and may find it rare to be absent from their nomadic dwelling for long. Part-timers and weekenders tend to put their rigs in secure storage when they are not in use, frequently without any connection to power to allow for remote monitoring.
While the ability to remotely monitor your RV or boat is not a huge concern for some people, it is a critical concern for others with specific needs, desires, and challenges.
Here are some of the major reasons why you may want a remote monitoring system that works over mobile internet:
Those of us with furry companions may need to leave them unattended in the RV or boat for a period of time.
The ability to check on pets, or at least check on the conditions inside the RV or boat (such as the temperature), can enable us to safely leave our furry family behind with less fear for their comfort.
Many pet owners worry that their air conditioner or heater might quit working while they're away. Remote temperature monitoring allows them to leave the pets in charge at home for a while with less worry.
For pets that don't take separation well, remote monitoring can also allow you to check up on them (and even talk to them remotely!) to keep them from destroying your furniture or even chewing their way outside.
For the really pampered pet, you can even get a remotely controlled robotic feeder to dispense meals or treats in your absence.
Full-timers, in particular, could have their whole lives in their RV or boat, including valuables and irreplaceable family heirlooms.
And even part-timers may have expensive gear aboard that might prove tempting to a thief, and expensive to replace.
Remote monitoring provides some additional security in the form of the deterrence that comes from visibly mounted cameras, as well as the ability to respond to an alert so that you can contact the authorities and potentially catch thieves or vandals.
Surveillance of the interior and/or exterior of a boat or RV can bring some peace of mind when you need to leave your RV or boat in an unfamiliar or dodgy area, and might even give you an advanced alert if a potential intruder is approaching while you're inside.
Some camera monitoring systems even have two-way audio - allowing you to warn off an intruder, or let them know that you've called the authorities.
Boat/RV Systems Monitoring
A more advanced remote monitoring system can let you know that your RV or boat systems are functioning properly and safely.
One example is keeping tabs on an RV or marine electrical system. The ability to monitor power systems can prevent you from accidentally draining your system while you are away and potentially destroying a very expensive battery bank. Or it can help you keep tabs on your solar harvest.
You might even be able to remote start a generator or air conditioner when needed, or even retract an RV awning in advance of an approaching storm.
And on a boat - getting alerted to a bilge alarm going off can literally save your boat from sinking!
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Mobile Internet Considerations
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