[Coming Soon] The Tech Cabinet Approach: Centralizing your Mobile Internet Arsenal


In this new article we'll discuss the benefits of centralizing where all your tech goes, and some considerations for planning your installation & setup of gear. While an RV or boat is usually too small to have a server room, we call it a Tech Cabinet.

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In the meantime, here's the old text of this article more focused on the cellular signal enhancing benefits:



The way to enable more "boosted area" coverage inside when using a cellular booster is to make sure that the external antenna is located so that it absolutely can not pick up the signal from the inside antenna, leading to oscillation.

This is why the stronger "home" booster kits have longer included wires, and nearly all have directional antennas.

You are supposed to mount the outside antenna 40+ feet away from the inside antenna, and locate it so that the outside antenna is aimed towards the cell tower you want to boost, and especially so that it is pointed well away from any of the inside areas.

That sort of layout and separation is much harder to achieve in an RV, especially a smaller one. This is the primary reason that "mobile" boosters are limited to 50dB gain and have inside antennas designed to boost signal in a very limited localized area.

Most mobile users would rather not deal with needing to manually aim an external antenna, after all.

If you absolutely want to have the most powerful booster possible with you on the road, offering boosted coverage all throughout your rig - it is going to be a challenge. If you are up for ignoring the FCC rules, juggling antennas, and dealing with the downsides - you could probably make a full-home booster work.

On the other hand - you could use this one simple trick to get inside coverage for phone calls and data, all throughout your rig...

Rather than trying to create a large "boosted" zone that covers your entire interior, set up a tech cabinet or desk area where you mount the interior antenna to create a small boosted zone - and this is where you should set up your gadget charging station.

Then - use a WiFi hotspot feature or router to enable using your boosted connection everywhere in your rig. One gadget in the tech cabinet acting as the WiFi hotspot will get all your other tech online whether they are in the boosted zone or not.

For voice - a Bluetooth headset or speakerphone accomplishes the same thing.

If you are the type that loves having a handset, you can even get a Bluetooth enabled phone setup - and leave a phone handset on your nightstand and in the kitchen while your phone stays charging away in the tech cabinet, benefitting from maximum boost.

This handset is a great example:
Panasonic KX-TG7731S

And of course since most cell phones and carriers now support it, you can also just connect your phone to your WiFi hotspot and use 'WiFi Calling'. You can enable the feature in the Settings of your phone. This places the call over whatever your data source is, which will use your data allotment.