The Best RV Internet For Every Camper

Andreas Rivera
May 14, 2024
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There are internet solutions for any RVer or camper who wants to stay connected—it depends on your use case, your budget, and how remote you plan on going. 

Weekend warriors who want an internet connection to check a few emails can use low-cost Wi-Fi solutions for short RV or camping trips. 

If you’re in it for the long haul—living the nomad lifestyle with your van or RV—but enjoy streaming and staying connected, then there are solutions to get internet service comparable to that in the big city.

From hotspots to satellite, we’ll explain all the RV internet options and help you get the Wi-Fi you need.

Starlink Mobile
● Satellite internet
● Connection almost anywhere
● No data caps
● Latency issues
Mint Mobile
Mint Mobile Unlimited plan
● Mobile hotspot plan
● Convenient access
● Easy setup
● Battery life issues
NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot Pro
NETGEAR Nighthawk hotspot device
● Hotspot device
● Portable design
● Multi-device support
● Data caps

Satellite internet

As of 2024, the only consumer, portable satellite internet access for RVs is Starlink Mobile (once called Starlink RV). Starlink Mobile, which is under the umbrella of Starlink Roam plans, connects to SpaceX’s constellation of low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites to deliver high-speed, low-latency internet.  It has the widest coverage area for RVers.      

The service's performance will depend on your location, the network's busyness, and the status of the Starlink constellation, which is continually growing.

Starlink's availability and speed map lets you track approximate speeds from state to state. Although its speeds are based on fixed-location plans, they are still a good indicator of how well mobile plans will perform in an area.

Starlink Mobile plans

Starlink Mobile Plans
Price per month
Equipment Fee
Mobile Regional$150*$599.00 one-time, upfrontUnlimited, deprioritized5-50 Mbps
Mobile Global$200$599.00 one-time, upfrontUnlimited, deprioritized5–50 Mbps
Mobile Priority$250.00–$5,000.00$2,500.00 one-time, upfrontUnlimited standard–5TB high-speed priority40—220 Mbps
* Plus hardware, shipping & handling fees, and tax. Fully refundable. Depending on location, some orders may take 2 weeks or more to fulfill.

If you’ve been wondering about the significant cost difference between Starlink’s standard portable hardware ($599) and flat high-performance hardware ($2,500), it lies in when you can use your system. The standard hardware is quite portable and not that complicated of a setup process, but you have to park to use it, and it has to be set up again every time you relocate.

The flat high-performance hardware, however, is more expensive because it’s designed to be installed directly onto your RV so you can use it in motion. It’s Starlink’s luxury offering since it was initially intended to be installed on boats and is the only device that can connect to the web while in motion.

Starlink Mobile Regional and Global

There’s no annual contract on Starlink’s Roam plans, only a month-by-month payment you can pause at any time—a huge pro for those who travel part-time.

Starlink Roam’s base plan, Mobile Regional, costs $150 monthly, with a one-time equipment fee of $599 for the standard portable hardware. We recommend this plan if you travel domestically.

We recommend the next tier mainly to international travelers. It costs $200 per month plus the $599 hardware fee. This plan will suit you if you're a total globetrotter and often need an internet connection on entirely different continents. 

Starlink Mobile Priority

The highest tier plan Starlink offers for RVers starts at $250 per month for 50GB with a hardware fee of $2,500. Mobile Priority and the more expensive hardware allow for connectivity while your RV, boat, or other joy ride of choice is both moving and stationary.

Mobile Priority lets you choose how much data you need out of three options: 50GB, 1TB, and 5TB. This Starlink plan is intended for internet on your personal yacht or mobile business. It’s also recommended for emergency responders out of range of any other internet or cell signal.

Starlink Roam vs. Hughesnet and Viasat

Satellite Internet Provider
Price per month
See More
$140.00● Super portable product design
● Unlimited data
● No annual contract
● Low latency
● Pricey
$74.99● Made for fixed locations only
● Annual contract
● 200GB data cap
● Affordable
$99.99● Made for fixed locations only
● Unlimited data
● No contract
● Pricey

Hughesnet and Viasat provide satellite internet services designed for fixed locations, such as homes or businesses, so they’re not portable. If you want portable satellite options, Starlink stands out as the only viable choice beyond a satellite phone, which is ideal for keeping around for emergencies if you camp and hike in highly remote areas.

HOT TIP: Always have a backup internet plan for your RV
Check Mark

How vital is internet connectivity for you while traveling? If you have work deadlines, health issues, or other concerns requiring 24/7 connectivity, combining at least two internet options (like satellite and mobile) will bridge any connection gaps and keep your digital life running smoothly.

Mobile hotspots

A mobile hotspot device is the next best option for connecting while traveling in your RV. There are two types of mobile hotspots: cellular data plans through your existing cell provider and mobile phone (often called tethering) or a separate hotspot device that will need its own data plan but will provide better speeds, better signal, and allow more devices to connect. 

Both mobile hotspots use a cellular data network to access the internet and then broadcast it to your other devices, such as laptops and tablets, through a localized Wi-Fi network. Depending on the mobile provider, they may require you to sign up for a separate mobile hotspot plan with limited data if not included with your mobile plan.

Pros of mobile hotspots
pro Internet access on the go
pro Connect multiple devices using one data plan
pro More secure than public Wi-Fi
pro Reliable for RV remote workers
Cons of mobile hotspots
con Data plans may be limited or costly
con Can have weak signal strength & slow speeds
con Can result in expensive data overage charges
con Can experience speed throttling

Note: If you plan to binge-watch your favorite shows and play video games often, you can expect to upgrade to the highest data plan your provider offers and still have the potential to experience speed throttling.    

Cellular networks and mobile hotspot plan coverage

Let’s talk about mobile hotspot plans. They’re convenient because they use your smartphone and turn your cellular data into a Wi-Fi network you can connect all your devices.      

With a mobile hotspot, you have many carrier options to fit your needs.

T-Mobile offers the most comprehensive 5G coverage of any cellular network hotspot plan, with speeds 2x faster than competitors. Their base plan is also very affordable, at only $10 per month, with 2GB of premium data included and free data roaming. Because of its availability, we recommend T-Mobile for RV life.

Next in line for reliability is the Verizon Pro plan. This Verizon plan is more expensive than T-Mobile but offers 100GB of 4G LTE or 5G data before speed throttling. This plan is excellent for those who use a relatively high quantity of data monthly. If you travel in your RV with family or friends and want to stream on multiple devices, this is the plan for you. 

AT&T provides a prepaid hotspot data plan starting at $55 per month for 50GB, after which the speed will slow exponentially. If you have a set estimate on how much data your internet habits use per month, prepaid plans are an excellent option to avoid overpaying for data you won’t use.  

Visible (owned by Verizon) offers a prepaid phone data plan called Visible+, which starts at $35 per month. This plan provides unlimited hotspot data at 5Mbps, so that speeds will be slow but never capped. Only one device can be connected to the hotspot at a time, so this plan is better suited to single RVers or those who don’t mind the inconvenience of taking turns.

Mobile hotspot devices

Simply put, a mobile hotspot device is a small, portable physical device that uses the same process your mobile hotspot plan does to connect you to the internet. Instead of the Wi-Fi signal coming from your smartphone, it emits directly from a dedicated hotspot device.

Mobile Hotspots for your RV: device or plan?

Mobile hotspot devices and plans may perform the same function, but there are some clear pros and cons to why you would choose one or the other. For example, a hotspot plan uses your smartphone to share Wi-Fi, so they’re known to drain your phone battery quickly. Another issue is whether you must use your phone and other devices simultaneously. In that case, opting for a hotspot device would be a good idea. Hotspot devices free up your phone, still give you a Wi-Fi connection, and can be plugged in to charge constantly.

A mobile hotspot device can also support connecting more devices to Wi-Fi than a hotspot data plan, with potentially faster speeds and a more reliable connection. A hotspot device is an excellent option if you have family and friends traveling in your RV with you, so everyone can stay connected (and not argue over who gets to watch YouTube). 

Reminder: Before you decide on a hotspot device or plan, keep in mind that you will have to purchase the physical device in addition to your monthly fee, so up-front costs will be higher than for a hotspot plan.

5G home internet

5G Home Internet services are great for homes, apartments, and mobile homes in fixed locations, but they usually aren’t ideal for taking on the road. T-Mobile 5G Home Internet is one of our favorite internet services for rural areas, but we don’t recommend traveling with it, as doing so will break the plan’s terms of service.

T-Mobile announced a 5G plan specifically for travelers called “Away.” The plan allows you to take a 5G Wi-Fi gateway on the road for $160 per month with unlimited data.

T-Mobile 5G Home Internet$40.00–$50.00/mo. (with Autopay and mobile plan)No device fee or annual contractReliable connection
Verizon 5G HomeStarting $35.00/mo. (with existing mobile plan)Speed up to 1,000MbpsSet monthly price guaranteed for 2 years

If you plan to use it at your full-time home, we do recommend T-Mobile as a home internet service in general. T-Mobile’s 5G is fast and far-reaching, with over 325 million Americans having access. Right now, T-Mobile 5G Home Internet offers a great package deal where if you bundle a cell phone plan and its home internet (and set up auto-pay), you can get access to its 5G network for only $40 per month. Check if you can get the service in your area using our zip check below.

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Free public Wi-Fi with extenders

If you just want to stop somewhere in your RV for a quick internet browse, public Wi-Fi- networks are a great potential resource. Many small businesses, casual chain restaurants, and public libraries offer a local Wi-Fi service for free that you may or may not even need a password to access.

You can connect from your RV if you’re stopped at an RV park or public location with nearby Wi-Fi. Read our guide for more about different devices and accessories for connecting to public Wi-Fi.

Staying safe on public Wi-Fi

Word to the wise—public Wi-Fi networks are less secure and allow anyone to join them anytime, which means they can be rife with hacking, cyber-attacks, and even data breaches. While this may not happen to you if you use free public Wi-Fi, we don’t suggest taking the gamble with no safeguards. Try using some of our best tips to prepare yourself for browsing on a public Wi-Fi network:

  1. Download a VPN(Virtual Private Network) and turn it on.
  2. Install a reputable anti-virus software on your device.
  3. Clear your device’s browsing history and cookies.   

Remember: There are better long-term internet options than public hotspots if you work remotely in your RV, as you will have to find a public Wi-Fi network every time you relocate. Also, since the signal strength isn’t predictable, you might even have to miss meetings or reschedule deadlines because you don’t have a stable connection. On top of that, if your job requires you to work with other people or your sensitive data, and you’re connected to an unsecured public network, you could be responsible for a data breach.

The verdict

Our top two suggestions for staying connected while on the road are Starlink Mobile satellite internet or a mobile hotspot plan through T-Mobile. If you work remotely from your RV and want to avoid an angry Zoom call from your manager, consider a backup option like a hotspot device or public Wi-Fi to ensure a stable 24/7 connection.


We compile our articles using trusted sources and honest customer feedback. We perform first-hand testing on the services we review and compile proprietary data to give you the information you need to make the best decision for your internet needs.

RV Internet FAQ

What if I only need a connection for a really short RV trip?

If you don’t have cellular service where you’re staying and must have internet access, you can rent a satellite hotspot. This saves you from paying $600 or more for the hardware cost. Check into renting a satellite hotspot, which can also provide phone service in highly remote areas.

What can I do to find out what areas of the US are covered by 4G LTE and 5G data?

The Federal Communications Commission has a coverage map for the top four cell carriers in the nation. You can enter your physical address or where you intend to travel and see how the coverage fares before you even step foot in the area; that way, you can be better prepared for your next RV adventure.

Andreas Rivera
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Andreas Rivera
Andreas Rivera is a lifelong writer with a decade-spanning career in journalism and marketing. He comes to with several years of experience writing about business and technology. His passion for researching the latest advancements in tech, especially the now essential need for reliable internet access, fuels his goal of educating others about how these innovations affect and improve our everyday lives. When not researching and writing about, you’ll likely find him buried in a good book or enjoying the great outdoors with a fishing rod.