FAQ about best internet options for truckers
How can I get internet in a semitruck?
The best way to get internet in a semi is with a mobile phone from AT&T or Verizon. If you need more data than a single phone line offers, get a mobile hotspot to keep laptops and other devices connected on the road.
Should I get satellite internet for my truck?
We don’t recommend satellite internet for truckers for several reasons. Satellite internet for trucks is expensive to get set up (the equipment costs $5,000 or more), the data is pricey, and the service is slow. A few companies outfitted their rigs with satellite internet equipment, so some drivers have access to a roaming satellite connection when they’re driving through an area without mobile service. But we don’t recommend that you install satellite internet in semitrucks on your own. Mobile Wi-Fi is faster and more cost-effective.
Can I get reliable internet at truck stops?
Most truck stops do have internet, but it’s usually slower and less reliable than mobile phone data. We recommend truck stop Wi-Fi and free public Wi-Fi only for recreational use.
At some truck stops, you can pay an annual fee to access better quality internet, but it still can be unreliable and subject to slowing. If you’re a truck driver depending on the internet to pick up jobs, file paperwork, and get the latest road conditions, you need your own connection that you can access on the road, like a good AT&T or Verizon mobile plan.
How do truckers get internet access?
Most truckers get internet access on the road with a mobile phone plan from Verizon or AT&T. Mobile phone Wi-Fi can be shared to a laptop when you need to do occasional paperwork. Some truckers also have mobile hotspot devices, which gives you more data than a mobile phone plan.