Getting Online On The Road -> The Mobile Internet Handbook
One of the questions I get asked alot is what we do about internet on the road. Internet is key to our RV happiness since it not only enables our on-road income (Paul’s investing, my little bits of writing), but also allows us to keep in touch with friends, family & blog readers. We can handle a few days off-line but long-term, like it or not, we need that Internet IV-line. For the past few years we’ve actually been using the same thing, a Millenicom 20GB/mo plan which runs on the Verizon network and which I wrote in detail about HERE. Since I wrote that post the price has gone up somewhat (our plan now costs $89.99/mo), but I still consider it the very best deal out there for the kind of nationwide coverage we need. We also still use (mostly) the same boosting equipment, although we’ve upgraded our main booster to a Wilson Sleek.
The point is I actually wouldn’t have known about ANY of this if it hadn’t been for our buddies Technomadia. Their blog article on Millenicom was what alerted me to the company originally, and their info on Wilson Sleek did the same. When they released their first book, I was all over it and when they started an Indigogo campaign for their second book, I was naturally all over that too.
Sometimes being first has it’s privileges…well, and the fact that we’re currently parked right next to them 🙂
Just a few short days ago I was honored with the first, fresh-off-the-press pre-release proof of their printed book. I’d already gotten their e-version, but there’s something about the heft of real pages that was even more enticing. I’ve spent the past three days devouring their 223-page tome of mobile internet wisdom & now it’s time for me to let you know about it too.
Bottom line, if you’re trying to decide what to do about internet on the road, or looking to upgrade, or just want to learn about the options which are out there this is the book for you. The book goes through just about anything you can think of including cellular, satellite, boosters, routers, bandwidth management, antenna mounting options (a super-cool guest chapter by Jack Mayer), gaming and even a chapter on crossing international borders. Chris and Cherie do an outstanding job of laying out the options, both in layman’s terms (for folks who like it that way) as well as offering more advanced geek-like stuff (for the folks who like that). Amongst other things, they give tips on the various cellular options out there, and why a mix of carriers may make the most sense for those who can’t live without internet; they go through satellite internet and explain why it’s a tough option for new RVers; they explain why some things (like watching movies) take up alot of bandwidth, and offer alternative options for folks who are movie-addicts; and they wrap it up nicely in the back with an overview of the best options for low, moderate and internet-addicted folks.
Honestly, I can’t think of much (anything?) they didn’t cover.Click for a pdf preview of the book
Even though I’ve been following their blog posts & think I know quite a bit about this stuff myself, I learned several money & bandwidth-saving tips from the book. And even though I’m a friend and just darn amazed that they wrote a book (it’s quite an accomplishment), the result is so good it’s something I’m excited to announce to others. So, before dishing out mucho $$ for a plan & equipment which may or may not work for you, I recommend spending the $9.95 to buy the Mobile Internet Handbook. It’s pretty much the only resource you’ll need to figure out your mobile system & it’ll pay itself back many times in RV internet happiness. Wheelingit and paw-approved 🙂
P.S. For the techo-hungry, Technomadia has also started a members-only website called Mobile Internet Aficionado’s where they release the latest news/tips/updates on everything to do with mobile internet. Plus you can ask and get in-depth guidance on the forum with the “guru’s”. I’m a member & have totally enjoyed the site resources so far. If you’re not sure, they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee so there’s absolutely no downside to giving it a try. Check it out!