Campgrounds with free WiFi…
UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION 9-23-19
Are you tired of reading mind-numbing technospeak in other posts on this Google results page? Just want to know the single best option to get hooked up to blazing fast Internet with a minimum of hassle?
You know by now that many — if not most — campgrounds in America advertise “Free WiFi” as an enticement and amenity to guests.
You also know by now that you often get what you pay for — or rather don’t pay for.
Quite simply, the free Internet access is weak at best, shared by a whole campground full of other campers who — like you — probably have more than one device accessing a limited amount of WiFi bandwidth.
It’s no wonder you can’t get online half the time.
But that’s why you’re here. There must be a way, you think, to improve your Internet access while staying at these low-signal facilities.
Now that we’ve defined the problem, what’s the solution?
We at Blue Mountain Reviews have scoured the RV and camping forums to determine a consensus answer.
And what follows represents the absolute best, latest and easiest solution for many RVers and campers.
It’s centered around a product which, according to our testing and thousands of customer reviews, delivers a quality product and good customer service.
Here’s what to do to gain better WiFi access:
- Try using this new product to capture and boost the campground’s free access up to 1,000 feet of the building that houses the transmitter — usually the camp office.
- The Securifi Almond Touchscreen WiFi Wireless Router/Range Extender will give you strong access to that signal right out of the box.
- Set up is done in minutes and this unit’s success has been verified by thousands of happy Amazon customers – including many full-time RVers.
If you’re blocked by trees or too far away to get a good, “free” WiFi connection
It’s time to give up on the dream of gaining free WiFi access and simply attach your smartphone to the USB port on the back of the Securifi Almond.
It provides internet service for all your WiFi-enabled devices and two hard-wired devices, such as your TV or PC via ethernet portals on the unit. Any more devices and you’ll need a separate router to split the signal.
Here’s a product review on the Securifi Almond.
With over 9,300 five star reviews, this product consistently performs at the top of its class of medium-priced personal extended range WiFi routers.
Turns your unit into a powerful rebroadcaster of your campground’s sometimes anemic signal.
Almond is the first intuitive router — as well as the first to bring touch technology — to wireless network routing and WiFi.
For the first time, users can set up & maintain their router easily from its highly intuitive touch screen – usually within a few minutes. You can avoid the cumbersome PC/Mac based setup that is common with other routers.
It also makes wired devices, such as printers, play nice within your wireless network.
And, once again, if you’re parked too far away to receive a good free signal, you can just give up on free access and share a strong WiFi connection directly from your cell phone via USB cable, and route it to your laptop, tablet, and other devices. Including your printer.
Almond talks to Alexa
The Almond pairs with Alexa so you can control Home/Away modes and automated routines you’ve created.
For example ‘Alexa, tell Almond to activate Movie Scene’ (turns the TV on to a particular program) or ‘Alexa, tell Almond to set Home mode’. (activates lights or other WiFi-enabled devices.) So, in a manner of speaking, you are able to talk to your RV.
Things we like about this unit:
- Gives you the option of either using the campground’s free signal — or, if that is substandard or out of reach. it lets you use your cell phone’s unlimited data plan to instantly provide a WiFi “hotspot” to connect all your devices.
- Its compact size and ubiquitous black color allow it to virtually disappear wherever you put it — on a desk, on the dinette, or on a kitchen counter.
- Lets you explore new options when paired with the voice-activated Alexa in the Echo Dot.
Things we found less than perfect:
- You’ll still need a reliable router with multiple outputs to connect more than 2 hardwired devices like your TV and desktop unit.
In conclusion. here’s a handy listing of all the links we’ve talked about.
Our Overall Rating: 5-Plus Stars