Internet while camping: How to stay connected in the great outdoors

Internet at the campsite

October 31, 2023 · 5 minutes of reading

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Ah, camping! Whether you're a solo adventurer in the wilderness, a family vacationing at a family campsite, or a high-tech camper with an unlimited budget, one thing is certain: you want to stay connected. Yes, even though you're surrounded by trees, birds, and tranquility, you still want to be able to post that photo of your campfire on Instagram. So, how to have Internet while camping in Quebec? This is where wifi providers come into play.

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For solitary adventurers

Strigo

If you are the type to go wild camping, far from everything, with only your backpack and your courage for company, then Strigo is made for you. This provider specializes in connection services for internet satellite.

Even deep in the forest, where the only signal you get is mosquitoes, Strigo keeps you connected. With their connectivity kit which includes:

  • a mobile satellite device,
  • a Strigo SIM card, and
  • a prepaid voucher

You will be able to share your adventures in real time. And who knows, maybe even call for help if a bear comes to your camp!

Characteristic Specification
Equipment price 650 $
Prices given Works on the basis of prepaid vouchers. A $250 voucher gives you 250 MB of data. There are no fixed monthly fees.
Contract length Not required
Speed Up to 12 Mbps
Data limit Up to 100 GB per month
Benefits
  • High-performance Internet connectivity
  • Works in remote areas
  • Robust and durable
  • Easy to use
Disadvantages
  • Can be expensive
  • Speed ​​may vary depending on weather conditions
  • Data limit may be insufficient for some users
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For families on vacation

Xplore

If your idea of ​​camping is more of a family stay in a well-equipped campsite, with activities for children and friendly barbecues, then Xplore is the supplier you need.

Formerly known as Xplornet, Xplore offers Internet access services specifically designed for rural and remote areas. They offer a variety of internet plans, including satellite or LTE options, which can be ideal for campers who want to stay connected. With Xplore, you will be able to share your best moments with your family, and maybe even work a little, if you can't stop completely.

Characteristic Specification
Equipment price From $500, but often on promotion upon signing a contract
Service price From $49.99 per month
Contract length 12 months minimum
Speed Up to 120 Mbps
Data limit Up to 1TB per month depending on technology
Benefits
  • High-performance Internet connectivity
  • Coverage in rural and remote areas
  • Reliable and stable service
  • Flexible plan options (possibility to pause out of season)
Inconvénients
  • Does not offer a pay-as-you-go type pass
  • May be expensive for high data rate users
  • Speed ​​may vary depending on weather conditions
  • Coverage is not available everywhere

Finally, if you're a high-tech camper, with an unlimited budget and an insatiable thirst for connection speed, then Starlink is your best ally.

Launched by SpaceX, Elon Musk's aerospace company, Starlink aims to provide high-speed internet access in places where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable.

With an easy-to-install satellite antenna, you can get a fast, reliable connection even in the most remote locations. With Starlink, you can stream your favorite series in 4K, play online without lag, and even telework from your recreational vehicle. Because yes, why not?

Characteristic Specification
Equipment price

From $599 per month

Price

From $99 per month

Contract length

Not required
Speed Up to 1.5 Gbps
Data limit Unlimited
Benefits
  • High-performance Internet connectivity
  • Works in remote areas
  • Stable and reliable
  • Easy to install
Disadvantages
  • May be expensive for users with low data rates
  • Coverage is not available everywhere

Transform sound cellular into wi-fi routerfor camping

If you don't want to use a new provider or if you are in an area where the signal is strong enough, you can turn your cell phone into a Wi-Fi router. This solution is practical and economical, especially if you have a plan with a large amount of data.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Check your plan: Make sure you have enough data in your mobile plan to avoid unpleasant surprises. Some providers offer special plans for tethering.

  2. Turn on tethering: On your phone, go to settings, then to the "Network & Internet" or "Connections" section. Select "Mobile hotspot" or "Tethering", depending on your phone model.

  3. Configure your access point: You can generally choose the name of your Wi-Fi network, as well as the password. Be sure to choose a secure password to prevent others from using your connection without your permission.

  4. Connect your devices: On your other devices (laptop, tablet, etc.), find the wifi network you just created and connect using the password you set.

There you go! You can now enjoy the internet while camping, directly from your phone. However, keep in mind that tethering can consume a lot of battery. So make sure you have a solution to charge your phone, like an external battery or solar charger.

For campsite owners: Provide wi-fi access to your customers

If you own a campground, you know how important it is to provide internet access to your guests. Today, even in the great outdoors, campers want to stay connected. Whether sharing their adventures on social media, staying in touch with loved ones, or even working remotely, good access can greatly improve their camping experience.

There are many ways to provide internet access to your campers. A popular option is to use a mesh Wi-Fi system. A mesh Wi-Fi system is a collection of devices that connect together to create a seamless Wi-Fi network. This means your guests can move around your campground without losing Wi-Fi connection. Mesh Wi-Fi systems are easy to install and use, and they can be scaled to the size of your campground.

By providing a quality network to your customers, you increase their satisfaction and stand out from the competition. For a smooth and efficient online experience, the number of users must be taken into account. Here are recommendations for a good starting point:

Coverage area Number of users Suggested speed
Small campsite (less than 10 pitches) 1-5 users 10 Mbps
Medium campsite (10-25 pitches) 5-10 users 20Mbps
Large campsite (more than 25 pitches) 10-20 users 50Mbps

Conclusion

In conclusion, whether you are a solo adventurer, a family on vacation, or a high-tech camper, there is a wi-fi provider that meets your needs. So don't hesitate to explore the different options and choose the provider that suits you best. And don't forget: even in the great outdoors, stay connected! Happy camping!

  • Ted Tayler Mobo Telecom
  • about the author

    Ted Taylor, better known as Mr. Mobo, is a telecom analyst and columnist. Mr. Mobo advises consumers on everything related to telecommunications.

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