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Posted: 03/03/21 09:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello,
I am a software dev, and looking at doing the fulltime RV thing.

I have a lot of questions.

Is this is a possible thing with the current mobile internet offerings. (PLEASE Starlink hurry)

So with my current work flow, i need to remotely connect to databases and AWS , and linux servers

Is anyone on this list doing something like this in their RV?

What has been your experience. Is this possible? What equipment are you using?

Thanks for any help/Information

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Posted: 03/03/21 10:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Research here:

RVMobileInternet.com

They are the gurus.

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Posted: 03/03/21 10:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rob, thanks

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Since I'm pretty much the sole Oracle DBA for my group, I've been doing this for years and my vacations in the RV always ended up being working vacations. Sometimes an "urgent request" might have to wait until the fish aren't biting and I make it back to shore again, but they know that.

I VPNed into the company network, then RDPed onto my office desktop, then reached out to everywhere I needed to be from there. Before picking a destination I checked reported cellular coverage and used my company phone on AT&T as a hotspot. One of my favorite campgrounds has absolutely ZERO cell service. I reserve that one when I really REALLY need to be left alone! [emoticon]


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Posted: 03/03/21 12:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How much data do you have to move and how fast do you have to move it?

If you don't need rocket fast speeds and it's a couple dozen GB per month total...very much doable.

If you need rocket fast with low latency and move terabytes per month...not so much.


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I think there are many out there that do full or part-time work while RV'ing. I've learned to never rely on free campground Wifi, except that parks that have paid Wifi. I haven't found any free campground Wifi with internet service as good as I can get via cell -- I use a Wifi repeater and even when I have perfect Wifi signal, the campground Wifi is usually so oversubscribed that it's nearly useless for any interactive work.

When I'm on-call and know I have to be online, I check campground reviews to make sure cell coverage is good. I have an unlimited AT&T SIM, and in the summer when I'm traveling more, I also set up a pre-paid 16GB plan from Verizon in case AT&T isn't available.

Don't count on Starlink for the next year or so, I haven't seen any announcement for when (or even if) they will provide mobile service. Maybe when they get more satellites launched they'll allow mobile use, but for now, service is locked to a single cell (which is around 15 miles wide).

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Posted: 03/03/21 01:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It’s a business expense...get what you need. If you have an employer, have them pay for it. They are saving a bundle not having a physical office, parking spot etc. for you.


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DW does similar to what you are describing, we use a Visible Wireless for the hotspot and her phone for calls to customers. We just make sure to be in campgrounds with good cell coverage.
Check out Campendium for campground reviews that include cell coverage info
This year we added a cell booster and it has helped.





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Business Systems Analyst here. I work weeks at a time from the RV all the time.

My hotspot has been rock solid for work during the day and streaming at night. I've tested lots of different conditions and haven't ever hit a data cap or been throttled yet.

I have to be strategic about the spots where I camp, but it's not too tough to find a hill or unobstructed valley where I'll get a good signal.

I don't recommend doing like Lwiddis suggests and trying to bill your employer, because they'll tell you to quit telecommuting (once the lockdown is over) and make you come back to the desk that they're already paying for.


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Posted: 03/03/21 04:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you All.

This is some great info.

dedmiston , what do you use for a dataplan?

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