Huawei E5577 Mobile 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot

Otherwise known as a ‘mi-fi’, this allows us to take a 4G signal (via an external antenna) and create a wifi network inside the van. It has a pretty good battery, and charges by USB. Pretty simple to set up, and no complaints so far.

£80 from Amazon (affiliate link).

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Poynting 4G Antenna

We have this mounted on the roof, wired up via the 2 attached cables to a Huawei 4G ‘mi-fi’ device; which sets up a wifi hotspot inside the van. The antenna, as well as being far more powerful than the one built into the mi-fi device (or our phones) is also mounted outside of the giant metal Farady cage  which is the van. On a good day we seem to be able to get a good 15-20Mbps speed up and down.

This antenna is pretty good, and easy to fit. My only quibble is that the cables are only 50cm long, which doesn’t give you much leeway when mounting it to the mi-fi device. We also needed to buy 2 SMA-to-TS9 adapters.

£125 from Solwise.