Our Mobile Internet Solution
Just because you want to RV, does not mean you have to do so without internet. Although, it would be freeing! For our situation, Jeremy’s job requires him to have a good stable internet connection with bonding and fail-over. Because of this we have created a very unique internet solution that we are almost done implementing!!
It Starts With a Signal
First, we have to have a internet source. Whether this is an incoming WiFi signal or an incoming LTE cellular signal, you have to have something! We personally have all of them. What we mean by that is we will have a dedicated Wifi 5GHz incoming signal (Xfinity or open WiFi). A dedicated WiFi 2.4GHz incoming signal (Xfinity or open WiFi). AND 3 different incoming (Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint) LTE Cellular signals. All of these come into one powerful business/commercial grade Multi WAN ( 5 WAN Inputs) router. This will allow us to bring in 5 different internet sources into 1 router. Our router then combines them and creates fail over for redundancy.
We use Ubiquiti M5 for the 5GHz WiFi signal, a Ubiquiti M2 for the 2.4GHz WiFi signal, a Verizon Jetpack 8800L in line with a TPLink TL-WR902AC, and 2 more TpLink TL-WR902AC units for the other 2 different cellular signals. The first WR902AC is connected to our workhorse that is always on and has truly unlimited data, the 8800L Jetpack is from Verizon. We only pay $65/month and it has no throttling, no cap, and no problems! The other 2 WR902AC units are used for the T-Mobile and Sprint networks.
We have Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, 5GHz wifi, and 2.4GHz wifi all coming into 1 router. This is great since we will need for Jeremy’s job a constant internet source and have redundancy and fail-over. The router we use is the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter 6P. Each individual ethernet port in fully configurable to be a WAN, LAN, VLAN, etc. We have ours configured to 5 WAN and 1 LAN which goes to our wireless Asus AX11000 router. Our Asus router sees 1 internet source and sends the internet on down to our devices and networks, while the 6P does all the heavy lifting and hard work.
If you watched our first internet setup video you know that we were using the Asus RT AC68U. We still have this as a backup/AiMesh router if/when needed. Our new AX11000 router is a beast and has an extra 5GHz dedicated channel. This router has more throughput and a much higher bandwidth that allows connecting more devices with no lag or slow-down or bottle neck. We can stream Netflix on 7 machines and watch YouTube videos on another 4, while Jeremy is hosting a interactive video conference with hundreds of people at once, and be uploading our latest video all without any problems or slow downs. As fast as the 5 internet sources can deliver, we can consume it fully! Yes, he did a full test to find the max down/up possible and has created a fail-over just in case.
Configuring The Network
Although I won’t get into exactly how our personal network in configured. I will give the outline. We wired in the NAS, printer, and 2 special designed Raspberry Pi devices. Wifi is divided into separate 2.4GHz and 5 GHz SSIDs for our machines and IoT devices. The 2nd 5GHz channel is used for Jeremy’s work machines. Our multiple hidden networks and vlans are hidden behind a hardware firewall. These are used only for my work and work machines and need to be completely separate and severed from our home network with no chance of overlap.