My camper uses a raspberry pi with a LTE card in it. It uses cell data and acts as a wired/wireless access point. That's it. All contained, super low power
. I'm not always impressed by the performance, but it works. However, when working, I usually have to switch to my phone hotspot for better speeds.
I'm making up a new system for my boat
, and it's pretty much overkill. Disclosure: I am a network engineer
and I need to be able to work
remotely when on the boat.
Ubiquiti bullet mw-hp with a 9db antenna.
Pepwave BR1 (relegated to acting as a LTE uplink as I supremely dislike the assumptions made in the pepwave os. It's not very flexible.)
Fortigate 60E firewall - allows multiple wans, virtual routers, vlans, ipsec tunnels, etc.
Ubiquiti AC-AP-LR - same thing I use elsewhere and I can create seperate wireless nets.
likes to use weirdo POE values at 12-24v dc, so I use passive poe power injectors with it and some screw terminal 2.1mm x 5.5mm male adapters to make cabling easy. I run the bullet radio
off 12v no problem. I'll be testing the voltages to the AP when I'm back at my boat in a week.
I use ipsec tunnels, and the firewall makes that easy.
It also supports multiple wans in a sane way.
I can create separate wired and wifi nets that use each uplink for trivial testing.
The bullet has some interesting android apps and I want to be able to drop my phone into that wan uplink network via wireless to configure it.
The fortinet doesn't force function on a given port - they are just named. I can reconfigure another port on the device to be a third wan option, for example.
The pepwave was an experiment
. Turns out that I don't like em.
Again, this is overkill for the average user. Since I actively work
remotely, I've decided to replicate my home network along with options of wifi and LTE uplinks.
Fortinet does have a wifi version to avoid the extra AP expense. I happened to grab a spare that was wired only for the boat and opted to match my other networks. At home if we have a fiber outage I can connect it to my phone as a backup internet
option using the built in wifi. (But I still run an actual AP for normal client access.)