Survey: Parks' Wi-Fi Service Rates 'Poorly'
More than half of RVtravel.com readers (54%) who responded to an April 13 survey in the website’s weekly newsletter reported that they regard Wi-Fi service in RV parks as “poor” or “terrible.”
Less than 7% consider it excellent or very good. About a third labeled it “good," according to an RVtravel.com news release.
More than 1,400 RVtravel.com readers participated in the survey which asked, “Overall, how would you describe the performance of the Wi-Fi in RV parks where you’ve stayed?”
“In one way or another, most of the readers who left comments said that RV park Wi-Fi was hit and miss,” said RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury. “Some also mentioned that poor security of many networks kept them from using the service.”
Woodbury said he has stayed at least 100 nights in the last two years in RV parks with Wi-Fi and has found a mixed bag. “Once in awhile it’s great, but that’s the exception,” he said. “More often than not, I found connections so slow they were worthless. Other times the signal was not strong enough to reach my campsite, and many parks provide an unsecured Wi-Fi network, which means personal information is vulnerable to thieves.”
Some readers who commented on the survey noted that instead of relying on RV park Wi-Fi, they use wireless air cards, which are available from most major cellular carriers. The devices allow a high speed, secure connection in most areas where cell phone coverage is available. “I’ve used my MiFi card from Verizon for years,” said Woodbury. “For anyone who travels a lot with an RV who needs to get online on a regular basis, a device like this is critical.”
Up-to-the minute results of the survey can be viewed here.