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Best (and Affordable) Ways to Stay Connected Off Grid

Hey there, John from Owl here to explain different ways to stay connected while off-grid, essential for work, online access, or emergency situations.

Here’s a breakdown of the options, in my opinion.

Connectivity Devices:

  1. Starlink (In-Motion):

    • Description: This is a satellite-based high-speed internet system for Sprinter, Transit, and Adventure Vans.
    • Usage: Provides true high-speed internet anywhere in the world, including while driving your van offroad.
    • Cost: Hardware costs around $2,500, with a monthly fee of approximately $150.
    • Pros: Ideal for streaming, work, Zoom calls, and internet connectivity.
    • Cons: High cost, requires installation and an inverter to work in most Sprinter, Transit and Promaster vans.
  2. Garmin InReach:

    • Description: A satellite communicator with text messaging capabilities.
    • Usage: Best for emergency communication, especially in areas with no cell service.
    • Cost: Around $20 per month subscription fee.
    • Pros: Great for hikers and travelers needing safety communication.
    • Cons: Limited to text messages, not suitable for internet or phone calls while offroad.
  3. Garmin Tread:

    • Description: Combines satellite connectivity with off-road navigation.
    • Usage: Provides satellite-based safety communication and detailed off-road maps.
    • Cost: Requires a subscription similar to the InReach.
    • Pros: Ideal for off-road navigation and safety, no matter where you travel in your van
    • Cons: Does not provide internet connectivity, only text communication and maps.
  4. WeBoost:

    • Description: A cell signal booster for Sprinter, Transit, Promaster and all vans.
    • Usage: Amplifies weak cell signals to improve connectivity within range of a cell tower.
    • Cost: One-time purchase with no monthly fee!
    • Pros: Enhances existing cell signals, works well within range of a tower.
    • Cons: Requires a cell signal to boost; installation needed.

Why Stay Connected Off-Grid?

  • Work Requirements: Enables remote work through emails, Zoom calls, etc.
  • Safety: Essential for emergencies to contact help when needed.
  • Family & Personal: Staying in touch with family and accessing online content.

Additional Notes:

  • iPhone 14 and Newer: These models can connect to satellites for emergency SOS without needing additional hardware.
  • Older iPhone Models: Limited to cell tower connections only.

The best options are often the most expensive but are crucial for safety and effective connectivity. I'd advise against cutting corners when it comes to off-grid communication, especially in emergency scenarios. When you're offroad in your Sprinter van, you want to stay connected for emergencies if nothing else.

For detailed instructions and tutorials on using these devices, including the iPhone's satellite SOS feature, check out other videos and reach out for more information.


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John Willenborg

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