Most campgrounds that I have visited, Wi-Fi is included in the cost of your site. If you have spent time traveling around the U.S. and have spent your fair share in campgrounds, you probably have an opinion on campground Wi-Fi. For what it’s worth, here is my opinion.
The problems that I have witnessed are…
- To slow, sometimes to the point that it gives you a timed out error message.
- The speed and whether or not it works is dependent on how many campers are in the park and logged on.
Some campgrounds may charge a small fee, which may limit the number of devices that can be logged onto your account at one time. It may also include an added fee if you use more than your allotted data.
For the above reasons, the response to campground Wi-Fi is negative. I do have some sympathy for campground owners that attempt to offer Wi-Fi in their campgrounds.
Campgrounds, like any other business have a budget. Campgrounds may only have one company in their area that provides Wi-Fi services. The lack of competition may or may not increase the cost to install a Wi-Fi system. I have seen quotes for as much as $80,000 for a mid-size campground.
On the flip side, I have also seen an instance where the campground owner had a friend that was a professional installer of Wi-Fi systems, install a Wi-Fi system that worked well for a nominal fee.
I think it would be a cost effective business decision on behalf of campground owners to carefully and wisely invest in a Wi-Fi system that actually works. This would not only bring in new campers, but also increase repeat business. They could even opt to charge a nominal fee for their Wi-Fi services.
Keep in mind that due to today’s popular devices that require Wi-Fi, most campers would pay a fair fee for good Wi-Fi services.