There are six internet links on my office on wheels. Seven when Starlink arrives. Is this the best internet in Australia?

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If you are going to work remotely anywhere in Australia from a van, you need damn good internet. Here's how I put together a vehicle with the best internet connectivity in Australia.
🙌 I'm Geoff. I live a minimalist lifestyle in a van that is slowly working its' way around Australia. When I'm not sending cake to GitHub I work as a software engineer at Gitpod, a product (and open-source project) that provides ephemeral software development environments in the cloud.

previously in the series

This post is the fourth in the series about remote work from a van. If this is your first time reading my blog and you have questions about living (including toilets or showering) and working from a van then check out these blog posts:

network architecture

Anyway, if you are going to work remotely anywhere in Australia from a van, you need damn good internet. Here's how I put together a vehicle with the best internet connectivity in Australia:

The van has faster than the internet and is six times more redundant than the typical Australian house.

equipment

There are three mobile phone carriers in Australia. Thus, naturally, the van has a connection with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

I use Huawei B818 modems because they run off 12volts and are LTE category 19 4G modems that support carrier aggregation. Each 4G modem is connected to its own XPOL-1-5G omnidirectional antenna. In Australia, the Huawei B818 modems can be found cheaply on eBay and whilst they have Optus branding they work on all mobile carriers.

The external antennas are important because the insulation of my van, unfortunately, interferes with mobile reception and inbuilt antennas, in general, are garbage in comparison to specialised antennas.

There are also two Alfa AOA-2458 high gain WiFi antennas mounted on the back of the van connected to an Alfa AWUS036ACH USB WiFi adapter that is used to provide inbound internet connectivity from friendly WiFi hotspots.

Finally, there's a Nokia FastMile 5G modem that provides unlimited high-speed data when I'm near areas that have 5G coverage (ie. when urban camping in cities). As this modem does not have the option for external antennas the…
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