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Old 06-17-2014, 04:39 PM   #29
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OK, I think I am gonna take my chances on the Sleek 4G. Seems like a good bet, plus I can move it between the car and trailer as we travel... Thanks for all the info. Later on, I will invest in the Wifi Ranger.
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:52 PM   #30
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So I was just reading on the Wifi Ranger website. They say that you can use the Go Router on it's own without an antenna and that it will boost your signal strength by itself. Then in the future if you desire, you can add an antenna. Also, it says that both antennas work identically. The only differences are the price, the warranty (Lifetime for Ti) and the mounting method. Does anyone have any experience with using just the Go as a standalone product? I am thinking to try it as a start up. If it works great! If not, I can still purchase the antenna...
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:03 PM   #31
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All you read it true and accurate. It is a good stand alone device..... However, the Airstream is a bit of a Faraday cage and little tiny signals often have difficulty finding their way inside our foil wrapped burritos. The Mobile becomes a high mounted antenna, then Ethernet brings the side. You can get the go and it will work great, then add the Mobile and see how much more you find.
It really is a great toy and tool.
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:00 PM   #32
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Hey @AtomicNo13, thanks so much for your expertise and thoughts on the Airstream WiFi woes of so many of us. Curious what provider you went through for your MiFi Jetpack? Is this a product that can easily be purchased directly from Verizon, with a new account created?

Or do you need to purchase from Novatel Wireless? Just wondering if you've found a better company to work with.
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Hey @AtomicNo13, thanks so much for your expertise and thoughts on the Airstream WiFi woes of so many of us. Curious what provider you went through for your MiFi Jetpack? Is this a product that can easily be purchased directly from Verizon, with a new account created?

Or do you need to purchase from Novatel Wireless? Just wondering if you've found a better company to work with.
As stated earlier in the thread: Millenicom ~ They are a reseller of Verizon service. Their 20gb a month plan is white labeled Verizon LTE, same mifi device and all, half the cost, no contract.

Or you can be silly, and just buy from Verizon at additional cost and contract.
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Old 06-25-2014, 05:37 PM   #34
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Well, I dropped the cash and went all the way in... I added a Wifi Ranger Sky and saved $100 over the Mobile Ti. The site says it has the same reception but does not have the lifetime warranty. I will take my chances. I also added a Wilson Sleek 4G cell booster which I will use with my Sprint HTC One phone. I plan to use FoxFi to add a backup Wifi Hotspot and not have to pay data overage fees.

Now I just need to keep my fingers crossed and hope that I am near an open Wifi or solid Sprint data service. I will report back on all of this after my trip in July. Thanks for all the advice and help.
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Old 06-26-2014, 01:17 AM   #35
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On a recent 78 day roadtrip through AZ, CA, OR, WA, ID, UT and CO, we covered 5,100 miles, stayed in 29 different (mostly National & State Park) campgrounds, and had mobile broadband service at 24 of these sites (83%). Nearly all locations did not have free campground WiFi; and some locations were so remote that we did not have (Verizon) cell phone service, either.

We used a Millenicom "Hot Spot" (Novatel 4510L MiFi) cellular modem/router (on the Verizon network), with a Cyfre "Extreme Rockies" mobile broadband amplifier and magnetic-mount cellular antenna on a 20-foot pole.

We also have a PepWave Surf-on-the-Go (WiFi as WAN) router that serves the same purpose as the WiFiRanger. However, we did not use it at all during this trip; and it remained in the storage box.

Equipment cost:

• Novatel MiFi model 4510L = $165 (device purchase & setup thru Millenicom.com); monthly service (20GB) = $90

• Cyfre amplifier and antenna (MaximumSignal.net) = $220

• Portable flagpole mount (Amazon.com) = $35

• Antenna pole & miscellaneous mounting hardware (WalMart) = $35

Note: I have no association with any of the vendors for this equipment, other than being a satisfied customer.
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:55 PM   #36
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So I received my Wifi Ranger Sky & Go last night. I unpacked it and started playing around. I just plugged it in inside the house to make sure everything is functioning. Of course the first thing I did was change the name of the Network and Password. And then it logs you off automatically. Of course, as luck would have it, I mistyped my usual password. I then spent the next hour trying to reset the system to factory settings because I could no longer log in to the network. I tried everything I found online and then finally realized that I could just hook my computer to the router via ethernet cable and log into the control panel. All seems to be good now...

Now my question. I have my normal internet network in the house and I told the Go2 to remember it and favor it. When I choose the Go2 as my Wifi Network on my computer , and it begins using my home network for internet, it seems very slow even though they are in the same room to each other... Any ideas to troubleshoot this?
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From the Internet literature, it looks like the WiFiRanger Go2 router has 100 mbps LAN ports, and most modern routers for home use have 1 gigabit ports. That would make the Go2 LAN ports 1/10 as fast as your home router (by design).

What make and model router do you have on your home network? What are the specs on the LAN ports?
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I have a D-Link N Router but I am not sure about the specifics.

Why, at the price we paid, wouldn't Wifi Ranger use a more robust router with the more current 1 gigabit ports?
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Pause and backup.

No ones internet flows at 1 gigabit. Your local area network, transferring two files over a cat6e wire plugged into one of those ports is capable of a theoretical speed of 1 gigabit if you have a 1 gigabit supporting network card in your laptop.

Ok, secondly, are you plugged into the Go with a ethernet cable when you got these results? And was the wifi turned off on your computer? And last question in this series, is the Go connecting to your home internet via wire or wireless?

Lastly as a matter of opinion, the Go is an overpriced router. That's all it is, a router. It has a few advantages over other routers that might make it not so over priced. It's up for debate in my opinion. I'd probably still buy it. (maybe) It connects easily with the other Wifi-Ranger products, and the one thing it has over other routers is that you can USB your hotspot into it.

But how many devices do you need in your network is up to you.
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Crabbey good question to ask the folks at Ranger since the WFR has been out for at least 3 or more years.
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:25 PM   #41
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mikekey - The Go2 was hooked up to a Sky and it was connected via the Sky to my home Wifi connection. My computer was connected to the Go2 wirelessly, no ethernet.
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I added a Wifi Ranger Sky and saved $100 over the Mobile Ti. The site says it has the same reception but does not have the lifetime warranty.
Glad to hear your progression. There is a difference between the Mobile and the Sky. The mobile has a 600mw radio and the Sky is a 400mw.
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