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Old 09-15-2016, 12:43 AM   #113
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Hi, Lew! Maybe a silly question, but how many of those feet to you use for each SureCall antenna? I don't want the antennae bowing down in the wind, so wondered whether maybe you used 1 or 2 feet for each one.

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2 feet opposing for a larger adhesive base.
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Awesome, thanks!
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Old 09-16-2016, 06:05 PM   #115
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2 feet opposing for a larger adhesive base.
Rocinante,

I took Lewster's advice and purchase the two feet from AM Solar. They align perfectly when laid back-to-back with drilled holes also aligned to connect the SureCall antenna to. FYI, the feet come with the 3M VHB tape provided. I have not installed yet as will do so as a part of my mid-October solar system install.

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Excellent, thanks Dennis.

I have the same feet on order (four feet, two per antenna). As I understand it, we must be sure to clean the roof with mineral spirits before we attach those feet with the included VHB, and then cover them with Sikaflex 221.

FYI, I have two antennae because one is for pulling in 4G signals and the other one will broadcast a WiFi signal for my LAN which I'll then be able to use while outside the trailer.
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Excellent, thanks Dennis.

I have the same feet on order (four feet, two per antenna). As I understand it, we must be sure to clean the roof with mineral spirits before we attach those feet with the included VHB, and then cover them with Sikaflex 221.

FYI, I have two antennae because one is for pulling in 4G signals and the other one will broadcast a WiFi signal for my LAN which I'll then be able to use while outside the trailer.
Rocinante,

Thanks for your response.

I also will have two antennae: 1) for cellular boosting - the roof-mounted SureCall antenna attached to a weBoost 4G-X; and 2) for wifi boosting - a roof-mounted WifiRanger with its matched Go2 router / internal antenna.

I plan to have both antennae attached to the AS's rear roof to get sufficient separation between the external and internal antennae. I understand from other Air Forum posts that the two antennae can be adjacent to one another without risk of interfering with one another.

Does this rear roof placement and no interference make sense to you? Similar to how you installed? Any advice much appreciated.
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Old 09-17-2016, 03:24 PM   #118
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Your plan makes sense to me. I'm not installed yet, but my "forest" of antennae will include the pair of SureCall antennae as mentioned above, and a Wilson Yagi directional antenna. I'll only use the directional antenna when the omni can't pull in a signal. The directional will be attached to my TV antenna mast so I can raise and rotate it as needed.

<edit> One thought, though - you may want to plan your antenna placement so it won't interfere with potential future locations for solar panels, in case you decide to add them (or more of them) at some later date. </edit>

I know lots of folks swear by their WiFi Ranger, but we're not going that way, as we have no interest in attempting to connect to Campground WiFI (that's an oxymoron ). I've yet to see a campground wifi network worth the effort of connecting to it. I hope someday that will change, but so far, no.
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Rocinante, good advice regarding having a roof real estate plan when placing your roof antenna. I think I have considered that. Marv Braun of Precision RV will be installing both the two antennae and nine solar panels. Unspoken for roof real estate is a precious commodity. That said, Marv has installed a like system on a 30' Classic recently. I will let you know how it goes. Dennis
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Sounds great, best wishes on that professional installation! I'm sure it will go fine. Looking forward to pictures of everything, of course.
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I ended up getting a splitter and jacking this into a 4G WiFi device, and that works great for me.
Hey, this sounds like a really nifty idea. Any specifics you can provide on the splitter itself and how you did that would be much appreciated. I'd love to feed a cable into my Cradlepoint IBR1100LP6 in addition to having the candybar available for phones. On the input side, the Cradlepoint behaves just like any other 4G WiFi device, so that should work.

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Updating my own post above: 3G store says that if I were to feed an antenna wire directly from the WeBoost Drive 4G-X into the Cradlepoint, it would likely fry the Cradlepoint.

Maybe the CP is more sensitive to such things than other 4G WiFi devices. In any case, we won't be doing that for our config. Will go with a Wilson 4G panel antenna vs. the candybar, hope that will give us a good result, as I keep reading that the candybar doesn't produce much signal.
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3M VHB tape #4950 with a cover of SikaFlex 221 polyurethane sealant. Works like a charm every time...........
Hi there, is that the tape that comes already on the feet from AM Solar, or should I change that tape out for the #4950?

(The 3M guys were kinda hot on VHB 5952 for this application, but if the feet come with 4950 already on them I'll use them as-is and see how it goes, since it's working well for you!)
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You'll be happy with the panel antenna. I use them for all of my 4G-X installs. If you want to place it in the ceiling, get Wilson's ceiling mount kit as well.


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Thanks! Just heard back from tech support at AM Solar, the feet came with #4950 on them.

In any case, I just ordered a roll of #4950 and an extra tube of Sikaflex 221 as insurance in case I somehow stick them down wrong the first time.
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Hey, this sounds like a really nifty idea. Any specifics you can provide on the splitter itself and how you did that would be much appreciated. I'd love to feed a cable into my Cradlepoint IBR1100LP6 in addition to having the candybar available for phones. On the input side, the Cradlepoint behaves just like any other 4G WiFi device, so that should work.

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I got it from Amazon and this is the item description:

Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot AC791L NETGEAR AirCard 791S 791L dual plug antenna adapter cable w/ FME Male connector

I am using it with my AT&T 4g hotspot, it is not specific to the Verizon one, which I used it with as well by the way. This screws directly into the output of the Weboost device, which is ideal. I have everything mounted on a sub panel in the pantry and there is plenty of length. Happy to post a picture of that if it is of interest.

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