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Old 12-19-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Weatherproof CAT5 connector box

I was wondering if anyone makes an external outlet for an Ethernet connection. I am going to run CAT5 cable to the trailer so I can hook my laptop to it and have full high speed network access to the house and my server. I will be able to watch anything on my media center computers including movies and also stream stuff off my DISH Hopper. For now I will just run the wire through the fridge access door to the entertainment center but it would be nice to have a legit connection outside with a weather proof cover. I guess I can put a female connector on the end of the pigtail that is inside the fridge door. It would stay out of the weather that way but would not be mud dauber proof.

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Old 12-19-2013, 09:19 PM   #2
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Something like this? http://www.vpi.us/waterproof-rj45.html
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:22 PM   #3
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You will need to shield that Cat 5 8 conductor cable. That has 8 lengths of wire that will serve as antennas to bring in RF energy from a nearby lightening strike. I had that experience with RS-232 data lines between two buildings and the repairs were expensive.....

Furrion has cable connectors for the trailers and that might be the best answer as co-ax is shielded. You would then need a cable modem and a router with WiFi generation capabilities in the trailer.

Check this as a start:

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Old 12-20-2013, 01:12 AM   #4
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Why not use WiFi and skip the Cat5? You can use a "WiFi-as-WAN" wireless router in your Airstream to connect to your home WiFi router, then connect your laptop and media center to the "WiFi-as-WAN" router in your Airstream using CAT5 or WiFi.

CradlePoint, Wilson, PepWave and several other manufacturers make routers that can use WiFi instead of a CAT5 cable for the WAN (Internet) connection. You'll just be connecting (via WiFi) to the cable or DSL router in your home, instead of the free WiFi signal in a campground, or at McDonalds, Starbucks, etc.

The link below is to a YouTube video on a comparison test for three of these routers. Please note that this video is a couple of years old, so I am sure there are newer models available. However, it will give you an idea of how this setup works:

WiFi Shootout: CTR35 vs. WiFi Ranger vs. Pepwave Surf Mini - 3Gstore.com - YouTube

Note: I own a PepWave Surf-On-The-Go (SOTG) "WiFi-as-WAN" router, and have no affiliation with 3Gstore other than being a satisfied customer.
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:17 AM   #5
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Why not use WiFi and skip the Cat5?
That depends on what you want to do. Hardwired connections usually can carry a larger bandwidth than wireless, and if you're streaming high-def videos or something, you'll want all the bandwidth you can get.

But if all you're doing is checking e-mails and updating Facebook pages or something equally low-bandwidth, WiFi will be more than fast enough.
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:54 AM   #6
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We use shielded ethernet weather proof connectors all over our aircraft. I can check for you. I'm not sure if they are Mil Spec or not, if they are it will jump the price.
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:00 PM   #7
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Thanks Gary I think one of those will work.

I already have WiFi at home but the Airstream is a Faraday cage and will block a lot of the signal unless I am close to a window facing the router. I also want bandwidth so I can stream stuff off the server. It is less work at this point to mess with routers than to just hard wire it. I can and might put a router inside the trailer for wireless devices but it will be fed from the Ethernet cable coming in. For the short run, I will probably rig something but it is nice to have a plan. I am going to pull the skin behind the entertainment center at some point and fix some skin issues and pull the stinky pink stuff out. I would also like to replace the bulkhead between the entertainment center and the fridge with real wood. In the mean time, I need to figure out if I am going to put a dinette in or leave the gaucho. I am not thrilled with the functionality of the gaucho layout.

For the short run, I need a place with internet to hide from the mother in law. Last night I went under the house and ran the cable I need. I will just need to put connectors on each end and I am done. My knee still hurts from banging it on the frame surrounding the orifice that leads under that house. You should have seen me trying to wiggle through that opening. I felt like Santa trying to get down a chimney.

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Old 06-06-2014, 09:36 PM   #8
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Weatherproof CAT5 connector box

Try JAFE technology. Great WiFi kit for RV's
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:24 PM   #9
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Tsunami can't seem to find a google match on JAFE technology. Can you elaborate?
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:42 PM   #10
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Try http://www.jefatech.com/
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Wouldn't it be easier to get rid of your mother in law?

Just saying......
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