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Old 01-10-2019, 06:16 PM   #1
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Web Boost Antenna for a very green internet user

My wife and I are staying in a campground while looking for a new home. The campground has internet service but the other campers say its pretty iffy which is typical of most places we've stayed. Another camper suggested an antenna which he said will help pick up the signal. My question is what to buy and how does it work? Will one antenna work for both my wife's laptop and my Macbook? Will I need a router also? Sorry if this sounds pretty remedial but I know just enough on the internet to cost me money. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Are you wanting to amplify an existing wireless broadcast provided by the campground? Or you do you want to amplify a cellular signal from one of the major telecoms?
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Also consider the WifiRanger products.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:57 PM   #4
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I'd like to be able to pick up the campground signal. Being we are going to be here for probably three months minimum would I be better off going with something I could use in the future? I'm not trying to be cheap and more than willing to pay for a reliable service.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:03 PM   #5
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I bought a Weboost for my IPhone last year, and have used it several times so far this trip.

It has taken 1-2 bars of 3G and turned it into 1-2 bars of very fast LTE.

Good, reliable signal boost, and relatively inexpensive.

You might watch some YouTube videos on these, which give a lot of information.


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Old 01-10-2019, 07:26 PM   #6
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"I'd like to be able to pick up the campground signal."

Thanks for clarifying. As Luckycloud pointed out, there are two kinds of signals an RVer might want to boost: cellular and Wi-Fi. The campground signal you're talking about is Wi-Fi, so you need a Wi-Fi booster such as a WiFiRanger.

The WeBoost cellular boosters (yes, I have one and they are good) won't help with campground Wi-Fi; they are for folks who get their internet connection via the cell phone network, using smartphones, tablets, or routers such as Verizon's Jetpack series.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:39 PM   #7
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If we went the Wi-Fi booster method what exactly do I need to buy to use an iPad and my Macbook? Would this be just an antenna setup?
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FYI there have been many discussions of Weboost, in a variety of threads, which may be of value:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Webo...com&gws_rd=ssl

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Old 01-10-2019, 08:22 PM   #9
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The problem I think I'm going to have is my phone with ATT service is pretty weak where we're staying. Thats why we figured the antenna would be the way to go. Am I on the right track here? Sorry to sound kind of naive about this but we get old soon enough.
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Maybe call ATT customer service, and see what they have to tell you about the best way to boost your signal?

I have gotten great help this way on a number of issues from Verizon over the years, particularly from their tech support people

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I use the WeBoost RV system and purchased it from the great people at technorv.com Contact them and they will help you get set up. It's easy and I am so happy with the results
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If you have the option of switching cellular provider, consider doing so for one that has better coverage/reception. I use my hotspot for Internet, streaming movies, and gaming. I did purchase a WiFi Ranger in an attempt to better the campground wifi reception, but then realized it was unsecured and it didn't seem to make enough of a difference (while inside the AS) to use. If you store any kind of personal information on your devices I strongly recommend against using the campground wifi. These times call for twenty character passwords and two-factor authentication to protect your identity and life if you want to be on-grid.
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If the park uses Tengo Internet, Or any service that requires a validation to log in, this probably won’t work, but if the WiFi just needs a password, I have used a regular access point you can get st Best Buy or Office Depot. Put it outside if possible, log into it, set up with the park’s SSID and password,. You can make an independent network with its own security setting or just keep the park’s security. Having it outside the AS makes the signal stronger right away and may give you what you need inside. Cost should be <100.
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There is a load of unbiased information on all facets of your situation at the Mobile Internet Resource Center. They have guidebooks and reviews of all of this equipment.

My guess is youíll end up with a mobile hotspot and possibly a cell booster. Verizon has a great unlimited prepaid plan for their hotspot right now which youíll learn about at that site.
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