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Old 03-26-2010, 11:09 AM   #15
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We have a Cradlepoint CTR 350 router and use Sprint Novatel(Nextel) with our Mac laps...we provide wifi to folks up to 150 feet away...our reception has always been good, and most of our neighbors have been able to access(we have the router at window height)...since we have unlimited time, the max-out is not a concern...we also got a Wilson direct connection cellular/PCS amplifier with antenna, which has yet to be installed(something about poking a hole in the skins just makes me cringe)...
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:21 AM   #16
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We have several "WiFi" devices that when in the cafes work just great but when inside our Airstream are varibly dependant on the distance we are to the closet antenna. With our laptops we have the same issue but not as bad but have found it much better using our Blackberry as a Verizon Host for the internet. Very reliable, providing coverage almost everywhere we go with a strong healthy signal. So as others mentioned, the skin of the AS is a pretty good shield for normal WiFi transmissions in most campgrounds.

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Old 03-26-2010, 12:53 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by ScrapIrony-2 View Post
...we also got a Wilson direct connection cellular/PCS amplifier with antenna, which has yet to be installed(something about poking a hole in the skins just makes me cringe)...
I know the feeling, and haven't been able to bring myself to violate the skin either.

I also have a Wilson direct connect amp for my Verizon USB720 air card and, after getting tired of running the cable through the door and often getting tangled in it, I drilled a small hole in the frame around the front window screen. The hole was just big enough to fit the antenna connector through it and, with the black rubber grommet I used to seal the hole around the cable, it's barely noticeable.

When not in use, I coil the slack cable around the base of the antenna and leave it lying on its side in the space between the window and the screen. I use the mini magnetic base antenna so it easily fits without being obvious, unless you're looking for it.

When in use, I just uncoil the cable and stick the magnetic base of the antenna to a metal clamp that I attach to the frame of the front window 's protective shield. When opened, the shield is horizontal. Sometimes I stick a metal disk (the lid from a cookie tin - it's silver colored)) between the magnetic base and the metal clamp as a ground plane. Most of the time it's not necessary because just getting the antenna outside of the skin is a great improvement. The antenna cable is so thin that it easily seals in the window gasket when it's closed.

All this, just to avoid drilling a hole in the skin. Actually, it works (for me) very well.
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Old 04-04-2010, 04:21 PM   #18
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I just installed a Netgear mbr624gu along with an AT&T Mercury 3G modem. I now have excellent speedy wireless coverage throughout the Airstream. I was considering a MiFI but that requires a contract. In addition, I very well may need more than the 5 computers that the Mifi limits you to. With this solution, I can also use multiple providers. It was around 149 bucks, and well worth it. Uses 12v 1A for power. The cradlepoint is worth looking at, but I went with the Netgear because it was a little more mainstream.
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:25 PM   #19
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This has been a useful thread. I looked at all the options on the Jefatech site that Ahzmyrah (post 11) suggested. You can just get the antenna plus cable and plug it into your computer for $100 and save $50 if you don't care about wireless. It looks like the results would be the same in gaining signal.

The real problem is drilling a hole in the trailer and mounting the antenna on the antenna. Some people solve this by running the wire through a window (screen is a problem then) and temporarily putting the antenna outside, but this seems like a pain. Easier to do a permanent mount in the long run.

How have people done a permanent mount and brought the antenna wire inside? With our rear dinette, I'd want the wire to come there and the obvious place for an antenna is close to the radio antenna. The radio antenna is a kind of whip, but this antenna looks solid and would raise the height to watch out for at least a foot. Another solution would be attach it to the TV antenna and run the wire along the roof down to somewhere (through upper cabinet?, down to window and drill just above it?).


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