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Old 08-12-2015, 10:21 PM   #169
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How difficult is it to run the cable from the roof to the inside of a 2016 Flying Cloud FB 25 Twin and hook it up? And I mean for a person brand new to rv'ing I.e. Me. I've got decent handyman skills but know zero about cutting holes in a roof or electrical matters. We have two iPads and two iPhones and we'd like to improve RV park wifi signal while sitting inside the all metal airstream.
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Old 08-13-2015, 12:23 AM   #170
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When I mistakenly bought the WiFi Ranger several years ago, it used the existing wiring for the TV antenna. You had to install a switch and some stuff behind the antenna plate and connect the wires. I took ours down a couple of years ago and made it disappear. It was a beta model and the software never worked well and the switching system was unworkable.

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Old 08-13-2015, 06:30 AM   #171
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I agree with Gene!
The gen 1 WFR firmware was horrid at best! I cannot understand how the company survived. It was the ultimate science experiment!

Using the same equipment (Go and external Mobile) the system now works flawlessly. I use it every day. It works as hoped, and keeps me connected 24/7.
This company stuck with it despite bad growing pains. It is very expensive, but with all updates, is a much depended on piece if gear for us!
Gone is the Winegard powered module thingies, it wires to the Airstream 12v bus, or via wal wart, or cigarette lighter.
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:52 AM   #172
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I still use one of the gen 1 WFRs. We got ours when they offered a huge discount to AIR Forums members.

It works fine with the newest firmware updates, but I still have to be sure that I turn the antenna booster on before hitting the WFR switch (the antenna booster, when off, connects the signal cable to ground, which blows the WFR fuse). I don't fully trust the unit, but I haven't really had any issues with it either in the last couple years. It did lose all my settings at one point during an upgrade, but that was at least a year ago.

I still sort of wish I'd just gotten an old WRT54G and installed dd-wrt on it. I did exactly that recently to provide internet service for a show I help to run, and it worked beautifully (only the people working the show could use it, so it wasn't heavily loaded). However, that solution would've been a lot harder too, for mounting an antenna outside somewhere, running the wires, and the software isn't geared toward what the WFR is trying to do, so the user interface wouldn't have been as nice, either.

This reminds me, I should check the status of the zip tie...it's been up there 3 or 4 years now...
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Old 08-13-2015, 07:09 AM   #173
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Ha that's funny, I just renewed all my zip ties just last night!
I need to replace my nylon nuts too, they're beginning to rust and foul the aluminum WFR bracket....
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Old 08-14-2015, 05:14 PM   #174
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I'm glad I got the big discount too so I didn't waste as much money. We pretty much solved our problem with Verizon's Jet Pack, but that costs even more.

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Old 08-15-2015, 12:42 AM   #175
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Hi,

I have posted a lengthy article on making Internet available in an Airstream here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...64734583648307

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