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Old 04-23-2012, 08:18 PM   #99
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Got mine today! I'm hoping to install it at the rally this weekend. Unfortunately I only have a 6' ladder so I'm not sure how that is going to play out. They included the power thing for me, too.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:37 PM   #100
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I learned this from azflycaster (Richard)—raise antenna, turn antenna 90˚ over edge of trailer, lower antenna—then it will be much easier to reach.

Doesn't the Retrofit kit also isolate the power to the roof from the cable connection?

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Old 04-24-2012, 09:18 AM   #101
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I learned this from azflycaster (Richard)—raise antenna, turn antenna 90˚ over edge of trailer, lower antenna—then it will be much easier to reach.
Good idea, thanks! I'm hoping to have the help of a fellow Airstreamer or two to hold the ladder, too.

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Doesn't the Retrofit kit also isolate the power to the roof from the cable connection?
I'm not sure how it works... I didn't have a chance to investigate the retrofit closely. I didn't think we'd need it because we don't even have a TV in the camper, but after I ordered I realized it may be needed because the Sky might not have enough power to operate without it, so I'm glad they included it!
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:15 PM   #102
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Got my WiFiRanger and Sky kit late today complete except for the Industrial Zip-Tie strap.

Very nicly packaged too! with extra detail.

Will get at the install tomorrow if it does not rain.

Now the question is, is this legal to use. I see that they lay charges in Michigan for using someone elses signal.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:14 AM   #103
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Receiving a signal and using it are two different things. Anybody within range of a transmitter would be a criminal if just receiving it was a crime.

The signal isn't free even if open if the deal is that you buy something in the store or cafe in exchange for using it. However, if the store or cafe doesn't clearly state you have to be a customer, I don't know how the law could be enforced. Of course, you'd have to check each state's law.

I think someone who does this every day is more likely to attract attention.

I've been in campgrounds where an open signal from a business next door was stronger than the campground's. It was after the business was closed. Guess which I used.

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Old 04-27-2012, 09:44 AM   #104
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Got my Sky installed. Seems to work well. I got it connected to my home wifi from out in the yard in just a few minutes.

I was unable to see my indoor airport from inside the trailer, but the Sky saw it and connected in a few minutes. It did take a couple re-tries that seemed to be an issue with the WPA-2 password. But, it did connect and stabilize in a minute or two.

I did see a bit of a slow down as compared to a direct connection between my iPad and airport router, but that was expected. The result is still quite usable.

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Old 04-27-2012, 12:31 PM   #105
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It's official! I am up and running using my new WiFi Sky! I am writing this post from a campground about 40 miles from my home...

Works perfectly, no retrofit required. I have to give HUGE kudos to WiFiRanger for such a simple install. Took me about 10 minutes, and the first 5 were getting the ladder set up.

The tip to rotate the antenna 90 degrees and lower it was a big help.

I am connecting to the WiFi hotspot on my phone right now (through the WiFi Sky) since the park has no internet. I realize I could do this directly, but Verizon is so limiting on data transmission (with my unlimited plan, no less!) that I can only get so much benefit from using the phone.

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I have my SKY up and running also. Had some problem with one laptop not retaining the connecting????? The other laptop seems OK as the day ended.
Not really able to grade it on better reception at this point. I will try to get a better test on it over the next few weeks.

What might be a problem on the Clipper is the WineGard antenna is located beside the front ac unit with the solar panel on top. I suspect I will have to raise the antenna to get a clear shot at any signal in that direction. That means having to remember to put the dang antenna down before motoring off.

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Old 04-28-2012, 07:04 AM   #107
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Got ours on yesterday. Works great. I did need the retrofit kit; the Sky wouldn't let us log in until I did the retrofit. I'll post more later.
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:21 PM   #108
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WiFi Sky

Looks like we got this product just in time. It now appears to be sold by
WiFiRanger Sky from MITO Corporation Excellence in Electronics for Auto, Car, Truck, SUV, RV and Boats exclusively according to their web site.

I am having some problems with my SKY in that I have only been able to use it with the WineGard antenna disconnected at the roof. Still working on it to try to determine what is happening?

The SKY works great on stand alone.

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Okay, Wi-Fi seems to work fine using the Sky, however... I am now having problems with the televisions not seeming to receive adequate signal. I assume this is because I need to connect the booster or retrofit kit. However, when I tried to connect the retrofit kit, I opened up the wall panel and found a little more complicated receptacle than I had anticipated.

I'm assuming this is because I have two televisions? Will the retrofit kit still work? It doesn't seem to fit the wall plate correctly.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:25 PM   #110
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Masseyfarm, you probably need the retrofit kit, too. In my case, the Sky wouldn't boot or wouldn't let me connect until I installed that kit.

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Okay, Wi-Fi seems to work fine using the Sky, however... I am now having problems with the televisions not seeming to receive adequate signal. I assume this is because I need to connect the booster or retrofit kit. However, when I tried to connect the retrofit kit, I opened up the wall panel and found a little more complicated receptacle than I had anticipated.

I'm assuming this is because I have two televisions? Will the retrofit kit still work? It doesn't seem to fit the wall plate correctly.
This is exactly the setup I have. I haven't tried the TV, but to hook up the retrofit kit: The power wire is the wire going between the two cables (in mine it was purple I think). The antenna cable is marked on yours - I had to guess which it was on mine.
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How complicated can it be?????????? I have been working on it for 3 days and still don't have it running like it should.

WineGard have "amplified and non amplified" antenna, so first one has to determing what you have. Thats where I am now.
Wall Plates and Wall Plate Power Supplies - Winegard


The SKY works with the retrofit as long as my Winegard antenna is not hooked up also. Blows fuse when antenna is attached.
Still working on it!!!!!!

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Okay, Wi-Fi seems to work fine using the Sky, however... I am now having problems with the televisions not seeming to receive adequate signal. I assume this is because I need to connect the booster or retrofit kit. However, when I tried to connect the retrofit kit, I opened up the wall panel and found a little more complicated receptacle than I had anticipated.

I'm assuming this is because I have two televisions? Will the retrofit kit still work? It doesn't seem to fit the wall plate correctly.
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Masseyfarm, you probably need the retrofit kit, too. In my case, the Sky wouldn't boot or wouldn't let me connect until I installed that kit.

This is exactly the setup I have. I haven't tried the TV, but to hook up the retrofit kit: The power wire is the wire going between the two cables (in mine it was purple I think). The antenna cable is marked on yours - I had to guess which it was on mine.
Skater, thanks.... Did you remove the circuit board and just leave it hanging? Or did you need to modify the wall plate? The red button will not fit throught the hole where the old power button is; the plate that holds the circuit board blocks it. I'm probably making this too complicated.
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