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Old 04-02-2014, 07:54 AM   #71
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The Pepwave Surf to Go router will work on any network including T-Mobile. You just need a USB modem compatible with your network to plug into the Pepwave. Likely you can buy the USB modem directly from your wireless service provider. If you want 4G service make sure the USB modem you buy supports 4G on the wireless provider you are using. If you aren't buying your USB modem directly from the wireless service, make sure you get a list of compatible USB modems from your provider before you go shopping.
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If you are purchasing routers or unlocked phones you must be aware that not all carriers use the same wireless communication standard.

At this point I think you want GSM and LTE minimum.

This information is available on line and a partial list of USA providers is available here.

List of United States wireless communications service providers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Also available for Canada here.

List of Canadian mobile phone companies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nothing is simple.

The OP requests information on signal amplifiers and any signal amplifier will work with any system. You just have to have the right SIM card and hardware capability to use the signal.

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Old 04-03-2014, 06:10 PM   #73
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This is a great thread but there are also several different subjects being discussed at once. The wifi ranger products include the Sky and the Mobile - both outdoor (rooftop) routers. The mobile does not have batteries, it is powered by a special low resistance cable that goes to a second router inside the camper. The sky has this option too known as the RVpack2 currently. The indoor router is referred to as the Go. The pep wave I believe is similar to a Go- an indoor router with antenna. The two routers work together to spread signal - one to gather (on top of the trailer outside void of obstructions) and the other to broadcast the wifi inside the trailer just like in a house. This ALL to gather WiFi signals from ANY source. The mobile or known as the bullet in the industry is a strong radio- 600mw and is an excellent choice for long range- thus it is marketed that way. The challenge is that the bullet should be mounted vertically with an antenna on top to get the best performance. This on an Airstream is achieved by using the batwing pole. On a motorhome perhaps the ladder. This system is designed only to pick up and transmit any wifi signal.

Cellular is another whole discussion as are the carriers of such service. The antennas are different and other types of equipment will be needed for that. I followed the advice of several on this forum and purchased the universal Wilson sleek with their most powerful cellular antenna. I have never been anywhere yet that I do not have a signal - but that is not saying much at this point as my travel has been limited to the southeastern US. Regardless, several persons raved about the sleek as doing as much or in some cases more than larger systems- this coming from people posting from the northwestern woodlands. Cell service is a fleeting thing as areas have a different champion service. The sleek works with my ATT iPhone (straight talk ATT service) or my Sprint Mifi unit for Internet.

Those that are really into WiFi refer to Radiolabs. They have all kinds of items and cater to marine use too. https://www.radiolabs.com
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:06 PM   #74
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Here are some pics of my setup with the new antennaClick image for larger version

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How did you route the Ethernet cable from the Bullet to the WiFiRanger GO?
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:04 PM   #76
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From the Winegard I ran the cable down, then across the roof attaching it to the edge of the skylight with lock ties at the holes on the edges then through the refrigerator vent screen with a rubber grommet and down the vent behind the fridge to the wall, drilled out spot for the wire and sealed it once in place. Attached wire to the GO router inside. Done.
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We mounted the WiFi Ranger antenna and the Verizon 4G modem antenna on the refrigerator exhaust roof. The wiring was brought into the roof locker next to the refrigerator along with a power outlet for the Ranger.
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Old 04-18-2014, 02:54 PM   #78
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Some additional

Here is a video explaining network types and routers. Wifi Ranger creates an N network in the trailer useable by any wifi device. It is also compatible to G network devices.

Wireless G vs N explained - YouTube

As far as 3G, 4G, and LTE go, the current LTE is TRUE 4G speed (about 12mbps) and this relates to cellular communication. Here is a video regarding what is coming in the use of cellular data:

8x8 MIMO (LTE Advanced) Achieves up to 1 gigabit per second data - YouTube


To reiterate, Wifi Ranger is for wifi not cellular.
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Old 04-19-2014, 09:08 AM   #79
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We installed both the WiFi Ranger antenna and the Verizon MiFi cellular data antenna on the refrigerator roof vent.
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Switz,

Earlier you said:

"There is also an USB port on the router for the Verizon WiFi 4620LE modem to get both power and generate a tethered signal into the router."

Have you run a speed test of the modem versus the tethered signal into the Ranger router? My understanding is that by tethering one doesn't have a speed reduction. If the Ranger picks up the modem hotspot (no tether) I believe that the speed is cut in half.

I plan to send my AT&T Unite Pro (very fast LTE) modem to the WiFiRanger people so they can confirm that it will tether with the Ranger Go2. So far the only documented modem that can be tethered is yours.

Is the 4620LE happy to be mounted next to the Ranger Go2 for months and receive power from the USB tether connection?

If so all one needs to do for a trip is to mount the modem next to the Ranger Go2 and connect via USB.

If there isn't a good WiFi signal then one can fall back on the cellular signal. This year I expect cell amps/repeaters to show up that do 3G and 4G LTE (Verizon and At&T), work in an RV and be sized for an RV. Then one can obtain cellular signals even in weak areas.

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Old 04-19-2014, 12:18 PM   #81
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This is a great thread. Thanks everyone. I have to agree with rodsterinfl, don't confuse wifi with cellular service. for example if you are in a park that supplies wifi, then you need a wifi antenna. If you are booney camping and have a mobile hot spot, you need a cellular antenna. Right?
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Have ordred the RV kit for WiFi from JAFE Tech and expect it within a few days. I plan to install the antenna as you have. Just wondered if possible to run the coax cable down the same channel that the TV cable runs and then into the upper right hand locker close to a 12v power connection to power the transmitter. In my Safari, I think that this would be the best routing if the WiFi antenna cable. Any issues raising the TV antenna with the additional WiFi connected to it?

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This thread gets more interesting all the time!

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WiFi Signal amplifier

Received the JAFE tech RV kit. Very nice setup. Have been working on making a mount for the antenna and were to locate it. Took a short section of thick wall square tube aluminum with a 1 inch ID and machined off 1 side and then machined the inside of the aluminum to ensure a snug fit since the ID is a little smaller. Took the supplied mount and trimmed the ends off, then centered it on the aluminum C channel and riveted them together. Also used a rattle can and painted it. Attached the WiFi antenna to the TV antenna support and located the final location. Will carefully drill a single hole through the mount and TV antenna support and bolt it in place using ni-lock nut so it won't vibrate loose. Install of cable will be done in the next couple of days. Click image for larger version

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