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Old 07-28-2012, 06:27 AM   #1
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WiFiRanger... the solution to all world problems!

Wahoo... I just installed my new system from WiFiRanger.
This initial post will be a tease for a more comprehansive review....

Unlike the other thread posted here about the WiFiRanger "SKY", my system is different. It is comprised of the external antenna (marketed as the WiFiRanger "Mobile", and the internal device marketed as the "GO".

My system does not use the antenna powered by the Winegard antenna amplifier, it is not mounted up on the batwing, it is powered by "POE" power over ethernet, a single wire for power and data.

I installed all this on an amazingly hot day. Installation of this system did require running a weather (ozone and UV light stable) ethernet cable to the inside of the Airstream. This is a great option for me. I am never a fan of one system doing multiple and different tasks. I see the merit in having the CATV coax power both television and the WiFiRanger, but I see problems there... I just like having 2 separate systems.

Overall I am thrilled with the results. Performance is just amazing... The "Mobile", and "Go" are both packed with real world useful features.
The instructions are short and to the point. Everything was delivered paired and ready to go.

Some funny person at the company included a little bag of candy; In the instructions, you'll come to a point when everything is ready to plug in and power up, you are instructed to enjoy the candy, and sit back and wait for everything to boot, find signals..... I found this a nice touch.... there is nothing fun about waiting while playing with a new toy! It is written "Life is easier when you follow the instructions, have candy, and read the help bubbles" I agree!

My system has been installed and active since just last night. I have finished cleaning up my mess (I opted point of entry through the skin) so all the filings are vacuumed up, lighting re-installed, rivets replaced etc.

This is the first internet ANYTHING I have ever owned that just worked! I had no issues of any kind installing, configuring, or using!

In future additions to this post, I will include many photos, of the installation, and a review of the software etc.

I have to say, this is a darned cool set of components. Using the internet is now a pleasure... everything is clean and fast! (I wish the AIR Forums were this clean now).

If you are seeking a solution to make your mobile internet better, or even usable, this is the ticket!

We are a fulltime family, homeschooling our kids. We depend on internet connectivity, WiFiRanger has made one fewer things for us to have to deal with.

Stay tuned......
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:23 AM   #2
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Get those pictures up for us!

I have the SKY and didn't think anything could be better than that. Clean, wireless, easy to install, and simple to operate after you have read the instructions.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f313...ml#post1144517


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Old 07-28-2012, 09:48 AM   #3
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Question? What is the difference between these two set ups and say a mifi from Verizon that gets you Internet access?
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:07 AM   #4
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The SKY is a wireless signal amplifier. Provides private and public channel if wanted. Unlimited access as its wireless. Fully secured with password.
https://www.wifiranger.com/wifiranger-sky

Not familiar with other styles.

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Old 07-28-2012, 10:08 AM   #5
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Personally, I am not that familliar with any of their products. I need a few days to play with, and tweek. I can tell you this. My entire experience with the company, the product, and the people has been super.

I have a busy day planned, but here are a few quick photos of my set up. I want to make a few installation changes. A few places are not as clean and neat as I would like. This is resolved by a trip to the hardware store.
Eventually I would like to route the cat-5 inside the Winegard antenna supports. Other than that, I'm pleased as punch.

FWIW, I am staying at a park outside of Tampa. The park's WiFi here is pretty good all by itself. I have been able to see other WiFi sources a great distance from here, and I can connect quickly, and use the internet with GREAT reliability!

I have been streaming music from Pandora for most of the morning. I connected for a long time from a distant source with very low qignal quality and strength.... didn't experience any buffering drop outs or loss of connectivity. Like I mentioned above, thins thing is new to me, and I am not that familliar with the embedded software, but so far, my tweekking efforts are workng well.

As far as differences go, I believe the SKY cannot integrate your Aircard, the "Go" does have a USB port which will allow you to connect an air card. Additionally, the "GO" has a POE port which will power the outside mounted "Mobile" antenna.
The "Go" also has several ethernet ports as well.

The photos I have attached show the "Go" router mounted. I use a cabinet for all my communications gear... Internet stuff, Ham Radio, Walkie Talkies, charging stuff etc. Notice I drilled a hole in the skin, and routed the ethernet (cat-5) cable from the ceiling.
The other photos show the "Ranger Mobile" antenna on the antenna support.

More as time goes on.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:18 AM   #6
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The "Go" and the "Mobile" also add the option of providing a "public" option. I can see this being especially handy in a rally situation. For example, If you are traveling with a friend, and he does not have good internet, he can access a public portion of my network via a password, and have access to the internet through me.... it is secure and separate from my private network, so others cannot see or access my data.

Also this system has "failover" which is user selectable to switch from one source to another automatically..... you'll never know you lost a source and it has implimented another. For example it can switch from RV park wifi, to another wifi source, or RV park wifi to aircard....
It all appears to seamless!
At this moment I do not have an Aircard. I am deciding which one to get......
WiFiRanger has a published list of approved devices. Will advise after I get one and have it integrated into the system.
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So these only amplify an original WIFI source?

What if you are somewhere with no WIFI? How do you connect to the internet?
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So these only amplify an original WIFI source?

What if you are somewhere with no WIFI? How do you connect to the internet?
If you have an iPhone and are in 3G/4G range, you can turn it into a mobile hot spot and use other devices that need WiFi. There are other options that are mobile hot-spot specific... if you've got no WiFi or cell service, you can use Xplotnet, HughesNet, or the other satellite-based 2-way internet options... around $50 a month to start. They aren't mobile installation friendly though...
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I ordered one today. I have all the Mac toys and have found that even when I'm in a park with "adequate" WiFi I get a pretty crummy signal (all that aluminum definitely diminishes the signal!). Will report back after I do the install. Lots of good suggestions on the AirForums (as usual), and a pretty nifty website with most answers to my ?s.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:26 PM   #10
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What if you are somewhere with no WIFI? How do you connect to the internet?
Great thread. I have been posting about this topic in another thread with some thoughtful responses. The question above is exactly the issue I have been working on. There are TWO things to deal with - WiFi and cellular signal. I have repeatedly posted about my buying research on these and someone says, "just buy the WiFi Ranger" but after reading what it does, it sounds great for coach WiFi routing, WiFi signal gain, etc but it does not answer the cell signal boosting issue. Yes, it allows for hooking up an air card or device like a cell phone to get the cell signal but like the question asked, what if there is no WiFi and your cell signal exists but is weak?

The choice requires an external antenna like the WiFi ranger needs for WiFi but what if one antenna could do both? WiFi and/or cell signal? That is what I have been researching and, looking for advice. Satellite cell is VERY expensive and not a solution for me. I have found an antenna that supposedly will receive both cell and WiFi signals at the 3G store but it is directional- the goal to have one mounting and one antenna to be used for whichever needed at the time. The reps at eh 3G store have told me repeatedly about the SLEEK device, a cell signal booster that could be attached to the external antenna when no WiFi signal could be found. Some forum members have sung its praises too albeit in the earlier model. A new model Sleek 4G/3G is due out this month.
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Tim Shepard of TheVAP has a wifi Ranger and other equipment. You might listen to the last few episodes where he talks to the owner of Wifi Ranger and reports on it and his other pieces of equipment.

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I don't spend much time in rv parks. Mostly state parks with no wifi. I will have to look into a cell signal booster, for my mifi, and smart phone. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:43 AM   #13
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I just purchased the direct-connect amplifier and external antenna kit, below:

Maximum Signal :: Cyfre Direct Connect Amplifiers :: Peak Reception "Rockies" Extreme Dual Band Amplifier + Mobile Accessory Kit

I have tested it at home, and it functions properly. However, I haven't had a chance to use it while boondocking to see how much it improves cell phone and MiFi-data reception.

Some of the product reviews indicate that this amplifier is used by storm chasers in the mid-west; and it is supposed to outperform other similar devices, like the Wilson Sleek. Also, it was designed by the same Motorola group that builds cell tower transmission equipment; and it's supposed to transmit with the maximum power legally allowed by the FCC.

After testing this on the road, I plan to post a review of this and the other devices that comprise our mobile broadband setup.

Note: I am just an end-user; and I have no business affiliation with MaximumSignal, Cyfre or Motorola, other than (hopefully) being a satisfied customer.
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Need help. I'm looking forward to my WiFi Ranger Mobile's arrival. Would appreciate suggestion for running the cable. Looks like going down through the refrigerator vent would make sense. I've got access to power via the circuit in the fridge compartment, but I have no clue what I'll encounter threading a cable through the vent. Has anyone got some helpful suggestions for doing this? And if there's a post in here somewhere, just head me in that direction. Thanks!
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