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Old 10-01-2017, 06:54 PM   #15
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27FB- WeBoost Drive 4G X roof install experiment

And how many of those home WiFi systems were wide open to anyone wandering by? I bet it was a bunch. As a casual reminder from your friendly computer security professional, remember to configure as much security as your WiFi (bad)** box is capable. You will sleep better, trust me.

**Heh, for once autocorrect got it right. An open WiFi point is really ‘bad’ news...
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Old 10-01-2017, 06:59 PM   #16
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If that TV antenna mount doesn't hold up, you could always go with an electric "Lift and Lay" antenna by Tarheel. It's electric. This is a picture of it right before I installed it:



I've since replace the omni antenna with a Yagi. I've found that works better to keep SNR higher.

A pic with installed:

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Old 10-02-2017, 12:38 AM   #17
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mixedpuppy, can you post a photo of your set-up?

Last year I did a post on my setup on our poorly maintained blog. https://tinyshinyhouseonwheels.com/t...-connectivity/


This post shows the directional antenna when the mast is down. https://tinyshinyhouseonwheels.com/wifi-boosting/






Pictures there are pre-tv antenna removal. I'm hoping to find time to do some updates on the blog in the next couple weeks.
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Old 10-02-2017, 03:53 AM   #18
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If that TV antenna mount doesn't hold up, you could always go with an electric "Lift and Lay" antenna by Tarheel. It's electric. This is a picture of it right before I installed it:



I've since replace the omni antenna with a Yagi. I've found that works better to keep SNR higher.

A pic with installed:

Stupid question probably but how do you raise and lower that without going on the roof?
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Old 10-02-2017, 07:35 AM   #19
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I have my omnidirectional attached to an aluminum extension pole that is really a window washing setup which I have found is perfect for cleaning trailers. I pop off the antenna when i need the set up for washing. I made a holder that the handle sits in attached right behind the propane tanks. The pole extends to 12 feet.

Now my question is, are all of your units grounded? There are grounding plates sold for the weboost antennas if you attach them directly to the roof. Others I have seen find something metal to attach them to on the roof. Mine is attached to my trailer frame but on an aluminum pole so that's not really gonna do the trick. There is a lot of differing info out there about this. TechnoRV has the grounding plate other installation videos don't mention it. Thoughts, experiences?
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I have my omnidirectional attached to an aluminum extension pole that is really a window washing setup which I have found is perfect for cleaning trailers. I pop off the antenna when i need the set up for washing. I made a holder that the handle sits in attached right behind the propane tanks. The pole extends to 12 feet.

Now my question is, are all of your units grounded? There are grounding plates sold for the weboost antennas if you attach them directly to the roof. Others I have seen find something metal to attach them to on the roof. Mine is attached to my trailer frame but on an aluminum pole so that's not really gonna do the trick. There is a lot of differing info out there about this. TechnoRV has the grounding plate other installation videos don't mention it. Thoughts, experiences?
I think it also has to do with the antenna you're usin. Some of the Omni directional ones are already grounded as is. But the one I use is the little magnet one that needs to be magnetized to a proper metal in order to be grounded. In that case, you would need a small sheet of steel or other magnetic metal to ground it. For your extension pole, ya could probly find a way to make a lil steel cap.
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Old 10-02-2017, 10:56 AM   #21
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Caption on second photo indicates you drilled a hole in the roof to feed the cable inside. Just above an interior LED ceiling light.

What did you do to seal the roof area where it went through?

How did you feed the wire inside the trailer? Between the inner and outer skins?


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I have attached photos, hope that answers your questions.
The only picture I don't have of the install is how I routed the interior coax cable. I drilled a small hole straight down out of the cabinet, (way outboard against the interior wall), and used tie mounts and tie wraps to follow around the window frame to the dinning room table. The curtains cover everything so it isn't as bad as it sounds.
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Where did ya find the adapter to use a regular RF cable with the weboost? I need one so I can use my satellite input with the antenna. Thank you.
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Old 10-02-2017, 02:18 PM   #23
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Where did ya find the adapter to use a regular RF cable with the weboost? I need one so I can use my satellite input with the antenna. Thank you.
TravlinMan,
All the parts required for the installation were included in the kit (Drive 4G-X RV).

The external coax cable (what I would call the regular type), did not require an adapter at either end, the antenna or the booster.

The internal coax was significantly smaller than the external one and it did have an adapter in the kit to attach it to the inside antenna which was an even smaller coaxial cable.

Sorry I couldn't answer your question.
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TravlinMan,
All the parts required for the installation were included in the kit (Drive 4G-X RV).

The external coax cable (what I would call the regular type), did not require an adapter at either end, the antenna or the booster.

The internal coax was significantly smaller than the external one and it did have an adapter in the kit to attach it to the inside antenna which was an even smaller coaxial cable.

Sorry I couldn't answer your question.
No problem, J-Dog, I appreciate the info. My unit is a drive 4gx (not RV) cause I bought it for the truck and the connection is a smaller rf connector called RG58U as opposed to the normal ones that I think are RG6......
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Completed our non standard WeBoost exterior antenna install yesterday. Not sure how well it will hold up when on the road; the TV antenna is not very robust so I will be keeping on eye out for any failures.

Why I did what I did was to be able to mount the antenna high enough so there would be no signal obstructions from our trailer. I had contemplated fabricating something completely different, then I thought that utilizing the existing TV antenna might work. Time will tell if the wind and towing will destroy the antenna assembly. I'll update this thread if things go bad so that nobody else will get the idea to perform this installation.

So far I like it, the cell phone booster is working fine.


Hi J Dog - I'm thinking of copying your setup for the Weboost antenna mount on the winguard mast. It's been a couple years since this post, any update on how your mount is holding up?

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Where did ya find the adapter to use a regular RF cable with the weboost? I need one so I can use my satellite input with the antenna. Thank you.

I think this is what you are looking for:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071VF47XT/
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Hi J Dog - I'm thinking of copying your setup for the Weboost antenna mount on the winguard mast. It's been a couple years since this post, any update on how your mount is holding up?

thanks
I have had to replace the zip ties and zip mounts as the sun had degraded them. The long term fix might be using clamps and rivets or screws. I am planning on just replacing the zip ties as required.
The system overall works well.
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Thanks for the response. Glad to hear it's doing well
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