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Old 02-15-2021, 11:55 AM   #1
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Cellular Wifi set up on New 2021's with no fridge vent

So I have read many of the threads in the past talking about the internet options. Almost everyone describes running the antenna wire down the fridge vent. Well, we have a new 2021 Caravel 20FB that no longer has fridge vents because the fridges are all AC/DC.

Couple of questions:
  • Has anyone used Steve at MobileSat to help you with your set up and if so any feedback is truly appreciated?
    He is recommending, in lieu of the Weboost RV Connect 65, the Peplink Max Transit Mini for the modem/router and a MobileMark External antenna. (LTMG408-3C3C3J2C). Also he recommends their cellular plan of 500 GB a month with TMobile for $159.
  • How would you wire the antenna and set up based on the fact that we don't have a fridge vent?
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Old 02-15-2021, 12:21 PM   #2
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It is a bit of a trade off between a WeBoost and a router with antenna. Most of the time the router/antennae will give you a much better signal - other than the times when you are in a place where you can barely or barely not pick up a cell signal and the WeBoost can bring it in. Since you have a 2021, you should have the prewire set-up for Airstream Connect. Below, I will give the link to a thread with pictures to help you find it. This wiring can be used to connect your rooftop antenna to a Peplink router, although it is only a five wire harness (since that is what Airstream Connect uses). That will impact your choice of antenna and router. See the other thread for more details.
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f45...ml#post2449577
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Old 02-15-2021, 12:35 PM   #3
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We have the peplink transit duo and the weboost 65 that we use an omni directional antenna with when needed.

Both serve a different purpose and you may find you need both in some situations.

Are you sure your '21 doesn't come prewired for a cellular modem?

Otherwise I can help you with any questions you have about drilling. Hole in the skin. I did for our 2020 globetrotter as it was produces before prewiring was done.
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Old 02-15-2021, 01:12 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. I am definitely prewired for solar and used that with my solar set up. However, I don't know if I am prewired for cellular. Any tips on how I would recognize that?
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Old 02-15-2021, 01:22 PM   #5
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Probably says it on your sticker but if you go to the top of your unit there should be a about 2.25 inch circular disk caulked in there
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Old 02-16-2021, 09:58 AM   #6
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Smoothtaker

I have used both Pepwave and Weboost in the past. Now I use the Smoothtalker , which has better reception. Greater DB gain than Weboost or Pepwave.
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Old 02-16-2021, 10:35 AM   #7
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On our ‘20 23FB FC, the outside coax connectors are for cable and satellite. The cable hooks into the Winegard power injector beside the television. The satellite coax was left hanging on the inside of the JL audio cabinet. I will use an adaptor to hook my Weboost RV outside cable to the sat coax and hook it to the booster box stashed behind the JL/Sony. It’s going to be hard to test until we hit the road, but it seems like a simple install.
The Weboost guy told me their outside cable would hook directly to the coax fitting (type A). He was wrong, the supplied cable is type B and I needed to order an adapter.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:10 AM   #8
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On our ‘20 23FB FC, the outside coax connectors are for cable and satellite. The cable hooks into the Winegard power injector beside the television. The satellite coax was left hanging on the inside of the JL audio cabinet. I will use an adaptor to hook my Weboost RV outside cable to the sat coax and hook it to the booster box stashed behind the JL/Sony. It’s going to be hard to test until we hit the road, but it seems like a simple install.
The Weboost guy told me their outside cable would hook directly to the coax fitting (type A). He was wrong, the supplied cable is type B and I needed to order an adapter.
Happy camping!
All depends on the weboost you get. The weboost 65 uses a 75 ohm cable with regular coax and the one you got uses 50 ohm cable with the type B connector.

We got the weboost 65 because the amplifier was better but instead of using the directional antenna we got an omnidirectional that I mounted to a 7 ft marine antenna powered by an actuator on the top of the Airstream.

It works really well.

It uses 50 ohm cable and then I use a 50 to 75 ohm connector into the amp.

The weboost systems are designed to use both 50 and 75 ohm so mixing and matching isn't an issue.

You can see the antenna in the attached pic.

I have a switch mounted inside the Airstream to raise and lower the mast.

We leave the weboost amplifier powered off when not needed if the peplink router has good reception.

In areas with bad reception we will turn on the weboost to give the peplink a little boost.

The other thing mounted to our acuated antenna is a Mikrotik Groove Wi-Fi grabber that is plugged into the WAN port in the peplink so I can grab wifi signals that may be usable (most campground wifi isn't usable)

At home when I use my Airstream as an office it grabs the home wifi and rebroadcasts over the Airstreams network. Click image for larger version

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Old 06-05-2021, 11:29 AM   #9
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pdavey, can you elaborate on your install? Where did you run the wires and any links to your parts list. I really like your setup and is exactly what I was looking for.
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