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Old 07-01-2021, 01:18 PM   #1
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DYI Airstream Connect

Our 2021 30’ Globetrotter came with a prewire option for WiFi and Cellular rooftop antenna for the Airstream Connect option offered at a great deal of additional expense. As I already owned a CradlePoint dual SIM cellular modem/router, I simply purchased the 5 in 1 Poynting antenna and installed it myself. Fairly easy and took less than an hour. Here are some photos I took during the effort.
Notice the ladder with the added support device, this is a great asset when working on the roof of any AS!
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Old 01-14-2022, 08:12 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting. Planning to do the same on my upcoming GT. What did you do with all the extra wire that comes with the Poynting antenna? I believe it’s comes with 6 feet of cable.
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Old 01-15-2022, 08:46 AM   #3
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I was able to carefully coil the excess cable into the cavity of the trailer ceiling under the antenna itself.
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Old 01-15-2022, 10:09 AM   #4
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Thinking about a similar solution.

How does it work when cell signals are weak? How does it work with weak wifi signals?
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Old 01-15-2022, 06:33 PM   #5
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I was able to carefully coil the excess cable into the cavity of the trailer ceiling under the antenna itself.
Ok. Thanks. It did not tap down/move too much insulation out of the way?
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Old 01-16-2022, 08:49 AM   #6
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Thinking about a similar solution.

How does it work when cell signals are weak? How does it work with weak wifi signals?
Better than without it!
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Old 01-16-2022, 08:52 AM   #7
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Ok. Thanks. It did not tap down/move too much insulation out of the way?
Surely it moved some of it, but not to my worry.
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Surely it moved some of it, but not to my worry.
Ok. Thank you. Did you secure it inside or just left it loose? Contemplating the same install. Appreciate your advice.
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Old 01-17-2022, 07:59 AM   #9
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Ok. Thank you. Did you secure it inside or just left it loose? Contemplating the same install. Appreciate your advice.
It fit snuggly and orderly, no additional effort required to secure it.
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It fit snuggly and orderly, no additional effort required to secure it.
Ok. Thanks again. I’ve been looking for an antenna with shorter cable right from the manufacturer. MobileMark has some but not on the most current technology. Looks like I’ll go your route.
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Did you seal it to the rooftop with flex seal or did you use the jam nut from the interior?

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Did you seal it to the rooftop with flex seal or did you use the jam nut from the interior?

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I'll let the OP reply but I'll be doing a similar install with the Pepwave Mobility 22G antenna. My plan is to use the 3M tape provided to attach it to the roof and then a bead of Dicor all around it.
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I'll let the OP reply but I'll be doing a similar install with the Pepwave Mobility 22G antenna. My plan is to use the 3M tape provided to attach it to the roof and then a bead of Dicor all around it.
So, to be clear, I won't be using the nut.

I was also able to find a Pepwave antenna on Amazon with a cable length on only 1 ft. This will be perfect to tie in to the pre-wire and not extend overall cable length too much.
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Did you seal it to the rooftop with flex seal or did you use the jam nut from the interior?

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I did not use the nut, however, I did use a flexible sealant/adhesive around the base of the antenna in addition to the 3M adhesive that was provided.
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How does it work when cell signals are weak? How does it work with weak wifi signals?
As to be expected, operational quality is relative to the signal quality. Having the antenna on the rooftop/exterior provides much better quality than a receiving device inside the trailer. After all, an Airstream trailer is a large Faraday cage when it comes down to it. The signal outside is stronger than the same signal inside, so of course it is better as a result. That applies to both cellular and to WiFi.
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