Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-13-2019, 11:30 AM   #1
Winnebago Camper
 
Frederick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Western Colorado
Posts: 40
WIFI Booster Recommendations

Hi, I have looked through the threads in WIFI topic, but because technology goes obsolete so quickly and newer, better systems are constantly coming on the market, I am looking for recommendations from RVers on WIFI booster systems.

My needs arenít huge as I spend most of my time outside, but at night I watch a little Netflix and may do some computer work from time to time.

I am thinking about installing an external telescopic antenna that couples to a repeater so I can create a hotspot that my various devices can then connect with.

I am technically literate and skilled at installation so those are not issues for me. When I buy technology I donít normally buy beta tech, but I do buy the beefiest fastest model I can get.

All recommendations appreciated.
Frederick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2019, 11:43 AM   #2
Winnie-Wise
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 329
Send a message via Yahoo to rk911
if you’re planning to capture and use campground wifi you shoukd know CG wifi is usually not engineered for streaming video and that many parks actually throttle back throughput when ANY type of streaming is detected.
__________________
'73,
rich, n9dko

2016 Itasca Suncruiser 38Q
rk911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2019, 12:14 PM   #3
Winnebago Owner
 
bdub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 112
I used to use a Verizon jet pack, but now I mostly just set my iPhone up as a hotspot for any device that isn't on a cellular network. I haven't run into issues with my unlimited data plan, but I am definitely not using this method regularly.
bdub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2019, 05:08 PM   #4
Site Team
 
creativepart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Spring Branch, TX
Posts: 780
We have a WifiRanger system and have used it for a number of years (plus we stream all our TV on the RV, too).

The WFR system consists of two parts, a rooftop “antenna/booster” and an indoor router. The booster is actually a router, too but in this configuration it works with the indoor router to bring in more WiFi access points from, they claim, up to 2-mi away.

We love our system but have learned that the reality is there is not much benefit in “boosting.” The real gem is the indoor router.

We rely on the router constantly and it works great with campground WiFi, such as it is, and our Mifi/Jetpack cellular internet devices. We occasionally turn on the outdoor “booster” but pretty rarely.

85% of campground WiFi is worthless, so boosting it doesn’t help any thing. Sure with the booster we can pick up a dozen other WiFi access points, but all of them are secured with a password. The 15% of campground WiFi that is good enough to use for streaming is easily picked up by the indoor router without any booster needed.

What works for us is the WFR GoAC router inside, a WeBoost 4G Drive-X cellular booster, one each ATT and Verizon Mifis and totally unlimited data plans. This group of gear works extremely well.
__________________
2017 Winnebago Adventurer 37F
2016 Lincoln MKX Toad
creativepart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2019, 03:50 PM   #5
Winnebago Master
 
Jim_HiTek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Full time RV'er
Posts: 559
I've crossed the US several times over the years and can say from experience that parks WIfi is generally getting better and better. I'm now at a TengoInternet park (one of the worst whole park Wifi service outfits out there - they manage the entire system, often poorly) and even here I measure 3.6Mbps usually. Good enough for HD. (Speed is down from last years 13Mbps just after they hooked up to a fiber optic feed - kinda expected that throttling from Tengo or from the park to reduce expense).

It's almost always faster and more widely dispersed (covering a greater portion of whichever RV park you're in) in the west. Get to the mid west and you start seeing 1Mbps throttling and frequent drop outs.

That's not to say that even western states RV parks can't have a problem, many do, it's just that it's getting better. I was able to watch a HD TV show this morning from 9-10. and could be watching a movie this afternoon. This park has over 100 RVs too.

What I do to take advantage of the nearly universal 'free' high speed Wifi is carry this: Long Range Wifi with 10 meter cord

What the long cable does is allow you to position the antenna anywhere inside the RV so you can get line-of-sight with the transmitter. I could put it outside, but seldom bother. Most laptops allow the internal antenna to be turned off so you can use this USB device. If there isn't a single window where I can get line-of-sight with the transmitter, I ask the RV park for a different space. Usually don't have to. Saves me hundreds every year over phone tethering and data plans, which are really turning into a scam.
__________________
'02 Winnebago Journey DL, DSDP, 36' of fun.

Visit my RV Travel & Repair Blog at : http://chaos.goblinbox.com
Jim_HiTek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2019, 06:02 PM   #6
Winnebago Master
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Posts: 1,034
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim_HiTek View Post
I've crossed the US several times over the years and can say from experience that parks WIfi is generally getting better and better. I'm now at a TengoInternet park (one of the worst whole park Wifi service outfits out there - they manage the entire system, often poorly) and even here I measure 3.6Mbps usually. Good enough for HD. (Speed is down from last years 13Mbps just after they hooked up to a fiber optic feed - kinda expected that throttling from Tengo or from the park to reduce expense).

It's almost always faster and more widely dispersed (covering a greater portion of whichever RV park you're in) in the west. Get to the mid west and you start seeing 1Mbps throttling and frequent drop outs.

That's not to say that even western states RV parks can't have a problem, many do, it's just that it's getting better. I was able to watch a HD TV show this morning from 9-10. and could be watching a movie this afternoon. This park has over 100 RVs too.

What I do to take advantage of the nearly universal 'free' high speed Wifi is carry this: Long Range Wifi with 10 meter cord

What the long cable does is allow you to position the antenna anywhere inside the RV so you can get line-of-sight with the transmitter. I could put it outside, but seldom bother. Most laptops allow the internal antenna to be turned off so you can use this USB device. If there isn't a single window where I can get line-of-sight with the transmitter, I ask the RV park for a different space. Usually don't have to. Saves me hundreds every year over phone tethering and data plans, which are really turning into a scam.
This sounds like a good solution but I wonder why there are no reviews on Amazon or NewEgg.
__________________
Bob C
2002 Itasca Suncruiser 35U
W20 Chassis
BobC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2019, 06:12 PM   #7
Winnebago Master
 
Jim_HiTek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Full time RV'er
Posts: 559
Quote:
Originally Posted by BobC View Post
This sounds like a good solution but I wonder why there are no reviews on Amazon or NewEgg.
The company that has it's name is on it now just bought the rights to the design apparently. I've bought two of them over the years and they carried a different brand name. I'm sure, since Amazon didn't link the two products together that most potential buyers are leary of it and can't blame them. But it's the same product and has the same good-ol' RT chipset which is the best going for Wifi these days.

I wouldn't worry about lack of reviews. But it's not my money at risk either.

One other thing, I remove that mounting from the back (held with screws) and toss it. Then I use clear packing tape to tape the antenna as high on a window as I can. The 30 foot cable sometimes is laying on the floor as it snakes back to the bedroom but usually it's in the living room and the cable is out of sight behind furniture or under throw rugs. The body of the antenna is thin enough that I can easily close the curtains.
__________________
'02 Winnebago Journey DL, DSDP, 36' of fun.

Visit my RV Travel & Repair Blog at : http://chaos.goblinbox.com
Jim_HiTek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2019, 07:40 PM   #8
Winnebago Camper
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Full Time
Posts: 7
WiFi Extender Help Please. My situation is different.

I rarely stay in campgrounds. I'm looking to extend wifi in 3 or 4 places I park where friends or family have wifi nearby - yet a distance away. So I'll have the PW's to use. I MOSTLY NEED something that will EXTEND the range, especially in my main landing spot. Any further input would be greatly appreciated. I'm a 68 year old woman doing full time RV on my own (don't feel sorry for me! I love solitude! haha). Yet I'm not good at figuring all this out. I've been struggling with the WeBoost 4G Drive and MAY have it all worked out. Next trip will reveal that. But WiFi is important to me. There's a good wifi router 800 ft/0.15 miles thru a mix of woods & cleared land) to my RV in my main landing spot. THX.
dnta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2019, 08:33 PM   #9
Winnebago Master
 
Jim_HiTek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Full time RV'er
Posts: 559
Hmm. 800 feet huh. Well, I volunteer at Lake Tahoe and their volunteer's Wifi is inside a small room there at the Baldwin estate and my RV parking space space was at least 1320 feet from that place where their access point was. What I did was tape my own N access point in the window that faced my RV, and hard wire it with Cat5 cable to the modem. The signal had to travel through bushes, around huge pine trees, and over open spots with your typical flower beds and hedges. Using the Wifi antenna in my RV, like the one I linked above, I was able to get 4 bars and a fairly good signal for typical Wifi usage. I could even stream on occasion.

But now, I've discovered a pretty neat Wifi extender for only $14 that I used up in Oregon when I was improving a small RV parks wifi for them. This little jewel is easily set up to repeat the wifi signal it receives from the main AP. All it needs is to be nearby the primary signal, setup to retransmit it, placed inside a plastic waterproof bin (couple bucks at a thrift store) at the midpoint between the source and you, have power, and boom, you can get much further out from the primary source.

Here's the link: Belkin wifi extender...
__________________
'02 Winnebago Journey DL, DSDP, 36' of fun.

Visit my RV Travel & Repair Blog at : http://chaos.goblinbox.com
Jim_HiTek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2019, 11:16 PM   #10
Winnebago Master
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Posts: 1,034
I don't have any personal experience with this (yet) but here's an interesting DIY solution:

https://www.google.com/search?q=prin...hrome&ie=UTF-8
__________________
Bob C
2002 Itasca Suncruiser 35U
W20 Chassis
BobC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2019, 09:22 AM   #11
Winnebago Master
 
Jim_HiTek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Full time RV'er
Posts: 559
Quote:
Originally Posted by BobC View Post
I don't have any personal experience with this (yet) but here's an interesting DIY solution:

https://www.google.com/search?q=prin...hrome&ie=UTF-8
Cantennas are handy but for most Wifi applications they tend to be too directional. Many times using a standard antenna you get a better reflected signal in a RV park as it bounces off other RVs then the primary signal. And sometimes reflected signal(s) can reinforce the primary so your received signal stays stable.

A cantenna makes it more difficult to find and keep a good signal when it doesn't take advantage of reflected, in phase, signals. A standard high gain antenna (that I linked to earlier) only needs to be aimed close to a direct line of sight towards the AP but the cantenna pretty much needs to be pointed right towards it. So you have to know where the AP is (not always easy to find a AP small antenna in the distance).

But they certainly have their place and are fun to play with.
__________________
'02 Winnebago Journey DL, DSDP, 36' of fun.

Visit my RV Travel & Repair Blog at : http://chaos.goblinbox.com
Jim_HiTek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2019, 09:28 AM   #12
Winnebago Master
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Posts: 1,034
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim_HiTek View Post
Cantennas are handy but for most Wifi applications they tend to be too directional. Many times using a standard antenna you get a better reflected signal in a RV park then the primary signal as it bounces off other RVs. And sometimes reflected signal(s) can reinforce the primary so your received signal stays stable.

A cantenna makes it more difficult to find and keep a good signal when it doesn't take advantage of reflected, in phase, signals. A standard high gain antenna (that I linked to earlier) only needs to be aimed close to a direct line of sight towards the AP but the cantenna pretty much needs to be pointed right towards it. So you have to know where the AP is (not always easy to find a AP small antenna in the distance).

But they certainly have their place and are fun to play with.
Good info. This probably explains why the market isn't full of commercial versions.
__________________
Bob C
2002 Itasca Suncruiser 35U
W20 Chassis
BobC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2019, 03:11 PM   #13
Winnebago Owner
 
rgvtexan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: NE WA or S TX
Posts: 155
This one works great <$100

__________________
04 Horizon QD, 12 Ford Flex, Excalibar, Brakemaster, Winter Texan, RVin! since 1974
Norm, Donna & Tinker Kat 74 MGB-GT, 75 MGB, 01 Z3
Life is a Timed Event, you only get One Go Around!
rgvtexan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WiFi install Chucky Tech | Toys and Gear 14 09-25-2018 09:34 AM
Running wire between WIFI repeater and external antenna Hoffie Tech | Toys and Gear 20 12-28-2014 09:58 AM
Have to use booster switch to start gen Why? doit2010 General Maintenance and Repair 13 05-26-2012 07:04 PM
UPDATE on WIFI @ GNR glenda1908 Tech | Toys and Gear 7 05-02-2008 05:01 PM
Cell phone Booster The Godfather Electrical | Charging, Solar and Electronics 11 10-13-2005 06:31 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Winnebago Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:08 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.