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Old 04-08-2016, 10:29 AM   #31
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Great info, thanks for sharing.

I will have a very similar setup. I found a Linksys WRT54G in my garage and flashed it with the dd-wrt firmware. It will be paired with an L-com antenna. After a lot a ton of research I am ditching the powered antenna mount idea in favor of a less permanent setup. I will instead mount a telescoping pole to the rear bumper and deploy as needed. I am looking at this mast from Max Gain Systems.

My next dilemma is how to run the coax cable to the router. I want to avoid long runs to minimize signal loss. I could use the Ubiquiti Bullet and connect to the router with an RJ45 cable, but it comes at an additional expense and setup.

How long is the cable that you used? Is there any noticeable drop in performance?
I originally got a 30' cable because I wasn't sure how I was going to mount the antenna. But I am going to replace it with a 20' or maybe even 15' cable, for exactly the reasons you mention. I thought about a Ubiquiti solution but it seemed too complex. By the way, there are some places where simply using the 7" antenna that comes with the router and placing it in a window of the trailer provides a reasonable solution and better reception than our laptops/tablets get on their own.
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Great info, thanks for sharing.

I will have a very similar setup. I found a Linksys WRT54G in my garage and flashed it with the dd-wrt firmware. It will be paired with an L-com antenna. After a lot a ton of research I am ditching the powered antenna mount idea in favor of a less permanent setup. I will instead mount a telescoping pole to the rear bumper and deploy as needed. I am looking at this mast from Max Gain Systems.

My next dilemma is how to run the coax cable to the router. I want to avoid long runs to minimize signal loss. I could use the Ubiquiti Bullet and connect to the router with an RJ45 cable, but it comes at an additional expense and setup.

How long is the cable that you used? Is there any noticeable drop in performance?
Both Leon and you (as well as other previously) mention flashing the router with DD-WRT firmware. What exactly is this, and what does it achieve? I have set up many a router at home, just plug and play basically. What is the difference?

I assume the coax you refer to, is from the antenna to the router, correct? Could you not just run through a port near your mast mount?

I plan to be ordering waterproof connectors from CNLINKO for my portable solar sometime soon, and they have some good solutions for data/signal connections too.
Data/Signal Connector | Cnlinko

Another thought of mine is to use a small access hatch on the rear, and have a board of it sealed to the interior of the trailer, on which I can mount whatever connectors I want on it, solar, coax, data, etc.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:42 AM   #33
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Did JefaTech just set up the router for you, or did they do the install either.
JefaTech's version of DD-WRT has a simpler user interface than DDWRT. I just sign on to the router, ask it to search for available wifi networks, and then enter the user id and password the campground provided to me. if it is an open network, you don't even have to enter the userID and Password.

At Lake Jennings Park the password they provided didn't work. I contacted JefaTech and got an answer the next morning. In that case, I had to enter the hexadecimal version ASCII codes for the password. for example, instead of 'password' I would enter '70617373776F7264' apparently this only true of some old versions of WEP encryption (which isn't that secure anyhow).

long ago I had a couple of WRT54G routers, but I gave them away when I got replacements at home. So when I went looking for them, they were no where to be found. So had to buy new ones.
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I'm thinking of just trying the JefaTech router inside like Leon mentioned. About the only places we have found wifi is at the rare stops at commercial RV campgrounds. And at those, often the signal is weak and the network capacity poor.

For a TV antenna my current thought is just getting the TV ready so I have the coax connection outside and maybe bringing an antenna like this along:Antenna

I like it because it can easily use 12V for its amplifier.
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Maybe even a fiberglass paint extension pole?
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I'm not at all familiar with the amount of strength needed or a desirable extended length. However, thinking outside the box, one could purchase a telescopic or sectioned fiberglass tree pruning pole from someone like Forestry Suppliers or Ben Meadows. They sell heavy duty commercial stuff. You could even go so nuts as to buy the pole pruner or saw head and actually use it to trim trees at your home. Fiberglass is non conductive so that might help. My
telescopic crappie fishing pole with micro diameter tip seems a little light for the task.
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I'm not at all familiar with the amount of strength needed or a desirable extended length. However, thinking outside the box, one could purchase a telescopic or sectioned fiberglass tree pruning pole from someone like Forestry Suppliers or Ben Meadows. They sell heavy duty commercial stuff. You could even go so nuts as to buy the pole pruner or saw head and actually use it to trim trees at your home. Fiberglass is non conductive so that might help. My
telescopic crappie fishing pole with micro diameter tip seems a little light for the task.
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We think alike again. I already own both a manual and battery electric saw model tree pruners. Tools you know.....

Neither have poles that would be conducive to use though. I thought of the paint poles as I used to pick up some commercial grade ones for my students to use in our video production class for boom mics. They were about 1/4 the cost of one sold as boom mic handles and held up even to high school student abuse pretty well.
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Donna, which telescoping mast do you use? (I have the same mast holder.)
It's called a Flag Pole to Go 20' I got it cheaper on Amazon.
https://flagpolesetc.com/flagpoles/t...le-20-ft-fp-21

The holder requires a rubber plug to get the pole centered in the holder. I picked that up at Lowe's <$5. Lemme see if I can find the information.
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What would be a recommend minimum height for a mast/antenna? For storage reasons, obviously the shorter the better.
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