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Old 04-08-2016, 01:50 PM   #51
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Yes! This could be seen as retirement income. Maybe I could at least get free camping out of it. Well, until all the trees are gone, that is.
I wouldn't call it "retirement income." In Oregon, we'd call it Three Hots and a Cot.
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Old 04-08-2016, 01:52 PM   #52
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I wouldn't call it "retirement income." In Oregon, we'd call it Three Hots and a Cot.
Well, if this was offered in a nice camping spot, I would be all over it.
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Thanks Donna, great info! You are very clever!
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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.
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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.
Most routers have very basic, consumer-level software that does not offer much functionality. DD-WRT is an open source firmware that basically unlocks the features on any supported router, and gives the user complete control over its functionality.

The coax cable I purchased is a N-Male to RP-TNC pigtail that connects the antenna to the router. It needs to be as short as possible to avoid signal loss. I will probably just run it through a strain relief port.

The other option im considering is adding the Ubiquiti bullet, which would allow me to run an RJ45 cable to the front of the trailer through the hole where the battery negative connects to the chassis.
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Jefatech says that some folks who have class A motor homes have attached the antenna to the satellite dishes that fold flat for travel but can be raised when camping.
Interesting, but I would not do that. The dish frame changes angle to aim the dish, so even when up it wouldn't necessarily be vertical, but more importantly this is an expensive bit of hardware to potentially overload in wind - I would rather climb up the ladder to manually erect the pole than possibly pay for that dish mechanism again.
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Ron, I'm also looking at this one from the same company - not sure yet what the differences are between them. Antenna
Myron, no my solar panel mast is 2" heavy wall tube. I wouldn't be comfortable with it up that high in a wind with any less sized tube. I'd love to find a telescoping set-up but I wasn't able to find anything that would work with the space I have.

The difference between two might be that the second one is more omni-directional. Both would be easier to mount and use for temporary use than the Jack. More research required.

Interesting claim that it beautifies the building. Ah, those PR people.

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The difference between two might be that the second one is more omni-directional. Both would be easier to mount and use for temporary use than the Jack. More research required.

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That was my first thought too.
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The coax cable I purchased is a N-Male to RP-TNC pigtail that connects the antenna to the router. It needs to be as short as possible to avoid signal loss. I will probably just run it through a strain relief port. .
These strain relief connectors are for running a cable through, and designed to hold it solid. What would you do with the cable when not in use, as you would not want to, or be able to pull it out. This is why I was wondering about one of those Cnlinko connectors I linked to. Would one of these add to the potential signal loss?

I understand keeping the cable as short as possible to reduce signal strength. How does this signal differ from that run through cable company distribution systems, where the lengths of cable are extremely long?

I will stop asking questions once I look smart.
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These strain relief connectors are for running a cable through, and designed to hold it solid. What would you do with the cable when not in use, as you would not want to, or be able to pull it out. This is why I was wondering about one of those Cnlinko connectors I linked to. Would one of these add to the potential signal loss?

I understand keeping the cable as short as possible to reduce signal strength. How does this signal differ from that run through cable company distribution systems, where the lengths of cable are extremely long?

I will stop asking questions once I look smart.
My installation will be semi-permanent. I don't plan on removing the mast or antenna, so the cable will stay connected. I just need to make sure there is enough length to accommodate lowering / raising the mast.

However, I do like the idea of adding a connector port. It makes it a little more user-friendly, and will have a more "finished" look. I don't think an adequate connector will add to signal loss.

Honestly im not sure how cable type and signal frequency affects signal loss. Maybe someone else does? Im already too deep down the rabbit hole to start googling this.
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Im already too deep down the rabbit hole to start googling this.
Maybe when you get down to my level in that rabbit hole, we can stop for a coffee or a cocktail.
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