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Old 08-30-2015, 03:10 PM   #1
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Question Wifi antennas

I have not been able to find much on the forum about Wifi antenna cable routing. Do many of you have Wifi antenna's mounted on your trailer? Which ones and what did you do for cable routing? I am aware of the Wave Rogue and WifiRanger boosters. I know it is important that the booster be close to the antenna. Thanks.
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Old 08-30-2015, 05:18 PM   #2
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While I could be wrong, I believe the WiFi Ranger exterior booster WiFi devices are both antennas & receiver/transmitters that convert the WiFi signal to Ethernet for the run to the internal WiFi Ranger router. Ethernet can be run over far longer distances that you would find in any of our trailers (100's of feet) using CAT 5 cable & RJ45 connectors.

If you are asking about a cell antenna running to a cell based hotspot, then the run length should be as short as possible, although cutting a built in antenna cable to shorten it can have unexpected results & is usually not recommended by the antenna manufacturers.
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Old 08-30-2015, 07:54 PM   #3
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Ron, where are people running the Ethernet cable into their Escapes? I know on Technomadia they suggest a conduit through the roof covered by a junction box. Then you can run any cables you want:-) not sure what I think about doing that.
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I use a Crane WiFi antenna inside the trailer when the signal is weak and it has always boosted the WiFi signal enough for me to use. It is about $100. But I am not a "power" user. I use a notebook to research campgrounds and points of interest, and to occupy myself sometimes when the wife sleeps late. I would prefer to avoid the computer and the Internet when I am camping.
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:05 PM   #5
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Carl, thanks. The Crane WiFi antenna is one I have considered. I would probably be fine with that if I could just be camping. I expect to be working for a couple more years and hopefully on the road.
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I use the Crane 14DBI antenna with the WF3 Versa WIFI USB adapter. I have used it indoor when it worked well enough, and I attach it to an outside PVC pipe to get it outside and higher when I need more boost. The bigger problem has been the quality of the WIFI signal in campgrounds. At one campground in CO, I ended up using Verizon 4G because it was much more reliable than the WIFI at that camp;ground, especially in the evenings.
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Wifi in campgrounds is usually pretty slow; shared bandwidth and limited routers. Think most only have one so they can advertise the wifi on site, not that it actually works very well.
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All WiFi is shared bandwidth, except for your own personal hotspot. The problem isn't that its a shared connection - the WAP or Router switches automatically, unlike a hub. The problem is usually a weak signal and a slow internet connection to begin with. Many campgrounds set up a WiFi WAP or Router with as little as 1Mb or 2Mb of bandwidth to play with. Factor in that you'll probably be far from the source, and the connection will be quite poor.

Some campgrounds have gone to the trouble and expense of setting up a proper WiFi network, but those are few and far between.
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So I take it the point is you might as well just focus on a good cell connection to get decent data bandwidth? Investing in expensive WiFi solutions won't likely be worth it given any wifi around most campgrounds is too poor. Not that cell data is cheap��
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So I take it the point is you might as well just focus on a good cell connection to get decent data bandwidth? Investing in expensive WiFi solutions won't likely be worth it given any wifi around most campgrounds is too poor. Not that cell data is cheap��
Exactly. If possible we do McDs (ice cream cones) or Starbucks for WiFi
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