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Old 07-30-2017, 06:05 PM   #11
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I just used my Jefatech set-up on a long trip and I'm very happy with it.

Antenna: I don't like travelling with the antenna above the roof line. I welded a socket tube to the top of the spare tire holder. I have two tubes. I could just leave the antenna on the first tube, about level with the back window and it'd be fine for most uses. With the second tube it's well above the roof line for optimum range.

If I see an inexpensive collapsing tube the right size I'll probably replace the two tubes.

Cable: comes in underneath, drilled a hole large enough for the end fitting to fit through and sealed it up. No special fitting etc. It's a 19, the cable runs under the bed, up forward behind the cabinets and bathroom so the antenna can mount in a convenient location by the table. It has indicator lights so it's nice to see at a glance that's it's working. It basically could have been mounted anywhere but there's lot's of cable.

Router: It has two power possibilities; 12 and 110 volts. I only use 12 volts so I removed the 110 volt module as it's not needed.

Performance: Way better than expected. It's kind of like DX'ing in shortwave. Seeing how many "stations" you can pull in. We don't normally have phone plans with much data so it really does the job for us. Even with the source wi-fi at a distance we can stream NetFlix to our TV.

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Old 07-30-2017, 10:13 PM   #12
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Hi. I'll be picking up our 17B on August 14 and have been through much to rig it out both for a cell phone booster as well as a wifi booster. I plan to do a detailed posting of what I ended up doing after we get home from Banff, Glacier, and Yellowstone, but first I'm going to road test everything thoroughly. Better half needs to talk with clients occasionally when we're in RV sites so I needed to cook her up (hopefully) a better connection!

Here's where I started. This guy's explanation is fairly technical, but he is really careful to go over things in detail. He's trying to make an effective, cheap solution. I have gotten pretty much all the equipment he's recommended, set up and home tested the access point/wifi antenna and the associated router. Ubiquiti is an industry standard; solid stuff that hospital and big company IT departments use. Still, price is reasonable.

https://outsideourbubble.com/secure-...for-under-100/

Instead of going with the bumper mast, Reace agreed to install a small Ubiquiti access point mast on the rear driver's side edge of the roof. Snakes a CAT5 around the back inside the upper cabinet, and I'll keep the router/access point power booster (to create a secure wireless network in my trailer) in the upper cabinet beside the microwave cabinet, passenger side.

Pix later. Good luck to us all!


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Old 07-30-2017, 10:18 PM   #13
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OOP! Didn't see that earlier post fully describing Outside Our Bubble and Ubiquiti solution!

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Safety in numbers! Well, still will post how we did with antennas and all later (unless I got mud in my eye!)
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:12 PM   #14
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If I see an inexpensive collapsing tube the right size I'll probably replace the two tubes.
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I saw one of these on a big fifth-wheel parked at an RV park in Sequim, WA:

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It's meant as a flagpole, but I bet it would make a nifty antenna mast. It is half the price of my aluminum mast and several feet taller. You go first.
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:42 PM   #15
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They are installing the port and routing the Cat 5 cable inside to the shelf above the dinette in our 19'. We will plug our antenna into the exterior port and the booster will go on the shelf with the Cat 5 cable plugged into it.
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:51 PM   #16
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This is the Ubiquiti mount we've installed driver's side rear roof corner.

CAT5 ends near this mount. Will attach the Ubiquiti Nanostation access point to this small mast with a Velcro strap. Leaving site I'll take down the access point, fold down mast, and cover the end of the cable with a baggy against moisture.




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Looks like a clean mounting solution. What port are you having installed to pass the CAT5 cable through the roof?
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Old 07-31-2017, 12:49 AM   #18
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When I used the Nano stations building out the access points and bridges at the Boy Scout camps in AZ we didn't really need them up on masts. Most of the Nano stations in the outlying buildings we just screwed to the wall on the interior of the building and were able to get good signals at 300+ yards through trees as well.
I think I'll probably start with the Nano window mount and use it on the front window in the interior of the trailer same as the fellow in Jon's video is doing. The Nano's are fairly robust and should do a good job in most if not all campsite WiFi situations. If down the road it isn't robust enough then I'll look at adding an exterior mast setup.
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Old 07-31-2017, 01:08 AM   #19
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It's meant as a flagpole, but I bet it would make a nifty antenna mast. It is half the price of my aluminum mast and several feet taller. You go first.
I'll probably buy an inexpensive boat hook when they're on sale. It only needs to be a bit above the roof line.

But I've come to the conclusion that your way of carrying the TV antenna is more easy to use and practical. In that case, you went first.

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Old 07-31-2017, 07:28 AM   #20
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Reace has a method which he uses to being in cable from external antennae (TVs, etc) which he says is pretty leak proof and durable. I've got an external cell booster near this wifi mast with the same arrangement for its cable.

Yes, and it may be that having an external mast for wifi at all is overkill. The Ubiquiti units are very sensitive and probably could have just gotten away with attaching to the inside of a trailer window. I wanted to avoid cable in the cabin, and as this extremal unit is attached to a circular mast with a strap, I can rotate it until the best signal is received to lock onto.
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