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Old 08-01-2017, 08:35 PM   #41
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Comedian today - "When someone asks 'wifi'?, I ask, 'wi NOT fi'?" Sorry if that's too stupid for this thread or has already made the rounds too many times....
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Old 08-03-2017, 03:06 PM   #42
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Two last questions (for now anyway)

So I have my wifi booster system planned out. As part of my end of the install, I will send a length of Cat5e cable with RJ45 connectors to Escape. This is for the internal run. I can only assume that standard Cat5e is appropriate for this. (I.e., I will not provide weatherproof Cat5e rated for outdoor/burial use, for the Cat5e run within the coach.)

Is this correct?

Also, Escape is installing the JEFA Tech RJ45 waterproof bulkhead coupler that I will provide. I might have to pose this question directly to Escape: The internal side of the coupler will be in the rear passenger side storage locker (under the bench). But will the internal side of the coupler be accessible? Or can I expect it to be sealed up behind insulation?

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Old 08-03-2017, 03:58 PM   #43
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So I have my wifi booster system planned out. As part of my end of the install, I will send a length of Cat5e cable with RJ45 connectors to Escape. This is for the internal run. I can only assume that standard Cat5e is appropriate for this. (I.e., I will not provide weatherproof Cat5e rated for outdoor/burial use, for the Cat5e run within the coach.)

Is this correct?

Also, Escape is installing the JEFA Tech RJ45 waterproof bulkhead coupler that I will provide. I might have to pose this question directly to Escape: The internal side of the coupler will be in the rear passenger side storage locker (under the bench). But will the internal side of the coupler be accessible? Or can I expect it to be sealed up behind insulation?

Thanks again to everyone who contributed their knowledge and experience to my learning.
If it runs anywhere near any other electronics, particularly a radio, be sure the Cat5 cable is well shielded.
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Old 08-03-2017, 04:04 PM   #44
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Also, Escape is installing the JEFA Tech RJ45 waterproof bulkhead coupler that I will provide. I might have to pose this question directly to Escape: The internal side of the coupler will be in the rear passenger side storage locker (under the bench). But will the internal side of the coupler be accessible? Or can I expect it to be sealed up behind insulation?.
I would assume the inside would be accessible. The connector you mentioned should be able to accomodate the minimal wall and insulation thickness and still work, no?
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I would assume the inside would be accessible. The connector you mentioned should be able to accomodate the minimal wall and insulation thickness and still work, no?


You are correct. Escape told me the inside end would be exposed in the dinette bench seat storage locker.



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Old 02-19-2018, 05:32 PM   #46
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Just a usage update for my JAFA Tech XR setup. Here, towarda the back of the Rolling Hills RV sites none of our devices could use their weak signal. The JAFA Tech did it's job and we have our w-fi. Situations like this make me happy I installed it.

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Yes, the 4G-S. I put it in before a trip to Alaska and it was great for those long stretches of no usable signal. It doesn't perform miracles but it certainly improves the range at which data is usable.

I thought about getting the other antenna and just moving the truck cradle into the trailer and hooking up the second antenna but we don't have large data plans so I haven't done that.

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We are hoping to go up to Alaska after the Escape Rally and are looking at a WeBoost as our cell booster. We would like to be able to move the cradle to use our phone as a hotspot in the trailer. Did you ever get a second antenna?

We were thinking of NOT getting a WiFi booster as I read one blog post that said they found the wifi in most places was so slow that they just used their phone signals. We can splurge and bump up our data plan as needed. We typically don't stay at campgrounds with wifi anyway. What was your experience in Alaska? Did you make full use of both cell and wifi boosters?
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We are hoping to go up to Alaska after the Escape Rally and are looking at a WeBoost as our cell booster. We would like to be able to move the cradle to use our phone as a hotspot in the trailer. Did you ever get a second antenna?

We were thinking of NOT getting a WiFi booster as I read one blog post that said they found the wifi in most places was so slow that they just used their phone signals. We can splurge and bump up our data plan as needed. We typically don't stay at campgrounds with wifi anyway. What was your experience in Alaska? Did you make full use of both cell and wifi boosters?
While I have an earlier version (the Sleek), and a permanent trailer antenna, I carry a second antenna (the one that came with the Sleek) and use it if I have to drive the truck to a location away from the trailer to find a cell signal. My jetpack was a Verizon based system, and at the time I went (2015), Verizon was just moving into Alaska, so the coverage was still spotty, even with the Sleek. It may be better now.

I didn't carry a WiFi booster on the trip to Alaska, but wished I did. There were a number of Canadian campgrounds (where my data plan on the cell Jetpack was very limited) that had fast, but weak WiFi. I'd have to go to the office to use it. I now carry a Ubiquiti NanoStation WiFi system that can establish a good connection at a distance of 2 miles (I proved it at Quartzsite). Very impressive, although a bit difficult to set up. Here is a YouTube video of the system & how to set it up.
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I now carry a Ubiquiti NanoStation WiFi system that can establish a good connection at a distance of 2 miles (I proved it at Quartzsite). Very impressive, although a bit difficult to set up. Here is a YouTube video of the system & how to set it up.
Thanks for sharing. Ubiquity makes solid products. Setting this up to a booster would certainly eliminate hotspot range challenges.
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I never did get that second antenna for the trailer.

My experience pretty much mirrors Jon's. On the road, anywhere in the Yukon or Alaska cell signals can be few and far between. That's where the Weboost in the truck was so handy. It would pick up weak signals early, make them usable and hold onto them longer. It can't work miracles but they sure can extend the usable range.

The wi-fi amplifier exceeds expectations. We don't have a lot of data and on the road we do depend more on wi-fi. Before we'd pull into a parking lot and get close enough to use the wi-fi. Now we can pickup wi-fi from so far away we don't bother trying to go into a crowded parking lot unless we're going to eat there. Never thought that I'd have a wi-fi network in the trailer, being a low tech kind of guy, but it's proven to be really handy.

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