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Old 04-28-2016, 04:57 PM   #51
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We just purchased a Wilson cradle booster 815226F. It's only available to Canadians, because it's too powerful under new FCC regulations. However, you ARE allowed to bring to the U.S.! Supplies are limited, I guess.

We hope to use it as a hotspot for a second phone so we can both browse at the same time. I've heard that this is possible, but have yet to confirm it.

We also thought it would be a good idea to have it, to improve cell coverage in case of emergencies on those lonely highways.

We actually bought it through amazon.ca for about $100 CDN, and it arrived in about 3 days.
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Old 06-04-2016, 01:11 AM   #52
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You may want to look into the wifi system described by this guy:

Private RV Wi-Fi and Making a Better Park Connection for Under $100 | Outside Our Bubble

I had most of the parts for this already for a ham radio project, so I set it up in my basement and got it working, and was able to access it with my laptop, iPad and iPhone.

My local ham radio club set up a similar system at the club house to access the local library wifi system which is 300 meters away. It works well. Instead of an airgateway described in the web site, we just use an old router for that system.

Is this web guru stuff? For sure. But I followed the instructions given in the above web site to the letter and I had no problem getting my system working. Ubiquiti wifi gear is excellent, and there seems to be a lot of used gear on the secondary market. Keep in mind that usefulness will always depend on having line-of-site view of an internet access point with minimum of obstacles such as foliage.

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PS: this is my first post. My Escape 19 Build sheet is due in January so I've been lurking and researching diligently. There is lots of great info on this forum.
Followup to my message of Nov 11th last year.

I now have my new Escape 19 and Im touring BC after the Escape lovefest in Osoyoos. In 3 different RV parks, in Camperland, at Osoyoos Nk'MIP, and now in Revelstoke I had no luck with wifi reception.

Yesterday, frustrated that I can only get free wifi at the park office, I set up my wifi repeater system that I put together last summer. It took a bit of data mining on my iphone to figure out what password I used (okay about an hour of searching), but I crossed that hurtle, reread the setup instructions, punched in the local free wifi system name and password and the router came to life.

My laptop, ipad and iphone now have wifi access to the park wifi system which is about 100 meters away and too weak to receive otherwise.

Here's the setup: Ubiquiti Nanostation M2 ($40 on the used market), POE (device used to supply the power (about $25), and an Ubiquiti "Airgate" (about $40 on ebay) which is really just a router that mates up with the POE device.

Here are some pictures of my setup:




The system is plugged in to the 110v outlet thats there for a future TV. The cable to the Nanostation is regular old ethernet cable bought at the Dollar store.


So far its working great even inside my new escape 19. Dont try this inside an Airstream...
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Old 06-04-2016, 01:13 AM   #53
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Followup to my message of Nov 11th last year.

I now have my new Escape 19 and Im touring BC after the Escape lovefest in Osoyoos. In 3 different RV parks, in Camperland, at Osoyoos Nk'MIP, and now in Revelstoke I had no luck with wifi reception.

Yesterday, frustrated that I can only get free wifi at the park office, I set up my wifi repeater system that I put together last summer. It took a bit of data mining on my iphone to figure out what password I used (okay about an hour of searching), but I crossed that hurtle, reread the setup instructions, punched in the local free wifi system name and password and the router came to life.

My laptop, ipad and iphone now have wifi access to the park wifi system which is about 100 meters away and too weak to receive otherwise.

Here's the setup: Ubiquiti Nanostation M2 ($40 on the used market), POE (device used to supply the power (about $25), and an Ubiquiti "Airgate" (about $40 on ebay) which is really just a router that mates up with the POE device.

Here are some pictures of my setup:




The system is plugged in to the 110v outlet thats there for a future TV. The cable to the Nanostation is regular old ethernet cable bought at the Dollar store.


So far its working great even inside my new escape 19. Dont try this inside an Airstream...
Here are links to the pictures if you cant see them in my earlier post:
https://redtaco99.smugmug.com/Escape...er/i-xrGLRGG/O

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https://redtaco99.smugmug.com/Escape...er/i-TWHKx2P/O
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Old 06-04-2016, 01:34 AM   #54
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Followup to my message of Nov 11th last year.



I now have my new Escape 19 and Im touring BC after the Escape lovefest in Osoyoos. In 3 different RV parks, in Camperland, at Osoyoos Nk'MIP, and now in Revelstoke I had no luck with wifi reception.



Yesterday, frustrated that I can only get free wifi at the park office, I set up my wifi repeater system that I put together last summer. It took a bit of data mining on my iphone to figure out what password I used (okay about an hour of searching), but I crossed that hurtle, reread the setup instructions, punched in the local free wifi system name and password and the router came to life.



My laptop, ipad and iphone now have wifi access to the park wifi system which is about 100 meters away and too weak to receive otherwise.



Here's the setup: Ubiquiti Nanostation M2 ($40 on the used market), POE (device used to supply the power (about $25), and an Ubiquiti "Airgate" (about $40 on ebay) which is really just a router that mates up with the POE device.



Here are some pictures of my setup:









The system is plugged in to the 110v outlet thats there for a future TV. The cable to the Nanostation is regular old ethernet cable bought at the Dollar store.





So far its working great even inside my new escape 19. Dont try this inside an Airstream...


Thanks for the report Jim. Glad it's working for you! I went with a similar setup. I am using a ubiquiti bullet with a omni antenna mounted outside, but I have yet to test it out in the road.
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Old 06-04-2016, 11:31 AM   #55
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Hi...

I'll be working from our Escape for a few months a year, so Internet connectivity is critical for me. I purchased the Wifi Ranger Elite, but unfortunately haven't had a chance to really test it yet. I bought it based on feedback here and other research that convinced me it was the best option.

I also purchased the WeBoost 4GX and have been able to test that. I have been very pleased with its performance. In addition to that, I purchased the marine antenna and an additional interior antenna. I plan to move the WeBoost unit itself to/from the car (I work in the car while my partner drives).

We are getting a solar panel and wanted the flexibility to easily integrate a portable panel if needed... so ETI is moving the solar controller to under the D/S dinette bench and putting a small hatch (same as used for electrical cord hookup access) so we can easily plug a portable solar panel from outside into the controller. The plan is to use this same hatch for feeding either the Wifi Ranger or WeBoost exterior antenna cable to under the D/S bench. We had some additional 12 and 120 volt outlets placed on the D/S bench so we can power the Wifi Ranger or WeBoost.

We purchased an antenna mast (CP-45... got the idea from someone else on this forum) from Ham Radio Outlet. We'll somehow attach the appropriate antenna (WeBoost or Wifi Ranger, depending on what will work best at the campsite) to the mast and feed the cable from that through the hatch, as described previously.

Hopefully this will all work out well... we don't pick up our 19' until January, so haven't had real-life experience with this setup yet.

Good luck!
I called Wilson for info on which product to purchase for my 17B and was told the Weboost 470201 Rv 4g would be best. Has anyone used this model? If not is there a reason to choose a different model over this one? It comes with a directional antenna (box antenna) that mounts with suction cup holder to back of camper or side, which ever has best reception. I didn't want to put a hole in the camper so this would enable you to put up as needed and take down when ready to leave. I am really getting somewhat confused as to what I should purchase. Thanks for any input.
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Old 06-04-2016, 11:42 AM   #56
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We bought the 4S before our trip to Alaska primarily for cell phone use. It was great. It exceeded our expectations. For those long stretches of weak coverage it would routinely boost a flickering maybe 1 signal into a very usable 2 or 3. The little magnetic mount antenna is still on top of the truck cab and locally its handy to have a charging cradle for the phone to use hands free.

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I called Wilson for info on which product to purchase for my 17B and was told the Weboost 470201 Rv 4g would be best. Has anyone used this model? If not is there a reason to choose a different model over this one? It comes with a directional antenna (box antenna) that mounts with suction cup holder to back of camper or side, which ever has best reception. I didn't want to put a hole in the camper so this would enable you to put up as needed and take down when ready to leave. I am really getting somewhat confused as to what I should purchase. Thanks for any input.


Yes, I agree these booster products can be very confusing. I think you will be fine with the RV booster kit. I chose to go with the Wilson 4G-M so that I can also use it in my truck when we are traveling. The most important decision, in addition to booster strength, is which receiving antenna to get.
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Old 06-04-2016, 01:16 PM   #58
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The most important decision, in addition to booster strength, is which receiving antenna to get.
Agreed. I currently have a Wilson directional antenna that I use with my Wilson cradle cellphone amp. But I'm considering replacing it with an omnidirectional antenna, which I think would work better most of the time. It would certainly be more convenient, as I wouldn't have to determine the location of a cell tower in order to point the antenna. I'd lose the gain provided by the directional antenna, but I could keep it as a spare in case I'm really in a jam.
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Has anyone tried this one?
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It comes with a directional antenna (box antenna) that mounts with suction cup holder to back of camper or side, which ever has best reception.

A fire side chat I had with someone, they loved the idea of going above the 12' sea of 5ers, toyhaulers and diesel pushers. A flagpole mount would have been his recommendation.

Take that with a grain of salt, as I don't think he ever parked anywhere but a resort.
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