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Old 10-24-2017, 07:19 PM   #1
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Wifi Ranger Sky Pro option in 2018

has anyone else included the wifi ranger option on their order for a 2018 unit ?
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has anyone else included the wifi ranger option on their order for a 2018 unit ?
We bought our 2018 DS 4327 as a dealer spec. It has the Winegard Connect WiFi and 4G. It works great. We were picking up WiFi from a Loveís TS a mile away.
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has anyone else included the wifi ranger option on their order for a 2018 unit ?
I have one. Standard equipment in 2018 New Aire. Appears to be a very capable unit. On the road it will have internet connectivity to a Pepwave MAX BR1 router/modem running on Verizon Unlimited Plan.

Much better data plan than the Winegard unit.
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Good unit but remember, the WiFi Ranger will only pick up WiFi signals and not cellular. It also isn't capable of making bad WiFi better. It can only boost week signal but it doesn't boost bandwidth or speed. Slow WiFi will remain slow.

Personally, we didn't order it. Almost $1100 bucks to bring in questionable WiFi didn't seem worth it...especially when you can pick up the WiFi ranger for well under $500 bucks. Install might cost a bit but probably not $600. YMMV
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I have one. Standard equipment in 2018 New Aire. Appears to be a very capable unit. On the road it will have internet connectivity to a Pepwave MAX BR1 router/modem running on Verizon Unlimited Plan.

Much better data plan than the Winegard unit.
turbo pilot, if it's not too much trouble....can you take a picture of the unit on your roof for me, and post it ?

also, this pep wave unit....it receives the verizon wireless wifi signal, rather than tethering a phone or iPad ? and you're using the wifi ranger to repeat the signal in the coach ?
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We bought our 2018 DS 4327 as a dealer spec. It has the Winegard Connect WiFi and 4G. It works great. We were picking up WiFi from a Love’s TS a mile away.
so you are paying for the monthly subscription to wine guard ? how much is it a month ? or do you have a free trial period ?
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turbo pilot, if it's not too much trouble....can you take a picture of the unit on your roof for me, and post it ?

also, this pep wave unit....it receives the verizon wireless wifi signal, rather than tethering a phone or iPad ? and you're using the wifi ranger to repeat the signal in the coach ?
The Pepwave unit acts as a WAN source for the WiFi Ranger Sky Pro just like a DSL or cable modem at home, sending the Verizon cellular data signal to the WiFi Ranger. So the WiFi Ranger Pro can make a choice to use a local WiFi signal or a cellular data signal.

WiFi Ranger Sky Pro is very well designed. It is really two WiFi radios, one on the roof and one in the coach. Roof unit handles transactions to remote WiFi's then passes the output to the internal WiFi Ranger router which then passes the output to the internal WiFi radio.

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I have one. Standard equipment in 2018 New Aire. Appears to be a very capable unit. On the road it will have internet connectivity to a Pepwave MAX BR1 router/modem running on Verizon Unlimited Plan.

Much better data plan than the Winegard unit.
We arenít using the cellular part of the Winegard Connect for the reason you mention just the WiFi. We connect the router to our AT&T Netgear MiFi card that has unlimited data. The WiFi booster in the unit works great.
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We arenít using the cellular part of the Winegard Connect for the reason you mention just the WiFi. We connect the router to our AT&T Netgear MiFi card that has unlimited data. The WiFi booster in the unit works great.
Yup, Winegard got a little greedy with that unit. All they needed to do is put a modem in the unit with a SIM card slot allowing any user to use an existing data plan. Instead they overreached to cash in on month data charges by putting in a proprietary modem and a fixed SIM. Buyer beware.
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so you are paying for the monthly subscription to wine guard ? how much is it a month ? or do you have a free trial period ?
The coach came with the Winegard. If I had ordered it I would have got the WiFi only version. We are not using the Cellular portion, we have an AT&T unlimited plan with a unite explorer MiFi. We link the router on the Wingard to the Cellular modem we already have. What we like about the Unite Explorer is the portability. We can take it with us when away from the RV and connect our tablets.
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I have one. Standard equipment in 2018 New Aire. Appears to be a very capable unit. On the road it will have internet connectivity to a Pepwave MAX BR1 router/modem running on Verizon Unlimited Plan.

Much better data plan than the Winegard unit.
I purchased a Cradlepoint IBR600C router / LTE modem to install in the coach for cellular and WiFi for the same reason. It is comparable to the Pepwave unit and is also running on the Verizon Unlimited (15GB) data plan. At some point I will install some type of MiMo antenna on the roof to aid in reception as needed.

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I purchased a Cradlepoint IBR600C router / LTE modem to install in the coach for cellular and WiFi for the same reason. It is comparable to the Pepwave unit and is also running on the Verizon Unlimited (15GB) data plan. At some point I will install some type of MiMo antenna on the roof to aid in reception as needed.
Cradlepoint IBR is a good choice. I did some of the initial beta testing on this unit on an RV platform when it came 6 years ago. They have come a long way.

I moved over to Pepwave for several reasons including support for the new Verizon high speed frequencies.
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For the Cradlepoint and Pepwave folks.

Will it also operate on the 5 GHz wireless band? Pepwave doesn't list it.

Our experience with a (older) dual band Netgear home router is the thruput at 5 (60+ Mbps) is much higher than the 2.5 (28 max Mbps) if willing to give up broadcast distance.

Just curious as we still would need the 2.5 to connect to our (2.5 only) wireless printer.
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Not the model is purchased. For the pushing $400 difference I went with the IBR600C which doesn't do LTE-Advanced, but does fail back to 3g if necessary. In addition and to your question, it only uses the 2.4Ghz spectrum. If not for the deal that threw in some of the licenseable "extras" from Cradlepoint I probably would have sprung for the IBR-900 that does LTE-A and both WiFi spectrums.

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