I posted this information on another thread where it was clearly off topic so I decided to give it a separate thread. I have increasingly found the WiFiRanger Pro to be less and less useful. I was under the impression that MyRozie functionality was somehow tied to the WiFiRanger which is not true. The MyRozie internet connection works fine in the LAN port of my Pepwave cellular router. So I am currently deep into a project to upgrade my WiFi and cellular internet capability using only one small box.
The WiFiRanger Pro is basically a 2.5 GHz WiFi solution dedicated to only do WiFi as WAN. The 2.5 GHz WiFi band has become mostly unusable in RV's today. It is totally oversubscribed anytime there is a group of RV's together. I was in an RV park recently and the WiFiRanger Pro was picking up 3 pages of SSID's all with good signal strength. Even if you can hook up to a campground hotspot with good internet throughput, WiFi congestion will make the link usable and intermittent. There are basically only 3 clear channel, 2.5 GHz bands even though it looks like there are 11. So everyone is fighting for access over just 3 full service bands.
There is really no choice but to use the 5.0 GHz band wherever you can if you want to do WiFi as WAN. I was in several RV parks this Summer with 5.0 GHz service, so they are slowly coming on board with this capability. But for the most part there is very little 5.0 GHz WiFi in campgrounds today.
One factoid most novice RV users don't understand is that when using a cellular mobile data source (like a MiFi, cellular router, smartphone hotspot) is that they are degrading the bandwidth of that internet connection if they connect to the device using a 2.5 GHz WiFi connection in a locally congested area. That's because you are competing for those three clear channels on 2.5 GHz WiFi with all the other RV's around you. All connections must be 5 GHz to avoid contention with all the other 2.5 GHz WiFi connections in the campground and get the full bandwidth of your internet connection.
My crystal ball says that using in WiFi local campground connections will be less and less important in the future. We now have very good cellular data connections in most places and it is about to get much better for mobile data users with adoption of TMobile's 600 MHz, Band 71. Band 71 is a game changer for mobile data.
For now I am replacing WiFiRanger Pro with a new Pepwave MAX BR1 MK2 Router with a Cat 6 LTE Advanced Modem
. With LTE-A
this modem is really fast on Verizon. Anyone who wants fast cellular data now needs to move to LTE-A
is basically "4.5G" as we wait for the 5G rollout.
But for RV's the neat thing about the Pepwave MAX BR1 MK2 Router
with a Cat 6 LTE Advanced Modem is that it includes both 2.5 GHz and 5.0 GHz "MIMO" WiFi. It also includes "WiFi as WAN" that can be used on either frequency. WiFi as WAN is what the WiFi Ranger is doing but in the WiFiRanger Pro version there is only 2.5 GHz band available.
With the Pepwave MAX BRI MK2 LTE-A
you get all the functionality of the WiFiRanger Pro plus blazing fast 4.5G cellular internet all in one very small form factor. As a bonus the Pepwave MAX BRI MK2 LTE-A has 2 SIM card slots. On Verizon you can buy another SIM card for the second slot giving 30 GB of hotspot data. A downside of the Pepwave MAX BRI MK2 LTE-A is that you need 4 antennas on the roof (2 cellular and 2 MIMO WiFi). That is my current project, running the 4 antenna leads to the roof. Note 4 wires coming out of light socket in image below. Stringing wires around the ceiling of the NA is tough work. Will report more when installation is complete and all the antennas are installed.