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Old 05-08-2021, 06:24 PM   #1
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RV Park with Fiber Optic Internet

First off 2021 Ventana 4369.

I will be going to a RV park that has internet access via cat-5 cable from the pedestal. The owners of the park guarantee 100mbs up and down with no throttling. Time will tell. They said I need cat-5 cable and a wi-fi router for inside the RV to have a wireless system.

My coach currently has a Wi-Fi Ranger. Will I be able to use that in this process or will I have to purchase another router?

If I do need to buy another router, how do you all feel would be the best way to get the cat-5 cable in to the coach. The park said thru a slide or window. I don't like either of those options.

Does anybody know of a place I can pass it thru to the coach from the basement somewhere?

Also leaving the router in the basement is a possibility too.


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If you use a basic home style wifi router, you could place in in one of the storage bays if it has a 110 outlet. The signal might be a bit less that optimal being below the frame but I would bet it would be better than most parks wifi. I dont know the specifics of the wifi ranger systems - sorry.
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Old 05-08-2021, 06:33 PM   #3
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Can you share the park name? Love to find a place to hangout that has good Internet, most of the parks we have been the Internet is terrible. Thanks.
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If you use a basic home style wifi router, you could place in in one of the storage bays if it has a 110 outlet. The signal might be a bit less that optimal being below the frame but I would bet it would be better than most parks wifi. I dont know the specifics of the wifi ranger systems - sorry.
Agreed. This is likely the best solution. Pick a bay that has the least metal between it and the floor to minimize weakening the wifi signal.

I hope more parks do this!
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Folks, any amount of metal in the path of a WiFi signal will cause a serious drop in signal quality. WiFi is designed as a line-of-sight protocol.

I'd place the WiFi router as high and central in the RV as I could. If you already have a bay where other services enter the RV. As an IT veteran of 45 years, I's use a a true WiFi access point like an Ubiquiti which looks very much like a ceiling mounted fire alarm. But that still requires a true router like a Cisco router somewhere else. Perhaps the bay where the cable enters. The Ubiquiti access point gets its 24 volt DC power from a PoE injector between the router and the access point. The Ubiquiti access point has much better range than most home grade WiFi routers.

But don't expect much if you try to pass the signal through any metal surface. I have specialized metering equipment where I can detect specific path problems. I totally avoid metal and wet things, fish tanks, people, plants, etc.
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RV Park with Fiber Optic Internet

I have fiber optic cable at the house. It connects to a Lynksys mesh router. My Dutch Star has a WiFi Ranger. When I’m parked at the house in our RV garage, the WiFi Ranger sees the home network and hooks up automatically. Every device in the coach talks to the WiFi Ranger and is automatically connected. When I go on the road, I use a hot spot.

In your case, you should be able to run a Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable from the access point on the pedestal directly to the WiFi Ranger. There is a port in the back for this. I’d route it through the basement.
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If your coach has Nremar installed solar prep, there should be a Cat cable in the bundle of solar wiring in the bay next to the batteries. This cable runs up to the compartment above the driver near the WiFi Ranger.
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My coach currently has a Wi-Fi Ranger. Will I be able to use that in this process or will I have to purchase another router?
If your coach was fitted with both rooftop and indoor WiFiRanger routers then you ought to be able to connect the incoming Ethernet to one of the Ethernet ports on the indoor Ranger. Then the Ranger's WiFi will provide that connection throughout the coach.
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Old 05-09-2021, 08:22 AM   #9
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Your wifi ranger will work as a router. The challenge will be getting the cat 5 to it if it's like mine, and in the cabinet above the entry door.

It it's just a one and done, feeding it between the slide and the coach isn't a bad option. If your careful, it shouldn't harm the seal.
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Call me cynical, but I wouldn’t make too many changes or buy dedicated equipment until You actually visit a 100 MB FO equipped rv resort. I’ve been to some nice ones and don’t believe I’ve seen a FO 100 MB set-up yet. Thanks and keep us posted.
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First off 2021 Ventana 4369.
The owners of the park guarantee 100mbs up and down with no throttling.
Wow! 100 MBS up and down? Please keep us posted as well as share the park's name/location. I question this because most providers will promise 100 MBS download speed but they only have 10 or 20 MBS upload. We don't have a satellite service and stream on our TVs so that sounds great.
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Does the park also have Wifi for those that can't connect a cable?

I'm curious what park that is too.
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Personally I call the CG and see if they have modems they will let you use, then you know it will work with there setup. I know a KOA in Charleston that does this.
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"Fiber Optic Internet"....Cat 5 is not fiber. Maybe the campground hub is connected to the ISP via fiber, but "who cares". Every Internet connection has fiber somewhere in the chain between your laptop and the cloud server...

Anyway. like DocJ says...your WifiRanger router Inside the RV should have a port you can connect a Cat cable into. Just ensure your firewall (software in the WifiRanger) is configured so that port is a "dirty" (external) connection and not an internal connection (so your devices on the "clean" side are protected.

If you don't have an ethernet connection easy, you could just put a Wifi access point on the campground cable and then have WifiRanger external wifi antenna connect to that. As long as the access point is protected from weather and has power, and is not in a metal box, should be good to go.
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