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Old 10-14-2017, 06:33 AM   #1
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Wifi Boost Ranger Extenders

In our travels we find that wifi signal strength varies greatly by park.
Just curious, has anyone used a used a boost extender to improve wifi signals?
If so, is there a unit that you would recommend?

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Some light reading
https://www.google.com/search?q=wifi...earch=irv2.com
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Old 10-14-2017, 07:21 AM   #3
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You can invest a lot of money trying to boost a campground signal that is slow and congested. I feel you’re much better off just using cell data. I have two jet packs, one for verion and the other for T mobile. I always try the campgrounds, Walmarts etc. first, I’ve found a few that were super. Tallahassee and Jacksonville had campgrounds with 10mbps download speeds, but most are terrible. If they’re marginal, I don’t bother. With unlimited (sort of) cell data you’ll save a bunch of headache. I work on the road so Internet is a very important priority for me.
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You can invest a lot of money trying to boost a campground signal that is slow and congested. I feel youíre much better off just using cell data. I have two jet packs, one for verion and the other for T mobile. I always try the campgrounds, Walmarts etc. first, Iíve found a few that were super. Tallahassee and Jacksonville had campgrounds with 10mbps download speeds, but most are terrible. If theyíre marginal, I donít bother. With unlimited (sort of) cell data youíll save a bunch of headache. I work on the road so Internet is a very important priority for me.


What Bill said, we use cell data.
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You can invest a lot of money trying to boost a campground signal that is slow and congested. I feel youíre much better off just using cell data. I have two jet packs, one for verion and the other for T mobile. I always try the campgrounds first, Iíve found a few that were super. Tallahassee and Jacksonville had campgrounds with 10mbps download speeds, but most are terrible. If theyíre marginal, I donít bother.
That pretty much sums up my experience, however, my booster does bring in some WIFI signals that I would not normally pick up without it. For instance, at home my rig is parked about 100 feet from my house and inside the unit I don't see my home WIFI...with the booster I pick it up fine. I use the Alpha antennae booster and Alpha router (from Amazon) to create my own wifi hot spot.
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Iíve used this solution for several years.

https://outsideourbubble.com/secure-...for-under-100/

Inexpensive and works very well
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Good site for general information is www.rvmobileinternet.com.

Personally I have a WiFiRanger GoAC/Elite AC package on my DS. I have been with the WFT systems through the years and they are easy to use and have an excellent user interface. The David Bott system works great also but is more to the techie group. WFR equipment is easy install/setup and they have solid technical support. More expensive but worth it for a lot of folks.

All of that said WiFi in most parks even with good connections is usually pretty poor. Too many users, not enough bandwidth, and never designed for the surge in video streaming that really hammers a system into the ground.

I was just at the Victoria Acres RV park in Nebraska City, NE last week. Best wifi I have seen in a long time. Unboosted I was seeing 25-30mbps download speeds. Absolutely incredible. They have 4 lines feeding the campground. Really done right and it shows.
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Good site for general information is www.rvmobileinternet.com

I was just at the Victoria Acres RV park in Nebraska City, NE last week. Best wifi I have seen in a long time. Unboosted I was seeing 25-30mbps download speeds. Absolutely incredible. They have 4 lines feeding the campground. Really done right and it shows.
As a full-timer, I agree that although there are still lots of parks with poor wifi there are a growing number of parks that have begun to realize that good wifi can be a major selling point and can provide a competitive edge.

One advantage of using a router as a repeater amplifier inside your RV (regardless of brand or hardware) is that all the devices in your network remain connected to your internal LAN and you can shift the entire LAN to a park wifi, for example, with a single keystroke. Considering that the LAN in my RV consists of 2 laptops, an iPad, two Rokus, a DirecTV Genie and two smartphones, it's a heck of a lot easier to move the entire LAN to a new internet source rather than to have to login every individual device. I do the same thing with my Verizon and AT&T cellular connections when service on one of the carriers begins to slow down and I want to change to the other.
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I have used a WIFI ranger and have been very happy with it. They have very good support service. They don't answer the phone but they ALWAYS call back that day or the next day at the latest.
A WIFI booster will not make a bad system great. I have found that 70%-80% of the campgrounds we have stayed at had WIFI services that worked good to excellent with my ranger.
So for that 20%-30% of the time where the campground wifi is not good, we use our cell phone as a hot spot. Hope this helps
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We use an Alpha Camp Pro WiFi extender with very good results in some parks. We use cellular data in some parks with very good results. Neither works perfectly in all parks we have visited. But a combination of the 2 works very good.
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