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Old 03-14-2021, 03:22 PM   #1
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Wifi Ranger Denali/Spruce LTE

We have a new DSDP 4369 on order for July delivery. I added the WIFI Ranger Denali/Spruce LTE option. This was an option the wife felt she really needed as she works from the coach when we are on trips. So with this option do I need to get a SIM card from AT&T for it to function? I have very limited knowledge of hardware systems. So if anyone can help me out I would appreciate it.
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We have a new DSDP 4369 on order for July delivery. I added the WIFI Ranger Denali/Spruce LTE option. This was an option the wife felt she really needed as she works from the coach when we are on trips. So with this option do I need to get a SIM card from AT&T for it to function? I have very limited knowledge of hardware systems. So if anyone can help me out I would appreciate it.
We just picked up our Ventana 4369 a couple of weeks ago. The WIFI Ranger came with the AT&T SIM card installed. Just need to activate and pay for it.
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Did you order it with AT&T? How did they know you wanted AT&T?
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We activated our Denali on an AT&T business late account. 100gig/$100 month and it’s been very stable. I think the Denali comes standard with an AT&T SIM card as they haven’t received approval from Verizon or T mobile for their networks yet.
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We activated our Denali on an AT&T business late account. 100gig/$100 month and it’s been very stable. I think the Denali comes standard with an AT&T SIM card as they haven’t received approval from Verizon or T mobile for their networks yet.
All WiFiRanger routers are currently being shipped with AT&T FreedomGo SIMs. These are guaranteed to work in Ranger cellular modems.

Rangers are approved for use on AT&T and T-Mobile. Other SIMs provided by users will work but are not guaranteed.
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All WiFiRanger routers are currently being shipped with AT&T FreedomGo SIMs. These are guaranteed to work in Ranger cellular modems.

Rangers are approved for use on AT&T and T-Mobile. Other SIMs provided by users will work but are not guaranteed.
My 2019 skypro 2 came with an AT&T sim but I have not been able to get it to work through AT&T web site they do not recognize the sim card number.

It should not be that hard to add a sim card and device to my current AT&T account.

Talked with Wifi Ranger and they told me I need to buy another sim card and select one of the approved plans but they are double the cost of other data plans so that is disheartening.

Any advice is welcome.
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My 2019 skypro 2 came with an AT&T sim but I have not been able to get it to work through AT&T web site they do not recognize the sim card number.

It should not be that hard to add a sim card and device to my current AT&T account.

Talked with Wifi Ranger and they told me I need to buy another sim card and select one of the approved plans but they are double the cost of other data plans so that is disheartening.

Any advice is welcome.
In the past several months, AT&T has adopted very restrictive rules with respect to approved plans and devices. This is something that I've experienced personally.

WiFiRanger currently offers AT&T FreedomGo plans through its website; those plans are guaranteed to work with WiFiRanger routers/modems. Other plans will work, but they're performance isn't guaranteed.
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In the past several months, AT&T has adopted very restrictive rules with respect to approved plans and devices. This is something that I've experienced personally.

WiFiRanger currently offers AT&T FreedomGo plans through its website; those plans are guaranteed to work with WiFiRanger routers/modems. Other plans will work, but they're performance isn't guaranteed.
Could you share the others that do work?
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Could you share the others that do work?
No, the cellular "landscape" has changed so dramatically over the past couple of months that it's very difficult to me or anyone else to know what plans will currently work with any specific device. For example, the Nighthawk router which I and many others used on various AT&T plans is not acceptable with the plan I am currently using which was obtained from a different reseller.

What you can do is take the IMEI for an specific device and ask the carrier or reseller if that device can be used on its plans. The IMEI is a unique identifier and the it is pretty straightforward to determine if it will work with a particular plan.
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So is the WIFI Ranger Denali/Spruce an improved version of their equipment? My 2013 gas a WkFi Ranger in it but it does not seem to help. I’m guessing we need to upgrade to newer equipment or I just don’t know how to benefit from what I have.
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So is the WIFI Ranger Denali/Spruce an improved version of their equipment? My 2013 gas a WkFi Ranger in it but it does not seem to help. Iím guessing we need to upgrade to newer equipment or I just donít know how to benefit from what I have.
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Your 2013 WiFiRanger is 3-4 generations behind the hardware and firmware currently being employed. That's just the natural evolution of electronic devices. The newer models respond to commands much more rapidly and the firmware that powers them has more features.

However, they both do the same job; they make it easier to connect to an RV park WiFi. When you say that your Ranger "doesn't seem to help" you have to always keep in mind that no WiFi amplifier can turn an overloaded, poorly designed WiFi system into a good one. No matter what equipment you use, some WiFi systems won't work well.
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Docj I’m not to up on what the equipment is or does. It really wasn’t meant as a knock on the equipment more the fact I don’t seem to benefit from having it and I agree that is probably an out of date piece of equipment. My question would be is there a benefit to it if there is no public WiFi available? We have two newer hot spots one is Verizon and one is AT&T. It does not seem to help boost the reception of the hot spots. What we found was it actually slowed the speed of our reception on our phones and the hot spots? Maybe due to the age of the equipment. It was suggested by one of the Newmar techs to disconnect the power to it and not use it. That is what I did. We rarely stay at RV parks and typically we don’t depend on their WiFi if we do.
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My question would be is there a benefit to it if there is no public WiFi available? We have two newer hot spots one is Verizon and one is AT&T. It does not seem to help boost the reception of the hot spots. What we found was it actually slowed the speed of our reception on our phones and the hot spots? Maybe due to the age of the equipment. It was suggested by one of the Newmar techs to disconnect the power to it and not use it. That is what I did. We rarely stay at RV parks and typically we don’t depend on their WiFi if we do.
Your WiFiRanger was never designed to "boost the reception" of your phones and hotspots. Its principle purpose was to help you connect to local WiFi.

The speed reduction you notice when you use the Ranger to connect to your phones and hotspots is largely due to the age of your equipment. There will always be a speed reduction when you insert a "repeater" into a system, but with newer hardware the delay is less than you are experiencing.

In your case, if you aren't using park WiFi and don't want to update your hardware then the best thing to do is probably to turn it off.
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