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In case you missed Sunday’s sneak preview of our WiFiRanger installation video…
Anyone who’s stayed in an RV park offering “WiFi” can tell you that most of them… oh, how shall we say this delicately?… uh… suck. Yeah, that’s probably the most polite way to describe RV park WiFi.
Check out our follow-up video showing us in a location where we wouldn’t have been online without using our WiFiRanger.
Our friends Nina & Paul of Wheeling It have just published a great post about installing and using their WiFi Ranger Elite. If you’d like to read the installation instructions rather than watch our video version, plus get their review of the system’s pros & cons, check it out here.
There’s no easy solution to having too many people vying for too little bandwidth. Besides the challenge that remote parks face when internet speed options are limited, most parks don’t have equipment that’s robust enough to handle so many users at once. Enterprise-class, commercial-grade equipment is very expensive, so most park owners either can’t or won’t spring for it, or simply aren’t aware that standard consumer-grade systems are simply not up to the task at hand.
There is something you can do to overcome one weak link in the chain: boost your connection to whatever signal is available. If you’re parked in the far corner of the park, your laptop, tablet or smartphone may not be powerful enough to reach a transmitter. That’s where WiFiRanger comes in.
The external antenna connects to a WiFiRanger Go2 unit inside our electronics cabinet, amplifying and re-broadcasting our own personal hotspot in and around our motorhome. This not only helps boost weak RV park WiFi, but can also reach out to snag other nearby hotspots. We can be staying in a Wal-mart parking lot and get onto a Starbucks or McDonald’s network down the street.
This video reviews our installation of the WiFiRanger Elite Pack, which includes both the external antenna and the WiFiRanger Go2 unit. Your installation may be different, but this will give you some idea of what’s involved. And there are lots of different options from WiFiRanger, so be sure to visit their website to determine which system is right for you.
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Even though we're handy RVers, we're not professional technicians. So although we're happy with the techniques and products we use, you should be sure to confirm that all methods and materials are compatible with your equipment and abilities. Regardless of what we recommend, consult a professional if you're unsure about working on your RV. Any task you perform or product you purchase based on any information we provide is strictly at your own risk.