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Old 07-16-2019, 12:01 PM   #1
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WiFi Booster Experience?

I have my trailer at a campground and it is about 70 feet from my smart TV to the Wifi transmitter. The provider claims 25Megabyte download. I can sometimes stream a movie or show but more often then not, it starts clocking. Sometimes it says, "signal too weak".

Does anyone have experience with wifi boosters? I tried one and it did nothing. Wondering if I just got a bad brand or they are just made to help dead zones in homes with good wifi already.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-16-2019, 01:15 PM   #2
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That may be true what they say about the WiFi, but the more people using the weaker,it gets. Just the nature of the beast. You can try a WiFi booster, I have one and it works pretty good at times. All depends on their signal and how many are using.

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Old 07-16-2019, 01:49 PM   #3
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First, test the wifi and don't trust the booster.

If you have a smart phone or tablet, do a speed test at your smart TV.

The walk the 70' to the source and try the same speed test from there.

If it's significantly faster at the source, then a booster helps. If it isn't, there's nothing you can do.

In campgrounds, it's usually a matter that the source wifi is crap and a booster doesn't help. Or only helps for certain parts of the day.

Otherwise, I had success with a WifiRanger. However, campground wifi was so terrible that I almost never used it and instead just used it as an internal router inside the RV.
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:24 PM   #4
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In addition to what the others have said, every wireless hop will reduce the speed of the connection. If your TV has an ethernet port, connecting it to a booster like a WifiRanger by ethernet will eliminate the extra wireless hop. I and a number of others have had good results using a Ubiquiti Nano Station as a Wifi booster. It is available for either the 2.4 or 5 ghz wifi bands. It can be connected to a router or directly to a computer. To use with a TV you would have to use a computer to access the control panel and set the Wifi SSid and any password and then connect it to the TV's ethernet LAN input.
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:52 PM   #5
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I worked for a few years as a WiFi architect, WiFi is only as good as the root Wide Area Network Connection the campground has. You can have a 400Meg WiFi system everywhere connected to a 10Meg circuit coming into the campground and now split that 10Meg between all the devices trying to use WiFi for movies or whatever and now you have a very crappy WiFi experience. WiFi boosters only amplify signal for good reception, they don't add network bandwidth. If the external network bandwidth isn't there no amount of signal is going to help you. Look at it this way, if the RV campground has a half inch water main coming into it, and you have a 4 inch water pipe to your RV how much water are you going to get along with everybody else?
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