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Old 09-01-2015, 04:46 PM   #1
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Internet Mods in my Forester

I've posted a few times today that we have a big 3,000 mile trip coming up in a week. So, we've been modifying things for the trip.

I run internet websites for a living (I'm friends with the guy that owns this one) and need very good very reliable internet access. So, I pulled out the big guns for this coach.

First, I installed a WiFi Ranger Elite Wifi antenna/booster on my RV's roof. Then I installed a 12" by 18" sheet metal ground plane on the roof to accommodate my Wilson Cell Phone Antenna.

I ran the wires down through the hole in the roof for the TV Antenna. They then tucked nicely and fully hidden between the roof and the padded ceiling > into a cabinet > under the cabinet floor and out to the end of the upper cabinet above the sofa.

There I mounted our Wilson 3G/4G cell phone booster and the WiFi Ranger's neat Go2 wireless router. Everything runs on 12v, too.

The WiFi Ranger can pick up wifi signals up to 2 miles away and it boosts weak RV Campground signals that can hardly pass through most RV's walls. The Wilson Sleek 4G boosts Cell signals about 18 db (which is quite a bunch). But we don't use it for our phones so much - we use it to boost our Cellular MiFi Broadband Cards. We have two Mifi Aircards - a Verizon mifi and an ATT aircard.

The Wifi Ranger looks for free open Wifi networks and automatically signs on to them. Then you enter the local logins for the campground you're in and finally it connects via USB to your Aircard. Then the Wifi Ranger prioritizes all this and connects you seamlessly to the strongest and least costly internet.

The neat thing is, you only set up your computer, iPad, mobile phone, etc to to log on to the Wifi Ranger's Go2 router. There is no need for my wife and I to change logins for each park we visit. As long as we set up the Wifi Ranger it logs us in and shares everything - while blocking all others from getting onto our network.

I saw this setup at various Full-Timer blogs - such as Gone with the Wynns and others.

It worked great - I must say. When we pulled into a RV Park yesterday and got set up I booted my computer. Seconds later - bing sounded the updating of 3 new emails. But how could that be? I had not entered the parks Wifi settings into the Wifi Ranger yet. Turns out "Charlie's Coffee Shop" has free open Wifi. And, we still have no idea where Charlie's Coffee shop was.

Here's the Wynn's video about all of their electronic upgrades - including Solar, Li-Ion Batteries, Hybrid Inverter, etc and of course these items as well.

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Here's a photo of the Antennas on the roof and the equipment on the cabinet end (it's hidden from view as it faces the over cab bunk):
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:51 PM   #2
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That looks sweet. Thanks for sharing all of the details.


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Old 09-01-2015, 11:24 PM   #3
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That's the exact setup that was recommended to me by the RV Mobile Internet Technomads.

I'm likely ordering the stuff this week. Where did you get the sheet metal for the ground plane for the Wilson antenna?
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:40 PM   #4
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Great setup and toad, Creativepart.

I have the Wilson 4G booster and got my sheet metal at Home Depot.
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HD, ok. How are you all sticking it down to the roof?
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:07 AM   #6
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Thanks for the information Tim
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:36 AM   #8
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I've been running a JefaTech Internet repeater/router and a Wilson 4G Cell Repeater for over a year and they both work like a champ! Great value and this system has been trouble free. I have all my devices currently paired from my phone to all internet devices in my RV.


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I got a 12 x 18 piece of galvanized sheet metal for $4 at Tractor Supply but I'd guess Home Depot would have it too. I screwed down the four corners with some small screws, but mostly it's held down with Dicor. I've painted it White with rustoleum since I took the photo in my first post.

I was going to go with the bigger weBoost Drive 4G-M that broadcasts boosted cell signals in a wider area around the indoor antenna - they boost signal by up to 50 db.

But, since we already have the Sleek 4G booster and it worked well without the roof top antenna and ground plane, I figured I'd stick with that for now and see how much better it is with the roof mounted Ant.
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