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Old 10-01-2013, 10:13 AM   #1
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Sabre Option Wifi Ranger

I am considering ordering a Sabre RV. Listed on the order sheet is a Wifi Ranger. I asked the dealer, but hey are not familiar with it and haven't had anyone order it. Is it a wifi router or booster? I am a consultant. I frequently telecommute and would want to be able to do so from the RV. So if this is something I might want, I don't want to miss out.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:25 AM   #2
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:51 AM   #3
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It looks to be a WiFi bridge. A device that connects to park WiFi and provides its own network address translation connection to authorized local users. Like your dealer, the web site is rather short on the options and features. There are several configurations, so my bet is that it is the simplest unit and comes without any thought put into the install, such as the location that will provide the best pick up from the outside WiFi or signal throughout the camper. Or just comes in a box for you to deal with. Good luck in getting the dealer to give you any reliable information. Or even FR for that matter. But let us know if you do get some good help.
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Here is some additional information on the Wi-Fi Ranger:

RV Networking

Keeping You Online

With the range and capability needed to reach otherwise weak WiFi signals, the WiFiRanger Sky is well suited for RVs and Motorhomes. One of the challenges for receiving a strong WiFi signal in RV Parks and Campgrounds is the construction of your RV itself. However, with the outdoor-rated WiFiRanger Sky, which can be mounted on the roof, this problem is alleviated, while also getting the powerful WiFi router above the rooftops of other nearby RVs. Thisprovides reliable WiFi from RV Parks and Hotspots. Enjoy having all of your devices online through the WiFiRanger Sky as the secure go-between.

Blazing Speed

Get Things Done

The WiFiRanger Sky has been designed to meet the challenging needs of avid RVers, providing an all-WiFi network inside and outside of the RV. In developing the WiFiRanger Sky, the goal has been to provide the product that just works, and works fast. From productivity to entertainment, the WiFiRanger Sky is an excellent outdoor-rated WiFi router for getting and staying online when at RV Parks and Campgrounds. Enjoy both unshackled speed and welcome user-friendliness from the WiFiRanger Sky.


Robust Security

Protect Your Network

Have the security needed to combat intruders, keeping your information and devices safer. The WiFiRanger Sky comes standard with a robust built-in firewall and WPA2 256bit AES encryption, ensuring that your WiFi network is kept private. The WiFiRanger Sky also has an optional feature to broadcast a public WiFi signal so that you can share the internet with friends or neighbors who you don't quite trust with having access to your private network. This feature segregates the public network from your private network, againkeeping your information and devices safe.


WirelessHardwareWarrantyBand2.4GHzCasePolymerSatisfaction30-DayAntennaIntegrated 2x2 MIMOWaterproofYesAs-Advertised1-YearThroughputUp to 300MbpsUV-RatedYesHardware1-YearRadio26dBm / 400mWVibration-RatedYesStandards802.11 b / g / nLAN1x (POE Model)Broadcasts1x Private / 1x PublicDimensions115x200x50mmEncryptionWPA2 Personal 256bitTemperatures-10C ~ +70CRangeLongPower Input12VDCPower Use4W Max Consumption
And a link to download the brochure: http://www.mito-oem.com/media/pdf/WI...f066a614c912fd
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:09 AM   #5
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I use JEFA Tech WIFI repeater in my TT. You attach a 2 ft antenna out side and run the antenna wire to the wireless router inside. I have it strapped to my tv antenna. They claim it has 1/2 mile line of site range. Been good so far for us and saved on our cell phone data usage.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:13 AM   #6
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I am considering ordering a Sabre RV. Listed on the order sheet is a Wifi Ranger. I asked the dealer, but hey are not familiar with it and haven't had anyone order it. Is it a wifi router or booster? I am a consultant. I frequently telecommute and would want to be able to do so from the RV. So if this is something I might want, I don't want to miss out.
I'm a programmer/consultant that works from my RV, too.

I would pay for this option if it had been offered when I bought my RV.

That said- be mindful that most campground WiFi pretty much sucks. It's generally slow (some even throttle; one throttled based on usage- the more you used, the slower it got).

I use a dedicated hotspot device for cellular data as my primary source of Internet. When it was through my phone, my usage wasn't too bad. Now that it's a dedicated hotspot, we're going through about a gig every other day. It's easy to forget that you're on it.

Cell coverage can be spotty, though- even in the heavily saturated east coast. I'm looking now for cell boosters.
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:55 PM   #7
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Enjoy both unshackled speed ...
This is one of the areas that the material is light on explanation. Since it connects to the park WiFi, it cannot "unshackle" the network limitations. In fact on a throttled network using all one's devices through a single WiFi connection can make connection speeds worse. So don't expect it to allow each member of a family of four to be able to watch Netflix on a personal device.

The WiFi ranger claims a "signal-boosting" technology, but there is simply no way to "boost" the signal from the park transmitter. A device can only be a better receiver, but the WiFi ranger is short on detail on what exactly it is better than. Better than an inside antenna no doubt, but that is hardy the advanced technology alluded to.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:28 PM   #8
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Oh, welcome to the forum, kaschultz.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:15 PM   #9
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Thank you for all the comments and welcome. The cost of the wifi ranger is $397. I'm leaning towards getting it and understand the limitations. Although I do not intend to rely solely on the CG wifi available.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:57 PM   #10
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can an "aftermarket" wifi router be had for less money with the same or better features? i dont know diddly about routers or techno stuff, but i do know that most stuff installed in an rv is usually not the most top notch stuff available (even tho they charge like it is).

best buy might be a better place to look and compare specs.
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