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Old 12-04-2018, 02:35 PM   #31
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Have you tried a wifi search on your phone? Check to see if the ranger is being identified. That might answer a q
Question or two.
Yeah I tried all that, it's definitely dead... The board is delaminating and components are completely rusted off of it in the darker area in the picture I posted
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Old 12-05-2018, 06:00 PM   #32
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Just FYI, I have tried using a Chromecast without having internet, just the Ranger nd it doesn't really work well. It doesn't make a local network very well and the bandwidth lags horribly. Your luck may be different and if you do ever get it going, please let me know. I wanted to stream a movie I downloaded on my phone off Netflix to the Chromecast and it just wouldn't stream worth a crap. When I used my phone hotspot and let the ranger connect to that then everyone who I gave the password to could use my hotspot. The Chromecast worked flawlessly at that point.
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Old 12-12-2018, 10:46 PM   #33
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Just FYI, I have tried using a Chromecast without having internet, just the Ranger nd it doesn't really work well. It doesn't make a local network very well and the bandwidth lags horribly. Your luck may be different and if you do ever get it going, please let me know. I wanted to stream a movie I downloaded on my phone off Netflix to the Chromecast and it just wouldn't stream worth a crap. When I used my phone hotspot and let the ranger connect to that then everyone who I gave the password to could use my hotspot. The Chromecast worked flawlessly at that point.

Thanks for the info, I got the new guts for it today and installed it and just got in from figuring it all out.

The chromecast does require an internet connection to work properly since it is not streaming video/music from the phone (although I think in mirroring mode it actually does to some degree), the chromecast creates it's own connection to the media you are casting to it so that the phone becomes a remote for the chromecast, not a source.

Anyway, Couple things I found out while playing with it. The wifi ranger can connect to my phones hotspot but the phone that is being used for the hotspot cannot also be connected to the wifi ranger network, which means that, since the phone has to be on the same wifi network as the chromecast to be able to access it) you can't use the hotspot phone with the chromecast. So if I want to watch or listen to anything via the chromecast I would use my wifes phone as the hotspot or vice versa if she wants to cast anything.

This worked well for video and music when testing, and of course if you can get on the campgrounds wifi then that isn't an issue at all but campground wifi is often useless. The wifiranger sky4 they sent me does seem to have pretty good range, it was seeing a lot more wifi networks around my home than I ever see on my phones wifi scans here.

I'm pretty happy with it overall....As long as where we camp is within range of verizon lte we should be good to go with youtube, netflix, music services or whatever we want to watch or listen too.

The new pcb popped right in the old box and comes with a new lid with 2 antennas (vs the sky3's one), for 95 bucks shipped I'm happy with this setup.
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