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Old 04-13-2015, 10:03 PM   #1
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Wi-fi to Wan

My campground has a Wi-fi but I wanted to boost the signal as I am a seasonal way in the corner of the campground.

There are solutions for this from about $65 to several hundred.

I have found a solution that is affordable, has tons of router and access point features and allows a camper to capture the existing WiFi signal and rebroadcast it using your own SSID, password, and DHCP assigned devices using its internal server. It also provides 4 hard wired ethernet connections. You can even
connect a Wi-fi hot spot card into the USB connector that is on the unit so when the Wi-fi from the campground fails it automatically will fall back to cellular Wi-fi. You can tether it to a cell phone and for those of you on a fixed data plan the webpage based router interface will keep track of the overall data usage by connected device. It also runs on 12 Volts.

Amazingly enough this nifty device is not in the "camping world" catalog and is very hard to find in any RV sales or parts place.

Used mainly in busses and motor homes and long haul trucks it is a great way to create your own network from someone else's.

The best part is you can connect many different types of external antennas to it or just purchase the small rubber Duckie antennas found on most access points. Out of the box it has an internal antenna, but that works only for modest signals that you may want to boost for a home or office.

Here is a link to the website

Pepwave Surf SOHO 3G/4G Router w/ WiFi as WANFirmware 6.1.2, 45 Reviews : 3Gstore.com

This unit is $129.00, less the antennas.

There is also a less expensive model at $99.00 but it doesn't have hard wired connections and has less features.

Combination units are also available to provide cellular boosting as well as Wi-Fi. They do get rather costly though.

Here is s photo of my install in my camper

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I have a high gain external antenna connected to the other antenna port on pole behind the camper. In my neighborhood I can see over 25 networks from neighbors.

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Old 04-13-2015, 10:13 PM   #2
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I forgot to mention for those of you who stay at campgrounds that charge for Wi-Fi on a per device basis, this will allow you to connect all your devices and just pay for one!


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Old 04-13-2015, 10:17 PM   #3
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I use a amped High power range extender. Has a built in screen to capture the wireless from the park.
Amped Wireless TAP-EX High Power Touch Screen Wi-Fi Range Extender
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:39 PM   #5
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Starting to research wifi options
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:10 PM   #6
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Here is an article on this topic

http://www.evdoinfo.com/content/view/4480/64/


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Old 04-14-2015, 07:02 PM   #7
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I bought the hardware for a wifi booster a year and a half ago but never needed it until just recently. I bought a new laptop, Windows 8.1 and it is a beast to get connected, then stay connected to Park wi fi.

I used these:

Wireless Range Extender:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005KN1YV6
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Though I paid only $25 for mine. Buying today, I'd check this out. I've had good luck with TPLink products and sure do like their prices.

http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-WA8...BE3BEHT0HZC3YR


You'll need this connector. Regular coax will not fit:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I laid this antenna close to a window inside the coach:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Been running for hours, streaming radio, and hasn't dropped the signal once.
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The Ubiquti NanoM2 works very well.
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:26 AM   #9
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Took your recommendation, did research and purchased pepwave wifi soho for my coach. I need an internal network for video and Roomie app remote and then single sign on for Wan connection. Looking forward to getting this installed and configured. Great advise. Many thanks.
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:49 AM   #10
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got the soho. it will not log into any of our iPhones for hotspot wifi wan. But I did find a BEAM and that works as a sub modem for pretty cheap on eBay. added to our shared data and now it looks like all is working on our setup.


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