Originally Posted by Yarome
Pretty much the "go to" among a large number of full-timers is the WiFiRanger
They basically have 3 different wifi solutions. The main difference from other basic antennas is that those are actually routers.. providing a layer of protection("safe surf") when you're on public wifi.
That is true a router will give an added level of protection. The modified routers we use can't be hacked. Others can see the signal we put out but can't connect to it without proprietary software that we use for ham communications. We have tried with other computers, laptops and smart phones but no luck.
I would be interested to see if the software with the external antennas has any encryption.
The WIFI Ranger has 1W output and has a 6dbi gain which is fairly standard with a lot of routers. The advantage is it can be mounted external to the RV and can be mounted high enough to get a good signal. The higher the better.
Wow, $360. You could buy a used Linksys router on Ebay for about $25 and a omnidirectional external antenna with 20dbi gain for another $8, 20' of coax for $20 and have more power. Someone on the forum has done that, I saw it in a search.