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Old 10-16-2018, 10:12 AM   #1
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Needing Help With Wi-Fi

Really looking for the expertise of the great folks in this forum. We have our unit permanently placed at an outstanding campground but our WiFi is terrible. The grounds don't have a WiFi connection to speak of and I can usually only get one bar (sometimes two) on my phone, rendering my hotspot relatively useless. We have a FireStick that we depend on for TV (from our hotspot) so that doesn't give us much service and I often work from there and have spotty service on my PC. What is it I need to boost my signal on my phone so that I could at least get three bars. I hear of "boosters", "extenders", etc. and really have no clue as to what I need. Hoping someone on here can give me the direction I need so that I can fix this problem.

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Old 10-16-2018, 10:23 AM   #2
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Get a MiFi device from your cell provider.

I have Verizon and even though I can hotspot to my phone...I get much better speed from the MiFi.

I'm on it right now using my desktop computer with only two bars...and it is still zooming fast!
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:54 AM   #3
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Needing Help With Wi-Fi

Look at Weboost. If you can reliably get one bar then youíll be fine with their cell amplifier. It will even improve Myfi performance.
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Old 10-16-2018, 12:38 PM   #4
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Which Weboost amplifier do you think would work for me?
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:32 PM   #5
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We live on an island and have T-Mobile.
They gave us a free cell phone signal booster for the house.
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:46 PM   #6
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Without a good Version signal there is no way I would stay in any campground.
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:51 PM   #7
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Which Weboost amplifier do you think would work for me?
I have a Weboost Drive 4G with a Wilson 4G RV Antenna and it works well as long as you have a signal. I have found that when my phone (Galaxy S7) can't get a signal strong enough for a hotspot that my Girl Friends Verizon Jetpack MiFi sometimes can.
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:00 PM   #8
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we do great almost anywhere with the Verizon jetpack... much better as a dedicated hot spot than our Verizon phones
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:16 PM   #9
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Verizon Jetpack w/aux antenna

I use a Verizon Jetpack and have never found anywhere it didn't work. I have sent 100 Mb files from remote locations in the Arizona desert north of Yuma where the nearest cell tower was in Quartsite, 45 miles away.
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:35 PM   #10
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I use an external USB high gain antenna to attach to the park WiFi and connect to the PC. I then share out that Internet connection via the network card in the PC and connect that to a wireless router in my 5'er which re-broadcasts the park WiFi inside the RV. I have no problem streaming Netflix. Google on Internet Connection Sharing if you are using Windows.
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Old 10-16-2018, 05:02 PM   #11
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I use the weboost drive sleek. It is for one phone as you put the phone in a cradle for it to work. Much cheaper than the multi device amps and it works great for us. We just put one of our phones in the cradle and set the phone to mobile hot spot. The laptop connects and it is 4g fast. It works with almost all providers. But, with any amp, you have to have a signal to boost.
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Old 10-16-2018, 05:25 PM   #12
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When you say they dont have wifi to speak of.. I'm taking it that its super crappy as opposed to non existent. If it's super crappy I would highly recommend the Redport Halo antenna booster. It will pick up signals from 5 miles away like they were right there. It's also great for those pesky places that wont let you sign into the wifi on your smart tv.

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Old 10-16-2018, 05:55 PM   #13
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If you want to stream tv and work and send files all day long over campground wifi then you really are abusing that service for the rest of us. If the campground offers a bandwidth upgrade for a fee that's different. Provisions are in place then.

If you think 100 campers in a campground can all max out their devices and things will be OK for everyone, then you really don't understand how wifi works.
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<snip> If the campground offers a bandwidth upgrade for a fee that's different. Provisions are in place then.

Agree - Yes, I pay $40/mo for park WiFi
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:37 PM   #15
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I got a WiFi booster from Technorv, I have the external antenna model and seems to work great for us. Only thing I ran into in a park one time was the booster got better signal on the nose of the 5er than on the tail. I think it had better line of sight on the nose.
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:42 AM   #16
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I use a Wilson cell booster. The cell tower is at least 15 miles away. Without the booster I get one to none bars, with the booster I get three bars. I have it mounted on a flag pole that attaches to the ladder. I use it with Verizon Jet Pack and am able to stream TV.

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Old 10-27-2018, 08:59 PM   #17
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On our first outing, I struggled to get a wifi signal. I'm very interested in the usb high gain antenna mentioned in earlier posts. There appear to be a gaggle of them on Amazon, but are they all about the same quality? I'm in unknown territory here and can barely interpret what I'm reading. Is this device something I plug into the usb port of my laptop or do I have to have a wireless router to plug it in to?



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Where are you trying to get a wifi signal from... your phone or the campground wifi?
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Where are you trying to get a wifi signal from... your phone or the campground wifi?
Initially, campground wifi, Verizon signal wasn't great either so I was trying to pull off campground wifi.....I really don't know what I'm doing except that we are planning an extended trip next spring and I will not be happy if I can't use laptop. My wifi hotspot on my phone is ok, but never seems to be very good.....
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I have a Weboost Drive 4G with a Wilson 4G RV Antenna and it works well as long as you have a signal. I have found that when my phone (Galaxy S7) can't get a signal strong enough for a hotspot that my Girl Friends Verizon Jetpack MiFi sometimes can.
Just saw the pics of your weboost install. We have an Isata 3 also and your solution looks good. Do you use 12v dc or 110v ac for power? Also from the picture label, do use the victron with original solar and agm batteries or have you moved to lithium ?
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