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Has anybody purchased a Jefa Tech Long range WiFi repeater kit for RV's? http://www.jefatech.com/product/RV-KIT-REPEATER/Long-Range-WiFi-Repeater-Kit-for-RVs.html

If so does it work and would you recommend it? I am looking for something to boost WiFi signals at RV parks that we stay at in our travels. Suggestions or input would be appeciated.


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Hi,

I have been using a Hawkins directional Wi-Fi antenna in my travels, and it seems to pick up a Wi-Fi hot spot that can be up to 800 feet away. Though sometimes I had to put the antenna in a gallon baggy (to make it raintight) and strap it to the refrigerator vent cap, and point it to the Wi-Fi host. It plugs into a USB port, so is external, can be put outside the window on a hot day, for those campgrounds that you would otherwise need to be outside to get a good signal with the built in average tuner.

Hawkins HWL2 It is about 4 years old now, probably something more advanced has replaced that model? IDK. I use a couple of 6' long USB extension cords that I bought at Costco. The USB extension cord will not reduce signal strength over it's length. But attempting to extend the antenna wire and move it further from it's receiver will reduce the antenna's pick up ability. So best to move the receiver outside, right next to the antenna.

The repeater would be something that is used closer to the Wi-Fi location, or perhaps wired into the modem, then takes the weaker signals from the outer edges of the campground and repeats them to the main Wi-Fi antenna someplace else. If located in a tall tree near the campground office, yet on the campground side of the tree, or a small enough branch that the signals get out to all directions is the best location. When mounted about 45' in the air, it will have "Line of sight" to most of the campground RV's. Yet if mounted to close to the tree trunk, the signal will not go through the "Shadow" caused by the tree trunk, that will block most of the signal from going one direction.

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Buy one of these for $20 for most situations and then a $11 yagi antenna for really long range. It will be all you need and the best $31 you can spend. I've bought over 12 of these for people in my RV park.
This looks interesting BUT I have not tried one. Even though the yagi is a directional antenna, it picks up signals from the side quite well... not sure this one will.


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Can't address that specific one, but I started using a Bear Extender Mini a month ago and it works great for picking up a weak signal.


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I use the Jefa Tech WiFi repeater with an outside antenna, works great.


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I have one that is a repeater. It picks up the available WiFi and boosts it. I get a real good strong signal but it is only as fast as the camp WiFi, which is dependent on the number of people on line.


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I have one. Not as good or easy to use as the Alfa units. Don't waste your money. Get an Alfa and external antenna.

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I just ran across this one that looks interesting.

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There is a whole bunch of good information about wifi and cellular options at this site.
http://www.jackdanmayer.com/communication.htm


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