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Posted: 07/29/20 01:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What makes a good Wi-Fi Booster and Range Extender that doesn't require mounting it on the roof?

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In RV parks the issue is usually bandwidth not signal strength. I use a booster to connect in my garage.


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Griz14 wrote:

What makes a good Wi-Fi Booster and Range Extender that doesn't require mounting it on the roof?

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I'll be interested to hear everyone's answers as I'm starting to search for a solution, too. Campground wi-fi is rarely useful, even in really nice campgrounds. I'll likely test out a jetpack or something similar to get cellular internet access.

Not sure if you have found them yet, but one good source of information is Mobile Internet Resource Center. Cherie and Chris from Technomadia have guides to help people with their mobile internet. No affiliation, just find their information useful.


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I can’t make any recommendations on type or brand but when I installed our
WeBoost I mounted the antenna to the post that has the tv antenna. I haven’t been able to try it in the wild but it works good in the driveway. It’s a little heavy but doesn’t seem to strain it too much.

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If you are talking WiFi rather than a cell booster, you can't beat a Ubiquiti Nanostation combined with their Air Cube Router. Not automatic, but I've used the combination to provide a solid connection to a Loves truck stop 1 mile away. The Nanostation was mounted on a 6' painter's pole...

Here is a You Tube video showing how to set it up: Nanostation Set Up


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And if you are going to look at non wifi, check your cellphone and plan. using a smartphone as a hotspot has become more or less standard.

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Are you trying to boost the campground signal? If so I doubt a booster will help your connection.

Or are you trying to better broadcast your own signal?


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time2roll wrote:

Are you trying to boost the campground signal? If so I doubt a booster will help your connection.

Or are you trying to better broadcast your own signal?


Yes I am trying to pick up the campground Wi-Fi signal and boost it to my laptop better.

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Poor, slow wifi is the norm these days. A booster won’t improve a poor network.

I have pretty much given up on good wifi and went with a Weboost cell booster.
I have iPhones on Verizon with umlimited data we turn into a hotspot AND I bought an ATT based hotspot data only puck which I turn on a month at a time if Verizon doesn’t fill the bill.

This works good enough to stream HD content.


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Why anyone would connect to the "free" wifi in a campground and expect any kind of speed, other than "maybe" google or yahoo is beyond me...

It ain't like you are going to be able to login into your Netflix account and stream movies all night long! ha, ha...

Not to mention, the security risk in tapping into those 'free' wifi sites at restaurants and such... Even with a VPN, you are more at risk if you feel safe doing that..

Anyway, get a data plan for your phone or a "mifi" device or something...

Don't rely on those 'free' wifi spots.. Just asking for trouble and you won't get any speed anyway, no matter how many "booster" you have.... [emoticon]

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