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Old 01-05-2021, 12:09 AM   #1
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WiFi extender help

I bought my fifth wheel new last year and have been loving it. Been doing as many 3-7 day trips in as I can. (Still consider myself a newbie). But we are ready to venture into more long term stays - like a few months. The thing we have learned is how spotty to non existent wi-fi can be in parks. We are looking at staying for 6 months or so at a park that says (and reviews mostly confirm) very good WiFi even for streaming movies but that farther out spots may need a WiFi booster or WiFi extender.

Iím no rocket scientist and not great with the 2020 era of technology so I was hoping someone could explain easily and simply to me what the difference is and what would be the easiest and best option for us to buy and install. I am REALLY hoping to avoid drilling any holes in the exterior. Iím just not understanding the stuff Iím reading online about these things. We are looking for something that will allow us to watch the occasional Netflix movie and be able to use the internet on a desktop

My fifth wheel comes with a pre-wired winegard satellite system but I honestly donít know what that does for me either. Iím Assuming tv? Other than that I see nothing that deals with WiFi.

Thank you in advance for any help
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Old 01-05-2021, 08:55 AM   #2
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You have two coax ports outside. One is for cable tv and connected to a booster either behind the tv or on the ceiling in the bedroom; and the other is to hookup a satellite. I’ve never used a WiFi extender but am curious as to the answers.
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I use the Bearifi BearExtender. It is fairly inexpensive and it does a good job so far.
But here is a list of alternatives for you to look at.

https://www.satelliteinternet.com/re...nders-for-rvs/

and other options from Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Rv-Wifi-Boost...v+Wifi+Booster
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Old 01-06-2021, 12:54 PM   #4
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I googled 2020 top RV WiFi extenders. https://top5-wifiboosters.com/us_en/best-wifi-boosters
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I use the WIFI Camp-pro II. I made a pole mount out of PVC and hang it on the slide edge and use the included suction cup to hold it in place. It works great. It definitely improves the signal from around the campground. I have used it to stream Netflix to my Smart TV without buffering. The only drawback is it is the login software is awkward to perform all the steps each time you camp (maybe they upgraded the software in newer versions).
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Old 01-10-2021, 07:53 PM   #6
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I think I can help. 1st thing to do, is figure wether you have the Winegard Connect 2.0 or the Winegard Air 360. I too have had to figure this out myself and my rig was pre-wired for the Winegard. Once you have that figured out, let me know and Iíll tell you what to do from there.
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Old 01-10-2021, 09:17 PM   #7
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Thank you everyone for the replies. I will check these out and also find out what exactly I have. I bridge it’s the Winegard 360 but I’ll check in a couple days when I get home

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Old 01-10-2021, 09:26 PM   #8
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Get on the roof of your rig and look at the antenna dome. It will either say Air 360 or Connect 2.0
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I was looking at these on Amazon and its very confusing as to which ones need access to the router to set up and which don't. In a campground, you aren't going to have access to the router. The bearing looks like it only connects 1 pc. Is that true? I would want to connect multiple devices.
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Dallasrules - On the Camp-pro you set up the system within the router that is supplied with the kit. Everything is done on your computer. Once you connect your laptop/computer to the Camp-pro router then you enter the campground login and password and you are done. All your phones, computer and TV connect to the Camp-pro and the Camp-pro stays connected to the campground wifi. Hope this clears things up.
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I have the Winegard Air 360 but prewired for connect 2.0. I climbed on the roof and saw another black lid like thing that had a sticker stating it is prewired for connect 2.0. I assume this is the power source, not sure. Inside there is also a black connection box for a cable that has a button for antenna and a button for wifi from winegard. The service guy stated all we needed was a sim card but in climbing on top I don't see how that's even possible. Winegard stated it should have a clear lid I unscrew and I check for sim card. Well I don't have that either. So I am lost on what I do from here. Do you replace the Air 360 with the Connect or add to it, or do I have it? There is no cap on my ceiling anywhere inside like a lot of people mention. I have a 2021 Zinger Lite if that helps. Any help is appreciated.
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Did you get any answers? I am in the same boat. Not sure what to do.
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Old 11-03-2021, 09:47 PM   #13
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Same boat

I have the same winegard 360 with connect 2.0, I have seen videos where there is a cap inside the rv and under the cap the wires to plug the gw 1000. I have looked everywhere and I can not find anything remotely close to the cap, does anyone have any ideas on how to connect the modem.
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I did some digging as my trailer has the same sticker and no disc on the inside.
So On the roof I have the black square and the WineGard 360....
Please note... the 360 and the 360+ are different animals.

Read the fine print. "This RV is PreWired for..."

I believe that under that plate is ONLY the battery lead to power the WineGard WF2-435. This is a separate dome where it has the slot for the sim and connects to the power lead. The other dome is only the TV/Radio antenna.

Still looking to confirm but based on video's this is probably the solution they are advertising..
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I did some digging as my trailer has the same sticker and no disc on the inside.
So On the roof I have the black square and the WineGard 360....
Please note... the 360 and the 360+ are different animals.

Read the fine print. "This RV is PreWired for..."

I believe that under that plate is ONLY the battery lead to power the WineGard WF2-435. This is a separate dome where it has the slot for the sim and connects to the power lead. The other dome is only the TV/Radio antenna.

Still looking to confirm but based on video's this is probably the solution they are advertising..

I had the same questions and same issues when I first got my trailer. I went to use the system and ran into major complications. So I created the YouTube video in the link below to help clear up confusion surrounding the Winegard system. Hope it helps.

https://youtu.be/fFmLyou415g
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