A popular budget option with some RVers has been combining the Alfa Desktop R36 WiFi Antenna ($59.95) with their External RV Booster Tube ($99.95). Now, Alfa packages these components together as the WiFi Camp Pro. In April 2018, they updated the kit to the Camp Pro 2.
The updated Camp Pro 2 remains highly similar to the original. The WiFi receiving component is a USB powered WiFi radio that can connect directly to a single computer to get it online, or it can act as a WiFi-as-WAN receiver when paired with the "USB Repeater" module which then acts as a router, creating a local WiFi network so that multiple devices can get online and share the upstream connection.
The biggest change in the updated Camp Pro 2 is in the repeater component and can be viewed as “internal hardware enhancements”. These enhancements are touted to provide better through-put speeds for multiple users. In addition, updates have been made to the user interface, simplifying set-up and control.
The Alfa hardware has a solid reputation for picking up weak WiFi well at long range - but there is no option for interfacing directly with any cellular modems.
The feature set is very basic, but for some the price is right.
Specifications - Camp WiFi Pro & Camp Pro 2
- Base Technology: Alfa
- Wi-Fi Router: Yes
- 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
- 5GHz Wi-Fi: N/A
- Wi-Fi Antenna: 1x , 8 dBi Antenna Included
- Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
- Cellular Tethering via USB: No USB Port
- Integrated Cellular Modem: No
- Ethernet Ports: 1x 100Mbps Fast Ethernet (WAN / LAN Configurable)
- Special Features: None
- Power Source: 110V AC Adapter Included
- Outdoor Rated: No
- Retail Price: $169.99
Testing Status: We tested the original Camp Pro in early 2017, after TechnoRV.com sent us an evaluation unit. Our members have access to our video tutorial, field testing results:
Here is our unboxing video of the equipment included in that kit:
We do not have current plans to test the updated Camp Pro 2, however, TechnoRV.com shared their product overview:
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Alfa WiFi Camp Pro
A basic and affordable dedicate WiFi extending option.