The Denali was officially announced in September 2019, and began shipping in late October.
Though all Converge outdoor routers have the same external plastic shell, under the hood they are all different.
WiFiRanger describes Denali this way:
"Denali extends the outdoor WiFi power capabilities further with 5X the power of competing systems for better range and throughput, built in Cat 4 rooftop Extended Range LTE modem with integrated GPS."
The Denali also includes an option internal Cat-4 LTE modem (with option for a Cat-6 upgrade) with an integrated 2x2 MIMO antenna - with support for AT&T, Verizon, and Millenicom (T-Mobile based) plans.
The Converge platforms are designed for flexibility and upgradeability - with the electronics inside the roof-mounted shell claimed to be easily upgradeable by swapping out the "circuitry tray" to enable future features, or to upgrade to a higher-end model down the road.
In other words - if your RV came with with a Teton on the roof, you should be able to turn it into a Denali or a high-end Everest without needing to remove and replace the plastics shark fin shell on your RV roof.
Though the Converge outdoor product line was launched to bring HDTV, AM/FM, cellular, and Wi-Fi together into a single unit on an RV roof - the consumer version of the WiFiRanger Denali does not have HDTV or AM/FM functionality built in.
WiFiRanger has discovered that the high-powered Wi-Fi in the Denali (and Everest) was "not optimal" for mixing with HDTV, and actually causes interference with the TV signal - making that particularly bit of convergence possible, but not recommended.
The Denali can be paired with one of WiFiRanger's indoor router systems (the Poplar , Aspen, or Spruce) if you desire - but an indoor router is not required. If you do add an indoor router, WiFiRanger's user interface allows the two units operate (relatively) seamlessly as one - with just a single unified control panel which lets you choose your upstream connections and manage your locally connected devices.
In August 2020, WiFiRanger was acquired by Winegard. We will be tracking how this affects product pricing and availability going forward.
For an overview of the full WiFiRanger product line (and a look at some of the software features in common across different devices), see our gear center entry:
- Model: Denali
- Router Specs:
- # of Connected Devices: Not specified
- Wi-Fi Router: Yes
- Control Panel and Default Password:
Control Panel: mywifiranger.com
Default Password: changemenowXXYY (XXYY" are the last four digits of the WFR ID)
- USB Tethering Support: No - Available Via Paired Indoor Router
- Ethernet Ports: No - Available Via Paired Indoor Router
- Cellular Modem Specs (optional):
- Supported Networks and Bands: LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 12/17, 13, 14, 66, 71
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
- MIMO Support: 2x2 Integrated Antenna
- LTE Performance Category: Category 4 (optional Category 6 available)
(Max Theoretical Speed: 150 Mbps Down / 50 Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: Integrated Antenna
- SIM Card Type: TBD
- Dimensions: 9" Tall x 5.5" Wide x 7" Deep
- Other Ports:
- Power Source: 12V or 24V DC Power / AC Power Adapters a $5 Option
- Outdoor Rated: Yes - Connected Indoors via a 15' Tetherpoint Cable (Longer Cables Available)
- Special Features:
- Retail Price: Base price $350 | +$100 for Cat-4 Modem | +$150 for Cat-6 Modem
Review & Testing Status
In late October we received our evaluation Denali with upgraded Cat-6 modem, paired with their Spruce internal router - courtesy of WiFiRanger. Here is our first look video:
We will be integrating these into our testing, and sharing our hands on experience with our members.
During our evaluation, members can track our impressions and testing data in these places:
- [Testing Lab Report] Pepwave MAX Transit Duo vs WiFiRanger Converge, MIMO Antennas (Fall/Winter 2019/2020)
- In Progress Testing Forum Notes
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If you want to buy both indoor and outdoor units at once - you can buy the Converge Denali / Spruce Pack for $600, or you buy a custom pack and pair it with one of the other indoor models as well.