To best bring in distant WiFi, nothing beats having the radio up on the roof.
The 19" tall WiFiRanger Elite ($359.99) is designed to be mounted onto a retractable batwing-style TV antenna on an RV roof, but a flat-mount kit is available as well.
The WiFiRanger Sky2 is a smaller, simpler, and cheaper option than the Elite - and consists of a small weather-sealed box with a stubby antenna (total height 8") on top.
The primary difference is in the capabilities of the radio - the Elite is substantially more powerful.
WiFiRanger claims the Sky2 has a maximum range of 2500ft (1/2 mile), while the Elite has a maximum range of 2 miles. These range predictions are extremely optimistic, but they should give you a good sense of the relative capabilities on offer.
Both the Sky2 and Elite are weatherproof, and they only have a single connection coming out - a 30' long ethernet cable. You power these outdoor Rangers via "Power Over Ethernet" (aka POE), a technique that combines power with the data signal. You can either use a standalone POE injector (included), or plug the Sky into the dedicated POE port on a Go2 or Mini.
Both the Sky and Elite can function on their own as a WiFi-as-WAN router, but they lack any cellular capabilities unless paired with a Go2 or Mini indoors.
Specifications - Elite
- Base Technology: MikroTik Metal 2SHPn
- Wi-Fi Router: Yes
- 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
- 5GHz Wi-Fi: N/A
- Wi-Fi Antenna: Integrated ?dBi Antenna Included
- Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
- Guest Wi-Fi Network: Yes
- Cellular Tethering via USB: No, but can pair with Go2 or Mini for this functionality
- Integrated Cellular Modem: No
- Ethernet Ports: No, but can pair with Go2 or Mini for this functionality
- Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Faillover
- Power Source: POE
- Dimensions: 19" x 2.5" x 1"
- Outdoor Rated: Yes
- Retail Price: $359.99 / $409.99 (flat mount)
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