Review: EliteAC by WiFiRanger (Mobile Routers & Long Range WiFi Extending)

The WiFiRanger EliteAC pack consists of a dedicated long-range roof-unit, paired with a GoAC indoor router to handle your indoor networking needs. Together they make a pretty potent (if pricey) combination.

To best bring in distant Wi-Fi, nothing beats having a powerful dedicated radio up on the roof.

This is exactly the task the WiFiRanger EliteAC is designed for.

Replacing the older WiFiRanger Elite, the new WiFiRanger flagship EliteAC (released in November 2016) has a dual-band single-chain 802.11ac radio paired with a high gain antenna that can pick up remote 5GHz or 2.4GHz signals - potentially from as far as 2 miles away.

The 19" tall WiFiRanger EliteAC is designed to be mounted on a rear ladder or onto a retractable batwing-style TV antenna on an RV roof, but a flat-mount kit is available as well.

If long range Wi-Fi is a critical part of your connectivity plan - the EliteAC is worth a very close look.

Specifications - EliteAC

  • Base Technology: MicroTik Metal
  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
    • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n - 150Mbps Max - 6dB Antenna
    • 5GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 ac/a/n - 433Mbps Max - 6dB Antenna
    • Max Radio Power: 1000mW
    • Wi-Fi Antenna: Integrated 6dBi Antenna
    • Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
    • Claimed Wi-Fi Range: 2 miles
    • Guest Wi-Fi Network: Yes
  • Cellular Tethering via USB: No, but can pair with an indoor Core or GoAC for this functionality.
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: No
  • Ethernet Ports: No, but can pair with Core or GoAC for this functionality
  • Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Faillover
  • Power Source: POE (Power Over Ethernet)
  • Dimensions: 19" x 2.5" x 1.5"
  • Outdoor Rated: Yes
  • Retail Price:  $349.99 / $399.99 (flat mount)

Other Models & Variations

WiFiRanger's new Flex-Guard antenna on the flat-mount EliteAC should be able to handle most tree branch strikes without damage.

The WiFiRanger EliteAC appears identical to the older WiFiRanger Elite - but under the hood the new model supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and connecting to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz remote networks.

The EliteAC is also available as a "Flat Mount" version that has a L shape and a lower profile that makes it easier to mount on some RV roofs, particularly those lacking in a batwing antenna or a ladder to attach the taller basic EliteAC to.

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The Flat Mount EliteAC costs $50 more, and includes a Flex-Guard antenna designed to better survive tree branch strikes.


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Review & Testing Status

WiFiRanger sent us a review unit of the EliteAC for evaluation in late 2016.

We have had the EliteAC mounted on our RV roof ever since, and have had it in active head-to-head testing against several other competitors.

We share our more detailed analysis, hands-on thoughts, and an in-depth video guide with our members below.

And members can view our ongoing field testing and range results here:

Mobile Router & Wi-Fi Gear Testing (Winter 2016/2017)

Unboxing Video

Here is our quick unboxing video and first impressions of the WiFiRanger GoAC, Core, EliteAC, and SkyPro.

Our deeper analysis, impressions, and video guide are in our members-only section.

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Purchasing Options

WiFiRanger primarily sells direct online and at RV rallies.

Uniquely, LivinLite is the only other reseller of WiFiRanger products that we know of.

The EliteAC is typically sold as part of the EliteAC pack, bundled with a GoAC indoor router for $699.

But you can buy the components standalone if you ask.

Members: Be sure to check the Members Discount page for an exclusive discount code to use when ordering.

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Quick Take

WiFiRanger's flagship outdoor system is the best we have tested for connecting to distant Wi-Fi networks.

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