Review: WiFiRanger GoAC (Mobile Router)

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

WiFiRanger has a long history of serving the RV market with indoor routers and companion roof-mounted long-range gear that many have come to rely on.

The WiFiRanger GoAC router is WiFiRanger's latest flagship, released in November 2016 to replace the Go2 in WiFiRanger's product lineup.

The GoAC brings simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz (802.11n) and 5GHz (802.11ac) Wi-Fi to the WiFiRanger line, as well as gigabit ethernet ports.

And the GoAC retains WiFiRanger's signature feature - a POE (Power Over Ethernet) port designed to power and control a long-range WiFiRanger outdoor unit on the roof.

WiFiRanger routers are designed with the needs of RVers in mind - and the GoAC in particular sets a new standard and is deservedly a Top Pick.

Specifications - WiFiRanger GoAC

  • Base Technology: MikroTik RouterBoard (hAPac)
  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
    • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n - 450Mbps Max (3x3 MIMO) - 2.5dB Antenna
    • 5GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 ac/a/n - 1300Mbps Max (3x3 MIMO ) - 2.0dB Antenna
    • Wi-Fi Antenna: Integrated internal. Can pair with EliteAC or Sky2/SkyPro on the roof.
    • Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
    • Claimed Wi-Fi Range: 750 ft
    • Guest Wi-Fi Network: Yes
  • Cellular Tethering via USB: 1X USB Port - Most modems, hotspots and smartphones supported.
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: No
  • Ethernet Ports: 5x 1,000Mbps Gigabit (WAN / LAN Configurable), 1x POE
  • Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Failover, Load Balancing
  • Power Source: 12v or 110v AC
  • Dimensions: 5.4" x 4.5" x 1"
  • Outdoor Rated: No
  • Retail Price:  $349.99

Other Models & Variations

The WiFiRanger GoAC from a distance looks nearly identical to the older WiFiRanger Go2 and even the original WiFiRanger Go - but under the hood it is a completely different and much more capable beast.

The WiFiRanger Core is also easily confused with the GoAC from a distance - though it is physically smaller. And while they both support 802.11ac, the performance differences between the basic Core and the flagship GoAC are substantial.

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Review & Testing Status

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

We have had the GoAC in active head-to-head testing against several other competitors since the beginning of 2017 - and we have even made it our primary mobile router for weeks on end to stress test it.

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.

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Quick Take

WiFiRanger's flagship indoor mobile router is a great foundation for a mobile tech setup - especially now that it features 802.11ac Wi-Fi and gigabit ethernet ports.

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