WiFiRanger's product lines focus on a mix of outdoor (rooftop) units and indoor mobile routers.
Their components are designed to be modular - meaning they can be used as standalone devices or connected together to create a more capable system by pairing an outdoor unit with a router, letting them work together.
WiFiRanger sells packs that combine popular pairings of products together - however, you can easily mix-n-match separately purchased components within the current generation of products.
Once paired, both units are controlled through a single user interface - with the interior router remotely controlling the long-range roof hardware.
WiFiRanger originally focused on long-range Wi-Fi and routers - and this is still their strong suit - but they're moving into cellular as well as integrated systems that provide TV & Radio antennas and "smart" RV automated systems.
WiFiRanger specifically designs their equipment and features with the RVer in mind. They typically beta test their products with a group of RVers in the field before release, and a lot of the beta feedback ends up incorporated into future releases.
Their products strike a balance between ease of use for the non-techie, while still packing some more advanced features and performance.
The downside of WiFiRanger is that they are a small company, which means they don't have huge engineering or QA departments. The result is that bugs in their firmware are annoyingly common and new product launches can experience delays.
But overall WiFiRanger has a reputation for delivering solid customer support, and they are very responsive to fixing issues... eventually.
In August 2020, WiFiRanger was acquired by Winegard. Here is our take on that - the video edition:
WiFiRanger introduced a new product line in 2019 called Converge. They have three indoor routers (Poplar, Spruce, and Aspen) and three outdoor routers (Teton, Denali, and Everest), all of which can be used independently, or bundled together.
All of WiFiRanger's products contain a full router and Wi-Fi extending antennas.
Here are the specific products in their current line up that we have reviewed in our Gear Center. Click through to get more in-depth information on the specifications, features, and a review of each:
Below is a general overview of their product lineup.
WiFiRanger Converge Routers (Mid 2019-Early 2020)
WiFiRanger Converge is a product line introduced in 2019.
This product line is very ambitious and is designed to give RV manufacturers and consumers a do-everything solution when it comes to mobile connectivity including:
- Long-range Wi-Fi
- Cellular internet (built-in as well as tetherable)
- Wired and wireless routing
- HDTV over-the-air reception
- AM/FM reception
- Voice Control
WiFiRanger is targeting the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) RV market as well as the aftermarket consumer market. This new system will have custom versions being offered up for RV manufacturers, in addition to consumer versions and bundled kits.
The outdoor router models are roof-top shark-fin units that house antennas and, depending on the version, LTE modems and TV and radio antennas. These units replace the EliteAC and Sky/SkyPro roof-mounted units. They are offered in three different tiers and are named after mountains (Teton, Denali, and Everest).
The indoor routers can pair with the Converge rooftop units to create an integrated system or they can operate independently as a more traditional mobile router. These routers replace the Core and GoAC lineup and are offered in three different models - all named after trees (Poplar, Spruce, and Aspen).
They also offer bundled kits called "packs" that combine an outdoor model with an indoor model. You can purchase one of the pre-configured packs (Teton/Poplar, Denali/Spruce, or Everest/Aspen), or you can create your own custom pack.
It's a modular system with configurable options, which means the total number of potential configurations is quite large.
In late October 2019, we received a WiFiRanger Converge Denali with Cat-6 modem and Spruce interior router for evaluation from WiFiRanger direct and then an Aspen in October 2020. We placed them into our testing setup. We are also expecting to receive an Everest router for testing when it is released.
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)
- Denali / Spruce Testing Forum Notes
- Everest / Aspen Testing Forum Notes
Video Coverage of the Converge line-up:
EliteAC, Sky, SkyPro, Core and GoAC (Late 2016)
The long-range EliteAC was their first roof-mounted router & antenna to support receiving both simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz Wi-Fi signals. As this is their only option that is pole mountable, WiFiRanger has previously told us that they plan to keep this product available into the future and will not be retiring it once Everest is released.
In April 2020, the Elite AC product went out of stock, due in part to hardware shortages as a result of Covid-19.
Their Sky and SkyPro were both lower profile routers, supporting just 2.4 Ghz. These products are currently only available in the OEM market.
Their Core and GoAC were indoor router models that offered decently ranged WiFi as WAN features, cellular USB tethering to hotspots & smartphones, and ethernet ports for wired networks. These products were phased out after their Converge product lineup was deployed in 2019.
WiFiRanger stated that they will continue to support their older product lineups for years to come. They may still occasionally be found pre-installed on some RVs.
We have had hands-on time with all products in this generation, and have full reviews available in our Gear Center. Click the links above in the line-up.
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