WiFiRanger is a small company focused on mobile connectivity hardware specifically for the RV market.
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 which 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.
WiFiRange is currently mid product cycle and has a long history of supporting their legacy products into the future. At the present time they have two product lines - one that they are in the process of retiring, and one they are introducing that should be fully deployed in early 2020.
All of WiFiRanger's products each 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 & Tetherpoint Routers (Mid 2019-Early 2020)
WiFiRanger Converge is an entirely new product line. Some of the initial products have gone on sale as of October 2019, with the more advanced units coming in early 2020.
The new 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, and this new system will have custom versions being offered up for RV manufacturers, in addition to consumer versions and bundled kits.
Converge and Tetherpoint Routers - What are They?
- "Converge" refers to the roof-top shark-fin unit that houses antennas and, depending on the version, LTE modem and TV and radio antennas. These will replace their current EliteAC and Sky/SkyPro roof-mounted units. They will be offered in three different graduations of features from a base model to flagship and will be named after mountains (Teton, Denali and Everest).
- "Tetherpoint" refers to the cabling between the roof top unit and optional interior router. It's a Cat-5 cable bundled with a power cord that can be used with DC or AC adapters. This is a diversion from past product lines that used POE (running power over the ethernet cable).
- "Tetherpoint Routers" refers to WiFiRanger's new line of interior mobile routers that can pair with the Converge rooftop units to create an integrated system, or operate as a more traditional mobile router. These are replacing the Core and GoAC units in their current lineup, and will also be offered in four different models - all named after trees (Poplar, Aspen, Sequoia, and Spruce).
It's a modular system slated to have configurable options which means the total number of potential configurations is quite large.
Details on each individual component are still emerging, and will be updated in the above individual gear center entries.
In late October 2019, we received a WiFiRanger Converge Denali with Cat-6 modem and Spruce interior router for evaluation from WiFiRanger direct. We have placed them into our testing setup. After some hands on time - we will be completing our reviews for these products.
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
Video Coverage of the Converge line-up:
EliteAC, Sky, SkyPro, Core and GoAC (Late 2016)
Their long range EliteAC was their first roof mounted router & antenna to support receiving both simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz Wi-Fi signals. Their Sky and SkyPro are both lower profile options, supporting just 2.4 Ghz.
Their Core and GoAC are their indoor router models offering decently ranged WiFi as WAN features, cellular USB tethering to hotspots & smartphones and ethernet ports for wired networks. Many have been able to standardize on the interior routers as their only WiFiRanger devices to mange their local area network with a cellular uplink and occasional use of Wi-Fi networks for internet access.
WiFiRanger intends to phase out this line of products as their Converge and Tetherpoint lineups come online in late 2019 and 2020. However they will continue to support the older product lineups for years to come. If you're considering getting started with WiFiRanger, we recommend looking at the new product line-up first as many components are significantly less expensive and more capable, along with potential for future expandability.
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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WiFiRanger primarily sells direct online and at RV rallies. However, retailer Livinlite has also been able to secure a reseller agreement. Both offer our members special discounts.
Related News Center Articles
- UPDATED: WiFiRanger Releases "Converge" Details and Pricing - New Outdoor and Indoor Cellular Enabled Wi-Fi Routers Posted on: September 25, 2019
- WifiRanger Offers AT&T-Based Data Plans Posted on: July 31, 2019
- WiFiRanger Launches SkyPro3, Finalizes 7.0.8 Firmware Update Posted on: July 9, 2019
- ALERT: WiFiRanger Recalls Defective 12V-to-24V Power Supplies Posted on: May 1, 2019
- WiFiRanger Teases Upcoming 'Converge' That Combines Wi-Fi, LTE, AM/FM, HDTV, and GPS Posted on: March 5, 2019
- 2018 Mobile Internet Year in Review & Looking Forward Into 2019 Posted on: December 31, 2018
- Looking Ahead: Will 2019 Be The Year of the Smart & Connected RV? Posted on: October 3, 2018
- WiFiRanger Announces Low-Cost MicroLTE Pack: Roof-Mounted Cellular & Wi-Fi Posted on: January 3, 2018
- 2017 Mobile Internet Year in Review & Looking Forward Into 2018 Posted on: December 30, 2017
- Breaking News: Major Wi-Fi Security Vulnerability Revealed, Mobile Routers & Devices Impacted Posted on: October 16, 2017