UPDATE (Late February 2018): A unit caught up with us! We've put it into our latest round of testing.
UPDATE (January 2017): WiFiRanger has let us know that they've run into some hardware bugs with the MicroLTE pack, and they need to wait for revisions to be made at the factory, delaying the product launch. We will update this page when WiFiRanger is ready to announce a new target ship date.
The WiFiRanger MicroLTE pack is somewhat less capable than the gear WiFiRanger is usually known for, but the $299 package price for roof-mounted cellular and Wi-Fi is particularly groundbreaking.
The MicroLTE pack takes WiFiRanger's basic Sky3 (currently available to OEM's only) Wi-Fi receiver, and integrates in a Cat-4 LTE cellular modem with a Millenicom SIM installed - which provides service on T-Mobile's LTE network. This outdoor unit is paired with a very basic indoor WiFiRanger Micro router that creates a private indoor Wi-Fi network to share the distant cellular or Wi-Fi the roof unit is connected to.
And the Micro does indeed live up to its name. Here is how WiFiRanger CEO Kelly Hogan described the Micro:
“Every RV owner knows that space is at a premium in the RV, so we answered the request to make the indoor router as small as possible. We made it so small, that you may need your reading glasses to find it!!”
Small is indeed good - but in this case it comes at a cost in features.
If you need a more capable indoor device (or want to also tether to a more traditional Wi-Fi mobile hotspot) - a WiFiRanger Core, GoAC, or competitive routers from Pepwave are better options. The additional downside of the MicroLTE package is that the 0.5 mile max theoretical Wi-Fi range of the Sky3 makes it a much less capable long-range Wi-Fi device than the roof-mounted SkyPro (1.5 miles) or WiFiRanger Elite (2 miles).
The entire package costs just $299 - this is nearly $300 less than the announced price of the SkyPro LTE pack!
If you don't need the extra range or capabilities - the MicroLTE pack has a lot to offer for not much more than the cost of a conventional portable mobile hotspot.
Specifications - WiFiRanger MicroLTE Pack
- Wi-Fi Router: Yes
- 2.4GHz Wi-Fi:
- 5GHz Wi-Fi: No
- Wi-Fi Antenna:
- Claimed Wi-Fi Range: 0.5mi
- Wi-Fi as WAN:
- Guest Wi-Fi Network:
- Cellular Tethering via USB: No
- Integrated Cellular Modem: Yes
- Cat 4
- Optimized for use with T-Mobile - can be used on AT&T
- Ethernet Ports: None
- Special Features:
- Power Source: 12V DC
- Outdoor Rated: Yes
- Retail Price: $299
WiFiRanger is partnering with long-time RVer favorite Millenicom to offer easy-to-activate data plans that ride on top of T-Mobile's cellular network.
No contracts will be required - and you will be able to activate and deactivate a plan as needed via a web interface.
If T-Mobile isn't your network of choice, the SIM card in the MicroLTE is removable - and you can reportedly use an AT&T plan in this modem as well. The modem include in the MicroLTE however is NOT Verizon compatible.
Review & Testing Status
A unit caught up to us in late February, and we are includeding this unit in our latest round of testing (1st Quarter 2018). Our field testing results can be found here, for our members who want to follow along: Cellular Signal & Embedded Router Field Testing – IBR900 | MAX-BR1 | Drive Sleek | MIMO Antennas (1st Quarter 2018)
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WiFiRanger's tiny, less capable roof-mounted combined cellular / WiFi package.