WiFiRanger's Spruce indoor router is the middle tier offering (with Aspen not yet released) in the lineup of TetherPoint indoor routers that are designed to easily pair with a WiFiRanger Converge (Teton, Denali, or Everest) installed on an RV roof.
But the Spruce also works standalone - and if you do not need the roof-mounted features, the Spruce by itself is an exceptional value with plenty of features built in.
The Spruce is a more compact version of the upcoming WiFiRanger Aspen router.
It has all internal antennas creating a slim design that can tuck into small spaces.
All of its cellular data capability is via USB, ethernet or Wi-Fi as WAN tethering. But with a powered USB hub, up to three mobile hotspots and/or cellphones can be tethered to load balance usage across multiple WAN inputs.
WiFiRanger tells us that:
"Aspen (and Spruce) is like a GoAC (WiFiRanger's former indoor flagship) on steroids. It’s 802.11ac with a quad core processor and hardware acceleration."
The Spruce replaces the former flagship WiFiRanger indoors router, the GoAC, which was priced vastly higher $349.
The Spruce is fantastic value for a feature packed router and we have transferred over the now retired GoAC's top pick status after our initial testing.
The WiFiRanger Spruce began shipping in late October 2019.
For an overview of the full WiFiRanger product line (and a look at some of the software features in common across different devices), see our gear center entry:
- Model: Spruce
- Base Technology: MikroTik HAPac2
- Router Specs:
- # of Connected Devices: Not specified
- Wi-Fi Router: Yes
- Control Panel and Default Password:
Control Panel: mywifiranger.com
Default Password: changemenowXXYY (XXYY" are the last four digits of the WFR ID)
- USB Tethering Support: Yes - Up to three devices via a powered USB Hub.
- Ethernet Ports: 5x - Gigabit Ethernet (LAN / WAN Switchable)
- Cellular Modem Specs: N/A
- Dimensions: 1.3" Tall x 4.6" Wide x 3.4" Deep
- Other Ports:
- Power Source: 12V or 24V DC Power / AC Power Adapters Optional
- Outdoor Rated: No
- Special Features:
- Retail Price: $119
Review & Testing Status
In late October we received our evaluation Spruce unit, along with a WiFiRanger Converge Denali - courtesy of WiFiRanger. Here is our first look video:
We will be integrating these into our testing, and sharing our hands on experience with our members.
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
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You can mix & match indoor and outdoor WiFiRanger units as desired - or go with just indoor or just outdoor.
WiFiRanger has a wiring setup they call "TetherPoint" that makes it easy to connect between indoor and outdoor WiFiRanger units - and which provides power to both sides.
WiFiRanger's lineup of "TetherPoint" indoor routers are designed to easily pair with the Converge units on the roof.
An indoor router is not required for a WiFiRanger system - but having one will give you ethernet ports for wired networking, USB tethering support for connecting via cellular hotspots, and it will let your indoor Wi-Fi network operate independently from the long-range Wi-Fi radio on the roof - improving overall Wi-Fi performance across the board.
Or you can purchase just the indoor router if you don't need the longer range roof mounted components.
Whichever way you go - you can always expand your system later, as needed.