WiFiRanger's Spruce router is their slim profile but robust indoor unit in their Converge lineup of routers, designed to easily pair with a Converge outdoor router (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 built-in features.
All of its cellular data capability is via USB tethering, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi as WAN. 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 - at least in theory.
WiFiRanger tells us that:
"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 indoor router, the GoAC, which was priced vastly higher at $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 or http://10.121.86.1/
Default Password: changemenowXXYY (XXYY" are the last four digits of the WFR ID)
- USB Tethering Support: Yes - One natively, or 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: None
- Power Source: 12V or 24V DC Power / AC Power Adapters Optional
- Outdoor Rated: No
- Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Failover, Load Balancing
- Retail Price: $120
News, Video & Status
In October 2019, we received our initial evaluation Spruce unit, along with a WiFiRanger Converge Denali - courtesy of WiFiRanger. Another MIRC team member received a Spruce with a Converge Everest for testing in the Spring of 2021.
We have integrated these into our testing and our initial review is shared with members below. Additional testing will occur as WiFiRanger firmware matures, as it is still in beta.
Members can track our continuing evaluation and full testing data in these forum posts:
- [Testing Lab Report] Pepwave MAX Transit Duo vs WiFiRanger Converge, MIMO Antennas (Fall/Winter 2019/2020)
- In Progress Testing Forum Notes
Here is our first look video:
Related News Center Articles
- WiFiRanger Converge Everest: Ready At Last, With Upgraded Modem Options and New Pricing Posted on: April 23, 2021
- ConnecT & Converge: WiFiRanger Becomes Part of Winegard Posted on: August 19, 2020
- AT&T Officially Pulls "Unlimited Adventure Plan" - AT&T RV Based Plans Now Available to WiFiRanger Posted on: January 21, 2020
- 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
- Looking Ahead: Will 2019 Be The Year of the Smart & Connected RV? Posted on: October 3, 2018
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If you want to buy both indoor and outdoor units at once - this unit is typically available as part of a pack as well.
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 indoor routers are designed to easily pair with the outdoor 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.
Routers can serve as a central conductor of your local area network in your RV and boat. Mobile routers are different from residential routers in that they typically support internet sources like cellular and Wi-Fi, can be powered off of 12v or AC and support external antenna for better receiving signal.
But you might not need a router in your setup. Here's a quick video overview the variety that routers come in:
To learn more, head on over to our guides that cover these topics further: