WiFiRanger's Spruce indoor router is one of the two middle tier routers (alongside Aspen) 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 and future upgrade potential.
But it does have a USB 2.0 port to allow tethering cellular devices. And if you have a powered powered USB hub, you can actually tether up to three mobile hotspots and/or cellphones to load balance your usage across multiple WAN inputs.
WiFiRanger tells us that:
"Aspen (and Spruce) is like a GoAC (WiFiRanger's current indoor flagship) on steroids. It’s 802.11ac with a quad core processor and hardware acceleration."
Costing vastly less than the $349 GoAc, the Spruce seems likely to be a fantastic value for a feature packed router and will likely earn a top pick status after our 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 Name: Spruce
- Base Technology: MikroTik HAPac2
- Router Specs:
- Dimensions: 1.3" Tall x 4.6" Wide x 3.4" Deep
- Power Source: 12V or 24V DC Power / AC Power Adapters Optional
- Outdoor Rated: No
- 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.
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