But despite some initial excitement, we ended up being underwhelmed by Winegard's 2016 entry into the RV internet gear market.
The original Winegard ConnecT was expensive, the cellular version was tied to a very limited and pricey data plan, and the physical unit was an ungainly beast that looked like a silly inverted stool on your RV roof - seemingly destined for an inevitable disastrous encounter with a tree branch. (Read our review)
Winegard must have been paying attention.
In November 2017 Winegard announced a completely redesigned ConnecT 2.0 model - and it, at last, came to market in February 2018.
The completely redesigned ConnecT 2.0 is vastly cheaper, the cellular version is no longer locked into a single carrier and data plan, and the outdoor antennas are all now contained within a much sleeker plastic dome housing that would look right at home on an RV roof.
But the ConnecT 2.0 also gives up some of the original ConnecT's key features - meaning that for some potential customers, the ConnecT 2.0 may actually prove to be a significant step backward.
Also, for current ConnecT 1.0 owners, there is no upgrade path to the ConnecT 2.0. The new unit is different enough that you are essentially starting from scratch.
- Model: ConnecT 2.0
- Router Specs:
- # of Connected Devices: Not specified
- Wi-Fi Router:
- Control Panel and Default Password:
Control Panel: 10.11.12.1
Default Password: admin/admin
- USB Tethering Support: No
- Ethernet Ports: None
- Cellular Modem Specs:
- Dimensions: 16" x 8"
- Other Ports: None
- Power Source: Direct 12V power supply.
- Outdoor Rated: Yes
- Special Features:
- Retail Price: $209 (Wi-Fi) - $369 (Cellular)
Table of Contents
Member Exclusive Content / Review:
- Thoughts & Analysis - Pros & Cons
- ConnecT 1.0 Comparison
- Who is the Connect 2.0 Ideal For?
- Our ConnecT 3.0 Wishlist
- Hands on Testing
- User Interface Video Tutorial
We received our evaluation unit in late February 2018 and have shared our first impressions in this video:
Winegard Data Packages
Winegard directly offers a few data plan options, called FreedomGo Plans:
- 1GB for $20/mo - with usage allowed in US and Canada
- 3GB for $35/mo - with usage allowed in US and Canada
- 10GB for $59/mo - with usage limited to the US only
- 10GB for $80/mo -with usage allowed in US and Canada
- 20GB for $150/mo - with usage allowed in US and Canada
Winegard also permits owners to also use their own eligible AT&T or Verizon SIM card with a data plan in the device.
Review & Testing Status
We installed our demo unit of the ConnecT 2.0 4G, along with WiFiRanger SkyPro LTE, and included these units in our February/March 2018 round of field testing.
Our review & user interface demo video can now be found below in the member section.
Our members can also access our field testing raw notes and results in this lab report:
Cellular Signal & Embedded Router Field Testing – IBR900 | MAX-BR1 | Drive Sleek | ConnecT | SkyPro LTE | MIMO Antennas (1st Quarter 2018)
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NOTE: Winegard tells us that the original ConnecT is NOT being discontinued, and it will remain available for the time being. Both the new and old ConnecT models are being offered as factory-installed options by several RV manufacturers, so if you are speccing out an RV be sure to make sure that you know what you are ordering - and make sure that it will actually meet your needs. Keep in mind that there is no easy upgrade path between the ConnecT 1.0 and 2.0 - they are different form factors.