But perhaps noticing that more and more people are watching TV over the internet than over the air, Winegard is now also pursuing an entirely new direction:
RV Wi-Fi range extending, and integrated roof-mounted cellular modems.
Alternate Product Consideration
In early 2018, Winegard released the ConnecT 2.0 in both Wi-Fi and LTE only models. It is lower priced, more visually appealing and allows you to use your own SIM card - but removes the interior router component.
Winegard keeps both products still available, and we definitely recommend considering the 2.0 to see if it might meet your needs as well. There are pros and cons to both models.
The ConnecT (4G1 & WF1) Kits - Described
The ConnecT outdoor unit looks like an inverted three legged stool, and honestly it looks a bit odd on an RV roof.
The three legs of the stool are actually high-gain 5dBi Wi-Fi antennas, and the Wi-Fi radio in the base can use these three antennas to lock on to distant 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n campground Wi-Fi.
If you have wired equipment as well, the ConnecT also provides a single wired gigabit ethernet port.
The outdoor unit connects to the indoor unit via a 25' ethernet cable, which provides both the power and a data connection between the two.
The ConnecT (4G1xT & 4G1xM) Kits - Described
Two additional models have been added to the 4G1 product line, the 4G1xT truck model and 4G1xM marine model. These kits do not include the AC1750 internal wi-fi router but instead a PoE power inserter is provided to power the unit. Important note that these models are missing the 802.11ac 5GHz wi-fi and are intended to enhance a cellular signal while in motion. Both models have the same specifications with the difference only in the mounting style.
The 4G1xT trucker has a similar mount as the original 4G1 that is designed to mount on the roof of a truck. The 4G1xM marine has an adjustable pedestal mount designed for a marine application.
- Model: Connect 4G1, WF1, 4G1xT, 4G1xM
- Router Specs:
- # of Connected Devices: Not specified
- Wi-Fi Router:
- Control Panel and Default Password: Not specified
- USB Tethering Support: USB Port Present, But Not Enabled
- Ethernet Ports (4G1, WF1 Only) : 1x 1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 1x POE for roof unit.
- Cellular Modem Specs (4G1, 4G1xT, 4G1xM):
- Dimensions: 10.3 x 12.4"
- Other Ports:
- Power Source: 110V AC Adapter Included (no official 12V option)
- Special Features: None
- Outdoor Rated: Yes
- Retail Price:
- ConnecT WF1 (Wi-Fi) - $549
- ConnecT 4G1 (+LTE) - $749
- ConnecT 4G1xT (Truck) - $469
- ConnecT 4G1xM (Marine) - $479
Table of Contents
Member Exclusive Content / Review:
- Thoughts & Analysis
- Hands on Testing
- Comparison the Connect 2.0
- In-depth Video Tutorial
- Purchasing Options
Review & Testing Status
We tested a prototype ConnecT s beginning in May 2016 for Winegard, and our impressions are shared below with our members.
In May 2017, Winegard sent us their newly released ConnecT 4G1 cellular model utilizing an AT&T data plan.
We took this unit on the road for several rounds of testing:
- Cellular Signal Enhancing Field Testing Results (2nd Quarter 2017)
- Mobile Router & Wi-Fi Gear Testing (Winter 2016/2017)
- Cellular Signal Enhancing Field Testing Results (Late 2016)
Unboxing Video & First Impressions
Here is our quick unboxing video and first impressions of the Winegard ConnecT 4G1, filmed in April 2017.
Our deeper analysis, impressions, and video guide are in our members-only section.
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The roof mounted units for both the Wi-Fi only ConnecT WF1 and the LTE-equipped ConnecT 4G1 are available in either black or white.
Other than the external case color difference, the setups are identical.