A popular budget option with some RVers is combining the Alfa Desktop WiFi Antenna ($59.95) or External RV Booster Tube ($99.95) combined with an Alfa WiFi USB Repeater ($99.95).
The WiFi receiving component (whether the indoor unit placed in a window or the outdoor unit mounted on a ladder) is a USB powered WiFi radio that can connect directly to a single computer to get it online, or it can act as a WiFi-as-WAN receiver when paired with the "USB Repeater" module which then acts as a router, creating a local WiFi network so that multiple devices can get online and share the upstream connection.
The Alfa hardware has a solid reputation for picking up weak WiFi well at long range - but there is no option for interfacing directly with any cellular modems.
The feature set is very basic, but for some the price is right.
Specifications - Alfa R36 & AWUS036NH
- Wi-Fi Router: Yes
- 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n -
- 5GHz Wi-Fi: N/A
- Wi-Fi Antenna: 1x ?, 5dBi Antenna Included
- Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
- Guest Wi-Fi Network:
- Cellular Tethering via USB: Yes, 3G Only
- Integrated Cellular Modem: No
- Ethernet Ports: 1x (WAN / LAN Configurable) ?
- Special Features:
- Power Source: 12V or 110V AC
- Dimensions: 5.8" x 5.0" x 1.6"
- Outdoor Rated: No
- Retail Price: R36 Router: $99.99 | AWUS036NH WiFi Antenna: $59.99
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