Review: JefaTech WiFi Repeater by JefaTech (Mobile Router / Long Range WiFi)

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This kit consists of a basic indoor Linksys WRT54GL running customized software, combined with a high-gain omnidirectional antenna (8.5dBi - 2' tall antenna or 15dBi - 5.5' tall antenna options are offered) designed to be mounted to an RV's rear ladder for remote Wi-Fi capture.

Depending on antenna selection and the length of antenna cable needed, the JefaTech package costs between $166 and $233, a relatively affordable price considering the capability that you get.

The downside of the JefaTech setup is that the underlying hardware is very old and many would consider it obsolete, and the Wi-Fi radio is limited to 802.11b and 802.11g Wi-Fi, and it does not support the more modern 802.11n standard. The ethernet ports are fast ethernet as well, not gigabit.

Most RV parks still enable compatibility with the older Wi-Fi standards, but a lot of residential installations you might encounter while driveway surfing may have disabled 802.11b and 802.11g support, leaving the JefaTech unable to connect.

Also - while the JefaTech simplified software interface makes it easy to select a remote Wi-Fi network, the JefaTech software is unable to USB tether to any cellular devices, or to use an ethernet WAN input (like from a cable modem). The JefaTech package is strictly focused on remote Wi-Fi.

Overall - JefaTech is a much more limited solution than WiFiRanger and others, but for the price it can be a decent option to add to a connectivity arsenal, and the company reportedly provides good tech support.

Specifications - JefaTech WiFi Repeater Kit

  • Base Technology: Linksys WRT54GL
  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
    • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g -
    • 5GHz Wi-Fi: N/A
    • Wi-Fi Antenna: Optional
      • 8.5 dBi antenna, 2' Tall
      • 15 dBi antenna- 5.5' Tall
    • Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
    • Guest Wi-Fi Network:
  • Cellular Tethering via USB: No
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: No
  • Ethernet Ports: Yes (WAN / LAN Configurable)
  • Special Features:
  • Power Source:
  • Dimensions:
  • Outdoor Rated: No
  • Retail Price:  $166 - 233

Testing Status: We do not have this unit in for testing.

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