King is a leading provider of both satellite and over-the-air TV antennas designed for RV use, but they've more recently entered the mobile WiFi market. Their newest product is the King Falcon & WiFiMax, a directional WiFi antenna and router combination.
The system combines a roof-mounted auto-aiming directional antenna (a Yagi-type antenna in an enclosed housing) with an indoor router. "
The system is designed to automatically aim at whatever WiFi source you choose with the aid of a companion smartphone or tablet app, promising all the benefits of a directional antenna without the need for manual aiming.
King describes it this way:
Using the KING Wi-Fi App, the KING Falcon automatically rotates and scans 360 degrees and shows you all the available networks. Then, you simply tap the network you want, and the Falcon automatically aims itself to get the best performance from that Wi-Fi source.
The antenna is controlled by software in the router through a coaxial cable that also provides power to the antenna, so installation of the rooftop unit only requires routing a single coax cable to the interior.
King claims the directional antenna is 10x more powerful than the competition (which use omnidirectional antennas).
However, the exterior directional antenna is only able to pick up 2.4GHz WiFi sources, but most public hotspots broadcast on this frequency.
The inside router does provide both 2.4 and 5GHz connections for the private WiFi network and the router also comes with three LAN ports.
- WiFi Antenna:
- Wi-Fi Router:
- Antennas: 3x 5dB
- Frequency / WiFi Standard: dual 2.4 / 5GHz Wi-Fi: (802.11 b/g/n/ac - 367Mbps Max)
- Exterior Antenna: Can pair with King Falcon via coax cable to one of the routers antenna ports.
- WiFi as WAN: Yes
- Guest WiFi Network: No
- Cellular Tethering: None
- Integrated Cellular Modem: No
- Ethernet Ports: 3x LAN, 1x WAN
- Power Source: 9v or 110v AC
- Dimensions (inches): 11W x 7D x 8.75H
- Retail Price: $449.99
Other Models & Variations
The WiFiMax router can be purchased separately for $99.99 or the router can be bundled with a "Swift" omnidirectional exterior WiFi antenna for $229.00.
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The King Falcon and WiFiMax combo is available direct from King or from online retailers:
A WiFi and router combination offering an automatically-aimed high-gain directional antenna with an interior router.