Review: WiFiRanger Core (Mobile Router)

The roof-mounted WiFiRanger SkyPro (left) is typically bundled with the indoor WiFiRanger Core (right) - but you can request an upgrade to the GoAC instead.

WiFiRanger has a long history of serving the RV market with indoor routers and companion roof-mounted long-range gear that many have come to rely on.

The WiFiRanger Core is WiFiRanger's latest mainstream offering, released in November 2016 to replace the WiFiRanger Mini in WiFiRanger's product lineup.

The Core brings simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz (802.11n) and 5GHz (802.11ac) Wi-Fi to the WiFiRanger line, though it lacks the gigabit ethernet ports or raw networking performance of its larger sibling - the flagship WiFiRanger GoAC.

The Core does retain WiFiRanger's signature feature - a POE (Power Over Ethernet) port designed to power and control a long-range WiFiRanger outdoor unit on the roof.

WiFiRanger routers are designed with the needs of RVers in mind - and the Core is a great value offering a lot of capability for its price.

Specifications - WiFiRanger Core

  • Base Technology: MikroTik RouterBoard
  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
    • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n - 300Mbps Max (2x2 MIMO) - 1.5dB Antenna
    • 5GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 ac/a/n - 433Mbps Max (No MIMO ) - 2.0dB Antenna
    • Wi-Fi Antenna: Integrated, Can pair with EliteAC or Sky2/SkyPro on the roof.
    • Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
    • Claimed Wi-Fi Range: 250 ft
    • Guest Wi-Fi Network: Yes
  • Cellular Tethering via USB: 1X USB Port - Most modems and hotspots supported.
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: No
  • Ethernet Ports: 5x 100Mbps Fast Ethernet (WAN / LAN Configurable), 1x POE
  • Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Failover, Load Balancing
  • Power Source: 12v or 110v AC
  • Dimensions: 4.5" x 3.5" x 1"
  • Outdoor Rated: No
  • Retail Price:  $159.99

Other Models & Variations

The WiFiRanger Core is easily confused with the WiFiRanger GoAC from a distance - though the Core is physically smaller. And while they both support 802.11ac, the performance differences between the basic Core and the flagship GoAC are substantial.

Be sure to do your research to pick which WiFiRanger model fits your needs the best.

Review & Testing Status

WiFiRanger sent us a review unit of the WiFiRanger Core for evaluation in late 2016.

We have had the Core in active head-to-head testing against several other competitors since the beginning of 2017 - and we have particularly focused on comparing it with the WiFiRanger GoAC.

We share our more detailed analysis, hands-on thoughts, and an in-depth video guide with our members below.

And members can view our ongoing field testing and range results here:

Mobile Router & Wi-Fi Gear Testing (Winter 2016/2017)

Unboxing Video

Here is our quick unboxing video and first impressions of the WiFiRanger GoAC, Core, EliteAC, and SkyPro.

Our deeper analysis, impressions, and video guide are in our members-only section.

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Purchasing Options

WiFiRanger primarily sells direct online and at RV rallies.

Members: Be sure to check the Members Discount page for an exclusive discount code to use when ordering.

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Quick Take

WiFiRanger's mainstream indoor mobile router lacks a few key features, but is overall a great value.

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