December 5, 2016: WiFiRanger has now released the WiFiRanger EliteAC, which now replaces this model.
To best bring in distant WiFi, nothing beats having the radio up on the roof.
The WiFiRanger Sky2 is a smaller, simpler, and cheaper option than the Elite - and consists of a small weather-sealed box with a stubby antenna (total height 8") on top.
The primary difference is in the capabilities of the radio - the Elite is substantially more powerful.
WiFiRanger claims the Sky2 has a maximum range of 2500ft (1/2 mile), while the Elite has a maximum range of 2 miles. These range predictions are extremely optimistic, but they should give you a good sense of the relative capabilities on offer.
Both the Sky2 and Elite are weatherproof, and they only have a single connection coming out - a 30' long ethernet cable. You power these outdoor Rangers via "Power Over Ethernet" (aka POE), a technique that combines power with the data signal. You can either use a standalone POE injector (included), or plug the Sky into the dedicated POE port on a Go2 or Mini.
Specifications - Elite
- Base Technology: MikroTik Metal 2SHPn
- Wi-Fi Router: Yes
- Cellular Tethering via USB: No, but can pair with Go2 or Mini for this functionality
- Integrated Cellular Modem: No
- Ethernet Ports: No, but can pair with Go2 or Mini for this functionality
- Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Faillover
- Power Source: POE
- Dimensions: 19" x 2.5" x 1"
- Outdoor Rated: Yes
- Retail Price: $359.99 / $409.99 (flat mount)
Testing Status: We have a unit in for evaluation.
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WiFiRanger's roof mounted long range WiFi antenna, radio and router.