Review: Mini by WiFiRanger (Mobile Router)

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This device has been discontinued and we consider it obsolete. While current owners of this device may continue to find performance to be adequate for the foreseeable tech-future, we do not recommend upgrading to or purchasing this device.



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Potential Current Option: In December 2016 WiFiRanger has released the Core, which is meant as a replacement of the Mini at the same price. It's actually more capable than the old Go2. 

The WiFiRanger Mini ($159.99) is the new little brother to the larger and somewhat more capable WiFiRanger Go2 router ($239.99).

Both have 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n WiFi radios capable of making a hotspot within your RV, and they both can connect to cellular devices via USB tethering or WiFi-as-WAN to share the connection with other devices in your rig.

They also both have a POE (Power Over Ethernet) port designed to power and control a long-range WiFiRanger outdoor radio on your roof.



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Where the Go2 and Mini differ primarily is in the number of wired ethernet ports for connecting additional networked devices. The Go2 has 5 total ports, and the Mini has just 2. The WiFi radio and CPU in the Go2 are more powerful as well, but for many users the difference will be hard to see.

These small routers can be powered by 12V directly, or via an included AC adapter.

Specifications - Mini

  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
    • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
    • 5GHz Wi-Fi: N/A
    • Wi-Fi Antenna: Integrated, can pair with Sky or Elite
    • Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
    • Guest Wi-Fi Network: Yes
  • Cellular Tethering via USB: 1x USB Port
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: No
  • Ethernet Ports: 1x 100Mbps Fast Ethernet  (WAN / LAN Configurable)
  • Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Faillover, Load Balancing
  • Power Source: 12v or 110v AC
  • Dimensions: 68 x 68 x 19 mm
  • Outdoor Rated: No
  • Retail Price:  $159.99

Testing Status: We have a unit in for evaluation.

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WiFiRanger's entry level mobile router.

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