Review: Sky2 by WiFiRanger (Mobile Routers & Long Range WiFi Extending)

The WiFiRanger Sky2 (left) is typically bundled with the WiFiRanger Core (right) - though you can request an upgrade to the more advanced GoAC instead.

To best bring in distant Wi-Fi, nothing beats having the radio up on the roof.

The WiFiRanger Sky2 (announced May 2015) is WiFiRanger's most basic roof-mounted offering. It consists of a small weather-sealed box with a stubby antenna (total height 8") on top.

In December 2016, WiFiRanger also released the new SkyPro, which is a higher powered version of the Sky2 in a similar low profile form factor - and the EliteAC, which is WiFiRanger's current roof-mounted flagship.

WiFiRanger claims the Sky2 has a maximum range of 2500ft (1/2 mile), the SkyPro's range is 1.5 miles, while the EliteAC 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.

Specifications - WiFiRanger Sky2

  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
    • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n - 150Mbps Max
    • 5GHz Wi-Fi: N/A
    • Wi-Fi Antenna: Integrated, 5dBi Antenna
    • Claimed Wi-Fi Range: 2500'
    • Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
    • Guest Wi-Fi Network: Yes
  • Cellular Tethering via USB: No, but can pair with an indoor WiFiRanger for this functionality.
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: No
  • Ethernet Ports: No, but can pair with an indoor WiFiRanger for this functionality.
  • Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Faillover
  • Power Source: POE (Power Over Ethernet)
  • Dimensions: 8"x 5.5" x 3"
  • Outdoor Rated: Yes
  • Retail Price:  $199.99 | Paired with Core: $359.99

Other Models & Variations

The roof-mounted WiFiRanger SkyPro (left) is typically bundled with the indoor WiFiRanger Core (right).

The WiFiRanger Sky2 may look similar to the more advanced SkyPro, but it is significantly less advanced.

The dual-antennas are a dead giveaway that you are looking at the "Pro" model. The Sky2 has just a single antenna coming out the top.

The original WiIFiRanger Sky is also a white roof-mounted box, but it is easily recognized because it does not have any external antennas rising up from it.

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Review & Testing Status

WiFiRanger sent us a review unit of the Sky2 for evaluation in May 2015.

We have had the Sky2 mounted on our RV roof ever since, and have had it in active head-to-head testing against several other competitors.

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:

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Purchasing Options

WiFiRanger primarily sells direct online and at RV rallies.

The Sky2 is typically sold as part of the Sky2 Pack, bundled with a WiFiRanger Core indoor router for $359.99.

But you can buy the Sky2 standalone if you ask for it, or you can choose to order with the more capable indoor GoAC instead.

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 most basic roof-mounted system is an OK performer, but anyone considering it should also evaluate spending a bit more for a SkyPro.

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