Review: ConnecT 2.0 by Winegard (Mobile Router | Wi-Fi Extending | Cellular Modem)

The Winegard ConnecT 2.0 hides three Wi-Fi (and optionally two LTE antennas) under its sleek plastic dome.

Winegard has a great reputation as the leading provider of both satellite and over-the-air TV antennas designed for RV use. But despite some initial excitement, we ended up being underwhelmed by Winegard's 2016 entry into the RV internet gear market.

The original Winegard ConnecT was expensive, the cellular version was tied to a very limited and pricey data plan, and the physical unit was an ungainly beast that looked like a silly inverted stool on your RV roof - seemingly destined for a inevitable disastrous encounter with a tree branch. (Read our review)

Winegard must have been paying attention.

In November 2017 Winegard announced a completely redesigned ConnecT 2.0 model - and it at last came to market in February 2018.

The completely redesigned ConnecT 2.0 is vastly cheaper, the cellular version is no longer locked in to a single carrier and data plan, and the outdoor antennas are all now contained within a much sleeker plastic dome housing that would look right at home on an RV roof.

But the ConnecT 2.0 also gives up some of the original ConnecT's key features - meaning that for some potential customers, the ConnecT 2.0 may actually prove to be a significant step backwards.

Also, for current ConnecT 1.0 owners, there is no upgrade path to the ConnecT 2.0. The  new unit is different enough that you are essentially starting from scratch..

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Specifications - Winegard ConnecT 2.0

  • Wi-Fi Router:
    • Outdoor 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n - 450Mbps Max (3x3 MIMO)
    • Indoor Wi-Fi: None - roof does double-duty.
    • Wi-Fi Antenna3x Outdoor Antennas
    • Wi-Fi as WANYes - Roof Mounted Long Range
    • Guest Wi-Fi NetworkYes
  • Cellular Tethering via USB: No USB Port
  • Integrated Cellular Modem & Antennas (Cellular Model): 
    • Roof mounted LTE modem w/ 2x MIMO antennas (this is not a 'cellular booster')
    • Verizon & AT&T compatible. T-Mobile support "coming soon" (but no Band 12 support).
    • LTE bands B2, B4, B5, B13, B17.
    • UMTS B2 / B5.
    • Mini-SIM Slot - must access roof to swap SIM cards.
    • LTE Cat 4 - Peak Theoretical 150Mbps Down, 50 Mbps Up
    • No LTE-A Carrier Aggregation
  • Ethernet Ports: None.
  • Power Source: Direct 12V power supply.
  • Dimensions: 16" diameter, 8" tall.
  • Outdoor Rated: Yes
  • Retail Price: $199 (Wi-Fi) - $349 (Cellular)

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First Impressions:

We received our evaluation unit in late February and have shared our first impressions in this video:

Testing Status: 

We installed our demo unit of the ConnecT 2.0 4G, along with the upcoming WiFiRanger SkyPro LTE competitor, and included these units in our February / March 2018  round of field testing.

Our review & user interface demo video can now be found below in the member section.

Our members can also access our field testing raw notes and results in this lab report:
Cellular Signal & Embedded Router Field Testing – IBR900 | MAX-BR1 | Drive Sleek | ConnecT | SkyPro LTE | MIMO Antennas (1st Quarter 2018)

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Purchasing Options

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Camping World - 4G LTE | Wi-Fi Only

PPL Motorhomes4G LTE  | Wi-Fi Only

Amazon - Wi-Fi Only

NOTE: Winegard tells us that the original ConnecT is NOT being discontinued, and it will remain available for the time being. Both the new and old ConnecT models are being offered as factory installed options by several RV manufacturers, so if you are speccing out an RV be sure to make sure that you know what you are ordering - and make sure that it will actually meet your needs. Keep in mind that there is no easy upgrade path between the ConnecT 1.0 and 2.0 - they are different form factors.

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Quick Take

Winegard's updated entry into the RV internet space has several improvements over the first generation, but in a few other ways it is a step back.

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