Winegard has a long reputation in the industry as the leading provider of both satellite and over-the-air TV antennas designed for RV use.
But perhaps noticing that more and more people are watching TV over the internet than over the air, Winegard is now also pursuing an entirely new direction:
RV Wi-Fi range extending, and integrated roof-mounted cellular modems.
First announced in September 2016 - the Winegard ConnecT WF1 package consists of an indoor Wi-Fi router and an outdoor long-range unit that are designed to work together.
The ConnecT 4G1 (released in spring 2017) adds an embedded AT&T cellular modem to the roof mounted unit, with two external cellular antenna.
The ConnecT Kits - Described
The ConnecT outdoor unit looks like an inverted three legged stool, and honestly it looks a bit odd on an RV roof.
The three legs of the stool are actually high-gain 5dBi Wi-Fi antennas, and the Wi-Fi radio in the base can use these three antennas to lock on to distant 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n campground Wi-Fi.
The indoor unit is a modern 802.11ac simultaneous-dual-band 2.4GHz / 5GHz AC1750 wi-fi router, which should be able to fill the interior of any RV with an extremely fast indoor private wireless LAN.
If you have wired equipment as well, the ConnecT also provides a single wired gigabit ethernet port.
The outdoor unit connects to the indoor unit via a 25' ethernet cable, which provides both the power and a data connection between the two.
Specifications - Winegard ConnecT
- Wi-Fi Router: Yes
- Outdoor 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n - 450Mbps Max (3x3 MIMO)
- Indoor 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n - 450Mbps Max (3x3 MIMO)
- Indoor 5GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 ac/a/n - 1300Mbps Max (3x3 MIMO)
- Wi-Fi Antenna: 3x 5dBi Outdoor Antennas, 6x Integrated Indoor Antennas
- Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes - Roof Mounted Long Range
- Guest Wi-Fi Network: Yes
- Cellular Tethering via USB: USB Port Present, But Not Enabled
- Integrated Cellular Modem (ConnecT 4G1):
- Roof mounted AT&T LTE modem w/ MIMO antennas.
- LTE Category 3 (Max Theoretical Speed: 100Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Integrated SIM, no accessible SIM slot.
- Ethernet Ports: 1x 1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 1x POE for roof unit.
- Special Features: None
- Power Source: 110V AC Adapter Included (no official 12V option)
- Dimensions: tbd
- Outdoor Rated: Yes
- Retail Price:
- ConnecT WF1 (Wi-Fi) - $549
- ConnecT 4G1 (+LTE) - $749
Review & Testing Status
We have been beta testing a prototype ConnecT since May 2016 for Winegard, and our impressions are shared below with our members.
In May 2017, Winegard sent us their newly released ConnecT 4G1 cellular model utilizing an AT&T data plan.
We took this unit on the road for a round of testing - our members have access to our field testing results for the cellular portion of this unit, and video tutorial of the unit and user interface is provided within the member section.
Unboxing Video & First Impressions
Here is our quick unboxing video and first impressions of the Winegard ConnecT 4G1, filmed in April 2017.
Our deeper analysis, impressions, and video guide are in our members-only section.
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The roof mounted units for both the Wi-Fi only ConnecT WF1 and the LTE-equipped ConnecT 4G1 are available in either black or white.
Other than the external case color difference, the setups are identical.
- Winegard's ConnecT Website
- Amazon: ConnecT WF1 (Wi-Fi Only) | ConnecT 4G1 (LTE)
- Camping World: ConnecT WF1 (Wi-Fi Only) | ConnecT 4G1 (LTE)
Related News Center Articles
- Winegard Announces ConnecT 4G1: Rooftop Wi-Fi & Cellular Combined Posted on: April 26, 2017
- 2016 RV Mobile Internet Year in Review & Looking Forward Into 2017 Posted on: January 6, 2017
- Now Shipping: Winegard ConnecT RV Internet WiFi Extender Posted on: September 25, 2016
Winegard's first entry into the RV internet space is too expensive for most weekenders, and too limited for full-timers that rely on staying connected.