Westfir, OR

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Joined
Jul 27, 2019
Messages
5,674
Location
Midlothian, VA
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 4037
RV Length
40' 10"
TOW/TOAD
2017 Chevy Colorado
Fulltimer
No
At Casey's Riverside RV Park in Westfir, OR. This is a very remote area so this is impressive. It's Monday so the CG is around 30% occupancy vs. this past weekend around 90%. The real piece of information that I think has been a significant improvement for me lately was using the paddle antennas for WiFi leaving the connections to the roof antenna for cellular. I think I was losing signal strength on the WiFi antenna roof mounted. This became evident the other day when I was on a phone call using WiFi calling due to minimal AT&T coverage here and as I left my desk (jack knife sofa area) towards the refrigerator the voice call would go silent. This immediately revealed to me a WiFi signal strength issue. As a result I'm seeing much better speeds in my coach. So in summary, didn't change the Cellular antenna source but instead changed to a stronger WiFi broadcast for inside the coach.

98/45 on Verizon prepaid - not bad at all!
Pepwave MAX TRANSIT CAT 18 with a Pepwave 4x4 MIMO cellular on the roof, paddle antennas for WiFi inside.

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Joined
Jan 26, 2020
Messages
279
Location
Lakeside, CA
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana LE
RV Length
40
TOW/TOAD
Ford F150 King Ranch
Fulltimer
No
I realized pretty quickly the wifi on the Peplink is crappy-regardless of power settings etc. I didn't bother trying the paddles. I got a cheap mesh wifi off Amazon (Tenda) and it fixed many of my performance problems. My office is is the bedroom so it was a big issue. WIth the mesh the wifi coverage for a long distance around the coach is amazing.

I figure the price is so good 'cause they're inspecting the packets and shipping the interesting stuff off to the Ministry of State Security LOLOL.
 
Joined
Jul 27, 2019
Messages
5,674
Location
Midlothian, VA
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 4037
RV Length
40' 10"
TOW/TOAD
2017 Chevy Colorado
Fulltimer
No
I realized pretty quickly the wifi on the Peplink is crappy-regardless of power settings etc. I didn't bother trying the paddles. I got a cheap mesh wifi off Amazon (Tenda) and it fixed many of my performance problems. My office is is the bedroom so it was a big issue. WIth the mesh the wifi coverage for a long distance around the coach is amazing.

I figure the price is so good 'cause they're inspecting the packets and shipping the interesting stuff off to the Ministry of State Security LOLOL.
I used to run Netgear ORBI in the coach, before that I used a Netgear R9000. My experience is the opposite, I think the Pepwave WiFi is very good and running additional WiFi systems really complicated my networking setup. You can also set the boost level in the AP > Settings area. I use my Android phone as on Android you can get apps that show you WiFi signal strength to compare paddles to the roof antenna.

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