Solwise Motorhome 10dBi Directional WiFi - New Product Combination

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  1. Wombles

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    Having searched extensively online & on this forum for the best solution to accessing Fon, free & campsite WiFi from our motorhome we have worked with Solwise & have now bought what we hope is the best current solution for us:

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    The above is what it looks like on our motorhome & the top can be rotated 360 degrees so no need to change position :) It now has a larger, stronger suction mount than the prototype one above (that one was from our car camera!) & the cable is attached:

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    Having 10dBi gain, being directional but able to fully rotate from one position & with a strong suction mount & all at a budget price of £113.84 delivered this ticked all our boxes. The repeater comes with easy to set up instructions. The only downside is that the back of the antenna isn't pretty as although sealed it is metal as it was designed to be wall mounted - we have removed the bracket but replaced the screws so looks neater. Solwise are now considering producing another version that should look better but it is unlikely to be available until next summer so posting in case if, like us, any Funsters need something now so this gives them another option to consider. Solwise have been going for 25 years & we have found their response to queries, help & technical knowledge to be very good.
    If anyone already has a Patriot 5dBi kit then the swopping the top for the 10dBi antenna at £19.81 would be a cheap upgrade & the suction mount at £6.50 is a more secure fixing than the original metal bracket & suckers (y)
     
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    Solwise links to stock items:
    http://www.solwise.co.uk/wireless-usb-patriot-3000-kit.html (You also get the 5dBi antenna which is not needed)
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    http://www.solwise.co.uk/wireless-outdoorantenna-24-panel-10pn.htm
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    http://www.solwise.co.uk/wireless-sundries-mounting-kits.htm - part number MNT-CAR-14C at bottom of the page
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    Your Trolley
    Qty Stockcode Stock Price Total VAT
    MNT-CAR-14C

    Adjustable mount for camera- WiFi unit In Stock
    Plenty £5.42 £5.42 £1.08
    NET-WL-ANT010PN
    2.4GHz 10DB Panel Antenna N Skt In Stock
    Plenty £16.51 £16.51 £3.30
    WL-PATRIOT-3000-KIT
    Kit of RPT-3000 plus Patriot-USB In Stock
    Plenty £72.94 £72.94 £14.59
    Summary
    Sub Total: £94.87
    Carriage: (auto) (United Kingdom) £0.00
    VAT @ 20%: £18.97
    Payment Surcharge @ 0% (+ VAT @ 20%): £0.00
    Total: £113.84
     
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    You are too quick for me! Just added them :)
     
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    Have you actually tried it with fon in France, I have tried everything possible and never got a reliable signal.
     
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    Have only tried this at home so far but will be trying it out (only in UK :() over the next couple of months & will give feedback.
     
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    Fons fine in uk but France (n):(spent hours trying to make it work, only connected once outside a cafe, lasted about a minute till I got a message, too many devices(n)had only got my phone:eek:,:(
     
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    We have been quite lucky getting Fon in France and wifi elsewhere using one of these 16dbi usb antenna connected either direct to my laptop or through a USB router. It sits on a Status telescopic pole.

    Actually using it now at home as we have disposed of our land line, getting plenty of Fon locally.


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    Does this kit have to connect to your laptop using a USB connection or does it create a WiFi link?
     
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    Ours above can do both, either direct into usb on laptop or through a usb router same as sold by Solwise which then provides a wifi signal for the whole van and immediate area.
    Cheers
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    Many thanks, so it needs a router as well (for us with Android tablets) and presumably a power supply?
     
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    I am sorry, but since when has that price been 'budget' for an external antenna? Maybe I am missing something?
     
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    I've just been looking on the solwise site as I already have the router you can get the antenna for £19.81 the patriot for £35.72 and the mount for £6.50 all delivered free
     
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    It is compared to the other options for similar products! The other one we nearly bought was a Funster favourite the iBoost at £159.99 http://www.motorhomewifi.com/product/iboost-d8-directional-system/ . Great looking product & after sales support but lower gain at 8dBi & more than we could justify paying.
     
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    Who is the original equipment manufacturer of the iboost equipment?
     
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    As all the parts can be ordered separately from Solwise it is easy to upgrade (y)
     
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    Ed where did you get your mounting kit for your pole ?
     
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    I use a Leguand N120 paid about £14 for it, use it with the Alfa router from Solwise. Recently compared it with an iBoost, performance appeared to be slightly better than the iBoost. Only annoying thing is the aerial won't work with operating systems later than XP so can't do a quick signal check have to set up the finicky router each time.

    Fon in France varies anything form so slow almost unuseable to blindingly fast, fastest connections always seem to be out in the country where you pick it up from a farmhouse or odd cottage always appears slow in towns. Tend to find the login page can be very slow to load often minutes but once logged on works fine.
     
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