WIFI in Motorhome

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  1. Diabalo

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    I need to have a solution for picking up WiFi and setting up a hot spot in my MH, I know you can get Motorhome Iboost but being a poor southern lad I need to look for a cheaper option. Is anyone using the Solwise kit?
    Solwise USB WiFi Router/Repeater with the Outdoor USB Directional Antenna with built in 12dBi antenna?

    http://www.solwise.co.uk/wireless-usb-usbwifirpt-3000.html
     
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    I use a TP-LINK TL-MR3420 connected to iBoost Pro D8 and because it can allow the use of a sim dongle I have the best of both worlds. I also have a 4tb hard drive connected to router via one of the four lan ports, which allows me to watch movies or TV shows on any device connected to wifi. I can access my wifi up to 100 metres away from MH in line of sight.
     
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    Now I know nowt about these devices but the one linked above.. Is that just to amplify the signal from a nearby router ? Like one on a campsite ?

    I have one of those Heuwie devices that works well but would really like something better ? An external Ariel perhaps ?
    I know I asked this question before but confusion set in and I lost the plot .
     
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    @Charlie I do not know the system the OP has shown, but basically it can be set up to repeat ( make stronger ) the signal from say the campsite wifi to your MH and then use it around / inside your MH. They work very well but can be a pain in the ass to setup as you need to access the internal menu on the device each time you park up looking for the campsite wifi. I have to say you need to the same with "motorhome wifi iBoost system" as well, but they are a lot easier to use.
     
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    Dane, having just read the user manual for the link your posted, the system you have asked about is the same thing as I have fitted, but smaller. Looks very good to be honest.
     
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    John. I dont want to boost a campsites signal. What I would like is an external or internal ariel that boosts the 3G signal to the Heuwie device. This device obviously has its own internal ariel but it cant be very big. I wonder if an additional ariel would help.

    That said it works quite well most of the time.

    In France I found the WiFi signal on campsites extremely poor ! My Heuwie device was far better but I feel could be improved upon ?

    Cheers
     
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    @Charlie I do not want to "steal" this thread, so if you start a thread with heading Huawei Device External Antenna I will look for new thread and advice ( if I can ). Before doing this please check that on the bottom or side of your Huawei device that there is one or two ports to connect external antenna too.
     
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    I have an aerial that plugs into my Heuwie dongle and it makes a big difference, on mine there is a small flap on the side of the dongle where the aerial plugs in, the plug on the aerial is very small. But the original post was to improve any WiFi signal strenght and broadcast them in the van.
     
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    Dane, thats why I asked him to start another thread. The system you have asked about looks very close to the one motorhomewifi are selling. I have to admit had I not got my own system I would be strongly tempted to buy the one your asking about having just read the user manual and setup PDF's. If you go for it let me know how it goes and what you think.
     
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    Don, yes it looks good on paper but it's always nice to get feed back from someone using it. The 2 concerns I have is how to find the best signal, the only way I can see is to have a laptop plugged in on the initial setup when you rock up on site and is the interface going to be friendly? It's very similar to Iboost and at half the price worth considering.
     
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    Will do Don
     
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    Dane I would have thought as it's close to or same as iBoost router any member on here can advise who owns one, however I know having used the iBoost system that the Wan port is connected to the iBoost Pro D8 and you access that interface via the web page menu. In the case of the solwise router ( looking at the manual ) it has a more complex menu but like most thing new will be easy to master after time.
     
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    Yes I use that. It is also the first issue that Motorhomewifi released.
    The only trouble I ever had was with the power supply which is only 9 volts on the cigar lighter plug.
    I discarded the plug and connected direct to my habitation 12 volts. The unit is 12 volt rated so I cannot understand why the hell a 9 volt supply for it.

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    I have the set up you mention with an omnidirectional aerial - works perfectly and cost about £100.
    Used it all over the UK and France to pick up FON and also any other open networks I could find.
    Also handy if you buy a campsites wifi and it is limited to one or two devices.
    You log onto the site wifi with the router and the re radiate the wifi using the router to as many devices you want.
    Solwise also have great support if you have any problems.
    No need to spend any more than £100 for a good set up.

    @Diabalo


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    Andy, I take it you are using the USB port to the external aerial. I wondered if it works with the Ethernet connection version from motorhomewifi?
     
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    I don't know John
     
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    I have the Slowise Alfa router connected to a £14 ebay directional aerial typing this from a wild spot picking up Greek village's free wifi nearly 2 miles away
     
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    Don we are in the Netherlands at the moment setup has been working great in Fance and here very quick to set up and no problems.
     
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