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RAX30 extern antenna

Rod_Horning
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RAX30 extern antenna

Does anyone have experience with or recommendation for an external high-gain antenna?

At RV parks I often find the WiFi signal weak due to distance from the "tower".  I'm wondering is a high gain external antenna would help.

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plemans
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Re: RAX30 extern antenna

The RAX30 is a router only device. it doesn't have any modem capability so its not connecting to any "tower". 

The problem with most rv's (not all) is that they're made with metal exteriors. Which makes them an excellent Faraday cage (blocks wifi). It blocks wifi to an amazing extent. 

 

Are you trying to connect to the RV parks wifi or cellular? Because each will take a different strategy. 

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FURRYe38
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Re: RAX30 extern antenna

How is the RAX configured? Router mode or wireless bridge mode? 

IF the RAX supports disconnecting of the antennas, might certainly try something off amazon to see if this helps. 

Whats the distances from where your at from the RV parks wifi signal source? 

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plemans
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Re: RAX30 extern antenna

The RAX30 is a router only device. it doesn't have any modem capability so its not connecting to any "tower". 

The problem with most rv's (not all) is that they're made with metal exteriors. Which makes them an excellent Faraday cage (blocks wifi). It blocks wifi to an amazing extent. 

 

Are you trying to connect to the RV parks wifi or cellular? Because each will take a different strategy. 

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Rod_Horning
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Re: RAX30 extern antenna

By "tower" I meant the WiFi antenna(s) in the RV Park. 

Yes, I understand the Faraday cage.

 

And I must have been half asleep when I posted this as of course the router is NOT a modem. 

 

My apologies.

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plemans
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So you're a little caught. 

The cage the RV is in, blocks wifi. So you need antenna's external to the RV to pickup a signal. But they can't broadcast internal to the RV through the walls. 

What I've seen be the most successful, is wiring in external antennas mounted to the outside of the RV, to a travel router (they have wisp mode). That connects to the RV park and you hardwire in a separate router to the travel router (with the RAX in AP mode). 

 

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flatulist
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Re: RAX30 extern antenna

 

@plemans

 

who are you replying to?

 

 

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plemans
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Re: RAX30 extern antenna

You might get a signal but it isn't going to be that great. I've lived in a tiny RV for a bit. It's amazing at blocking Wi-Fi . Yes you might get a signal but it's very directional and not great. That's why it takes creativity and some $ for a decent signal inside these ones. The newer RVs are fiberglass and pads signal much better.
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