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- September 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm #71101
we will be picking up our Elite II at the end of Oct. One of the options we are curious about is the wifi booster. We only use wifi for browsing, email and downloading podcasts(can be slow sometimes). We will be heading for Alaska in June next year for 3 months. Do you have any thoughts on the usefulness of this equipment vs cost?September 13, 2017 at 4:25 pm #71107
Fisher – Bottom line is that I’m glad I got this. Not only does it help in campgrounds, but, when I’m on the road I can write emails and wait to send them the next day while stopping in a burger joint parking lot – you don’t need to go into these places – just stop in the lot. For those that have a smart phone and don’t mind using data I understand that the phone booster is handy. I can’t comment as to the usefulness in Alaska though since I’ve never been there. Hope this helps you.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"September 13, 2017 at 8:27 pm #71134
We have the WiFi and cell booster. We been in some out of the way places where (if you are lucky) they only have limited WiFi at the office. With the booster, we have been able to connect at our site. The cell booster has added a couple of bars, if you are by the antenna pickup spot, usually at the dinnette. We can keep in touch with home and the weather this way, as usually no television.
Best wireless device we like is the wireless camera. We can pass someone on a rainy day and know when it is safe to pull back in. We can watch someone tailgating, if we turn it on. It has helped us turn around too, when we might have ventured onto a washed out path, at the end of a former roadSeptember 14, 2017 at 6:10 pm #71227
We too are glad we have the WiFi and cell-phone boosters. They work. We are also glad to have the rear-view camera. All three are good investments.
Onward through the Fog!
EarthPicks of Cochise CountySeptember 15, 2017 at 7:37 am #71257
A thing about the WiFi booster that you should know is that it does not increase the available band width – only the campground or supplier of the WiFi signal can do that. So, if you want to download something big – a bunch of pictures or a movie – you will have a stronger connection to the source but it will still take forever to do your download. In popular large campgrounds from about 4 pm to 11 pm it seems that people want to download movies and/or there are simply too many people trying to use the available band width at the same time.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"
1 user thanked author for this post.September 15, 2017 at 7:55 am #71260
Thanks Bill, just the feedback I was hoping for.
BruceSeptember 15, 2017 at 8:04 am #71263
Thanks for the booster feedback, and the bu camera tips.
BruceSeptember 15, 2017 at 8:07 am #71266
Thanks again, Bill. Just enough info so I can understand.
BruceSeptember 15, 2017 at 8:13 am #71269
i notice your tow vehicle is our dream truck. Do you find the FX4 capabilities important for your travel adventures? We thought Max Towing was overkill to pull the Ollie?
BruceSeptember 15, 2017 at 8:30 am #71275
Bruce – sent pm so as to not change the thread.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"September 15, 2017 at 8:58 am #71278
Having the wifi booster really depends on how you’re going to use your trailer. If you’re going to be in campgrounds all of the time and don’t have unlimited data on your phone, then wifi can be a good thing. We didn’t get it ourselves because we mostly boondock. Plus we’ve always had better service with our cell phone with unlimited data. Like Bill said, wifi can really get bogged down with everyone connected to it at once, and this is where it will come in handy because you can actually get a lot better wifi connection with the booster.
For us, we stick with the 4g unlimited because we are rarely in campgrounds and simply prefer our own connection. So we did get the cell phone booster but we’ve only needed it a handful of times. It will pull you up to 3 bars from no service sometimes, and that’s why we bought it. But we don’t use it at the Dinette, we use it in the bed mostly with our heads at the back window, so be sure to have them put the boosters into your trailer where you will get the most use out of them. My list of projects includes moving the booster to the rear of the trailer now, where it will be used daily. Plus it’s really limited on how close you need to have your phone to it, to get a signal, pretty much 18″ or closer, so you will be holding the phone up to it to make it useful. If we are in a place with no service, right now we hot spot a tablet right under the booster and use our other tablets to connect to it from back at the bed, which is a pain mostly because our best tablet is now dedicated to the front of the trailer, where we are always together in the back. We turned our Dinette into a full time sofa because we usually cook and eat outside, so the tablet can’t just sit on the table and the sofa cushions are too far away for it to work from the sofa, so…
In other words, correct placement of the Boosters in the trailer is the key 🙂
Reed & Karen Lukens with Riffles our Miniature Poodle
2017 Oliver Legacy Elite II Standard, Hull #200 / 2017 Silverado High Country 1500 Short Bed 4x4
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Click on our avatar pic above to find the videos on our Oliver Legacy Elite IISeptember 15, 2017 at 9:51 am #71365
If you have both the wifi and cellular boosters, here is a nice trick when there is no external wifi available.
Turn on the cellular booster, and then boot up your hotspot or jetpack, placing it on the dinette for maximal signal boost. Then have your wifi booster log into your hotspot. Now have your devices connect to the wifi booster. They should now have good signal throughout the trailer as well as outside.
David Stillman, Salt Lake City, Utah
2016 Oliver Elite II Hull 164 | 2017 Audi Q7 tow vehicle.
Travel and Photography Blog: http://davidstravels.netSeptember 16, 2017 at 8:42 am #71413
David, you are obviously of a younger generation that is not overwhelmed by all this technology. Thanks for the tips.
BruceSeptember 16, 2017 at 8:45 am #71416
Karen, you are the best “replier”. Thanks for all your input.
BruceSeptember 16, 2017 at 11:26 am #71428
Second what Dave said. Another bit of advice I’d add is for you and your spouse to have your cell phones on different carriers to maximize your coverage.
We decided to opt out of Oliver’s install and if we decide we need it, we’ll install out own. It’s not too difficult and there are better antennas you can get to avoid the problems Karen and Reed have.
Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford Raptor
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