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Old 05-06-2014, 08:26 AM   #1
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For you computer guys out there. For years I've been trying to setup a robust RV network for when we're in campgrounds with WiFi. Previously, I used a wireless ethernet bridge to receive the signal from the campground and send that into a wireless router for everyone to share. While this does work, it's not intuitive to setup and operate, in fact I seem to be the only one who get's it.

So... Onto my thought.

I have a bunch of old laptops laying around and I was playing with internet sharing. I can hookup an external USB / PCMIA wireless adapter with external antenna, then use the wired connection to feed the router and setup internet sharing. The advantage of this is it can be setup by anyone, since all that would need to happen is boot the computer and access the park wi-fi, the rest would already be setup.

Ultimately, since I have mostly Mac's and iPads, I would like to get an old Mac-Mini, load it with Slink so I can use Bonjour services remotely on my iPad! I just tested this and it *almost* works, have a question to the publisher of the product to see if I can get it going.p

What are your thoughts on how you provide access to all your wireless devices?
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If I understand this correctly you are trying to both boost the CG wireless and then share the connection.

Networking 101, the speed and performance is only as good as the smallest pipe in the system. That's usually going to be the CG's wireless access point or their incoming service.

Second, to me the wireless bridge is a far simpler solution that fooling around with old laptops. Not to mention that the throughput for sharing would really slow down the connection speeds.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:14 AM   #4
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We use a repeater from JEFA Tech, it works great when we have the bandwitdth. I use my old PC my wife has her MAC and daughter uses her ipad. when we have poor connection to the campsite wifi, I hook up my hotspot on my iphone to the repeater and everyone can use the same connection.
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Previously, I used a wireless ethernet bridge to receive the signal from the campground and send that into a wireless router for everyone to share. While this does work, it's not intuitive to setup and operate, in fact I seem to be the only one who get's it.


Pretty much the Ethernet Bridge is your best option. Not sure as to why there is an issue. We get to the camp ground, set up the TT, and then I access the wireless bridge, 3 clicks and it is connected to the CG's AP.

On all the devices (tablets, iPhone, laptops, Slingbox) the TT's Wi-Fi router is already set up and all they have to do is select it from their devices. All the work, as easy as it is, is between the Ethernet Bridge and the CG AP, 3 clicks and its connected. That is unless yours is a little more difficult.

The benefit of the eth.. Bridge is its power, and you can select any of the CG's APís, and I usually go for the one with the least number of TT's, which usually gives me the most bandwidth.

I assume that your Ethernet Bridge was a high power one (400mw+), correct? I leave my Bridge unit at about Ĺ max power for campgrounds. The one campground we normally stay at (believe it or not) has 20Mb on each of its APís, most others max out at 10Mb all combined.

Without the Bridge, we were not able to use our Slingbox, so the DW knows exactly what needs to be done when we get to the CG.. select the TT's Wi-Fi on her devices. No complaints yet!

The best connection I got (line of site - distance wise) was in Colorado and we were over a mile away from a Home Depot store. Since they get most of my money it was a fair trade, their Wi-Fi for my customer $$. We were even able to watch the Slingbox (local base ball games, home DVR) with no breakup.

If you click on this link it shows my Wi-Fi setup. https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/members/26132-albums328.html

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Maybe that's my problem, the age of my bridge and that it's 802.11b only and not very high power. Which model bridge do you have, I'd like to look it up?
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I have the EnGenius EOC5611P, 500Mw, b,g.

Here is the website for EnGenius, there are a lot of models but I believe the enh202, or the enh200 are probably the best ones for the job. I have only encountered one CG that had 802.11 n, most have b & g.

These new models are I believe 800Mw and good for 2 miles line of site for somewhere around $80. Mine is an older 500Mw, but it still gets the job done.

http://www.engeniustech.com/business/Directory/business-networking/outdoor-access-points-client-bridges_c89_m331/

These also have directional antenna's, unlike mine. So you could mount it on a piece of PVC to your ladder like mine and just twist the unit on top of the PVC for best reception.
I am totally happy with the EnGenius series; I have had mine for a few years and no issues.

There are others on the market that you may want to look at. Down load all their user docs and compare. What ever you decide to get, get the outdoor model unit.

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It looks like your model has been replaced by EnGenius ENH500.

Your unit is mounted inside but the unit above looks to be weather proof? Is there a reason you mounted it this way? You also have a router inside according to your other thread. Do you need an external antennae?

I am trying to find a simpler setup. Ideally one unit that would server as an extender and local wireless for a couple of laptops. Is there such a beast?

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Way over my pay grade! If there is CG wifi available to your, what is the advantage to others getting access that requires you to set up anything. I guess if I was running my business while in the RV or living on the social networks I might benifit from what you are doing, but as a "Not" power users, I often drive to the camp store or ranger station to get a stronger connection and catch up on my emails and the news. There is no room allocated in my TT for extra laptops or net devices, my little netbook is the extent of my tech equipment.
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Anyone remember going camping with no cell phones, internet or TV????? And, sleeping in a tent???? What has the world come to? Well spoken as I sit in my new 5th wheeler in a campground with free wireless I am sending this on from my new Microsoft Surface Tablet and watching the pre-draft hoopla on my direct TV high definition Satellite!!!!! Go BUCS!
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