Antenna Upgrade Part 3 – Inside Equipment Installation
This is the third part of our antenna upgrade. In part 1 we removed the old King Dome satellite dish. In part 2 we installed the new WiFi Ranger and WeBoost antennas using the same access hole that the satellite used. In this video, we are finishing the installation by finding power for the WiFi Ranger and the WeBoost Antenna then getting everything hooked up.
Old Setup Inside Cabinet – We found power!
Our Satellite controller is in the front cabinet above the co-pilot. 4 screws hold the access panel in the cabinet. Fortunately there is both 110 volt and 12 volt power available. For 110 volt there is a junction box, and for 12 volt one of the cables for the King Dome went into the 12 volt circuit. The WiFi ranger works with either 110 volts or 12 volts; we elected to wire it to 110 volts, and the WeBoost needs 12 volts.
Here’s the updated video of the inside equipment installation:
This video was updated to include notes from the WiFi Ranger folks:
- The WiFi Ranger comes with a 12 volt harness, so it CAN be connected to the 12 volt system.
- I corrected the RJ-45 plug-in process
- Many MiFi devices can be managed by the WiFi Ranger. At this time our device cannot be managed – but we are testing beta firmware that may allow it to be managed. Check the WiFi Ranger website for details or contact their support team for you specific device.
I’ll follow this up with a video on using the WiFi Ranger interface once we get to a park with WiFi.
Note: We are not professional RV repair technicians! The information provided here is how we upgraded our antenna system and your installation will be different. If you are uncomfortable working on rooftops or with electrical wiring please consult a certified technician.
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