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WiFi Ranger works so great when the situation is right
April 2, 2013
2:16 pm
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MrsGeek
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Wow! The WiFiRanger (WFR) can be an awesome Wi-Fi router.

We just drove to Melrose, Florida and got our RV parked in our friend’s yard. I plugged in my computer and turned it on. I sat down right away and noticed that my computer was already connected to an Internet connection – and I am browsing …. fast! Where’d that come from?

Here’s how it works … the WiFi Ranger creates our in-house Wi-Fi hotspot – it’s called GeeksOnTour.pvt. So all our devices expect to connect to that, and they do.  But whether or not that provides an Internet connection depends on what the Ranger is connected to.  

[Internet Source]->[WiFiRanger]<->[Laptops, Smartphones, Printer, Wii]

We have parked here at our friend’s property last year, and we connected to her WiFi and put the password into the WiFiRanger’s memory.  So, when we pulled in this time – the WFR was connected to her high speed hot spot as soon as the power came on!  Then my computer was connected to the WFR as soon as it’s power came on!  YES!  That’s the way I like it.  I turn the computer on and I’m online.  AND … I’m connected to our printer.  As it should be.

It doesn’t always work like that: When we pulled into an RV park last night with free Wi-Fi, the Ranger tried to connect, but there was a password. So, even tho my computer connected to the WiFiRanger, there was no Internet coming into the WFR until Jim went to the WFR control panel and entered the appropriate password in the appropriate spot.

There’s a lot more to it.  The WFR has something on the roof and something inside here.  I’ve told you all I know :-) If you have any questions, Jim will be happy to reply!  I’m just happy when it works so well.

April 22, 2013
12:37 pm
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Daniel Leffel
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Do you have to have a computer with you to configure the Wifi Ranger Go at each campground?  We were hoping to travel only with iPads and Smart phones.

Thanks!

Dan Leffel

April 22, 2013
6:13 pm
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MrGeek
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Your tablet or smart phone is good. Any browser enabled device can access the WiFiRanger. You will typically browse to an IP address.

The instructions are included with the Ranger.

Jim

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