Jim, need your advise on wifi for a 26 foot travel trailer I'm goona buy. Is there such a thing as a "unidirectional" wifi that does"t need a dish? Reason I ask is i was thinking of attaching your rv wifi to the trailer antenna but without the dish so it would fold flat on the travel trailer roof. Would this work? Or, can you build up a "unidirectional" travel trailer wifi system for me?

If not, maybe i should just attach your rv wifi dish somehow (plastic ties??) to the existing antenna and then use the tv directional rotator inside the traile to "point" the wifi?? This sounds good to me after writing this IF i could get the antenna to fold and stay down on the highway without the dish catching too much air and going airborn... like my last fishing rod i forgot and left on the trailer roof.

Also, will that special scifi thing that plugs into the dish stayin place and can it be left exposed to the elements outside on the roof?

Whaddy think buddy? Thanks! Pat

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You can use the mini dish as a unidirectional, but the range will be very limited, 400ft at best. Simly aim the dish straight up, with the dongle being vertical instead of horizontal. The directional aspect is what allows you to grab those distant signals.

Using the adjustable TV antenna actually is a fantastic idea. You could have internal visual refference of direction, plus being able to turn it without going outside.

Since it is a PVC type mount and very light, you could easily attach it to that rotator and be good to go.

A unidirectional would look like a PVC pole (about 1 1/4 diameter) or like a real fat antenna. It would still require some mounting.

I was happy with a old tripod, removing the camera foot off the end, it exposed a hollow tube perfect for the dish expanding pole mount.

I've left mine outside since it went up, and its still working. BUT.. it hasent rained here in 3 years. If it were to be left outside in a place that has weather, I'd hide it under a big gallon ziplock bag ( or similar trash bag) and be done with it. Plastic wont hurt the signal, and Ive made a waterproof one hiding it under a baby bottle.
Hey, JIm thanks for the advice! I think I'll try attaching it to the antenna that comes with the travel trailer so it can be directional wifi from inside the travel trailer. Then i can see if it will fold down with the antenna... which probably depends on where i attach it to the tv antenna. I'll test it first and e-mail you or post some pics here of the temp install until tested. Then, i'll "lock it in", probably with some plastic ties or stainless steel clamps, drill thru the roof of the travel trailer and route the wiring beside the tv antenna wire and then to my dinette table which is wifi and internet hq on my little rig.

I'll have to see what i can come up with for weather protection since i dry camp in all kinds of weather, snow, ice, blazing heat and other fun weather stuff. So, it will be a good test. And, thanks for letting me know that plastic won't affect the signal.

I'll ping you by e-mail in just a few weeks and see if you have enough stuff in your garage to build up one boot-leg wifI system for me.

Note to 'me"; ask Jim later about cell phone sci fi systems that will reach out and grab signals in really remote places, but first wifi
Pat, I'll make a waterproof cover for ya no worries. I have an idea that will work great.

I went out and bought about 15 dishes and components and have been making them like crazy so no worries for you mate.

You'll get 'weatherproof v1.o'
Kewl a v1.0!! ok! thanks, Jim.

Note: this model is probably the only waterproof rv wifi system able to handle immersion in 20 feet of water off point loma and able to withstand the fiercest Baja windstorms!! (not really... made it up. But, probably great!) We'll test it out this fall. watch for my blog on this for anyone wanting a home-bre wifi system for your rv that really works!

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