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  1. I wanted to close the loop back on what way I'm going on this, for if it gives others items to look over. -I wanted magnetic mount and low profile and KISS for this specific antenna. -I did trade off about a 5' longer cable so I could mount it to the AC shroud. -I was able to get the TS-9 pigtail without requiring another adapter in the mix. It came down to be between Mobile Mark (301 series) and Panorama (TRNC series). Went Mobile Mark because it was 2" lower profile then the Panorama. (This fixed item will become our highest point on the RV, and 2" is 2":)!). The Panorama TRNC series did have 5db vs Mobile Mark's 3db (In the LTE range.), but also required a hole penetration, which I did not want to do on the AC shroud. I also reflected upon the RVMOBILEINTERNET members content, where the 2C's shared their testing results of many various antennas, amps in multiple locations. One comment caught my eye, that sometimes higher db gain could cause a problem too, yielding slower download speeds. So I figured since in the future I'll add two higher db gain stand alone antennas, that having the 3db lower gain MIMO all-in-one would be a good complement to them in the 'get me connected arsenal'. I had some lead-time concerns, so went with the Mobile Mark 301 series (Three cable unit, that has a GPS connection too, which I will keep coiled for now.). If I'd had more time, I probably would have gone with the 302, as I agreed with another RVMOBILEINTERENT poster, that it had a bit wider range of coverage. May never become an issue in this part of the world, but figured you never know what may happen, and the price difference was minimal... But lead-time turnaround was not going support my wanted delivery time. KISS for now, and it's on the way... We will see how this works:)! Best to all, Smitty (Reminder. This was to specifically feed a MIMO ATT Unite Explore. But can also use it for other devices I have in my arsenal too.)
  2. Have the WFR Elite AC FM set up on the dining room table of our vacation home. Updated to the latest firmware. Reset SSID name and passwords, set up pecking order priority of preferred networks, etc. 95% + of the time, we do not use a parks WiFi. Depending upon location, and strength of various cellular data, we use: -Verizon Samsung S6 with GF UDP -ATT Unite Explore MIFI -ATT iPhone 7 (The Unite Explore and iPhone 7 share a 40GB plan, with monthly roll over of the unused data.) -ATT Mobley (New, and just fired up yesterday. So not really figured out where this will slot in the pecking order until we get on the road a bit and see how things go.) This is the Connect Car UDP $20 plan. Which I believe is 22GB of untampered data, then after that subject to network de-prioritization if ATT feels they need to do so(?).) ========= Currently we have the GO2 with older Mobile on the coach, which will be replaced with the Elite FM and the GOac. When using the Samsung S6 for data, we currently hook this directly to the GO2 via WiFi. The GO2 is our primary/common connection point for all of the other internal devices, SmartTV, Oppo, Etc.. When using the ATT Unite Explore MIFI (Which we've also only added to our arsenal recently, the last three weeks.) I've been also connecting via WiFi. But expect that I'll change this to Tethering directly to the GOac as we get rolling with it. (Have a Catch22 here. Our our Maximum Signal Internal antenna is in the front of the coach, and our Communication Cabinet with he WFR equipment and other equipment, is in the bedroom. We have found the best performance of using the internal antenna's amplified signal is within a 4-8' range. Still do get a boosted signal at greater the 8', just as fast while doing Speednet testing. The distance will be ~18-20' from the inside antenna to the Communication Cabinet.0 So I believe the Catch 22 will be the times when the data signal strength requires the Max Signal Amp to be useable. We'll have a trade off between the advantages of direct tethering vs being ~18-22' away from the amplified signal. (I'll go ahead and experiment with Speednet testing as my guide, comparing tethered vs moving the Unite Explore closer to the internal antenna and connecting to the GOac via WiFi. (This being 802.11AC 5ghz communication - this may end up being the faster download speeds.) Time will tell on this one... One final comment on the equipment and stuff background. I will be also adding a Mobile Mark MIMO antenna at the same time we mount the Elite FM to the roof. This will allow me to MIMO antenna connect to the Unite Explores dual ports. From testing by our fellow Escpaee's travelers the 2C's, (Technomadia and RVMOBILEINTERNET) - they've seen positive results with non amplified MIMO antennas, in some of their locations. So in our Communication Cabinet, we'll have the MIMO antenna connected to the Unite Explore as the first attempt in an area. If speeds are lacking due to weak signal strength, we'll then go to the amplified signal process mentioned above. ============ I mentioned Best Practices in the heading. Now that my rambling descriptions of gear and logistics is over, I do have a question about Best Practices. Since the majority of our data feed usage will from devices inside of the coach (Non Campground Park WiFI.), is it better to just use the GOac to connect to via in coach data WiFi feed, or should we add the extra layer and connect to the Elite FM on the top, Cat5 back to the GOac? (Sure I could experiment both ways. But I found with the GO2 that it was usually easier and more stable then connecting to the roof top Mobile antenna (Yep, Mobile - it's and olde one:)!) Anyone (Hi Joel:)!) have any opinions on which is the 'best' way to go on this one? And any other tips/settings in relation to the now new to me GOac and Elite FM would be welcomed too. Best to all, Smitty (And a final note. The setup and running on our dining room table, including the firmware update, was very easy and straightforward. Much improved from various other iterations of when I've upgraded with newer WFR gear. (And of course, the GOac and Elite have been out for sometime now, I dragged my feet on making this expensive jump.) My message is here is a salute to WFR and Blue Mesh - nice experience as user for me so far:)!)
  3. Chad - I understand your thought process completely. And like the redundancy this provides... And at that price, as you said - Why Not? Thanks for responding, Smitty
  4. Well my seemingly jinx with ATT CSR's may have run it's course. Mobley caught up with us about an hour ago. Up and running, with first Speednet showing 20 down and just about 10 up - in a weak (LTE 110db) area for ATT. All that remains is to validate next months bill cycles reflects the $20 charge. Cool beans! Best to all, Smitty On edit: I meant to share the values from the Unite Explorer with MIMO antenna. Placed within 10" of Mobley, it had about 27 down, and also about 10 up. So even though the Mobley is supposed to have an older less sophisticated chipset inside - I was pleased to see it yield about 35% less download speeds then the MIMO based unit. (For this location, and sure was not a thorough test in anyways... Just sharing the info:)!)
  5. Cool set up!! Thanks for sharing the info and links. The Venom Snake is rated 34lbs, and the only reason I go it over the Kota Endura 30 is because it is rated OK for Salt Water usage. (Expect we'll be doing a mix of fresh and salt water.) I also expect we'll use the Snake for if we need to get off of the water faster then paddling would support. Thus I did not feel the trade off of a higher AH AGM battery was worth the extra weight penalty. (Especially for times when I'll need to lug the battery over hill and over dale:)!) My expectations are we'll use the kayak for the 3-4 hour jaunts. And read many reviews on the Vmax857 covering that time span well. And at a reasonable cost, I can always add a different battery to our mix if I find we really end up using it more often then expected, keeping the Vmax857 in reserve. Our coach has oversized solar panels, so I feel I'll have plenty of reserve power even while boon docking, to handle the overnight charge on this AGM. Leaning towards the 5A Battery Tender unit. And of course, this is new to us - so what I think now, will mostly like be adjusted by the realties of usage:)! Thanks again for the links, enjoyed reading your experiences. Smitty
  6. Thanks!! And yeah! It maybe just a bit too soft duty for the job!! (But dang, it does a good job the few times I need it to 'maintain' batteries:)!). I have a good size charger at the S&B, I'll look over it's spec's, and may end up taking tha with me.... Best, Smitty
  7. Maybe just a shade off topic, but dang it - you guys know so much:)! And I carry this in the RV, so kind of RV'ing:)! We just got a Sea Eagle Inflatable Kayak and the Watersnake Venom 34lbs motor. Planning to order the Vmax857 AGM (Seemed to be a good trade off for weight vs AH vs Cost... over the Lithium I was looking at. Any of you anglers with trolling motors have any input on: -Different batteries to consider? (Again, weight is a factor, but figured 25lbs was not bad.) -If going with he Vmax857 AGM, what charger do you recommend. I do have the Battery Tender Plus, which is 4 stage and says AGM OK too - but at 1.25Amp figure it will be an overnight charge refresh require. --- Any thoughts on if this is too little of a charger to keep the Vmax857 fed happy and healthy? Appreciate any thoughts, best to all, Smitty
  8. I looked to see if I could find it, but did not:)! What is the Magnum Hybrid 3012 'at idle' draw? I had planned to add a dedicated fridge inverter during our install, but after checking the MS2812 vs the unit for the fridge, I was not really saving enough AH draw warrant doing so. (Plus, the DW has shows she records late at night and early in the AM, so I would have had to have another unit for at least the DirecTV Genie too.:)!) Your battery bank is sized 20+% higher then ours - and we have plenty of capacity to cover the higher idle draw (not really idle, but using that term) for overnight times. (Day time, the majority of the time the Solar kicks out plenty to cover all coach power needs, except for AC.) Or, did you and others that have the dedicated Fridge inverter, do so to cover contingency? The way you have your's set up, any source can feed the fridge. So if something did happen and knock out one of your inverters, at least you can keep the vital ice make functioning (We can be civilized as we travel!). Was if more for 'just in case' that you added the second inverter? The reason I ask, is as I mentioned when we do Phase II of our system, I've been kicking around adding a second unit. The Hybrid 3012 came out a few months after I went with the MS2812. I could see an option where I'd add the Hybrid 3012, and retain the MS2812 as a redundant unit. (The Hybrid can save you money when on a meter in a park.) TIA, Smitty
  9. Chad - You commented that perhaps it is 'overkill' as far as what you have done. And I agree with you that I see a very small, but probably high profit/cost, of manufacturer installed higher end Solar systems. Also agree that the majority of RV'er's are not in need of higher end/capacity solar capability. That being said. When my wife and I talked about this upgrade, we came to the conclusion that we'd want to accomplish two things with our Solar install: 1) Be able to boon dock without watching too closely the power consumption. While having adequate Solar to replenish the batteries without needing to run a generator for hours a day. 2) Also have lots of extra contingency power, and again more then adequate Solar to replenish - for in case of a longer term need of being 'off grid'. (When not traveling, we quite often are in the San Diego area visiting our vacation home, friends and remaining family too. Fires, rolling brownouts, blackouts - have all occurred in the last 4-5 years. And the area is earthquake country, as well as with all of the military installations - prime for 9/11 type activity.) So when we budgeted for our coaches battery bank, inverter and solar upgrades - we oversized many areas as 'contingency planning'. (When not traveling, we keep our coach fully fueled, water full, food and supplies stocked. We consider it our land 'lifeboat' in case of emergency.) I share this, as a 'robust' system like yours (And our's too, though now four years later not quite as robust as yours. MS2812 and related modules. 800AH of X's 4 Lifeline L16's. 1200W of 48V Solar panels feeding down thru MidNite Classic 150.), I feel have other applications then just going out and having fun RV'ing. Having our RV's also ready for 'just in case' situations are also a part of many of the RV'ing community:)! Best again to you, and all, Smitty
  10. I wanted to share two recent experiences with our Max Signal Amp: 1) At the Grand Canyon South Rim Trailer Village campground. At our specific site, could not pull in ATT, but my Samsung S6 had a trace of a signal. Checked that the MS Amp was on, and placed my phone at the place where I usually get a good balance of signal. (About 3 1/2 - 4' away from the internal antenna.). This resulted in no difference in Speetnet testing download speeds. I tried different tests over about a two hour period as we were doing other things. Decided to shift the Max Signal 13" Magnet roof top antenna (Very pleased with how this has been performing.) over to our WeBoost Sleek. Placed my S6 in the cradle (With my normal spacer to protect against what jokingly call the 'Single Piece Toaster' - that baby get's way too hot!). And repeated my testing. The first three tests average about 225-250% faster download speeds then I was seeing off of the MS Amp. As I thought well maybe tower contention had cleared up, I switched the antenna back to the MS Amp, and tested again (5 mins max from my last test with the Sleek.). And still very little difference in download speeds from the S6 without amp, or with MS Amp plugged in (My 12V feed has never been able to work with this unit. Gord helped me quite a bit, and I think we've tried three different 12V power feeds. None ever seem to work with the unit. So I get the DW looking at me with unpleased eyes when I have the extension cord hanging out of our Communication Cabinet:)!). So in this location, and at this time, the WeBoost Sleek seemed to provide the best overall download speeds we could obtain. (Over a three day period, and I did try the MS Amp a few more times over those three days. 2) Second example, flashing forward where we are now. Prescott at the Point of Rocks campground. (We have supper ATT here, so all amps are off, and just using our MIMO Unite Explore for internet.) Verizon has a weaker signal here. So I went thru a series of testing yesterday afternoon. (And to be upfront, this was more of wham/bam test, as I had a firm time we had to leave to meet a couple we knew. All of this was over less then a 40 min period, with very little time in between tests. So for sure very much 'Gee whiz!' info, and I represent as such:)!). S6 no amp - Pulled in very slow download speeds over three tests. S6 in WeBoost Sleek - Pulled in about 25-30% faster download speeds over three tests. S6 fed MS Amp - Pulled in about 250-275% faster download speeds then the S6 no amp. ==== So what does this mean? Well for sure I did not do detail testing as I have at times, but I feel it shows how at different times, for many, many various reasons - we need to be prepared to have multiple Internet Data Enhancing Tools in our Tool Boxes. The MS Amp is a 'Love it at times', and 'Don't know if I understand it' at other times. Don't get me wrong, it is still our primary source of amplification. And I know at times, usually on the fringe of coverage, that it has made all of the difference in the world in getting a useable signal. When we get done with this trip, should be early next week. I'll call Gord to have him help me review things. He's always willing to help, and I've been amazed at how patient he is as he tries to explain things to my level of understanding:)! Best to all, Smitty
  11. Yes Dutch - It did:)! Took a follow up call today to get it established 'I think' this time properly:)! Unit should catch up to us by sometime next week. Looking forward to getting familiar with it... Best, Smitty
  12. Super informative, and top quality gear all around!! I too will be checking your diagrams for our 'Phase II' update of our Solar:)! Enjoy for awhile. Oh, and I might suggest that since you have the ice maker - the 'tour guests' should bring the mixes:)! Best to you, and all, Smitty
  13. The DW changed our AM plans, so I went ahead and called back tot he Connect Car department. Waited a few minutes to get a rep. This time I specifically asked her if I had reached the Connect Car group? She said yes, but, that Connect Car and Mobile are in the process of being combined. Until this is completed, sometimes a Mobile CSR that has not yet been set up to cover Connect Car may have to transfer a customer to another CSR. Explained what I tried to do yesterday, and that it looked to me like Mobley had been adde to my Shared XXGB account (I say XX, as it reflects 20GB, but Customer Loyalty CSR that had helped me now two days ago, had said this would actually become a 40GB Shared account, but would not reflect this until another account billing month rolls by - we'll see:)!). The CSR looked everything over, and said yes it looks like the agent yesterday had added the Mobley into our XX GB Shared account. She asked me to hold, came back on 4-5 minutes later and said she had changed it to a stand alone account, and that it was the Unlimited Data promotional plan for $20 per month. She said as she was recently trained on the Connect Car side of the ATT world, that she had her supervisor review everything before saving. She had me log back on so I could see the changes myself. I did, and nothing had changed. She said wait a minute as she logged onto my account again so that she could see the same thing I was. She did, and said yes she agreed, that she did not see the changes she had just made reflected. Was in the process of putting me on hold to ask her supervisor for help again - when she excitedly said 'Oh, it just changed!' I now see Plan 2... I logged off and on again, and yep it looks like this time everything is set back up. Plan 2 has my Mobley phone number, and reflects Unlimited Data. I admit that every time I call ATT, I feel I'm at risk of something being messed up on my account. Very concerned that the gent that fumbled the changes yesterday, has 'undone' what the Loyalist CSR established as the 40GB Shared plan (Not available to mere mortal CSR's, and only authorized to be given under extreme conditions. Which she felt I had met from all of the problems related to the Homebase Rural Line/250GB fumbled attempt.) But for now, I'm going to DO NOTHING. Get the Mobley in my hand next week, get it activated. Then wait until the next months billing cycle is completed, and see what is reflected for fees, charges, activation costs, credits, and if the 40GB Share plan is reflected, vs the 20GB that is on the account now... The old too many chef's, well these CSR's sometimes seem to be chef's assistance in knowledge, can really mess up a meal (Plan!). Best to all, Smitty
  14. Well I thought I better get back online today and review our account from the call yesterday to the Connect Car CSR, as between us I was concerned we had a 'failure to communicate'... (He was very nice, and good, at asking me if I wanted to add new features, even had a tablet he wanted to send me at no cost, well - except another $10 a month to the account:)! It's his job to sell too, I understand.) And yep, looks like he has this set up wrong. The Mobley looks to me like it was added into my 20GB Share plan... Nothing on the account says Unlimited, and it sure does not seem to be 'stand alone' as I used that buzzword multiple times with him. Stand Alone "Connected Car Unlimited" for $20 a month... Benefit of the doubt that the online account may not have caught up with what he did yesterday, but strongly suspect he just did not find the plan, and added it into my account as just another device to Share Data across the other devices... We'll see... It will be worth going thru the aggravation IF I can get them to get this set up right:)! Best to all, Smitty
  15. Well I checked our order about an hour ago, and the status reflected shipped. Had a phone number associated to it, and still refers to the device as a Mobley. I called the Connected Car number, and at first got put off into a transfer game which ended up in chose this number for this, and that number for that - of which none sounded like Connected Car. So hung up, called back again, waited about two minutes, and this CSR seemed to know what I was talking about. After about 5-10 mins, he said he got the account updated to the unlimited (Confusing, as I see some calling it 22GB, in fact I did too in a post...). But he assured me it was $20 month, and that no step down in speed after 10GB has been used. The device should reach Box Elder by Thursday, and we may just go ahead and have it shipped early to catch up with us. We'll need to let things simmer on the account to see what it reflects when I next logon:)! Time will tell if this one goes thru well for us... Best to all, Smitty