WiFiRanger Announces New MicroLTE Pack Availability Open or Close
WiFiRanger Announces New MicroLTE Pack Availability
Value Designed LTE Outdoor Cellular & WiFi with Micro Indoor Router
January 3rd, 2018 - Meridian, Idaho - WiFiRanger, the leader in RV networking solutions, announced today their latest LTE offering for the RV Industry. The WiFiRanger MicroLTE Pack is a unified aftermarket solution for both Cellular and WiFi Internet access. It is bundled with a ready-to-activate Millenicom SIM installed for the customer.
The pack includes a powerful Sky3 outdoor unit, equipped with a Category 4 LTE modem, high gain WiFi antenna, and the innovative WiFiRanger Micro indoor router. About the size of a matchbook, the indoor router is small and compact, but offers all the features WiFiRanger is best known for, including SafeSurf(TM), Multi-WAN Bonding, Auto Login at thousands of RV parks, and intelligent bandwidth management for automatically optimizing the LTE data usage.
“Every RV owner knows that space is at a premium in an RV, so we answered the request to make the indoor router as small as possible. We made it so small, that you may need your reading glasses to find it!” -Kelly Hogan, CEO, WiFiRanger
The WiFiRanger MicroLTE Pack is conveniently powered by 12VDC, drawing very little current, so it may be used even while boondocking and dry camping.
“The entire design of this pack is to improve internet availability at an affordable price. With an MSRP of $299, this is a fantastic value for a complete LTE equipped solution, with all the benefits of having both indoor and outdoor devices on the RV.” continued Hogan.
Initial shipments are scheduled for January 15th, with full production availability in mid February.
WiFiRanger partnered with Millenicom, the leader in affordable Cellular data plans for the mobile lifestyle community, in order to provide customers with a turn-key, no contract WiFi and Cellular solution. Customers may activate their own Millenicom account as needed through a simple and easy-to-use web portal, and only have the plan active when needed.
“Providing great value in Cellular data has always been the aim, and now having outdoor LTE connectivity combined with WiFi makes mobile internet entirely better and more reliable.” -Dennis Castle, Director, Millenicom
WiFiRanger Releases 7.0.7 Firmware Open or Close
WiFiRanger Releases 7.0.7 Firmware
We have released a firmware update that is available to all of our products including those previously defined as at their end of life. This firmware update has several bug fixes and reliability improvements, but most importantly, the resolution to the globally recognized KRACK security flaw with the WPA2 encryption method. We are proud to have resolved this security issue alongside the other few prominent and leading router manufacturers who quickly addressed the issue to keep their customers secure.
7.0.7 Firmware Changelog:
- Fixed KRACK Security Issue
- Fixed DHCP NAK Bug
- Fixed WFRControl Random Unpairing Bug
- Fixed BootLoader Ethernet Port Bug
- Improved Usage Tracking Stability
- Improved USB Cellular Stability
- Increased USB Cellular Tethering Support
- Updated Wireless Drivers
- Changed Firmware Update to Require Product Registration
WiFiRanger Announces KRACK Vulnerability Patch Open or Close
WiFiRanger Announces KRACK Vulnerability Patch
WiFiRanger has released a hot fix version 7.0.7 of its Phantom Firmware that resolves the WPA2 KRACK vulnerability issue. The firmware update is being tested internally, with availability to the beta group on October 23rd. Waves of downloads will become available for all current product owners beginning on October 26th.
WiFiRanger founder and product visionary, Kelly Hogan, commented: “Upon hearing of the vulnerability and its potential, we redirected all firmware engineering efforts to a resolution as soon as possible. We know that our customers want the most secure network possible, relying upon our efforts to ensure maximum security. We’re pleased that we were able to quickly protect our thousands of customers, securing their RV networks within days of the exploit discovery.”
Existing customers should await until they see the “Update Firmware” link in their Control Panel at the upper right corner, updating while on a solid connection to the Internet.
WiFiRanger Ships 40,000th Unit Open or Close
WiFiRanger Ships 40,000th Unit to End Customers, Expands Manufacturing Capacity
After 8 years of consisent OE & End Customer Demand, Rapid Adoption Continues
WiFiRanger, the Premier RV Network solution, shipped its 40,000th unit this week, after strong and significant demand from its large customer base. With 30% of all WiFiRangers sold going direct to the aftermarket customer base, and the 70% being installed directly by industry leading coach and towable manufacturers, it is becoming clear that the market expects the rich features and capabilities of the WiFiRanger network solution over all others.
“We’re very pleased with the relationships we’ve established with leading brands of towable and coach units in the RV industry. The change in demographic of the RV market buyer is demanding experience, reputation, and proven results with a WiFi and Cellular tethering system, and WiFiRanger pioneered that technology. We continue to innovate new features for not only the end customer, but for the OE’s themselves, simplifying their technology adoption and usability at the RV level.” explained Kelly Hogan, CEO and Product Visionary, WiFiRanger.
With 40,000 units operating in the field, WiFiRanger gathers better customer feedback and suggestions, allowing them to innovate new and desired capabilities into the product, and work with major manufacturers on implementing needed shop floor tools for the implementation of technology-rich towable and coach offerings.
WiFiRanger has recently quadrupled their manufacturing capacity in their Meridian, Idaho manufacturing facility, and facilitated stocks of available inventory with their Elkhart-based exclusive distributor, MITO Corporation.
“We’ve built up a good supply of our most popular products in Elkhart with MITO so that new OE customers can immediately take advantage of the excellent features and reputation by including a WiFiRanger solution.” Hogan continued.
WiFiRanger offers a spectrum of solutions to the RV market, matching network solutions from small towable’s to class A luxury coaches.
New Cellular LTE Solutions Open or Close
Embedded LTE Outdoor Cellular Modem Allows Customer Choice of Carriers
WiFiRanger, the leader in RV networking solutions, today announced their latest innovation of embedded LTE modem support within their outdoor Sky product line, including the ability for end consumers to bring their own device, or add the Sky product to their existing cellular plan. Limited units available immediately, with full production in May, this offering allows better reception for the data device, by moving the modem out of the coach or RV, and in clear view of the cellular towers, improving reception and data speeds.
“An issue commonly faced by those with a mobile lifestyle is that other integrated Cellular solutions are often locked into a specific carrier or an overpriced plan, but we are liberating the consumer so they can choose their own carrier, device, and plan.” -Evan Sorenson, Brand Developer, WiFiRanger
For the coach manufacturer market, individual OE’s may select any carrier, including AT&T, Verizon, or any of the other major carriers and WiFiRanger will include the appropriate modem and SIM desired in the industry standard Sky3 or SkyPro product line used on thousands of RVs each year.
“We are proud to be providing RV manufacturers with WiFiRanger products, the absolute best RV networking solutions, now with LTE integration at an amazing price-point.” -Rod Hire, Vice President of Sales, MITO Corporation
For the direct to consumer market, WiFiRanger expanded its SkyPro product line to include their innovative YODPod.tm (Your Own Device, Pod) The YODPod is an IP67 rated sealed enclosure within the WiFiRanger SkyPro allowing either the WiFiRanger LTE modem, or the customer’s existing USB cellular device within, granting the advantages of outdoor reception and antennas, and improved speeds, all without another data plan or carrier to contend with.
WiFiRanger has always supported customer USB cellular tethering, including bonding of multiple Internet sources for performance and redundancy. This integration improves capabilities further, by utilizing seamless fail-over and fail-back from the cellular devices to insure continuous connectivity for the RV and its owner, saving precious data automatically.
“Make it simple, make it automatic, make it magic. That’s always been our goal, improving RV internet connectivity in an innovative way. Our latest LTE integration takes these concepts to the next level, providing better performance, consumer choice of carrier, and simple operation for the owner.” -Kelly Hogan, CEO, WiFiRanger
WiFiRanger has also partnered with Millenicom, the leader in affordable Cellular data plans for the mobile lifestyle community, in order to provide customers with a turn-key, no contract WiFi and Cellular solution. The WiFiRanger LTE modem is integrated directly into the SkyPro LTE product with inactive SIM, allowing the end-consumer to activate their own Millenicom account as needed through a simple and easy-to-use web portal.
“Providing great value in Cellular data has always been the aim, and now having outdoor LTE connectivity combined with WiFi makes mobile internet entirely better and more reliable.” - Dennis Castle, Director, Millenicom
WiFiRanger LTE Modem Installed with SIM Slot Exposed for Easy Insertion
WiFiRanger YODPodTM with Customer-installed Modem
7.0.6 Firmware Released Open or Close
Based on feedback and thorough testing by our dedicated BETA group, we've released 7.0.6 Firmware which improves overall performance and stability from 7.0.3 firmware. This release is also intended to optimize performance on legacy products, and it will be the final firmware version for the following end-of-life WiFiRanger products:
- Home / Pro
- Improved Multi-WAN Performance & Bug Fixes
- Improved WFRControl Performance & Bug Fixes
- Improved Status Messaging Accuracy & Consistency
- Improved USB Cellular Tethering Reliability
- Improved Overall Performance & Optimization
- Improved Performance for Legacy Products
- Fixed Automatic Speedtest Bug
- Fixed Sky2 WiFi Connection Bug
- Fixed Power-cycle Factory Reset Bug
- Added DNS Fallback Feature (automatically resolves DNS issues better)
- Added True OPEN Guest Network Feature (no passcode makes it fully OPEN)
- Added Core, GoAC, SkyPro, & EliteAC Support (added wireless 802.11ac support)
- Added Several Modems to Supported List
7.0.3 Firmware Released Open or Close
Based on feedback and thorough testing by our dedicated BETA group, we've released 7.0.3 Firmware which improves overall performance and stability from 7.0.2 firmware.
- Multi-WAN Improvements
- WFRControl Improvements
- Increased WiFi Throughput Speeds
- Added Several Modems to Supported List
- Overall Performance & Reliability Improvements
Mini Pack Released Open or Close
New entry-level Pack
We have released the WiFiRanger Mini Pack to replace the RV Pack2. This new offering is a great solution for those who want the full features of the Elite Pack, but at a lower cost. The Mini Pack includes the new indoor WiFiRanger Mini and outdoor Sky2. Equipped with a USB port for tethering an Aircard or MiFi, the Mini provides excellent functionality to pair the outdoor Sky2 with Cellular data from your carrier. The Mini also has POE output on port 2 to both power and interconnect the Sky2.
The new Sky2 has the same range capability as the original Sky, but in a smaller package that's half the cost. Another advantage of the new Sky2 is that its ethernet cable exits the side instead of the bottom, so that you don't have to drill a hole for the cable entry. The ethernet cable can be easily routed down through an alternate avenue to avoid drilling a hole.
Learn more about the Mini Pack here.
7.0.1 Firmware Changelog Open or Close
Proudly Releasing Phantom Firmware
Numerous new features and improvements have made Phantom Firmware the best WiFiRanger has every released. Enjoy powerful features that help you unite all your internet sources and manage all the bandwidth.
Learn more about the Elite system here.
Major New Features
- Usage Tracking
- Safe Surf
- Remote Conduits
- Social Info
Minor New Features
- Added UPnP Support
- Added Range Options
- Added LED Blackout Mode
- Added Static IP Assignment
- Added Hidden Network Support
- Added Cloud Data Synchronization
- Added Tagging by Internet Connector
- Added Mobile Version of Control Panel
- Added Password Protection to Control Panel
- Added More Options to Public Wireless Network
- Added Simple & Advanced Control Panel Modes
- Resolved Various Bugs & Issues
- Increased Wireless Performance
- Increased General Networking Reliability
- Increased Control Panel Responsiveness
- Increased Aircard/MiFi Support & Stability
- Increased WFRControl Reliability & Responsiveness
- Increased Filtered Network Reliability & Performance
- Increased Control Panel Organization & Consistency
- Increased Status Messaging Accuracy & Consistency
Elite Released Open or Close
New ultra-powerful Wireless System
We have released the WiFiRanger Elite to replace the MobileTi. This new product comes standard with a powerful 1000mW wireless radio that auto-adjusts for optimal performance. The Elite also has a 6dBi antenna to increased range.
Learn more about the Elite system here.
Marine2 Released Open or Close
New marine-rated Wireless System
Taking our extensive experience in creating WiFi solutions for the RV industry, we have collaborated with marine experts to deliver the new Marine2 wireless router and booster. The product provides immense WiFi range for boaters and yachters who are off-shore yet within sight of public Hotspots. Not only does the system provide excellent wireless signal boosting, but it also adds a layer of security between all devices on the watercraft and everything connected to the public Hotspot on shore.
All devices on-board are provided with a strong and secure WiFi signal from the Marine2, while it simultaneously connects to the public WiFi on shore for the internet connection. This allows boaters and yachters to rely more on low-cost or free WiFi rather than expensive and often unreliable Satellite and Cellular services.
Learn more about the Marine2 system here.
6.6.5 Firmware Changelog Open or Close
New Features, Fixes, & Optimizations
User Experience Updates
- Improved Look/Feel of Control Panel
- Dynamic Re-sizing of Control Panel for Tablet and Phone Use
- Improved Connection Reliability With Marginal Signals or Internet Availability
- Auto Login At Boingo, TengoInternet, and 1000’s of Public Hotspots
- Improved Cellular Modem Messaging And Modem Support
- Improved Tethering Options and Device Support
- USB Power Up Option On Go2 For Better Modem Reliability
- Power Only Mode on Go(2) For Stand Alone Use Without Pairing
- Improved Connection Speed Testing
- Manual Retest Of Current Connections Speed
- Additional Ranging Options For Better Network Optimization Choices
- Manual Standby Connection Option
- Advanced Tag Options From Main Control Panel
- Rating Of Public Networks For Improving Public WiFi
- Improved Ranging Options Including Signal Strength, Network Type
- Tag Prioritization For Managing Multiple WiFi Network Connections
- AutoMagic Pairing of Indoor and Outdoor WFRControl Products
- Profile Support For Saving Configuration Set-Ups With Common Defaults
- Improved Status Page For Data Usage And IP Network Visibility
- Faster Scans & Joins
- Cloud Available/Disconnected Notifications
- Improved Watchdogs For Saving/Updating Units
- Dynamic Auto Login Scripts Inherited From Cloud
- CentralFuse Capable Support
- Registration Tab For Proactive Monitoring
- Hidden Infrastructure Network Support
- Numerous Reported Bugs Resolved
Core Technology Updates
- New Linux Kernel
- Improved Stability In Low Memory Situations
- Updated Wireless Driver
- Simplified Core/App/UI Hierarchy
- Improved Daemon Efficiency
- Reset To Factory Defaults Modified For Fewer False Resets
- Full Support For WFRGo2
- Full Support For WFRCarbon
- Initial Support For WFRBridge
Cloud Technology Updates
- Integration to mywifiranger.com
- Improved Cloud Restore Capability
- Improved Update and Patch Engine
- Parallel Management Servers
- Administrative Login and Customization For OE Skinning
- Localized Configuration Router For Auto Configuration
- USB Storage Support For Pre-Configurations
- Reset To Factory Defaults Hierarchy
- Custom Skinning For Brand Recognition
- CANBUS Integration Engine Support
WFRConnect & Wilson Sleek Open or Close
WiFiRanger Collaborates with Millenicom
BlueMesh Networks, maker of WiFiRanger products, announces they are now offering the WFRConnect 3G/4G plan with no contract, higher data allowance, and nationwide service through Millenicom and now reselling the Wilson Sleek® Cradle Cellular Booster
We are excited to now offer our WiFiRanger products with the WFRConnect 3G/4G MiFi device and plan, in a variety of combinations, while also offering the superb Wilson Sleek® as an option for those who want the most in 3G/4G coverage,” said Evan Sorenson, Brand Development & Creative Director of BlueMesh Networks and WiFiRanger. “Customers, especially Full-time RVers, are looking for the best solutions to getting and staying online, both through WiFi and Cellular Data. To meet these needs, we are bundling the best products together for a complete internet solution that's tailored for a mobile lifestyle.
The WFRConnect offering is made possible by Millenicom, renowned in the RVer community as being the company that provides the most value in 3G/4G Cellular Data plans. Designed to cover the needs of both light and heavy internet users, the WFRConnect plan includes 20GB of Data usage each month. The network coverage is the largest in the United States, and gives RVers and Travelers the best availability and reliability as they move throughout the country. The pairing of WFRConnect with WiFiRanger products enables RVers and Travelers to make the most of both Public WiFi and 3G/4G, using whichever option is faster and more consistent. Not only do WiFiRanger products allow for using Public WiFi, but they also automatically and intelligently switch between available WiFi networks and WFRConnect, using the fastest internet available while saving Cellular data. This is an exceptional solution to those who rely on the internet for work which supports their mobile lifestyles or for those who simply love keeping in touch, sharing photos, streaming videos, and more.
With the addition of the Wilson Sleek® to the list of WiFiRanger options, those who live on the edge (of the network that is) can boost the Cellular signal of all 3G phones (except Nextel/iDEN) and also boost the Verizon 4G LTE network. The Wilson Sleek® is the perfect choice for bundling with the WFRConnect MiFi device, as it can boost the 3G/4G Cellular signal, improving speed and reliability. Whether used with a smartphone for making a call in a spotty area, or boosting the 3G or 4G signal enough to stream the latest video, the Wilson Sleek® helps keep those with a mobile lifestyle connected.
Dennis Castle, Director of Millenicom, said this regarding the offering, "Combining the truly enormous nationwide coverage of Millenicom with the expanded footprint capability of the WiFiRanger, and then include the added signal strength boost of the Wilson Sleek®, makes this the best solution for the mobile community since the invention of the wheel."
These offerings are available at www.wifiranger.com and can be purchased along with WiFiRanger's Intelligent WiFi Routers™ to give the RVer or Traveler the best connectivity solutions for a mobile lifestyle.
MITO-Exclusive WiFiRanger Sky Open or Close
We are proudly announcing that the WiFiRanger Sky is now exclusively available through our partner, MITO Corporation
Our partnership with MITO Corporation has been greatly beneficial throughout the development of the WiFiRanger Sky. In order to be more mutually beneficial partners, WiFiRanger has given MITO Corporation the exclusive sale of the WiFiRanger Sky product.
MITO Corporation plans to market the WiFiRanger Sky through their established channels with the RV OEM, Dealer, and Aftermarket. Both partners see this as an opportunity for better WiFiRanger brand recognition and sales in the RV Market, as well as an opportunity to continue advancing the WiFiRanger Sky as a product. MITO Corporation's experience and expertise has helped to drive the development of WiFiRanger products, and this collaboration promises to continue those improvements.
View MITO's listing of the WiFiRanger Sky here.
[UPDATE: WiFiRanger now sells the WiFiRanger Sky to direct aftermarket customers while MITO continues to hold the exclusive OE distribution]
MITO Corp Partners BlueMesh Open or Close
BlueMesh Networks collaborates with MITO Corp to integrate WiFiRanger OEM
With high demand for an all-in-one, unified network solution for mobile RVs and Coaches, today MITO Corporation has partnered with BlueMesh Networks to provide factory-installed WiFiRanger OEM mobile routers in leading RV and Coach manufacturer offerings.
The WiFiRanger OEM mobile router is expressly designed for RVs and Coaches, providing a clean and unified network solution for owners of new coaches. The WiFiRanger OEM kit, coupling the WiFiRanger and WFRBoost accessory package, provides a complete networking solution, including the WiFiRanger router, the externally roof-mounted WFRBoost receiver, and the internally wall-mounted power distribution and USB charging station.
“Providing a consistent, reliable network for devices in RVs and Coaches is imperative to simplifying their use. The factory-installed WiFiRanger product will improve the ability of coach owners to ensure that all their devices share a common network, increase security, and improve usability of all devices while operating on a mobile broadband connection or using Public WiFi. We are honored to have MITO Corporation as a valued supplier to the RV and Coach manufacturer market” stated Kelly Hogan, CEO of BlueMesh Networks.
“WiFiRanger is by far the best all-in-one, unified network solution available today, and MITO Corporation is pleased to be the RV distributor for WiFiRanger. We are excited to be aligned with our partners at BlueMesh Networks, and look forward to a long-lasting relationship with their team of committed wireless experts for years to come. Offering this type of cutting-edge technology to our RV OEM customers will allow RV owners the ability to enjoy use of all their wireless devices no matter where they are” stated Rod Hire, Product Manager of MITO Corporation.
The WiFiRanger was created by BlueMesh Networks to serve the needs of traveling RVers. It simplifies keeping all internet-ready devices in an RV or Coach connected to a private network, regardless of the internet source, whether Aircards or WiFi.
Having the WiFiRanger OEM mobile router installed within an RV or Coach gives the consumer a complete and hassle-free network. They are provided with LAN ports for hardwiring any non-WiFi devices to their private network, such as TVs, desktops, and entertainment devices. They are also provided with a secure Wireless N broadcast from the WiFiRanger, allowing for their many popular WiFi-enabled devices or laptops to be connected wirelessly. With all the consumer’s devices seamlessly connected to their private network, the WiFiRanger can then negotiate an internet connection through various options, and in turn, keeps all the connected devices online and secure.
The WiFiRanger OEM mobile router supports internet acquisition through WiFi, USB Aircards, MiFi Hotspots, and Hotspot Phones. While the WiFiRanger router unifies the network, the WFRBoost powers the WiFi capabilities. The WFRBoost OEM is a factory-installed accessory package to the WiFiRanger that provides an external wireless antenna and radio which greatly extends wireless reach, allowing for WiFi connections of up to a mile away in optimal conditions. It is mountable on the roof of an RV or Coach, supplying crucial line-of-sight for wireless connections. This furnishes RVs and Coaches with a powerful method of connecting to nearby WiFi from RV Resorts, Campgrounds, Public Hotspots, or other facilities.
The partnership between MITO Corporation and BlueMesh Networks will provide both companies with valuable collaboration on the implementation and innovation of network solution products for the RV industry.