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August 14th, 2020

WINEGARD COMPANY ACQUIRES WIFIRANGER

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Winegard Company acquires WiFiRanger.

Winegard Acquisition Questions

The acquisition of WiFiRanger by Winegard Company occurred on August 14th, 2020. WiFiRanger is now solely owned by Winegard, making it “A Winegard Company.” The WiFiRanger development and manufacturing is still operating in Idaho, yet a deep sense of collaboration and interdependence exists.

Prior to the acquisition, the leadership of both companies shared similar visions for the mobile connectivity industries and future innovations. Various synergies and complementary strengths also existed between Winegard and WiFiRanger. Because of these aspects, the acquisition was the natural path forward for improved market development.

The synergistic and collaborative approach of Winegard and WiFiRanger will result in greater innovation and market penetration. The current era of connectivity and communication requires continual advancement. Now with Winegard and WiFiRanger united, new solutions and improvements on existing products will be rapidly and judiciously pursued. Both platforms will see improvements in features and performance.

No, WiFiRanger and Winegard are not in competition with each other. Rather, both brands collaborate and work to provide ideal solutions for customers. The competitive energy of both brands is now directed at all other connectivity brands in the same markets. Both Winegard and WiFiRanger brands share the same team, values, and mission. Currently, just the products, features, and data plans remain unique to match diverse customer needs. This acquisition has further solidified the comprehensiveness of the Winegard and WiFiRanger connectivity product suite.

Currently there are no planned changes to aftermarket fulfillment of WiFiRanger products purchased at wifiranger.com/shop. However, there will be changes in OEM or Dealer distribution. Both Winegard and WiFiRanger are proactively handling these logistics and communications to ensure a smooth transition for OEM and Dealer customers.

Currently customer service will not change in approach or contact methods. In order to receive assistance, contact the appropriate support team for your particular product(s). WiFiRanger and Winegard support are still separate and independent from each other. This may change in the future, but not until sufficient cross-training has occurred.

Depending on the products in question, there may be an appropriate network configuration to interconnect Converge and Connect products. However, it is recommended to contact customer service for specifics of product operation and cross-compatibility.

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The WiFiRanger Team


MANUFACTURING

Apprentice Technician
Gilbert
Apprentice Technician
Nick
Production Technician
CJ
Production Technician
Zach
Production Supervisor
Kayla
Operations Manager
Ryan

SUPPORT

Tier 1 Technician
Stephen
Tier 1 Technician
Kristian
Support & RMA Lead
Adam

MARKETING & COMMUNICATION

Brand Ambassador
Joel
Director Technical Communications
Evan
Employee photo of Mark.
Director Customer Experience & Success
Mark

DEVELOPMENT

Apprentice Developer
Micah
Employee photo of Jon.
Application Developer
Jon
Employee photo of Davey.
CTO
Davey

ADMIN & FINANCE

HR Director
NaCole
CFO
Judy

LEADERSHIP

CEO & Founder
Kelly

The WiFiRanger Story

Driving. Towing. Camping.

How our founder saw the need for WiFiRanger

Telling the story of how WiFiRanger began requires looking back long before the Idaho-based company’s innovative inception. Our founder saw the need for WiFi solutions based on his real-world experience as an RVer. Kelly was hitting the road continually. Towing his 23′ Airstream International trailer as he crisscrossed North America, meeting with RV Park owners and installing high-tech WiFi systems for his second startup business venture, NomadISP. Kelly’s nimble company was doing what all RV Parks need, providing excellent WiFi coverage for all guests.

Photo of Kelly Hogan's 23 foot long International Airstream with the WiFiRanger logo across the side.
Kelly’s 23′ Airstream International with over 350,000 miles from his travels

Security. Simplicity. Automation.

How our history in RV Park WiFi set the stage for WiFiRanger

The above three characteristics were the mantra of NomadISP. Not only was the company growing one of the most reliable and user-friendly WiFi networks on the continent, but it was also innovating. The wireless equipment and firmware used by NomadISP was of its own invention. Kelly strove for his creative company to make their products foolproof with best-in-class security, simplicity, and automation.

After over a decade in the industry, Kelly decided to sell NomadISP to its leading competitor. This was the beginning of WiFiRanger.

Prepared with all the understanding of how wireless works, and how many RV Park owners are unwilling to pay for a quality WiFi system for their guests, Kelly saw his next business opportunity. Knowing the challenges that RVers faced, Kelly set out to make the most simple, secure, and automatic WiFi solutions for the mobile lifestyle. After years of approaching connectivity from the RV Park side, now it was time to create the product for the end-user. Using his immense professional experience in the RV WiFi industry coupled with an avid love of RVing, Kelly made what was once impossible— staying connected while traveling —easy and quite simple.

The first WiFiRanger router was sold back in November of 2010 and WiFiRanger has since continued to flourish, as its innovative and ingenious solutions speak directly to the issues experienced on a daily basis by those with a mobile lifestyle. Now the brand is known by technology experts and bloggers in the mobile lifestyle to offer the most premier and user-friendly connectivity solutions.

Innovation. Agility. Awards.

How our company leads the industry with premier solutions

Everyone at WiFiRanger works hard to create and support the most advanced yet easy-to-use wireless products for those with a mobile lifestyle. In acknowledgment of the innovative spirit and success of the WiFiRanger team, our company and products have received recognition from various award committees.

WiFiRanger has been a strong brand and company since 2010 with 135,000+ units in the field. 

Logo of the Idaho Innovation Awards since WiFiRanger was a nominee for Company of the Year in 2011.
WiFiRanger was Nominee for Innovative Company of 2011
Logo of the 2019 Rise Awards since WiFiRanger was a finalist for product of the year with the Sky4.
Sky4 Pack LTE was Finalist for 2019 Rise Awards