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What actually is Wi-Fi on the go?

I have a mifi which uses a sim card and mobile signal (4g) which I refer to as my Wi-Fi - but it obviously isn't.

Can someone enlighten me please?
To answer your question................ Mi Fi is the Sim card in say a Huawei device and mobile signal say from 3

Wi Fi is taking the signal from campsite Wi Fi (or Fon)........we have a cheap aerial that plugs into the USB on laptop and boosts

signal from any nearby free/paid for campsite wi fi. Point it at reception and there's usually a signal.

When abroad it's great for any overnight downloading rather than using any limits on you sim card.

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Thanks webby - as I thought.

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There seemed to be far fewer FON spots last autumn. Certainly in Ireland this autumn they're very few n far between.

I remember doing all the McDonald's etc when we 1st started MHing abroad n I don't really want to go back to that! And I very seldom use campsites.

I remember having a rather large empty container that was some sort of extender that had to plug into the laptop - does yours?

There's no doubt about it, the mifi is a lot more convenient - but sometimes the signal is pants.
The r36 is a sort of wireless modem, your "empty box" plugs into that (USB). So instead of just one laptop online you can have up to 5 different device connected at any one time. I leave the r36 on most of the time as the electrical drain is minimal.

https://www.wifi-antennas.co.uk/alfa...SABEgLD9_D_BwE
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The r36 is a sort of wireless modem, your "empty box" plugs into that (USB). So instead of just one laptop online you can have up to 5 different device connected at any one time. I leave the r36 on most of the time as the electrical drain is minimal.

https://www.wifi-antennas.co.uk/alfa...SABEgLD9_D_BwE
Thanks for that. Sorry, I'm being a bit of a dinosaur here but I still don't understand.

The bumf says "2.4GHz USB Router: add an ALFA WiFI USB device or mobile 3G dongle to create your own hotspot from a distant source."

My MiFi already can support multiple connections (tho hardly ever needed as there's just me!) Is this saying that the r36a will improve the mobile signal to the mifi? That's really what I would need I think.

Also, regarding the distant WiFi - you also need a directional or non-directional antenna along with the r36a - that antenna it has isn't sufficient?

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Ah, having posted that I'm now thinking the r36a is BETWEEN the mifi and the user?

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Thanks for that. Sorry, I'm being a bit of a dinosaur here but I still don't understand.

The bumf says "2.4GHz USB Router: add an ALFA WiFI USB device or mobile 3G dongle to create your own hotspot from a distant source."

My MiFi already can support multiple connections (tho hardly ever needed as there's just me!) Is this saying that the r36a will improve the mobile signal to the mifi? That's really what I would need I think.

Also, regarding the distant WiFi - you also need a directional or non-directional antenna along with the r36a - that antenna it has isn't sufficient?
Hope this helps Jean



One of the functions of the r36 is to act as a mifi when you put a sim card into it. It won't amplfy the signal 3/4G signal.

The antenna that you see on it are to transmit the wireless signal.
The most common use of the r36 though is to amplfy wifi signals and broadcast them in a hotspot using an antenna (normally outside the van or mounted on the roof) that connects to it using a USB cable.


Wifi sources that you can't even see on your phone or PC can be made strong and fast,
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To amplfy 3/4g signals in weak aeras I use one of these Jean again with antenna from the roof plugged into it. You insert a sim card into it as you would into your mifi, and use it instead of your mifi.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/2020-4G-Unl...a-849694995529
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Thanks very much for all that info - I now understand what's what!

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My thinking is any WI-FI signal away from home is barely worth the trouble. Put your money into 4G (or 5G now) tech and data plans. The motorhome WI-FI ones seem good, but you can buy the same antenna yourself. They just package it up with a few extra bits to make fitting simpler.
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