Winegard ConnecT +4G RV Internet Review

I was excited about the opportunity to review the Winegard ConnecT RV Internet Wifi Extender with 4G connectivity because I am a firm believer that the absolute best internet for RVers is redundancy. It would make a great addition to our arsenal of satellite internet service and Verizon connected devices. Besides, I am a geek at heart and always enjoy testing the limits of new technology.

Winegard ConnecT

Our travels take us to some very remote locations. Once there—whether it be a small campground in the woods, or an isolated boondocking spot—we often enjoy roaming away from our campsite, which puts us even further away from any available Wifi signal. Since we still work full-time, however, we must remain connected at all times. Enter the ConnecT line of WiFi extender products from Winegard

Winegard RV Internet diagram

Winegard ConnecT +4G LTE RV Internet

How To Boost RV Park Wifi and Stay Connected on the Road

For RVers who depend upon RV Park Wifi to stay connected, and those looking to purchase a mobile broadband hotspot, the Winegard ConnecT is a solution to seriously consider that meets both needs. It would also be a valuable addition for anyone wanting to improve their RV internet redundancy.

The Winegard ConnecT (WF-3000) is a secure Wifi extender with three high-gain antennas that will boost the signal of any available wireless network. This means you can park further away from the router or antenna at an RV park, and still receive a high quality Wifi signal for connecting to the internet via your computer or mobile devices.

The Winegard ConnecT +4G LTE (WF-4000) provides constant connectivity via the local cellular network, in addition to providing the Wifi boost capability. This allows you to get online anytime, when no Wifi network is available, even in transit.

Whether it is set to receive a signal from a local Wifi network, or the regional cell phone towers, you can enjoy seamless and secure connectivity via the ConnecT’s powerful Wifi signal.

Winegard ConnecT +4G LTE

Winegard ConnecT +4G LTE

Winegard ConnecT +4G Set-up is Simple

My first impression of the Winegard Connect +4G system was its incredible simplicity. There are basically two components, included with all the necessary mounting hardware and wiring. The ConnecT Outdoor Unit (ODU) securely mounts to the roof of your RV. You then connect that via the supplied Ethernet cable down to the Indoor Unit (IDU) inside your rig.

Winegard ConnecT +4G LTE

Two Simple ConnecT Components: ODU & IDU

Plug in the IDU and you’re done installing the hardware. The Winegard ConnecT system uses Power Over Ethernet (POE) technology which means only one cable needs to be run up through the roof. An additional Ethernet port is available for hard-wiring devices to the network.

Winegard ConnecT +4G LTE

Winegard ConnecT IDU

The only downside of the hardware I discovered, is that there are no visible status indicators on the front of the IDU if it is mounted flush to a wall. It does however, fit nicely in the network rack I built, and has an optional stand for countertop use. I also quickly found that no visible indicators were necessary since all you need to know about the system is easily accessible the intuitive interface.

Wifi Signal Compare

Winegard ConnecT Wifi Signal Strength Comparison

Configure your Winegard ConnecT +4G in Seconds

Configuring the ConnecT to get online literally took a few seconds. Anyone can do this, and the simple quick start guide makes it easy. The admin interface can be accessed via any computer or mobile device by connecting to the Winegard ConnecT’s Wifi signal.

Winegard ConnecT

Winegard ConnecT scanning for Wifi

Select whether you want to connect to—and boost the signal power of—any available Wifi network, or choose to use the 4G network for connectivity.

Winegard ConnecT: Select WiFi Network

Winegard ConnecT: Select WiFi Network

When selecting Wifi, the ConnecT will automatically scan for all available networks and display each one’s signal strength. Select the Wifi Network you want to use, and maximize its signal power to your devices by connecting via the Winegard ConnecT. You will need to know the network name and password (if it is secure) to be able to connect.

Winegard ConnecT: Connected to WiFi

Winegard ConnecT: Connected to WiFi

No Wifi? No problem. No 4G data plan? No worries!

Winegard ConnecT: No Data

Winegard ConnecT: No Data

Simply select 4G LTE to use your ConnecT via the Winegard broadband network. In a few simple steps, you can purchase the data plan that meets your needs. A major benefit of using Winegard ConnecT internet access for RVers, is that there are no annual contracts or monthly billing plans—unless you want that. Winegard provides a “pay as you go” service for broadband connectivity. Simply buy the amount of data you want to use that month, and use it whenever you need it.

Winegard Data Plan

Easily Purchase Winegard Data Plan

Data plans are available from 1GB to 20GB and priced very competitively. The plans do expire in 30 days from the date of purchase, so be sure to plan accordingly. Or, if you use up all your data, just purchase more anytime.

Winegard ConnecT Data Plans

Winegard ConnecT Data Plans

The lack of annual data contract requirements is a big plus for RVers who do not need the broadband connectivity year-round. For instance: Arrive at a workamping job that offers free Wifi, and there is no need to purchase data. Simply use the ConnecT to maximize quality of the Wifi signal at your site. When the park fills up on a big holiday weekend and the network crawls to a halt, purchase some data and get back online at 4G speeds. If you prefer monthly data plan billing, Winegard allows you to set that up, and easily terminate the recurring bill whenever you want.

Winegard Data Plan Renewal Options

Winegard Data Plan Renewal Options

Winegard makes the process for purchasing a data plan very simple, with one major drawback. You must be online to do so. Even if you have 4G access wherever you are parked at the time, you must use a network other than Winegard’s to add data to your ConnecT. If there is no available Wifi network, and you have no other way to get online, you will not be able to purchase a data plan. This could easily be resolved by using your phone or other device to log in to your Winegard account and buy the data you need. The next time you connect via your ConnecT system, it will be there for you to use.

To be continued…

I’m sorry. I am unable to complete a thorough, honest review of the ConnecT +4G LTE RV Internet connectivity solution at this time, for one simple reason. Remember how I mentioned we enjoy staying in remote locations? Well, Winegard uses the AT&T network for cellular service. Here at Jerry’s Acres—located deep in the Rocky Mountains at about 8,500′ elevation in far northern Colorado—the AT&T service is pretty limited.

ATT Wireless Coverage

AT&T Wireless Coverage Map, Remote Northern Colorado

The AT&T wireless coverage map shows we are within their range for 3G data, but apparently that is not enough to allow full use of our ConnecT +4G LTE. The Winegard interface will clearly indicate whether or not you have service at your current location, and the Wifi extender capabilities remain fully functional.

Winegard No Data

Winegard ConnecT: No 4G Data Plan

We look forward to testing the ConnecT using a 4G data plan once we hit the road again this fall. Please stand by…

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8 Responses to “Winegard ConnecT +4G RV Internet Review”

  1. Holy Cow Jim, $750 ??
    Ya’ll really like your stuff…

  2. What is the cost? Is installation DIY or something best left to professionals? Can the IDU stay in a media cabinet? What is power supply 12VDC or 120VAC.

    • Prices vary, Mike. That depends on which model you purchase and where you buy. Visit any of the ConnecT links for complete details, product specs and pricing. In my opinion, installation is pretty simple. Anyone comfortable with drilling a hole in their roof can do it. Yes, the IDU could be kept in a cabinet, just like any other router. The power supply is 120VAC and will work fine on inverter supplied power whenever necessary.

  3. How about $20 a month for the ATT Connected Car Plan? A little more research might help.

  4. To say that the Winegard Connect rates are affordable is absurd!!!

    • Affordable is relative Craig, as is “absurd”.

      Compared to other mobile broadband data plans out there with no monthly contract requirements, of which there are very few, the ConnecT plans are very cost competitive, which makes them affordable in terms of what is available in that market space for those who want or need it.

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