When I wrote my first couple Winegard product reviews, I didn’t think the ConnecT +4G RV mobile broadband solution could get much better. So when Winegard contacted us to review the new ConnecT 2.0 I had to see for myself.
tldr; The Winegard ConnecT 2.0 Wifi Extender +4G LTE is an ideal mobile broadband solution for RVers who rely on local wifi and want cellular data on the go without a service contract.
Winegard ConnecT 2.0 RV Internet Overview
At first glance, the Winegard ConnecT 2.0 Wifi Extender +4G LTE (model ConnecT4G2) is a vast improvement over its predecessor. The wifi and 4G antennae are all contained in a sleek low profile dome. The footprint is only slightly larger, but it no longer looks like an inverted stool that could easily be damaged while rolling down the road.
What is it?
The Winegard ConnecT 2.0 is a self-contained roof-mounted booster that allows you to connect all your devices to the internet via wifi or 4G LTE wireless networks through its built-in secure mobile broadband hotspot. The Winegard ConnecT Wifi Extender will scan and connect to any local WiFi network, boost the signal strength, and rebroadcast it in and around your RV. It also enhances the performance of 4G LTE network signals to improve cellular phone and data service. This maximizes network speed & range to improve performance in remote locations with weak WiFi or cellular network signals.
Aside from the new design, the Winegard ConnecT now supports multiple 4G carrier plans. One of the best features has not changed–only gotten better…No wifi, no problem! To connect at 4G speeds with a Winegard data plan, simply purchase a 30 day plan that meets your needs, with no contract, no daily limit, and no bandwidth throttling.
And now, with the capability to swap out the SIM card, you can use an existing data plan or add a new one from various other carriers.
Whether you want to improve the strength and rage of campground wifi networks, boost cellular service where coverage is weak, or connect via wireless broadband service with no contract required, the Winegard ConnecT 2.0 +4G will do the trick.
What does it do?
By boosting wifi and 4G signal performance, the ConnecT 2.0 will enhance wifi calling and messaging, allowing you to make and receive calls by connecting to your Winegard data plan, or selected carrier SIM card. The boosted wifi signal will help improve your web browsing, online gaming, or video streaming experience. Boosted 4G network signals will improve cellular voice and data performance for all your mobile devices or broadband hotspots.
Turn on the ConnecT and log in to the secure admin interface with any web browser to select any local public wifi network. If the network is secure, you will need to enter the password. That’s it! The wifi signal will be boosted and rebroadcast in and around your RV. Or, select 4G/LTE to use your Winegard ConnecT data plan, or another carrier if you have replaced the included SIM card with your own.
What doesn’t it do?
The Winegard ConnecT 2.0 does not perform magic. It will not make toast. Local wifi performance is still limited to the speed of the trunk internet connection—think the router in the park office. And it will still be impacted by the number of users, and congestion on local network node or cellular tower.
How do you install it?
This part is simple. The original Winegard ConnecT unit I reviewed required installation of the external antenna array, with network cabling routed to the booster inside your RV. The new ConnecT 2.0 is an all-in-one unit which only requires DC power to be routed to the roof-mounted dome. The kit comes with a wall switch and simple to follow instructions for tapping into your RV 12v power.
- Mount the dome on the roof.
- Connect to DC power.
- Install the switch.
Turn on the ConnecT and and you’ll get online in minutes with an intuitive interface and minimal configuration required. Really, there is nothing to configure. Just select Wifi if you want to boost and use any available local wifi network. Whenever you are in motion, or anywhere with no public wifi, Select the 4G mode to connect via LTE speeds.
Come on, is it really all that?
The Winegard ConnecT 2.0 is a vast improvement over the original version, but it does still have a couple drawbacks.
If you have no data left on your Winegard 4G plan, you still have to connect via wifi to access your account and purchase another plan. But that can be done from anywhere, and no other provider offers such pay-as-you-go plans.
When first connecting the ConnecT seemed to take a bit longer than I am used to on our various other mobile broadband devices. The ConnecT does have LED status indicators which tell you what’s going on, but those are on the dome…which will be on your roof.
What’s it cost?
That’ usually the first question we get on all our product reviews. So I saved the best answer for last…
The best improvement in the Winegard ConnecT 2.0 +4G is that at $349± it costs 30% less than the original model ($479±). Considering there is no contract required, Winegard ConnecT data plans are also rather affordable.
As far as I know, the Winegard ConnecT 2.0 Wifi Extender +4G is the only mobile broadband solution that will both boost wifi and cellular signals and connect via 4G LTE, without any service contract. For RVers who rely on public wifi and want 4G service with no contract required, the ConnecT 2.0 is my recommendation.
If you travel full time, this is one mobile broadband solution for you that offers both a wifi booster and built-in 4G. Did I mention there is no data plan contract required?
If you do not travel full time, this is the mobile broadband solution for you since you won’t be paying for cellular data service when you’re not using it.