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What HD TV antenna/Wi-Fi combo do you recommend?

Dear Dave,
I’m thinking about replacing the crank-up TV antenna with a new fixed system. Is there anything available that can receive TV signals and boost Wi-Fi reception built into one unit? —Bill, 2011 Sundance 2900MK

Dear Bill,
There are several options when it comes to upgrading the old crank-up “bat wing” antenna that was the standard for many years. The misconception in the RV world is that old antenna will not receive the new high definition signal, which is not true. The challenge is HD signals have to be full strength, while the old analog signal could be weak and still get a picture. The downside is the bat wing has very limited range for HD.

The first upgrade is called a Wingman, which is an add-on grill-type antenna that boosts the signal about twice as far. It will do nothing for Wi-Fi, just HD signal.

The next option is to replace the antenna with a permanently mounted version known as the Rayzar. This is an easy swap as it fits in the same hole drilled through the roof. It does need to be rotated to the towers available, but gets about double the distance as the bat wing model. It also has no Wi-Fi capability.

Best option for antenna, in my opinion

The best option, in my opinion, is the Air 360+. It is a permanently mounted HD antenna that does not have to be positioned. Simply turn the unit on when you get to a new location and it turns 360 degrees in three points to identify any signals and store them. Then you do a channel search on your TV and it finds them all.

The Air 360 is just an HD antenna. The Air 360+ has three Wi-Fi cards that can either boost an existing signal or has 4G cell signal packages available.

With this model you will need the Gateway router that is mounted underneath from the inside of the rig.

I have come across a Magnadyne antenna that states it has Wi-Fi capabilities. However, there is very little information available on their site and I have not installed one. Maybe one of our readers that installed one has some reviews?

Another option would be to install a standard Rayzar antenna for better HD reception and then get a Wi-Fi booster that mounts inside the rig. Check out my article on routers here.


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Roberto Sanchez
26 days ago

I live in northwest Ohio I point my antenna towards toledo ohio and I get 45 channels plus I take my roku and my tmobile home internet and I watch what ever

Roberto Sanchez
26 days ago

Tmobile home internet and a roku i take my internet with me to campground

Ricg
30 days ago

for the umpteenth and, hopefully, last time…there is no such thing as a HDTV antenna!

DW/ND
30 days ago
Reply to  Ricg

I have been enjoying HD Tv on my flat screens for some years and since I installed the “KIng Jack” antenna replacement on my bat wing antenna. I would suggest you go to the King Antenna website and read the description for the King Jack antenna. It is about a 5 minute retrofit and replaces and removes the bat wing all together. PS: It is for both HD and SD reception!

DW/ND
30 days ago
Reply to  Ricg

I have been enjoying HDTV for some years and after replacing my bat wing antenna head with the “King Jack” HD antenna. It is a direct replacement for the bat wing and takes about 5 minutes to change over. Works great, with good range too. I would suggest you go to the King antenna website and read the description of their products and especially for the King Jack antenna. PS: It is a dual antenna receiving either HD or SD!

Bob p
30 days ago

The Wingman is a very good addition to the crank up Winegard. I had a 2002 MH with the crank up, reception was limited to 30-40 miles. I installed the Wingman (about 10 minutes including climbing onto the roof) and we left for FL. Our destination was Avon Park after setup I raised the antenna, pointed it towards Orlando and programmed the TV, pointing it toward Tampa I added Tampa’s channels. It works over 60 miles with a clear picture. As you said with digital signals either you get a clear picture or nothing, but it made a believer out of me. It’s not that expensive if you don’t like it, but I would try that before spending a few hundred on the hi-tech antennas that don’t do any better or not as good..

Bob M
30 days ago

Some RV manufactures like Jayco put that junky whale tail antenna on their RV’s. The only place they get reception is at the dealerships repair facility.

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