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rv-pro.com January 2021 • RV PRO • 37 While Winegard has branched out through the years into other markets including marine and commercial trucking, WiF- iRanger has remained focused on improving connectivity during RV travel. The Meridian, Idaho-based company was founded by CEO Kelly Hogan, who experienced problems staying connected while moving about the country with his Airstream travel trailer as he signed up campgrounds for a related wireless communica- tions business, NomadISP. According to the company website, the WiFiRanger router Hogan developed in 2010 now has more than 135,000 units in the field. WiFiRanger offers both indoor and outdoor routers in several configurations, based upon performance, and have a range of 1 to 2 miles. "As technology evolves and companies invest in the new 5G cellular network being rolled out, you need a lot of engineers and others who have the knowledge to make it work and make the products worthwhile – especially in the RV market," Metzler adds. "We have an entire staff of engineers who can assist WiFiRanger with some of the things they are working on. They, in turn, have people who can help Winegard on some projects, as well." According to Metzler, technology is already being shared between the two companies. "Not across the board, but we are already integrating things within certain products," he says. Currently, there are no plans to combine the two companies at Winegard's Iowa campus. Winegard President Grant Whipple (left) and Todd Wibben, general manager of Winegard's Mobile Division, stand in front of the company's antenna manufacturing facility in Burlington, Iowa, in this file photo from 2018. The company has made some noticeable advancements in Wi-Fi, satellite and cellular technology since that time. Winegard touts the new Air 360 Plus (an amplified omnidirectional VHF/UHF and FM antenna) as combining the features and benefits of two antennas into one combined product.

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