Editor’s Note: The following profile on WiFiRanger appears on MobileRVing.com, a website hosted by Southeast Publications.
Let’s imagine you are a full-timer. Perhaps young family or a retired couple. You arrive at a campground tired from a 400-mile drive. You check in and get the login to join the public Wi-Fi network. You park your RV, get settled and then pick up your phone to join the network. It works as it should. Then you attempt to join on your laptop for more web browsing or to complete overdue work. It doesn’t work. The public network only allows one device to join with the login given at the time. So you disconnect your phone and join with your laptop. Meanwhile, other members of your party are looking to get on, too. It’s a hassle and certainly not a good start to a camping stop. Most RVers and campers in the modern world can relate to this scenario in some fashion. There has to be a better way.
Meet WiFiRanger. “I’m a problem solver. When I see something that can be done better, I figure out a way to do it,” says Kelly Hogan, owner of WiFiRanger. WiFiRanger takes the hassle out connecting to public networks at RV campgrounds in a variety of ways. Their slogan is “Security. Simplicity. Automation,” and these areas are all addressed with the WiFiRanger.
Hogan started WiFiRanger in 2010, though his roots in technology go back much further than that. “I used to work for the big companies, like Oracle, and then moved out into consulting. After 9/11 in 2001-2002, I started to think about working with wireless, which wasn’t very popular back then,” Hogan recalls.
He thought of different markets such as airports, hotels and things like that. “I realized that a market that didn’t have much happening in it was the RV park market,” Hogan says, “So I started NomadISP and started installing wifi networks in parks.” A lot of the technologies that are used at RV parks, his company invented, and he built the company into servicing 550 properties throughout the United States. Traveling around in different RVs, most famously a 23′ Airstream, he would go and stay at parks, hook up networks, and test and improve his product.