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Help with boat internet

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Help with boat internet

Postby RussL » May 16th, 2022, 12:43 pm

I am really struggling with the quality of products and services, as well as information available about getting/improving internet on your boat. I know Satellite based systems are just stupid expensive and completely impractical for me, so I have eliminated that option. Starlink looks interesting, but they have no marine antenna yet, and it is waitlisted everywhere. That leaves me with cellular and WIFI extenders....

Lets start with WIFI. As I see it there are 2 categories of hardware available. the less expensive (sub $1000) options such as the ALFA Campro 2, the Vector, Rogue, etc. All with fairly short range extension around 400ft. Then you jump to the $2500+ options like Wave, Aigean Networks AN-7000, etc. Does anyone have experience with these systems? I don't mind paying more for hardware if it is better. I just want it to work.

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Re: Help with boat internet

Postby Phrancus » May 16th, 2022, 2:17 pm

Don't know about your US situation but for the sake of it that it may sparkle ideas here's our solution:

first we used each device individually, some over cell-network and the rest over the (paid) WiFi at the marina. That was a hassle as only one device could be logged in and switching devices was useless.

So I got out an old laptop and installed an extra WiFi antenna over USB, and with software (Connectify.me) I could create my own WiFi cloud while the laptop would keep the WiFi link to the marina stable and connected. Worked like a charm. Nice addon is that you can filter out advertising data. Except I had to keep the laptop on all the time.

Next generation of the solution will be a router/modem that accepts a SIM card for the data to the internet and will create our own WiFi cloud for all devices to connect to. Give that network the same name and password as at home and no device will need configuration hassle.

If you can use your phone as an access point for other devices, than such a router may be a practical solution.
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Re: Help with boat internet

Postby RussL » May 16th, 2022, 6:32 pm

Thanks, I use my iPad in that way now for cellular coverage, but I am looking to work remotely from time to time, and I need a reliable connection. I have actually been considering the GlowMex, Wave, or Digital Yacht solution that combines WiFi boot and cellular. The thing is they are relatively expensive and there just isn’t a lot of good information out there. I don’t see many people reviewing or talking about how well they work.
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Re: Help with boat internet

Postby Helmsman » June 4th, 2022, 11:52 pm

Starlink has an RV solution out now. The satellite costs 599 and then 135 a month. Download speeds are around 200-250 mbs and upload around 30mbs. The motor is postulated to not be extremely robust, but the screen has receivers all along the curves, so movement is less than you might first think. Many, many boaters are moving to Starlink.

Here is a pretty robust discussion on it. The last few pages of the post discuss the RV solution.

https://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/s4/ ... 61866.html
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Re: Help with boat internet

Postby dssking » June 12th, 2022, 8:38 pm

I just installed Starlink RV on my 396 and it works flawlessly. Can stream all day long, surf, etc. No issues.

Pricey solution, but reliable and is what I needed to be the "Office on the lake:.

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