Originally Posted by po6ert
as a newbie to marine wifi can i ask for a few recommendations ...my current laptop does have wifi installed however I can't get a signal on my boat...
Try the search at the top and put in "wifi" and "usb wifi" you may get some hits (although I hear the search function is a bit erratic lately).
If you want serious long range, see this other thread where I laid out my plans using the Bullet2HP by Ubiquiti. Long Range WiFi -- Posting right now using "long range" wireless
For 2 miles or less you may be able to use a USB setup. A friend recommends using a USB with an extension USB cable, hoisted up on a halyard a few yards. He says they pull in many wireless networks using it, including the phone company's, that he (and I) have accounts with.