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I just got it up and running last week, on the advice of my little bro who captains a large charter yacht in the Med, where all of his crew use it yak to f' and f's anywhere they may be. Yesterday a.m. when I got up, my laptop made a ringing noise and there on the screen is a note that said my bro is calling in. Just slipped on the headphones and clicked the icon. Voila, a free, crystal clear call between So Cal and Sardinia.

Skype is, to quote T. Edison, some real cool ****..........

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They also have an adaptor to use an ordinary phone and they also have a wifi phone. Really cool .....

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They also have an adaptor to use an ordinary phone and they also have a wifi phone. Really cool .....
Just to clarify? Who does, Skype or Vonage? I believe they both have such gear, but haven't looked at the Skype stuff recently, so I could be a bit out of date on what gear they've got now.

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Just to clarify? Who does, Skype or Vonage? I believe they both have such gear, but haven't looked at the Skype stuff recently, so I could be a bit out of date on what gear they've got now.
Skype has the adaptor. As I said before I am a vonage customer for over 4 years. Vonage is a New Jersey based company and has an Ad on TV it seems like every 5 minutes. But I know little about the company. I do get a email when they improve or add a feature and my bill ........ but little else. As my time is short I am looking for anything to keep in contact with my kids and them with me. I will be living in the caribbean before years end.

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i have used AT&T VOIP phone at home for a few years and love it. the only thing different about cruising would be the ability to get a good internet connection.
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Will you be living on the hook or at a marina? If you're at a marina, with a wifi connection, you could probably keep your existing vonage phone number, and your kids could contact you through that. If you're living at anchor, your options will be far more limited. Many marinas have wifi now. You might need an amplified antenna to maximize your connection...

If you have specific questions on WiFI and amplified antenna, PM me, and I'll write something up for you. I do a lot with long distance WiFi networks.

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I plan to be on the hook and want to try and visit as many islands as I can. Wifi is of great interest to me.

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Unless you'll need to speak to them while on the hook, the Vonage thing might be a simple way to go... and you'd have voice mail coverage while you're not reachable. Satellite phone and SSB are both options, but more expensive overall IMHO, and have fairly high initial investments.

Maximum range I've seen on a WiFi connection is over 2 miles... but that was with parabolic grid antenna at both ends...and I don't think an 18˚ cone is going to be sufficient coverage for a boat at anchor...since your swing will probably vary more than that.

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Skype does offer voicemail for a fee. SSB with a entry price of $3000.00 plus is something I tried very hard to justify, but can't. Satellite phone I have looked into, but the jury is still out on that. I did by a wifi locator ......

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Skype does offer voicemail for a fee. SSB with a entry price of $3000.00 plus is something I tried very hard to justify, but can't. Satellite phone I have looked into, but the jury is still out on that. I did by a wifi locator ......
The WiFi locators aren't all that useful.

You'd be better off with a "stumbler" program. For the Mac, I'd recommend iStumbler, and for the PC, I'd recommend, NetStumbler. These programs will locate and identify nearby WiFi networks, as well as tell you whether the networks are open or closed—ie, require a WEP or WPA security key.

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