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The better banking sites are SSL-encrypted, so that your passwords and banking info are protected. However, if you're not using a good firewall, they can often hack your computer and then steal the information from the machine directly... When using an online site for financial transactions, including online shopping, look for the little padlock icon that tells you the site is encrypted and check the certificate if it is a new site for you. The website's URL will also generally have a https: prefix to indicate that it is secure.
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I realized that I didn't link to the antenna test from this thread. Here is the link to it.

Long Range Wifi -- Antenna Tests

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I am intrigued-this does not appear to have escaped from the Americas-whilst there appear to be resellers in UK I have never come across it before-am I right in assuming its an outside amplified wireless dongle capable of acessing weaker wifi signals?
Over here in UK I have just started using Fon.com-clever in that my service provider is one of its partners which means in exchange for allowing some public useage of my landline wireless broadband I can use others which means even here in quite remote communities I can get free wifi connections wherever there is a small community.
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I am intrigued-this does not appear to have escaped from the Americas-whilst there appear to be resellers in UK I have never come across it before-am I right in assuming its an outside amplified wireless dongle capable of acessing weaker wifi signals?
Over here in UK I have just started using Fon.com-clever in that my service provider is one of its partners which means in exchange for allowing some public useage of my landline wireless broadband I can use others which means even here in quite remote communities I can get free wifi connections wherever there is a small community.
No if you are referring to the Ubiquiti Bullet, its not a dongle - check out picture at start of this thread. It is in fact a Wireless/LAN bridge used mainly by WISP's (wireless internet service providers).

Because of its remote powering capability, high Tx power & Rx sensitivity, as well as high level of configureability, its ideal to provide long range WiFi/Internet access on a boat, with a LAN cable feed direct to your PC or via a local WLAN network for private re-distribution within your boat.

Given its mainly professional use there is little documentation with the device itself although plenty of support is available from Wiki as well as from the Ubiquiti forum & not forgetting this thread of course.

Although Ubiquiti offer other products, the Bullet, given its shape mounts directly to the base of an antenna with popular N type screw connector thus supporting it & providing zero cable loss which is particularly important at microwave frequencies.

If you haven't discovered them already check out WiFi-Stock. Its the UK site of a US company that supplied my M2HP Bullet.
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Hi-thanks-just been on a tight learning curve on this over last hour or so.Looks like a really good idea which does not seem to have taken off yet in UK-probably because bulk of those who sail are based in south of England where G3/iphones etc is order of the day.
Already checked out UK site who sadly insist on a minimum spend of £50-I was just after basic model-no extras.
However came up with Greek distributor who are far more laid back in their approach.
Does it need plugging right next to aerial?-assume signal loss in coax.down mast causes a problem?
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Yes I was going to mention it was a supply & demand situation that is not so apparent in Europe.

In the Caribbean there are many AP's (access points) without security who's providers generally don't mind you connecting to them. Its also expected that most marina's provide some sort of wireless Internet access. I guess the latter is no different in the UK, but have not sailed there for ten years.

WiFi-Stock in the UK supplied all my equipment but as well as Bullet you will also need antenna (aerial) & POE (power injector) which should take you well over £50.

Let us know if you require any more help.

BTW the cable from the Bullet is a LAN Cat 5e (twisted pair) cable just carrying TCP/IP data like the cable that connected your PC to router before wireless, & can be up to 300 feet long with no loss of data. It is not a coaxial one & carries no RF - all the radio stuff happens at the Bullet/Antenna.

Its a matter of preference but I have my Bullet/Antenna mounted on the pushpit about 7 feet above deck - see post #14 (page 2) on this thread. 13 metres of LAN cable feed through the deck & a hidden route to the chart table where I have located the POE adapter to feed power from DC power sockets I have available on control panel. I can then use further short LAN cable direct to my laptop or feed a WiFi router within my boat for wireless access.

This means my installation is permanent, no hoisting up & down mast with attendant wear & tear. No worries about using tall antenna's at top of mast & easy maintenance if necessary. Using the boats 12 volt system I don't have to worry about volt drop over the longer length of cable either, although I'm told the Bullet works at full power down to 10.5 volts at the device end of the LAN cable.
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Billy(S)Ruffin',

How difficult is it for you to get all the pieces delivered to you down there? Do you need someone to help be an intermediary for shipping?
Brad, thanks for the offer, but I'm still in the northland. I'll order the stuff and take it with me when I go south in December.
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Wifi stock certainly do offer best deal on on all the bits now I have familiarised myself with the system and checked out suppliers across Europe and US.
Great thing here in UK is Fon which certainly covers all of Europe and UK-its claim to be worldwide is a bit questionable.
Fon allows you free access with some limits to other users home based wifi broadband in exchange for giving up some of your own useage. Result is that even in remote areas where other systems such as mobile broadband dont work you get access.
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Yesterday I anchored out and managed to "work from home" using my setup.

Didn't do any testing on the height above the deck though. I had work to do.

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