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Can I get WiFi if I use a booster going from the Ches Bay up to New England? Figure 10-15 NM offshore?
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highly doubt it. cell service would be only way to get data that far
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btw, highly means no lol and cell is a maybe... LOS is 12mi
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Verizon 4G transmitters work quite in the chessie, as their service coverage is quite good here. It creates a wireless hotspot onboard. Speed is excellent as long as the signal is good. I'm not sure about further north. Offshore coverage is questionable after more than a few miles offshore, dependent on location relative to the towers. WiFi booster would work at anchor or near marinas, as long as the signal is present.
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Even with a mast mounted amplified WiFi antenna you will only get WiFi out to about 2-3 miles and that is going to be 'spotty'.
Surprisingly, with a mast mounted amplified WiFi antenna along close to the 'surf line', internet signals are quite strong and regular and with few 'paid service' nodes and 'dead spots' - from Cape May all the way to Mt. Desert Island.
Delaware Bay - nada because of the extremely sparse population.

antenna example: Bitstorm Bad Boy Xtreme
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