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post #21 of 26 Old 07-25-2012
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Auspicious, you're right, I'm not. The support and configuration issues may be real, depending on what WiFi software is already on Brian's system. Recent ( 5 years?) systems tend to make WiFi configuration pretty simply, select network, click, goodbye. If someone needs more support, that's a decision to be made but often it will be like buying the extended warranty from an auto salesman: A big piece of your money gone for no reason. So I'm ignoring that discussion. And not totally surprised when you say the Alfa drivers are a pain.

Ditto on the waterproofing. As some of the reviews note, an RJ-45 socket ain't good enough, but then again, neither is a 90-day warranty. As one comedienne has said, "Never sleep with something that only has a 90-day warranty." If someone can't figure out tupperware and butyl tape...as I suspect Brian can...

It is still gambling $35 versus paying out what, ten times the price?

Some of the packaging is nice, some of the support has been mentioned online as outstanding. Still, at a tenfold price difference...

What OS are you using, that the Alfa drivers are a pain how?
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I assume that is working for you down there? Is that where you SN from?

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I use the Alfa plus the aerial extension and the longer rubber duck aerial on a mag mount.. It works well for me and pulls in the weaker signals allowing me more flexibility in my choice of anchorage. Currently Clarks Court Bay on the south side of Grenada.

I stick the aerial up on deck and run the cable thru a deck hatch. A couple of times the Alfa unit has got wet [ rain not salt ] but a squirt of WD 40 and 10 mins in the oven on low heat has bought it back to life.

I bought 3 so as to have spares.

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Some of the packaging is nice, some of the support has been mentioned online as outstanding. Still, at a tenfold price difference...

What OS are you using, that the Alfa drivers are a pain how?
For my roll-your-own I spent nearly as much on mounts and brackets and hardware as on the electronics.

I've used the Alfa on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and RH Linux. The Linux drivers have been pretty stable. The Windows stuff gets bolluxed (sp?) with nearly every Microsoft upgrade.

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"every Microsoft upgrade"
Oh damn, and here I'm still using Microsoft.0 I've never upgraded it.(VBG)
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However, I am limited to 5 gig/month before I start getting charged.
Jeez Brian if you're hitting 5gig a month you're spending way to much time online. I've never even come close.

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BTW, the 4glte is as fast as broadband.
I've yet to connect to 4G. Everything up and down Barnegat Bay is 3G.

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Hey DOn!! How are you guys!?? Tried to find you last time I was in Marathon. Which brings up the question: How did it work at Marathon Marina? We will be spending smoe time there.

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We are doing well. Hope all is well with you. We moved from Marathon back to Bradenton (Twin Dolphins) for work.

The Wifi at Marathon Marina was decent with the bullet. Without it, it was touch and go.

I found the cell hot-spot worked best for me when away from wifi spots, but you do need to watch your limits.

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