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Mr Jeepers 11-21-2003 08:26 AM

What are peoples experience along the coast regarding Wi-Fi access? Do may marinas or other facilities provide this type of service? How do you live aboards get internet access as you''re cruising from port to port?

pblais 11-21-2003 12:23 PM

Wi-Fi as in 802.11a,b,g is pretty much not available. It takes direct line of sight access. For anything really long (more than 100 yards) beyond that it takes a directional antenna to a fixed location. It''s just not going to follow you around sailing well at all.

Wireless from say Verizon is possible in some areas to some serious distances. It''s a nice fast speed for about $80 / month. At the dock you should be able to get DSL or cable if available in the area.

Out at sea SSB radio is still slow and a lot of gear to buy.

tsenator 11-21-2003 03:42 PM

Well I''ve seen WiFi at marina''s. they are starting to hook em up at Marina''s around here. My Marina has it and it works good.

You can go from Marina to marina around LI Sound and if its the same system you only pay a monthly fee. They are hooking up more and more marinas.

I''s called Beacon Wifi

Just wait...AT&T and other carriers are going to start offering it . Verizon already has it all over NY City and its free to their DSL customers

Magic_Moments 11-22-2003 04:15 PM

In Washington and British Columbia most marina''s and resorts are set up with Broadband Express ( I have been anchored out a half mile from the transmitter in Ganges Harbor and still been able to get online. They are adding sites each year and there are other Wi-Fi providers in the area. With the 200mW cards you can connect at a far greater range than I can with my standard 30mW card. BBX has account plans for the day, month, and annual. Since the same service is available in many marinas and some harbors, I am on the annual and am pretty happy since my previous DSL and Cable were not so consistantly fast.

The FCC just made some new bandwidths available that can create networks up to 5 miles across in order to stimulate broadband access for people in rural areas where no cable or DSL is available. I bet in a few years some of these wi-fi companies will adapt this to make it easy to connect in more places.


tsenator 11-22-2003 04:24 PM

200 mw cards??? Who makes those?

Magic_Moments 11-23-2003 09:05 PM

The manufacturer is Orinoco. I don''t have one but the ISP recommends them because they are more powerful and you can plug an external antennae into the card to extend the range even further.


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