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Re: Wifi on board

If you are worried about the 5Gb limit, you can always select a different plan. Verizon now has plans (shared data plans), that run from 4Gb to 20Gb.
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If you are worried about the 5Gb limit, you can always select a different plan. Verizon now has plans (shared data plans), that run from 4Gb to 20Gb.
That's great! I'll look into that. I thought 5GB was the max. Thanks, Zed!
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Re: Wifi on board

Note the GSM hotspots would allow you to change SIM cards if you hit your 5GB limit. If you hit your limit one month, you could activate a new SIM card and pop that into your phone or hotspot and keep working. For instance, the T-mobile $30 plan that gives you 5GB per month does not shut you down when you hit your limit - it just throttles you back to 2G speed. So when you hit your limit you could load up a second $30 card and keep going at 4G speed.

Unless you do a lot of video streaming or send huge email attachments, it's actually difficult for one or two users to use more than 5GB a month. You should also turn off automatic Windows updates (or whatever other computer OS) and do the updates manually when you have free WiFi access.
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If you are worried abiut the limits of a data plan you can try what did. I have my hub from Tmobile they have Xgug at 4G and unlimited at 2 G granted it is slower but it does always slow you done. Have had friends playing online games via this for hours straight and no slow downs

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Re: Wifi on board

Good to know! I too need to be able to work from my boat. What is the best setup to boost the free wifi signals that I can get at the marina? It seems that down below I sometimes get a much reduced signal.
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I have been using a Verizon PCMCIA card for almost ten years. I have enough speed to stream music and video with no problems anywhere in the US. I also have unlimited data, but from what I can gather that plan is no longer offered.
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Re: Wifi on board

I have been using the ATT wifi. It works awesome. 4glte really is (or seems to be) broadband speed and 46 is a bit slower than dsl but doeable.

Let me caution about Verizon as they may not have the same coverage in the keys as ATT. THat was why I did not go with them.

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PS My cost is $50/month for 5 gig, plus $10 for every gig over.
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Re: Wifi on board

BTW, here is my recent thread on this:

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Re: Wifi on board

This is where I plan to buy mine (probably tomorrow)!!

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ALso, regarding the use of the wifi booster, my experience is that most marinas have WIFI, but few of them are actually reacheable from your slip. I would love to think I could use this on the hook, but reality is that I would just like to be able to use the marinas (which I pay for) from my boat!!! I suspect you will have the same issue.

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Re: Wifi on board

??? We have an Alfa range extender from Amazon, $25. We can see our marina's wifi, and the neighboring marinas, and the ones across the creek. Was a bear to set up, but once done, it's be fabulous for the last couple of years, down the ICW & Bahamas.
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