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I use the Verizon wireless internet. It will connect where ever my cell can connect, and in Metro areas (most), will get broadband. It's $60 a month for Verizon wireless customers, but seems worth the expense. It uses a PCMIA card in the laptop to connect with ($50 after rebate).
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In the Pacific Northwest try a company called Broadband Xpress. They supply WiFi exclusively to marinas. Not cheap, but they specialize in hi powered equipment. Google them.

I got their service when I was living at a marina. The card I bought from them was advertised as being 10x as powerful as regular WiFi. Again, their equipment is not cheap - start at C$100 and go from there. But if you cruise their site it may give you some hints or ideas

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I got their service when I was living at a marina. The card I bought from them was advertised as being 10x as powerful as regular WiFi. Again, their equipment is not cheap - start at C$100 and go from there. But if you cruise their site it may give you some hints or ideas
I seriously doubt that their equipment is 10x the power of a standard wifi card. The standard cards are 100 milliwatt, the legal limit AFAIK is 200 milliwatt, and there are a few cards that support the 200 milliwatt transmit power, but NONE that support a full WATT of transmit power.
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I have a motorola cell phone and bought from the Motorola web site software for my lap top and a cable for less than $70. I also have wifi but on the boat I connect by cell. No special cards needed. Just watch your time on line as cell phone time can get expensive.
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The main question is whether you have built-in WiFi or a separate card. Most separate cards will have external antenna connections on them. There are plenty of places online that sell different types of antennas, they are the same as the ones for 900Mhz phone signals. If the signal is in direct sight and you get a directional antenna pointed right at it with enough amplification, you should be able to get a signal. There are also repeaters that you could hook it up to instead of your computer and you could provide a signal for youself and everyone around you.
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Forget directional antennas on a boat

unless you are on a dock. Boats are usually dynamic state, They move all over the place when not at a dock. Directional antennas have to be aimed at each other. Think of a spotlight vs. a flood light. Whgat works best for a boat is a dipole antenna. Sort of looks like your VHF antenna placed up high in the rigging.

That said contrary to what has been said before most WIFI cards do not come with a jack for an external antenna. The exception is if you have a desktop computer onboard.

I found the Buffalo card with a 9 bd gain antenna will give me an effective working rangs of 1.5 miles max. The cost is about 150.00

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A lot of wifi cards are available with mmc-x type antenna jacks for external antenna. I have used Lucent/3Com, Cisco, and several other brands. You really do want a 200 mw capable card for this use.

A panel type patch antenna is fairly directional and should work quite well, better than an omni-directional antenna. Most of the panel type antenna have about a 90 degree area of coverage, and that will give you a fair amount of latitude for the boat swinging.
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WIFI antenna

Hello everybody!!

I am looking for an internet antenna .
I found this one on internet
Buy Wireless antenna,WiFi Antenna,2.4Ghz 5Ghz Wlan Antenna,RF connector,RF pigtail cable,Lightning Protector,802.11 a/b/g, Omni ,panel ,yagi ,Grid antenna

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I would avoid anything USB as the drivers are very flaky. I have tried several brands and none are stable. I would suggest the Ubiquiti products. this is a really old discussion, but there are a few that discuss teh NanoStation2. I use the NanoStation2loco it was under $50 and works really well, is weather proof, and is powered by power over ethernet, so there is only one wire leading to the antenna/radio unit. I went from a 1 megabit connection that was in and out to a full 54 megabit connection. It can run for weeks, and likely longer but I do a lot of torrents so that equals hundreds of connections and that seems to bother any wireless device. But for normal use I would imagine it would be stable for years without rebooting. I got mine here:

NanoStation loco - NanoStation loco 802.11B/G 8dbi CPE

No business connection, just a happy customer. Actually had the best customer service I have ever experience. They have a product called a bullit that allows more choice on the antenna, but you don't want anything to directional on a boat, as you are moving and your signal will go in and out with a very directional antenna.
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Helped a friend install this antenne on his 47' Vagabond's mizzin mast (Looks like a 4' VHF). USBAdapter is a WiFi booster and software. My PC hardly connected, sitting down below, with my Dell built in WiFi, to the Marina's Free WiFi. His new system connected and stayed at 38 - 54 Mbs, plus picked up over a dozen other connectins within the 5000 - 6000 ft range.

Buy Wireless antenna,WiFi Antenna,2.4Ghz 5Ghz Wlan Antenna,RF connector,RF pigtail cable,Lightning Protector,802.11 a/b/g, Omni ,panel ,yagi ,Grid antenna
12 meter cable : 1000mW USB adapter + OMNI 15dBi + Lightning Protector + 12m/40ft
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