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Wireless cards for WIFI

I actually had a Verizon PCMCIA card that allowed the Admiral to surf the web at about 5 nm off of Daytona. I recently upgraded to the MIFI router, so that I can connect both my laptop and hers at the same time, and it also worked off the coast at about the same distance. They may vary in speed, but if you are boating and can get a cell phone signal, it may be worth considering. Since I live aboard, it was the best solution for me.
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I would suggest a USB modem. That should solve your problem.
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if money is not a problem...

I found some systems when lookin for my RV applications.

SWE-DISH and world leading stabilized platform developer Saab systems have joined forces in developing a high performance SATCOM on-the-move terminal (four-axis antenna system) that enables broadband satellite communications with land vehicles and marine vessels while moving at top speed.

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I'd point out the post I wrote on my blog regarding WiFi solutions for Cruising sailboats.
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internet anywhere

These suggestions seem to be all about connecting to a land based internet service of some sort.

What about satellite services so that you could ping it from the middle of the
pacific ocean?

Anyone?
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Unless you have essentially an unlimited budget and a boat large enough to have very reliable electrical power and a very large battery bank, using satellite-based internet is not a great idea.

The satellite-based internet connections require a gyro-stabilized antenna to work properly. On a small sailboat....and small means anything up to 100' or so...the power draw of the gyro-stabilized dish is a bit much for most.

Also, all of the satellite internet plans I know of charge PER MEGABYTE OF DATA. This means that using it for anything other than just the occasional check of e-mail and downloading GRIB files can get very expensive rather quickly.

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These suggestions seem to be all about connecting to a land based internet service of some sort.

What about satellite services so that you could ping it from the middle of the
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Anyone?
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i keep forgeting to post this but most wireless routers default to a max range of 2000 meters. so pretty much any normal router will not allow you to connect past about 1 and a 1/4 miles no matter how much power or antenna size you have.
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This is what I plan on using. Just flash it with DD-WRT and configure it as a repeater and call it done. I use the same router to expand my wireless foot print here at the house.

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i keep forgeting to post this but most wireless routers default to a max range of 2000 meters. so pretty much any normal router will not allow you to connect past about 1 and a 1/4 miles no matter how much power or antenna size you have.
Using DD-WRT firmware you should be able to tweak your wireless router to maximize your range. That's assuming it is available for said router?
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I've used the hardware mentioned in my previously linked to blog post to setup several WiFi links that are over two miles in length.
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i keep forgeting to post this but most wireless routers default to a max range of 2000 meters. so pretty much any normal router will not allow you to connect past about 1 and a 1/4 miles no matter how much power or antenna size you have.
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