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09-29-2013 02:26 PM
vega1860
Re: Does anyone work on the Internet while sailing?

When we are cruising we would really rather not be connected to the internet. When we are in port we catch up on email etc. and when we settle in for the winter we work on uploads etc. but at sea or in a secluded, remote anchorage we just do not want the distraction.
09-29-2013 09:30 AM
donjuanluis
Re: Does anyone work on the Internet while sailing?

Yes it is expensive for blue water coverage!!! SeaTel marine satellite Internet systems. Broadband satellite Internet access services by Mobile Satellite Technologies
the work on it must be worth enough
09-29-2013 07:58 AM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: Does anyone work on the Internet while sailing?

Quote:
Originally Posted by donjuanluis View Post
[url=http://www.satelliteinternetpros.com/satellite-internet-for-boats/]Satellite Internet For Boats | ...
If that is $40 per month everyone would be using it. Thats what I pay for crap wifi.
I understand broadband like that on boats is $5,000 per month.

Ring them and find out what the catch is.
09-29-2013 04:34 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Does anyone work on the Internet while sailing?

I understand that data over satellite internet connections is extraordinarily expensive. No experience.
09-28-2013 05:07 PM
donjuanluis
Re: Does anyone work on the Internet while sailing?

Was web searching and found this thread, what about this service Satellite Internet For Boats | Satellite Internet Pros , can somebody give a credit on it? I'm planning to move to the sea, and start cruising around, but need internet to keep making my living...
05-13-2013 09:29 PM
JeffreySiegel
Re: Does anyone work on the Internet while sailing?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Greyhound37 View Post
Sounds like I am out of touch with current tech but as of last Tuesday you have zero cell coverage 8 miles off Cape Romain, Cape Lookout, Charleston, Hatteras...
I routinely maintain cell coverage offshore between Charleston and Beaufort. That's an overnight for us. Going through Frying Pan Shoals Slue, we're about 12 nm out and maybe a little further from land north of Frying Pan Shoals because the NC coast scallops away.

Here's the thing. When you lose cell coverage 8 miles out, did you have a 3G and 4G cellular amp with antenna?

We also maintain AT&T and Verizon accounts. I find that AT&T maintains much more signal offshore than Verizon. That might change in the future but it's been my experience this spring.

I'm now anchored at Mason Neck, 20 nm south of DC. I've got a screaming fast internet connection here.
05-13-2013 09:17 PM
travlineasy
Re: Does anyone work on the Internet while sailing?

I don't know if the number of free WI-FI sites is decreasing, or the number of WI-FI sites has increased disproportionally. In the 3,185 miles a traveled up and down the east coast I only had a couple instances where I couldn't find free, unsecured WI-FI. No passwords or codes needed with any of them. Now, there were a couple that wanted you to join for a nominal fee, $12 a year, or something like that, but most of the marina sites were unsecured, and nearly all of the municipal sites were unsecured. I suspect they will remain that way, but who knows, I could be wrong. Now, I did go four days without any cellular telephone connection while in the remote swamps of North Carolina and Virginia, but during that time I still had unsecured WI-FI so I was able to send an email to my loving spouse and tell her not to cash in on the life insurance policy.

Good Luck,

Gary
05-13-2013 09:16 PM
Greyhound37
Re: Does anyone work on the Internet while sailing?

Sounds like I am out of touch with current tech but as of last Tuesday you have zero cell coverage 8 miles off Cape Romain, Cape Lookout, Charleston, Hatteras...
05-13-2013 07:46 PM
dvuyxx
Re: Does anyone work on the Internet while sailing?

The availability has improved even since this thread started last year. If you are just cruising domestically and coastal, then you can just get a "my-fi" like a Verizon Jetpack and use that for multiple devices aboard wirelessly. You can pick a plan, like 6gb which is pretty hard to spend in a month.
05-13-2013 06:10 PM
Greyhound37
Re: Does anyone work on the Internet while sailing?

I expect Hawaii Girl will be out of cell range within one hour of leaving the dock. So all that wifi and iphone/ipad hardware is useless.
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