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03-18-2012 11:37 AM
miatapaul
Re: WiFi on the Boat?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lenny Cram View Post
I would wonder if a sat. dish would be an option?
Only if you have a ton of money. A tracking dish is going to be extremely expensive and service is a high monthly fee. Not to mention the electrical use, and space issues.
03-18-2012 11:21 AM
mdi
Re: WiFi on the Boat?

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Originally Posted by lostfiringpin View Post
Actually they don't just sell one that is a FULL WATT, they sell something even bigger, May I introduce you to the wifi hacker's best friend, the 2 watt Alfa wifi N adapter, add that with a 32 Db grid antenna an you have long range links with strong connections.
This is what I use
Amazon.com: Alfa AWUS036NHR - High-Gain 2000mw 2W 802.11 B/G/N Wireless USB Network Adaptor With 5dBi and 9dBi Antenna & A Suction cup / Clip Window Mount dock - Wireless-N 802.11n Wi-Fi - 150Mbps - 2.4 GHz - 5dBi Antenna - Long Range - Realtek Chips

What exactly is LONG RANGE connections? Does this mean you have no external antenna, this is all within the house of the boat?
03-17-2012 04:48 PM
Lenny Cram
Re: WiFi on the Boat?

I would wonder if a sat. dish would be an option?
01-21-2012 07:54 PM
sea_hunter
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Originally Posted by Sailpilot View Post
I am currently living aboard in Miami. I have a coffee shop near me that has WiFi that I use to check my emails. I have heard that there is equipment that allows you to receive the WiFi signal from long distances. Can anyone advise if they have used or seen anything that allows you to check the emails from the boat.
You can get a wifi booster, that works up to 5 miles. As cruisers we found this to be inadequate. We subscribe to Verizon with a MiFi for about $50.00 per month and hooks up to 5 devices at one time. It works wherever there's a cell signal and we've even streamed Netflix. We added a cell booster and now it works about 10 miles out.
01-03-2012 07:44 PM
StormBay
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Originally Posted by Bene505 View Post
Zashin,
How fas away is you Bullet from your POE injector (in wire length)?
We also have 75 feet of cable between our POE and the Bullet/Antenna. We run 12v and haven't had a problem with it yet.
01-03-2012 07:42 PM
capn_dave
A cat 5 cable can be over 500' Long

The Bullet will work just fine between 9 and 27 VDC. You should be ok without doing all the fancy wiring. Besides I am not sure I would really want to put a wifi antenna up really high. Believe it or not you, can be so high as to miss close signals.
The Bullet and the Nano station2 are both probably the best bang for the buck

Fair Winds

Dave
01-03-2012 07:01 PM
Zanshin
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Originally Posted by Bene505 View Post
...How far away is you Bullet from your POE injector (in wire length)?
I had them put in 70 feet of wire (one way) and they were supposed to mount the bullet at the top spreader but ended up using the same amount of cable and just putting the Bullet/Antenna on the aft pulpit. But I inject 24V so the power goes quite a bit further than if I were just doing 12V.
01-03-2012 06:34 PM
TheHisway is anyone going to college online wile long distance cruising? if so please disribe how difficult this was and what gear was required.
01-03-2012 04:48 PM
Bene505 Zashin,

How fas away is you Bullet from your POE injector (in wire length)?

The reason I ask is that I'm thinking about doubling-up the wires in the Cat5 cable for signal only (no power) and running a separate 14/2 wire up to the top of the mast for power. I want to make sure I'm not getting a low voltage at the Bullet2HP. At 90 feet from the nav station, the 24 gauge wire (doubled up inside the CAT5, from the POE) to the Bullet has a lot of loss.

I measured .66 amps to the bullet. For 90 x 2 (round trip) /2 (doubled-up wire) = 90 feet round trip, it really drops the 12v down.)

I may put the POE at the base of the keel-stepped mast.

Regards,
Brad
01-03-2012 07:36 AM
Zanshin I'm reading and posting aboard right now using a Ubiquiti Bullet antenna and accessing a WiFi point just over a half mile away. The Bullet works very well depending upon which antenna is used, the advantage is that it uses POE (Power Over Ethernet) which lets the antenna be very far away from the PC since there are no coax or other signal losses, the conversion from analog to digital happens at the antenna and the rest is just ethernet.
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