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07-25-2012 01:27 PM
remetau
Re: Wi-Fi

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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
Hey DOn!! How are you guys!?? Tried to find you last time I was in Marathon. Which brings up the question: How did it work at Marathon Marina? We will be spending smoe time there.

Brian
We are doing well. Hope all is well with you. We moved from Marathon back to Bradenton (Twin Dolphins) for work.

The Wifi at Marathon Marina was decent with the bullet. Without it, it was touch and go.

I found the cell hot-spot worked best for me when away from wifi spots, but you do need to watch your limits.
07-25-2012 12:38 PM
JimMcGee
Re: Wi-Fi

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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
However, I am limited to 5 gig/month before I start getting charged.
Jeez Brian if you're hitting 5gig a month you're spending way to much time online. I've never even come close.

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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
BTW, the 4glte is as fast as broadband.
I've yet to connect to 4G. Everything up and down Barnegat Bay is 3G.
07-25-2012 11:52 AM
hellosailor
Re: Wi-Fi

"every Microsoft upgrade"
Oh damn, and here I'm still using Microsoft.0 I've never upgraded it.(VBG)
07-25-2012 11:48 AM
SVAuspicious
Re: Wi-Fi

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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
Some of the packaging is nice, some of the support has been mentioned online as outstanding. Still, at a tenfold price difference...

What OS are you using, that the Alfa drivers are a pain how?
For my roll-your-own I spent nearly as much on mounts and brackets and hardware as on the electronics.

I've used the Alfa on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and RH Linux. The Linux drivers have been pretty stable. The Windows stuff gets bolluxed (sp?) with nearly every Microsoft upgrade.
07-25-2012 10:53 AM
TQA
Re: Wi-Fi

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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
I assume that is working for you down there? Is that where you SN from?

Brian
I use the Alfa plus the aerial extension and the longer rubber duck aerial on a mag mount.. It works well for me and pulls in the weaker signals allowing me more flexibility in my choice of anchorage. Currently Clarks Court Bay on the south side of Grenada.

I stick the aerial up on deck and run the cable thru a deck hatch. A couple of times the Alfa unit has got wet [ rain not salt ] but a squirt of WD 40 and 10 mins in the oven on low heat has bought it back to life.

I bought 3 so as to have spares.
07-25-2012 10:50 AM
hellosailor
Re: Wi-Fi

Auspicious, you're right, I'm not. The support and configuration issues may be real, depending on what WiFi software is already on Brian's system. Recent ( 5 years?) systems tend to make WiFi configuration pretty simply, select network, click, goodbye. If someone needs more support, that's a decision to be made but often it will be like buying the extended warranty from an auto salesman: A big piece of your money gone for no reason. So I'm ignoring that discussion. And not totally surprised when you say the Alfa drivers are a pain.

Ditto on the waterproofing. As some of the reviews note, an RJ-45 socket ain't good enough, but then again, neither is a 90-day warranty. As one comedienne has said, "Never sleep with something that only has a 90-day warranty." If someone can't figure out tupperware and butyl tape...as I suspect Brian can...

It is still gambling $35 versus paying out what, ten times the price?

Some of the packaging is nice, some of the support has been mentioned online as outstanding. Still, at a tenfold price difference...

What OS are you using, that the Alfa drivers are a pain how?
07-25-2012 10:39 AM
SVAuspicious
Re: Wi-Fi

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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
That Alfa sells for $35 on Amazon then all you need is a longer USB cord to get it out of the cabin. Yes, the USB cord length limits position but for $35 versus 250+, I'd try it first.
You aren't giving the resellers credit for the weatherproofing and technical support.

I experimented with an Alfa, a Bullet, and a Port Networks bridge before landing on my own solution. I've also installed some Bullets and some Wiries (Alfa) for clients.

On Auspicious I have a Bullet with 8 dB omni mounted above the radar on an aft radar pole. The Cat 5 Ethernet goes to a POE injector behind the electrical panel. A Linksys WRT-54GL is under a locker nearby. Everything runs off 12VDC on a "network" breaker on the panel.

Between laptops, iPhones, iPod Touch, and other odds and ends I've had up to eight devices sharing the boat WiFi network. At the moment it's just my boat computer, my lab laptop, iPhone, and the iPod Touch streaming Netflix to the TV (*grin*). The community wireless AP I'm hooked up to is about half a mile away.

I do still keep a standard Alfa in my boat bag for trips. It works okay but isn't anything like weather-proof and keeping the drivers working is a pain.
07-24-2012 09:59 PM
tdw
Re: Wi-Fi

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Use will be US, Bahamas, and other destinations. We have the ATT Wifi card which is awesome!! Used it a lot of the last few week, even anchored out at cabbage key. However, I am limited to 5 gig/month before I start getting charged.

Kids need homeschooling and we need internet connections for office and personal stuff. Let's not even discuss Sailnet!!! So we are trying to minimize our time on the wifi card. BTW, the 4glte is as fast as broadband.

Brian
Out of interest Brian .... how much do you expect to use on a monthly basis ?
07-24-2012 09:32 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Wi-Fi

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Originally Posted by TQA View Post
Wirie $250

Alfa $25 + extension high gain aerial $10 stick the aerial out the hatch and bobs your wifi.
I assume that is working for you down there? Is that where you SN from?

Brian
07-24-2012 09:31 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Wi-Fi

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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
Brian, depending on how technologically impaired you feel and how fat the budget is...

That Alfa sells for $35 on Amazon then all you need is a longer USB cord to get it out of the cabin. Yes, the USB cord length limits position but for $35 versus 250+, I'd try it first.

Which also means you'll need to use the Wifi tools that come with your computer, to choose and connect to a network. Which isn't such a big deal these days.

The many folks who repackage it...OK, they're entitled to a profit if they make life easier but really, how badly can you lose by trying the $35 solution first? And at that price, you can carry a spare and sell it to the next hapless cruiser. :-)
I am not opposed to trying that, but really need smoething fairly robust. I hope to be places where getting it replaced will be difficult or expensive. However, maybe this would be a good backup too? Wasn't that your point also?

Brian
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