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10-20-2012 09:54 PM
coupdemistral
Re: Wifi on board

there's a site (broadbandatsea.org) that allows users to rate the quality of wifi service at different marinas. Hopefully this will encourage marinas to provide better service...wifi has become such an important element in deciding where to moor your boat...
08-20-2012 10:28 PM
wingNwing
Re: Wifi on board

??? We have an Alfa range extender from Amazon, $25. We can see our marina's wifi, and the neighboring marinas, and the ones across the creek. Was a bear to set up, but once done, it's be fabulous for the last couple of years, down the ICW & Bahamas.
08-20-2012 03:45 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Wifi on board

This is where I plan to buy mine (probably tomorrow)!!

Marine PC's & WiFi by IslandTime PC

ALso, regarding the use of the wifi booster, my experience is that most marinas have WIFI, but few of them are actually reacheable from your slip. I would love to think I could use this on the hook, but reality is that I would just like to be able to use the marinas (which I pay for) from my boat!!! I suspect you will have the same issue.

Brian
08-20-2012 03:41 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Wifi on board

BTW, here is my recent thread on this:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/gear-m...087-wi-fi.html

Brian
08-20-2012 03:40 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Wifi on board

I have been using the ATT wifi. It works awesome. 4glte really is (or seems to be) broadband speed and 46 is a bit slower than dsl but doeable.

Let me caution about Verizon as they may not have the same coverage in the keys as ATT. THat was why I did not go with them.

Brian

PS My cost is $50/month for 5 gig, plus $10 for every gig over.
08-20-2012 02:22 PM
Vartok
Re: Wifi on board

I have been using a Verizon PCMCIA card for almost ten years. I have enough speed to stream music and video with no problems anywhere in the US. I also have unlimited data, but from what I can gather that plan is no longer offered.
08-20-2012 02:21 PM
SeaQuinn
Re: Wifi on board

Good to know! I too need to be able to work from my boat. What is the best setup to boost the free wifi signals that I can get at the marina? It seems that down below I sometimes get a much reduced signal.
08-20-2012 01:22 PM
jhgreen If you are worried abiut the limits of a data plan you can try what did. I have my hub from Tmobile they have Xgug at 4G and unlimited at 2 G granted it is slower but it does always slow you done. Have had friends playing online games via this for hours straight and no slow downs

Jeremy
Pearson 10m
08-20-2012 11:45 AM
TakeFive
Re: Wifi on board

Note the GSM hotspots would allow you to change SIM cards if you hit your 5GB limit. If you hit your limit one month, you could activate a new SIM card and pop that into your phone or hotspot and keep working. For instance, the T-mobile $30 plan that gives you 5GB per month does not shut you down when you hit your limit - it just throttles you back to 2G speed. So when you hit your limit you could load up a second $30 card and keep going at 4G speed.

Unless you do a lot of video streaming or send huge email attachments, it's actually difficult for one or two users to use more than 5GB a month. You should also turn off automatic Windows updates (or whatever other computer OS) and do the updates manually when you have free WiFi access.
08-20-2012 11:21 AM
melody1204
Re: Wifi on board

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zed View Post
If you are worried about the 5Gb limit, you can always select a different plan. Verizon now has plans (shared data plans), that run from 4Gb to 20Gb.
That's great! I'll look into that. I thought 5GB was the max. Thanks, Zed!
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