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Just seems like yesterday it was half a day on a ferry and bus from the anchorage to an international phone/fax and then too late to get back so off to a hotel for the next day back. Must be something to be so connected to everything important.
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the real answer it an unlimited cell phone plan.
No such thing for many years now, the old-school true unlimited plans cost thousands to transfer over.

All the providers slow you down after X GB, some only if you're on a busy tower.

So if you are regularly going over 20-40GB/mo, using multiple providers will help with that as well as better geographic coverage.
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VG, aren't you being shortsighted here?

A really generous sailor would call the cable company and have a decent trunk line installed together with a better WiFi system, so everyone could enjoy better service.

So, loosen up a bit. Make that call, make your corner of the world a little better and happier.
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No such thing for many years now, the old-school true unlimited plans cost thousands to transfer over.

All the providers slow you down after X GB, some only if you're on a busy tower.

So if you are regularly going over 20-40GB/mo, using multiple providers will help with that as well as better geographic coverage.
If they have slowed my service down it doesnít matter, at this moment Iím streaming video and it look fine!

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I kept my ATT unlimited plan just for summers. Marina-Wireless is an oxymoron

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Hi Everyone!

Just curious. How do you guys deal with poor marina WIFI? Does anyone use a wireless set up for their laptop? If so, do you have a service to recommend? Hope everyone is enjoying this weather!

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We seldom have any WiFi in our cruising grounds; Inside passage of Alaska and Canada. When there is an available remote WiFi signal, we often find the internet bandwidth lacking. [Likewise in certain communities frequented by cruise ships, when thousands of new cell phones all vie for the limited internet available, bringing it to a virtual stand-still... e.g., Ketchikan...]

Because of a lack of available WiFi, we pretty much use cell data full time [and satellite comms when there is no cell service...]

We installed a WiriePro that boosts WiFi, provides a boat WiFi router, and has a cell modem in which we keep an unlimited [truly] data SIM card good for Alaska [GCI].

We also have AT&T phones for use most anywhere- with a plan for roaming in Canada/Mexico. We use a cell booster with the AT&T phones for weak signal areas when there is no GCI signal available.

This combo works great for us.

We stream movies in remote locations via GCI cell data, and our WiriePro unit is older so it is limited to 3G [which is all that is available around here in 90% of the locations with a cell signal...] [Note: Wirie does have a 4G model available, but the upgrade and new antenna costs aren't worth it for us at this time...]

If you want more details and links, read this post about these systems on our blog. [Don't worry; we hate ads and don't beg for beer money...]

Best wishes finding what best suits your needs.

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Re: Marina Internet

There are many good suggestions here.

I'll second the importance of determining whether it's the Wifi connection that's weak, or the marina's Internet service. If you don't do that first, you may be improving the wrong thing. There's a really good free Wifi Analyzer app on Android that can diagnose the first. (Sorry, I've found nothing on iOS that comes close.) If your Wifi looks OK, then connect to speedsmart.net to look at the Internet service. Note that often the problem is poor latency (ping results).

If it really is weak Wifi, there are lots of amplified antennas available that will pick up much better than the tiny little antenna in your computer/tablet/phone. One way to best leverage your amplified antenna among multiple devices is to get a router that's designed to work with the antenna, so your boat's router connects to the marina Wifi, and all your boat's devices connect to your boat's router. Also it's nice to only have one SSIA/passphrase for all your devices. If you visit another marina, just connect your router to the marina and all your devices are online without having to log on each ond individually. For low cost, I use non-marine household grade equipment from Alfa:

https://www.sailnet.com/forums/2051285386-post1269.html

https://www.sailnet.com/forums/2051337490-post29.html

As for hotspots, there are still some out there, although cell phone hotspots seem to make them rarer each year (even though some cell phone providers prohibit using cell phones as hot spots). If we want to stream video through a cell phone, T-Mobile's "Binge On" feature gives you true unlimited video streaming without counting against your 4G quota. You just need to be willing to live with 480p quality video, since that's part of the deal. Also, you need to be in an area with T-mobile service, which historically been weaker in rural areas, but has been getting better every year in the areas where I sail.
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Thank you all for your replies! I now have enough information to make a smart decision.
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