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Our boat came with a small tv mounted on the bulkhead, with Apple TV. I have never considered a tv to be a priority on the boat but now that we are spending more time on board in inclement weather, we are thinking it would be nice to hunker down and watch a movie on a wet cold night.

The problem is, that although many of our winter weekend destinations have wifi, the signal is often too weak to stream smoothly, and often the Apple TV cant even connect, even if our mobile (android) devices connect with no problem. Of course Apple being Apple, the Apple TV won't accept any kind of direct streaming from android, and even trying to use Airplay with my sons iPad doesnt seem to work.

I have 2 goals in mind.

1. I would like to create an on board wifi network that would allow all of our mobile devices to communicate with the tv and each other. Communication with the nmea/seatalk network would be a bonus too.

2. I would like to connect to shore based wifi to provide an internet connection to the devices on that network, and boost that signal so it is more useable.

Ideally I would like to use some hardware that I already have. I have an unused Google Home Wifi router as well as a google Chromecast dongle. I am thinking of getting rid of the Apple TV completely since all but one of our devices is Android.

I am sure others out there have addressed these issues, and I am wondering what solutions you have come up with.

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Re: On-board wifi networking and signal boosting

We are getting forgetful enough that an old VHF tape can look new and exciting...much simpler than your proposals.
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Where is the internet streaming signal coming from? Phone as a hotspot? WiFi from the marina? I avoid Apple stuff completely. Have had Roku for years and I recommend their devices.

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1st thoughts would be dedicated hotspot or using your phone.
If in an urban area with open wifi, then an signal/antenna booster would make sense.
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We are getting forgetful enough that an old VHF tape can look new and exciting...much simpler than your proposals.
Yeah...just need to find my Blockbuster Video card!

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1st thoughts would be dedicated hotspot or using your phone.

If in an urban area with open wifi, then an signal/antenna booster would make sense.
Yes, I can use a hotspot with my phone, however I have limited data, and some of the places we go have no cell reception, so the only connection we have is shore based wifi.

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Re: On-board wifi networking and signal boosting

We've given up completely on wifi hot spots and now use the phone exclusively. We can get a pretty good signal (watch netflix movies, etc) almost anywhere we anchor now. Average is around us$50.00 a month, for unlimited data, not bad for two computers running independently.
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Yes, I can use a hotspot with my phone, however I have limited data, and some of the places we go have no cell reception, so the only connection we have is shore based wifi.

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Your prob is shared by many.
Im not really up on us data plans now, but last i looked it was tmobile with the most useful giant data plan.

Got a notice from mynislandwifi that theyre now offering truly unlimited service in us for $110 mon. Days of $50 or 60 mon are gone...seems like.
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Re: On-board wifi networking and signal boosting

When we can’t find a good enough hot spot to stream, we have quite a selection of movies and comedians saved on the I pad we’ve downloaded from Amazon Prime ( free) and Netflix.


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Re: On-board wifi networking and signal boosting

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We've given up completely on wifi hot spots and now use the phone exclusively. We can get a pretty good signal (watch netflix movies, etc) almost anywhere we anchor now. Average is around us$50.00 a month, for unlimited data, not bad for two computers running independently.


Totally agreed. Cheap and practical. Additionally, I moved out TV unit and Apple TV because they need AC voltage which I need to run inverter, not an efficient way of powering. A moderate size laptop screen gives almost same feeling as TV and you can watch it everywhere on board.
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