Most of the time when I connect to WiFi it is to some variety of paid service. Sometimes it is a subscription like Out Island Internet in the Bahamas or AnnapolisWireless on the Chesapeake. Sometimes it is based on payment for services like buying dinner at a restaurant or paying for services (dinghy dockage, laundry, etc) at a marina. I am not going to violate the terms of service of my agreement with the service provider by rebroadcasting their signal. Encryption on internal WiFi is appropriate.One minor niggle (personal preference) - it would have been nice if the video had mentioned the possibility of leaving the boat router/hot spot unprotected so that other boaters that are not blessed with a bullet can also check their emails. I depend on open hot spots for my connectivity and I think it's good manners to stay open yourself.
If the content was perfect I might have made comments on the cinematography. In this case it would have been piling on.the video and audio quality were horrible, the editing was bad, and that poor girl in the video had a black eye
As I noted, I fully expected that your intentions were only the best.There's actually a good story behind this video.
Someday we'll have to share soldering stories. Skipping the top of the mast ones, some of my favorites are at bars. Seriously. I carry a piece of ceramic to solder on and have soldered all kinds of things on bar tops.At the time, all we had was a 5v router. We didn't have a voltage regulator so I took apart a cell phone charger, got out the soldering iron, and made a make-shift regulator (I'm not recommending this as the first one melted due to lack of power output. Two in parallel did the trick. We didn't have access to Radio Shack while in the Carib - so we made what we had work.)
The unit linked to from your blog is going for around $26 the last I looked. The one on my boat and many customers is the size of a match box and ran about $5. What I use now is the one Bob Stewart at IslandTimePC uses (see his website at Marine PC's & WiFi by IslandTime PC , click on WiFi, and scroll down to the picture of the bits). It is tiny.As for the PEO (Power over Ethernet - make sure you pronounce it correctly!) there are lots of options.
That's pretty good. Adding up all the pieces for mounting, thru-deck clams, cable, connectors, and such I haven't been able to do much better than Bob's current $209.We spent about $120 for our setup.
I don't think the Bullet web page is crude. It is up to those of us who understand it to make it accessible to others.At the time (and this still may be the case) the bullet didn't come with any instructions. The firmware for the bullet is crude and slightly un-user friendly.
Ha! You don't know me very well. *grin*So if SVAuspicious is up to the challenge, here's what I would love to hear more about:
8 to 12 dB is the sweet spot, mostly because of boat motion as you suggest.1) Which db Antenna would you recommend and why? 12db worked well for us, but perhaps there's a better choice? As the db increases so does the range, but at the loss of reception radius. Since boats rock and swing, a compromise must be met.
I like to see the center of the antenna 10 to 20 feet above the water. Part of my reason is your point that the antenna swings around more as you get higher (although the angles are the same) but mostly because when you are closer to the shore-side access point (AP) you can run into issues where the AP is pointing down below the antenna pattern of your antenna on the boat. Your choice of location is a good one.2) What's the ideal mounting height? Some recommend the mast, but the higher you go, the more swing you introduce into the antenna. It's also easier to maintain from lower, so we mounted ours on the bimini top.
I agree. By no means do I claim to have all the answers. In my experience the biggest issues are mounting hardware and pulling cable.3) Which parts would you recommend on your setup? Specific items listed are nice for people. Many people will make their own selections based on what you recommend. But others will want an easy to follow list and follow it exactly.
I agree. Would you like to work together to update your video? Jessica is certainly more presentable than I am. I'd be happy to work on a s c r i p t (SailNet doesn't like that word) and screen captures on my end. We can coordinate on the story line and make sure neither of us is being sloppy on the technical side of things.I think this is a great topic that should be updated and explored. More and more cruisers are looking for solutions to pick up internet aboard their vessels and the options out there can be confusing.
The unit you have will certainly help and will 1. allow better positioning for signal than moving your laptop around and 2. provide greater range. The USB powered Alfa units provide the same sort of benefit. The Ubiquiti Bullet and Microtek Groove are at least as much better than those units are better than built-in WiFi. I consistently get 3 mile ranges and in ideal conditions somewhat over 4 miles.You can buy a range extender that does the same thing for $30. All this mount it high stuff is just silliness. I used a $30 on sale dlink wireless extended, and I am picking up signals 3/4 a mile away. I just stick it in the window, and wala, perfect wireless.