marine wifi

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Marksearay, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. Marksearay

    Marksearay Member

    41
    Sep 6, 2018
    Orange beach Alabama
    1999 da500
    Dd6v92
    what is everyones experience with boosted wifi antennas and related equipment. We are at a marina wifi is ofcourse atbthe ship store and probably weak at best distance is approx 600-1000 ft we get a faint signal at the boat nothing usable
     
  2. spikedaddy99

    spikedaddy99 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Prentice, Wi
    2005 500 DB
    QSM-11
    Our marina has multiple booster antennas spread throughout (maybe 6) to get signal out to the further docks. It's moderately good except on busy weekends.
     
  3. Marksearay

    Marksearay Member

    41
    Sep 6, 2018
    Orange beach Alabama
    1999 da500
    Dd6v92
    thanks ..seems everyone that works at our marina wear aluminum foil hats to protect from aircraft contrails spraying mind altering chemicals so I dont think they will be evolving to that extent..so its an individual effort at this point
     
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  4. Third Edition

    Third Edition Active Member

    358
    Apr 9, 2017
    NE Florida
    360 Sundancer 2002
    T-8.1L V-drives
  5. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    Mark, my Rogue Wave does a pretty good job of picking up weak signals and boosting tem to my onboard router...
     
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  6. Marksearay

    Marksearay Member

    41
    Sep 6, 2018
    Orange beach Alabama
    1999 da500
    Dd6v92
    Thanks so much, Im sure this is ever evolving technology. I will be installing this tech in the coming days. im glad to hear yours works great. Im hoping for the same results.
     
  7. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    There are always two parts to this equation. 1 - can you get a good signal to the marina's access point and 2 - can they support the bandwidth requirements needed at the marina. There are many time I have been able to get a great wifi signal at a marina and yet get horrible bandwidth out to the internet and have had to switch to my cellular LTE.

    -Kevin
     
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  8. Marksearay

    Marksearay Member

    41
    Sep 6, 2018
    Orange beach Alabama
    1999 da500
    Dd6v92
    Thanks Kevin,
    Im sure as i add capability I will learn capacity
     
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  9. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    2018 Back Cove 34
    Cummins QSB 6.7 480
    Do you have a system that can both boost a Wifi signal, and use a cellular signal when there's no Wifi? I've been futzing around looking for how to get internet on the boat and this kind of system has appeal. I did find one such product but it was really expensive.
     
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  10. mnm99

    mnm99 Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    Exactly. Everyone at my marina should buy me a beer this spring. I work for a cable company and pulled some strings to have more hot spots installed right next to our docks along with opening up the bandwidth. As to the question about WIFI. I installed a Rogue Wave along with a wireless router in the boat. This works for a bunch of things. I'm finishing up my setup, but it looks something like this. thumbnail (33).jpg
     
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  11. Marksearay

    Marksearay Member

    41
    Sep 6, 2018
    Orange beach Alabama
    1999 da500
    Dd6v92
    i see the netgear is the rest rogure hardware
     
  12. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I’ve never had good luck with WiFi in any marinas I’ve visited.
    If it works well, then there are too many people on it.
    I live and boat in a pretty densely populated area.
    I’ve had much better luck relying on cellular data for streaming using my iPad (with unlimited data plan) as a hotspot for my TV’s.
    I was looking in to some sort of cellular booster to bring in a stronger signal when I’m out of range but I’ve decided to hold off to see what comes down the pike with 5G.
     
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  13. Fly'n Family

    Fly'n Family Active Member

    768
    Sep 19, 2013
    TX / CO
    2008 Meridian 341
    2004 Boston Whaler Sport 130 w/40 hp Merc
    6.2's
    I have Tito's wifi, works great. Dockmate a couple of boats down has the satellite and wifi - I provide a handle of Tito's every other month and I have unlimited wifi.

    More than one way to surf....
     
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  14. Marksearay

    Marksearay Member

    41
    Sep 6, 2018
    Orange beach Alabama
    1999 da500
    Dd6v92
    LOL ...Nice!
     

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