Wi-Fi for the boat

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Four Suns, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. tdappleman

    tdappleman Active Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    Kill Devil Hills, NC
    1996 270 Sundancer
    New twin 4.3's - 235hp each with Alpha 1 Gen 2 Drives
    Maybe it's just an issue with Four Winns...
     
  2. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    OK... I'm upstairs now laying on the pool table... still works.
     
  3. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    Alright... I'm now in the library upstairs directly over the wifi access point which is downstairs in the bar... I'm still connected.
     
  4. 66pony

    66pony Member

    564
    Oct 2, 2008
    Minnesota
    280 Sundancer 2008, GTX LTDiS (tender)
    496/BIII, Rotax 1503

    I think you are thinking of directional antennas. These are not used in WIFI routers (at least A&B. otherwise walking around the house with a laptop would cause the signal to vary from strong to nothing. I suppose that your FM radio suffers also on a boat since they have the same antenna setup as the WIFI.
     
  5. Pirate

    Pirate New Member

    796
    Jun 26, 2007
    Knoxville, TN
    Currently Boatless
    Boatless
    COMPLETELY different signal type when comparing satellite TV vs. terrestrial based RF.

    And Gary is a "jackass" because he knows what he's talking about? Or because he simply refuses to rest at pointing out when you don't? :huh:
     
  6. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    I'm in the basement... still working!
     
  7. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    I'm out back in the hot tub with 5 naked guys.... still working!
     
  8. 66pony

    66pony Member

    564
    Oct 2, 2008
    Minnesota
    280 Sundancer 2008, GTX LTDiS (tender)
    496/BIII, Rotax 1503

    You must not be bobbing enough in the water.
     
  9. Sea Gull

    Sea Gull Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    CT
    2015 L650 Fly #509
    CAT C-18, 1,150 HP
    do not post photos!!!!
     
  10. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    Maybe Bill smart guy can explain why a long range wifi receiver looks like a pringles can instead of a parabolic dish....

    [​IMG]

    Bill? You there???
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2009
  11. wkearney99

    wkearney99 Active Member

    581
    Feb 23, 2006
    Bethesda, MD, USA
    34'
    Twin 6.0L w/ZF inboard V-drives
    Somehow the words urinal and Gary's chin just seem to go togther so well....
     
  12. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
    This is listed in my signature
    Are you using your Elvis thingie?
     
  13. CJ Martin

    CJ Martin Member

    762
    Oct 4, 2006
    Great Mills, MD
    2002 320DA
    350MAG Horizons / V-drives
    You have to be trolling...next you're going to tell us that you get better wi-fi reception by sticking your arms straight out to either side, right?

    If you aren't trolling...words fail me. :wow:

    -CJ
     
  14. comsnark

    comsnark New Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    NJ Shore
    SeaRay SunSport
    5.7LX
    oh MAN has this thread gone downhill.

    Dude. . .you just CAN'T provoke people like that! It is JUST not worth it! Even a butthead can have useful things to add to a conversation. If you poke a butthead with a stick, don't be surprised if he farts in your direction and makes you stink. So don't poke with a stick. It makes you smell bad.
     
  15. Morpheus

    Morpheus New Member

    May 7, 2007
    Odessa, FL
    2006 SeaRay Sundeck 240
    5.0MPI Mercruiser w/ Bravo III
    I might have to give up on helping people in this thread as it seems every time I post wkearney99 tries to "One Up" me or something.

    Gary can you explain to me why when I drive down the road at 90mph that the wifi connection in my laptop is still able to pick up hotspots. According to Bill that's not possible or maybe my truck is not bobing around enough.

    I bet Bill has problems with his GPS too when he bob's around in his boat if he even has one.

    If anyone want's real computer/wifi/internet help just PM me I don't need trolls tring to One Up me every time I post.

    Can we get wkearney99 changed to OneUp?
     
  16. mistercomputerman

    mistercomputerman Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jan 6, 2008
    Virginia Beach, VA
    410 Sundancer - 2001
    Twin 8.1L Mercruisers - 2009
    Does this help?


    Directional Antennas [​IMG]
    Directional antennas are used for Point-to-Point or sometimes for Multi-Point systems depending on the setup. If you are trying to go from one location (say for instance your router), to another location, this is the type of antenna we recommend. Directional antennas are [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Backfires[/FONT], [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Yagi[/FONT], [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Panel[/FONT] and [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]dish type[/FONT] antennas.
    Omni-Directional
    This is the common “Base” antenna used for Point-to-Multi-Point or can be an omni-directional antenna for your car. An Omni-Directional antenna would serve as your main antenna to distribute the signal to other computers or devices (such as wireless printers, PDAs, etc) in your workgroup. You can use 2 Omni-Directional antennas for a point to point system, but this is usually not recommended because there is no real point to distributing your signal all over the place when you only want to going from point A to point B. Please refer to Directional antennas above. Typical Omni-Directional WiFi antennas consist of [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Vertical Omnis[/FONT], [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Ceiling Domes[/FONT], [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Rubber ducks[/FONT], [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Small Desktops[/FONT] and [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Mobile vertical[/FONT] antennas.
    Point-to-Point
    Point-to-Point systems usually involve 2 different wireless points, or building to building wireless connections. But there are exceptions to every rule. If the access point is across a long valley and the owner of the system wishes to share the connection with multiple users on the other side of the valley. This would be a point to Multi-Point system but using directional antennas.
    [​IMG]
    Point to Point WiFi System

    I think you will find that a typical residential or business WiFi is omnidirectional. ​
     
  17. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    I appreciate the help and just now revisited the topic.
    I have Sprint's USB "Compass™ 597 by Sierra Wireless" card.
    I saw your USB router, which, thank you, answered my question. I do need a router and can't simply start the Laptop up with this connected and share the signal without the router. I should have known but haven't played with it.
    This also means I need a 12VDC power source for it.
     
  18. holdsworth333

    holdsworth333 New Member

    3
    Jan 24, 2009
    I need help deciding which wifi antenna to go with. I am ready to buy this one as mentioned in this thread http://www.radiolabs.com/products/wireless/waverv.php

    and basically need wifi on my laptop when at the marina. I can access the wifi from the laptop when up top, but not when down below. I like the all in one solution (antenna with built in network card) and need wifi when in the cabin. I don't have an antenna output on my current network card. Anyone else have another option that might be better priced? I noticed this other antenna, but appears to be more directional. What does everyone this about this one vs the link above?
    http://www.radiolabs.com/products/wireless/o2connect.php

    I have a 96 270DA
    Thanks in advance!
     
  19. JV II

    JV II Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 17, 2007
    Newport, RI
    2016 50 Fly
    Volvo Penta D11
    I'm no expert on this, but I've heard that it possible to set a trap and when someone connects to an unsecured wireless network the computer can be robbed of its data.
     
  20. SCFinch

    SCFinch Member

    78
    Sep 18, 2007
    La Crosse, WI
    1995 370 Sundancer
    Bluewater 7.4
    Your data could be compromised in a "man in the middle" attack, but not sure if that should be included in this thread, it might just start a "hi-jack"...but if you do it right and start sharing "your" connection, you never know how fast you could get that new 60' footer!
     

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