Wi-Fi for the boat

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

  1. Morpheus

    Morpheus New Member

    May 7, 2007
    Odessa, FL
    2006 SeaRay Sundeck 240
    5.0MPI Mercruiser w/ Bravo III
    Sure someone could look at all your data sent to and from the the wireless router your connecting to but think of it this way your connecting to someone's unsecured router so really what do you expect? Sure there are people that don't know any better that leave their wireless networks unsecure for anyone to use but that doesn't make it right for people to connect and use them. Your basically stealing and people have been arrested for it when caught.

    Your next issue is how far is that wireless network your connecting to gonna work off shore (not far at all) and if your moving you will probably be out of range before you get any use out of it.

    ANYTIME New Member

    Dec 3, 2006
    Northern Virginia
    We recently acquired a SPRINT Mi-Fi which works as an Internet "hot spot" for up to 5 connections. It is configurable to rename the SSID, use WEP/WPA, etc security (which keeps freeloaders from running up our tab) and works like a charm in the boat's cabin. Cost per month for up to 5GB is $45 (discounted price).

    The Adminral and I are both REALTORs® and without this Mi-Fi arrangement, we would lose a fair amount of business.

    As with everything else, "your mileage may vary" from outs (disclaimer),
  3. kg4vgh

    kg4vgh New Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    Hampton Roads, VA
    340 Sundancer
    Ratheon Radar, SH 1200C, SH 3500S, AIS,
    T-350's with V-drive
    Four Suns.....Thank you.....Got my antenna yesterday.....hooked it up and WOW......3 pages of possible connections.....where before I had 2 sometimes 3
    excellent info....
  4. Gimme Time

    Gimme Time Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 7, 2007
    Charlottesville, VA./ Deltaville, VA
    2006 52SB, Ray Marine E120, Garmin 7612 through BOE site sponsor,
    I am bring this post back up since it's been since April 2010 when it died. Anyone in a position that knows what the best set up now in 2012 would be to set up a system that would use Wifi first where available with automatic switching to a celluler set up such as a myfi card?

    You should know by now that I don't know exactly what I am asking but you should be able to see what I'm looking for or best other recommnedation?
  5. mistercomputerman

    mistercomputerman Active Member

    Jan 6, 2008
    Virginia Beach, VA
    410 Sundancer - 2001
    Twin 8.1L Mercruisers - 2009
    I have been looking into this.

    Today's terminology is WiFi as WAN. The Cradlepoint MBR 1400 router does WiFi as WAN, will use a USB broadband Internet and automatically fail over to it when WiFi is not available, then fail back when the WiFi comes back.

    You can access the MBR 1400 user interface via web browser to scan for new WiFi if you are traveling.

    There are external antennas and amplifiers available.

    The photo that Four Suns posted is an excellent place to start although as with any technology, there is newer stuff out there today.
  6. Billfletcher

    Billfletcher New Member

    Feb 20, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    2014, 44, EC.
    2 X 370HP Volvo D6, DPH Duo Prop's
    I am no techie, but I use my htc, AT&T powered cell phone as a wifi hot spot on the boat and it works well for routine pc work. You can have up to 5 users connected at once. If you are sending large files it can get bogged down. I was sitting on the boat working a couple months ago and a contractor forwarded me a 10 mb cad file and it took 20 mins to download. For routine browsing, email, etc it works fine. Cost I believe is around 50 per month but google it for details.

  7. Billfletcher

    Billfletcher New Member

    Feb 20, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    2014, 44, EC.
    2 X 370HP Volvo D6, DPH Duo Prop's
    Ok, is this thread re offshore reception for pc use. If so, then my post doesn't help. That's what I get for replying to a tech question. But then again, I have a very low post count so I was hoping to improve my numbers in my quest for 1k.
  8. Pack66Dad

    Pack66Dad New Member

    Aug 26, 2010
    Browns Point, Washington
    1997 41 Convertible
    Caterpillar 3126 Diesels
    Sounds cool, I helped set something similar up at the Salmon fishing camp in Alaska I was at. They were sharing a satellite internet connection with a camp across the river.

    I personally just use my ATT or Verizon (whichever one is getting the best 4G signal where we are) wireless hot spots on the boat.
  9. A1308

    A1308 New Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    310 sundancer 2007
    350 Mercruiser twin
    I would like to have an 4G or LTE router with antenna to be able to create a WiFi on the boat while I am a few miles (up to 10) away from Miami - where i usually go at Elliot Key my iphone still gets 4G however it drains the battery away fast and it is unreliable. Is there any not too expensive solution anybody has tried out?

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