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speedo Posted - Nov 21 2020 : 14:41:11
Any recommendations for WIFI on a boat? Verizon is best signal for phone on lake and I could use it as a hot spot, but I have no ideas about what other alternatives there are.
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Good Grief Posted - Nov 24 2020 : 07:57:21
Another vote for the Rogue Wave, with external antenna. We use it as input to a Netgear wireless router onboard, so we have wifi for all. Using Optimum hotspots, we've pretty good coverage.
JVM225 Posted - Nov 23 2020 : 07:48:30
quote:
Originally posted by speedo

Thanks, all for the suggestions. May end up going the cell phone route, and I may just abandont the laptop on the boat. I can do everything I actually NEED to do on the phone, anyway. We don't stream videos or play games, so not huge draws. That said, when we evacuated for the Carr Fire two years ago, my phone became the hotspot for the cabin we evacuated to (on the same lake). First time I almost exceeded my plan. Called Verizon and explained or situation, the doubled my plan for no additional charge.



An alternative to the phone for a laptop replacement is an iPad with a cellular plan.
Thatís what I use.
You get a much larger screen than on a phone and it seems to have a better antenna. My iPad can often get a stronger cell signal than my iPhone.
Added bonuses are being able to use it as an E reader with the Kindle App, downloading a daily newspaper, storing digital version of manuals for practically everything on the boat in iBooks, using it to stream Sirius XM to the stereo on the boat while keeping my phone free for calls and texting, using it as a hotspot to stream Netflix and Prime Video to the TVíís, etc..
Radioactive Posted - Nov 22 2020 : 19:27:43
Just so that someone mentions it, one of the best parts of hopping in the boat and overighting at an offshore island was checking the cellphone and seeing the message,"No service available". Which meant that not only did my cellphone work, but no one else's did either.

Being unplugged from time to time is refreshing.

To each his own. There are times when it might be appropriate. But for me, a primary reason for "getting out on the boat" was/is to "get away from it all" for a while...

speedo Posted - Nov 22 2020 : 18:55:12
Thanks, all for the suggestions. May end up going the cell phone route, and I may just abandont the laptop on the boat. I can do everything I actually NEED to do on the phone, anyway. We don't stream videos or play games, so not huge draws. That said, when we evacuated for the Carr Fire two years ago, my phone became the hotspot for the cabin we evacuated to (on the same lake). First time I almost exceeded my plan. Called Verizon and explained or situation, the doubled my plan for no additional charge.
CurrentSea Posted - Nov 22 2020 : 18:26:25
Roque wave worked good when it worked.
I went with a generic which didn't have the fancy interface and was a third of the price.
It worked good too. So if you are okay with a less fancy front end, try the bullet M.

But in the end a cell phone made into a hotspot tends to be the best sometimes.

Audrey II Posted - Nov 22 2020 : 14:06:37
I'm very happy with my Rogue wave this said I'm on my third in 10 years. Keep in mind this is only helpful if you have access to hotstops such as optimum wifi assuming you have an account. I use mine all the time however where I need it must it doesn't work there are no Hotspots near my mooring ball so I use my Rogue to log into my phone and then everyone has access.
PascalG Posted - Nov 22 2020 : 13:25:57
I ve given up on using wifi even with booster like the Waves. It s just too unreliable and hit or miss. Even when you can connect to a marina or hotspot, speeds are almost always too slow

I have a cradlepoint cell modem with an ATT sim here in the US, $75 a month . Works great. In the Bahamas awe also use cellular thru a local company.
HOGAN Posted - Nov 22 2020 : 11:08:59
Rogue Wave antenna
boatbum Posted - Nov 22 2020 : 08:41:39
We have androids (Glaxy S10 and S10+). Both can be used as hotspots but even with the unlimiited verizon plan the tethering is limited to 15G/month on each phone. Since we can exceed the limit on long trips we have started using DEX. It projects the G10s' display on a laptop. While a bit klunky in that it requires zooming the display, it saves an awful lot of tether time since I can stream motogp and project the phone to the laptop, and then wifi share that to the TV LOL. One can copy the APPs on the phone to the DEX "desktop". It's not bad and getting better.

Otherwise on the boat I cobbled together a Ubiquity Bullet to a Netgear. The Bullet used an 8Db omni and picked up marina wifi or other hotspots and shipped them via ethernet to the netgear which was a hotspot.

In the Exumas and Abacos I used a Wilson cell phone booster to hook up to the Bahamian cell service. I plan on something similar for the RV since we wind up with borderline connections in many state parks.


Brite Idea Posted - Nov 22 2020 : 07:20:27
I use a Hotspot that works pretty good when I'm out on the water and a wireless router when I'm in a marina.
pdecat Posted - Nov 21 2020 : 15:49:29
Musks new satellite system is beta testing in higher latitudes. Not cheap but portable so you could use it at home as well.
cwms Posted - Nov 21 2020 : 15:03:51
Keep it simple...just use what you already have...your phone

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