I’ve been providing cost saving products and services for sail and motor yachts for around 8 years, and several products have really shined in that endeavor.
Cradlepoint, Livewire, Peplink join the tabs as products from ASMT on Blog … I have been using this Blog as a lead-in to products and services for some time, and now these products have their own tabs here on the Alan Spicer Marine Telecom Blog … in order to make them easier to find and to lead into any other marinetelecom.net / wifiyacht.net pages for them.
Cradlepoint makes excellent mobile router products that handle newer laptop-style Internet cards (USB, Express) as well as provide fail-over and connection switching management capabilities for those cards and usually another WAN/Ethernet style Internet system connection. I found them years ago when trying to replace an interesting (bright green) box called Junxion Box that handled the older style laptop Cellular Data Cards. And Cradlepoint MBR1000 and MBR1200 series products have fit that spot perfectly.
Livewire – you can’t help running into Livewire Service Selector systems on yachts … they are very good at handling older Fleet 55, Fleet 77 type connections – which is a difficult one due to 2 types of connections with nowhere to go. ISDN and Serial Data. The Livewire boxes handle those in style and then treat them with respect just like newer WAN/Ethernet connections, which they also handle. Make sure you see the tab about this one and investigate the newer Livewire Access Controller FB-10 series products.
Peplink – I have run across Peplink Internet Controller boxes on yachts as well, and have had them asked for by name. I just recently did a Peplink Balance 580 for a vessel in South Florida because they needed 5 WAN/Ethernet Ports – and they also took serveral Peplink Pepwave AP One wireless access points because of their quality and because they can be managed from the Peplink Balance 580 system. That client also took one of our Lightspeed II Marine WiFi Hotspot Sharing Systems. But I also had a customer ask for by name and model – the Peplink Max HD2 Internet Controller (Mobile Broadband Router) that also has built-in 2 x World Mode Cellular Modems and 2 x WiFi (internal and external for Hotspots) in its outstanding capabilities that are built in. So I am proud to offer the entire line of Peplink Products for the Marine (Sail and Motor yacht, Commercial, Government) marketplace.
* Other products – The Lightspeed II – I already mentioned … and you will find that one the tabs here on the blog as well. Cellular systems (e.g. Ericsson W35) and such continue to be popular and we keep fighting for 4G products from that manufacturer as well as seeking out others. (Keep in mind 4G on a boat might eat up your monthly data cap [e.g. 5GB/month] faster than ever.)
* Services – I am quite proud of the extensive documentation that I have created for the yachts that I’ve worked for … and I maintain that documentation here as well as providing them their own electronic and or print copies. I have and very much appreciate several boats that have subscribed to paid Consulting and Support agreements for their vessels and have renewed them for years. I also write C&S Agreements on new-build projects (remote and local consulting) involving computer and communicaitons systems (Internet) so quite a few marine vessels have enjoyed flat rate consulting and support via this agreement service that I provide.
* Other Projects – (on land) – I have been very proud recently to be involve in a wireless link project linking a house and barn at 2000 yards bringing the Internet across from the house to the barn and also proviing wireless cameras and access points in both buildings. I have also been proud of doing an Island-Link from a Main House across 1/2 mile of water to an Island and hitting 4 wireless targes: Island House, Boat House, Office, and Horse Barn putting them all on a single homogenous network and linking them back to the Internet on the mainland.
I am able to work with multiple computer operating systems (most fluent Windows and Unix/Linux) and newer portable devices … embedded systems and firmware software … using existing or creating new products using proprietary and open-source software products and related hardware. (I upgraded to the highest class FCC Amateur Radio License [Advanced Class] in 2011 – look me up in the FCC ULS License System.) … and thusly have operated H.F. and have confirmed contacts with over 75 countries on SSB Radio – as well as operating VHF and UHF radio locally. http://www.qrz.com/db/KA4UDX.
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