Alan Spicer Marine Telecom is now providing products – kits – for 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz WiFi, including Dual Band … 5 Ghz is relatively new in Marine WiFi. 2.4 Ghz is crowded and slow in many areas. 5 Ghz has more channel space and can be a lot faster. Nice easy to use Connect web browser based control One click connect to a Hotspot. Configurable Auto-Save Favorites for Hotspot Networks with also configurable Auto-Connect. Just drive your boat into your home marina, or a marina you have visited before, and be online on their WiFi by the time you tie your lines to the dock. Nice Status page that shows a live graph of the Hotspot signal strength and the SNR – Signal to Noise Ratio. Another graph shows the WiFi channel space and what other signals are around on them. They also have the capability to lower your WiFi Transmit Signal Power. If you are close to a Hotspot you can lower the power output.
Single (2.4 Ghz or 5 Ghz) Band kits with 1 antenna. Choose one or get both.
This is the LINK Product – Shown is AN-LINK2 for 2.4 Ghz. The AN-LINK5 looks the same but is for 5.0 Ghz. Choose one or choose both. I can quote pricing for your specific needs.
Single (2.4 Ghz) Band Double (2) Antenna kits will be 2 antennas with MIMO for faster speeds in supporting marinas.
This is the An-2000 2.4 Ghz High Power – 2 Antenna MIMO for Higher Speeds on Single Band 2.4 Ghz Marina WiFi. I can quote pricing for your specific needs.
Dual Band Quad Antenna kits for Dual Band 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz Marina WiFi. This last one is the ultimate for large yachts – It handles both bands so you see Hotspots from both and chose the best one for your location. 5 Ghz will likely get faster Internet speeds. 2.4 Ghz for marinas that only have that or for when you are farther away from the Hotspot.
This is the An-7000 Dual Band 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz Main Unit – High Power both bands – 2 Antennas per band for MIMO for Faster Speeds. I can quote pricing for your specific needs.
MSRP* Pricing and Descriptions – More information, price quote*, available on request.
More and more marinas are starting to provide 5 Ghz WiFi to their docking customers. OnSpot WiFi for example has been added to Bahia Mar Marina in Fort Lauderdale. They used to have very bad WiFi according to what my yachting customers had told me. All OnSpot WiFi outfitted marinas will have both 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz WiFi available. There is less range in 5 Ghz compared to 2.4 Ghz, but more band (channel) space and less interference in 5 Ghz than in 2.4 Ghz WiFi. If you have gear that can do 802.11 b/g/n and “N” is available in 5 Ghz then you should have faster speeds when docked in close range of the system.
According to an internet source OnSpot WiFi systems are installed in the following marinas. This is more than I would have expected … and the 5 Ghz adoption may be higher than I thought.
onSpot WiFi’s list of marinas are:
– Atlantic Yacht Basin – Chesapeake, VA
– Hinckley Yacht Services – Savannah, GA
– Palm Coast Marina – Palm Coast, FL
– Fort Pierce City Marina – Fort Pierce, FL
– Longboat Key Moorings – Longboat Key. FL
– Marina Jack – Sarasota, FL
– Legacy Harbour – Ft Myers. FL
– The Bluffs Marina – Jupiter, FL
– Soverel Harbour Marina – Palm Beach Gardens, FL
– Old Port Cove Marina – North Palm Beach, FL
– North Palm Beach Marina – North Palm Beach, FL
– New Port Cove Marine Center – Riviera Beach, FL
– Loggerhead Marina Aventura – Aventura, FL
– Miami Beach Marina – Miami Beach, FL
– Mangrove Marina – Tavernier, FL
– Marathon Marina – Marathon, FL
– Conch Harbor Marina – Key West, FL
– Staniel Cay – Exumas, Bahamas
– Compass Cay – Exumas, Bahamas
– Bahia Mar Marina – Ft Lauderdale, FL
– Admiral’s Cove – Jupiter, Fl
– Boat Tree Marina – Sanford, FL
– Sailfish Marina – Stuart, FL
There are those that tell me to rethink 5 Ghz for marine. That 2.4 Ghz goes farther. That there are not antennas for marine for 5 Ghz. But as usual I don’t want to listen to those things. I keep looking for the gear that can do it. The whole point being that you can have both the longer range of 2.4 Ghz as well as the advantages of 5 Ghz when you are in dock or in close enough range to use it. You should be able to use both and no one should be telling you or me that it can’t be done. Can’t isn’t in my vocabulary.
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