WiFiYacht.net and WiFiYacht.com, I’ve noticed have slipped on Google.com lately – we’re over on page 2 now. But that doesn’t mean that we are down and out.
We can still custom make the $800.00 Stainless based Marine WiFi System, and can also make a $400 hybrid system. The difference being on the second one there would be a short length of low-loss coax cable between the Antenna and the WiFi Radio-router unit (and obviously no stainless steel housing for the radio-router unit.) The distance can be whatever is necessary to get from a covered protected location up the antenna mount location.
There are also 4G – 3G routers that do WiFi as WAN built-in that we sell – but I always thought that the separate WiFi system worked better. But we have choices now.
There are also newer wide band antennas that work in cellular from 4G through all the G’s up to and including WiFi. These antennas have less gain than WiFi antennas we have used in the past … but in the process – with a wider vertical beamwidth – makes it easier to hit marina hotspot antennas that may be lower or higher than your antenna mount location. Most marinas are using directional antennas these days anyway and are only pointing signal at their docks. To try and get WiFi from miles away is getting more and more difficult. But you may have situations where at anchor you need to reach a marina WiFi signal. In that case you may still want to use the 8 or 9 dB Omni Directional antennas for your vessel.
Image from: http://wireless.wikia.com/wiki/Wi-Fi_on_a_Boat#
As you can see from the above image from wireless.wikia.com you get more distance in a higher dB gain antenna at the expense of possible difficulty reaching closer in signals. We have seen this mostly manifested when someone tries to use a Home WiFi signal on a yacht docked behind a house. The boats antenna – high gain – is over the lower Home WiFi antenna and can miss the Access Point altogether. A wider vertical beamwidth – lower gain WiFi antenna would probably not have that problem.
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