Least Cost Routing – Using the least expensive connection for your vessel. VSAT may be fine if you flat pay for it by month – you may have a cap on the maximum you can download at your max speed. Routers allow to arrange the connections in a priority basis and have them all in standby ready to automatically switch over when one is lost. For example 4G LTE or WiFi could be first … one you leave shore that will lose connection and you could automatically have it switch over to VSAT. The same for coming back in … as soon as the 4G LTE registers with a tower you could automatically have it switch to that from VSAT.
Stuck in the Shed – In a shed in the yard chances are your VSAT will not work. So how are you going to provide the normal expected Internet to yourself, your crew, and your owner. The answer is switch over to WiFi or 4G LTE.
Load Balancing – If two or more Internet connections are available routers can be configured to use all of them. In other words to Load Balance or switch users among the several connections.
Connection Bonding – Is an advanced use of some routers. It does require a shore-based router that can bond all of your connections back to the Internet. If you don’t want to set up such a shore based router … there are services that can provide this functionality to you. It’s another thing to pay for (either the hardware or monthly service.) I am including this to be complete on the subject matter.
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