Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 28-02-2010, 10:21   #16
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: between the devil and the deep blue sea
Boat: a sailing boat
Posts: 17,314
Jedi - I understand those guys working on your comm mast (in the picture) are hired guns. But where did you find place to attach the crane/lift - is it on the rail? And would aluminum not be a better choice for the comm mast? I can see from here it is 'only' galvanized steel!

b.
__________________

__________________
barnakiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-02-2010, 11:32   #17
Do… or do not
 
s/v Jedi's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: in paradise
Boat: Sundeer 64
Posts: 9,198
Yes, I decided that I needed to clear my masthead and the only tower I could find that didn't need stays to keep it up was this galvanized one ;-)

The photo of the guy in that orange tower is one of a series I found... that tower looks like an easy 600' tall! Look at the land behind it... man that is high ;-)

But the fun aside, I think these pictures clearly show that the UBNT radio's are not like the toys you buy in your local computer shop and used in professional ISP configurations.

cheers,
Nick.
__________________

__________________
s/v Jedi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-02-2010, 12:14   #18
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: between the devil and the deep blue sea
Boat: a sailing boat
Posts: 17,314
THX and ;-))

barnie
__________________
barnakiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2010, 15:36   #19
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Toronto
Boat: Beneteau Oceanis 411
Posts: 72
Send a message via Skype™ to mlahrkamp
Nick is right.

The days of using coax on wireless devices have died (as they should). Connecting a Wi-Fi device directly to the antenna sends all of the power straight out the antenna where its best used. And it improves receive as well.

I've installed marina Wi-Fi systems and can't count the number of issues that people had with antennas with USB devices trailing below, hoisted up halyards trying to connect. While there's the initial thrill of getting it to work, it's quickly replaced by the work of hoisting every time you want to check email, etc.

Perhaps when I find some time, I'll give some of the other common problems and remedies we've discovered.

Cheers,
Mike
__________________
Michael Lahrkamp
Bitstorm Inc
Makers of the Xtreme series of high power wireless products
mlahrkamp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-07-2012, 19:57   #20
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Washington DC
Boat: Buying Jun 2012
Posts: 54
Re: A Simple, Inexpensive WiFi System that Works

This thread is +2yrs old and long time since there was an update, does anyone know if the technology is still the same and islandtimepc and wififorboats are still the simplest cost effective solution?
__________________
F15EWSO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-07-2012, 20:03   #21
Registered User
 
callmecrazy's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2010
Boat: Tartan 30
Posts: 1,548
Images: 1
Re: A Simple, Inexpensive WiFi System that Works

Those are the still the best solutions for long-range wifi. If you're just looking for low-to-medium range wifi, a great "ease of use" solution is to use a portable mifi/wifi router similar to this (but there are many different versions and types) They can pickup wifi, 3g, 4g, or whatever, and turn into basestation for wifi on the boat. Very cheap.
__________________
My Blog
callmecrazy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-07-2012, 03:49   #22
Registered User
 
jeremiason's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Punta Gorda, Florida
Boat: Sea Ray 270
Posts: 1,427
Images: 2
Send a message via ICQ to jeremiason Send a message via Yahoo to jeremiason Send a message via Skype™ to jeremiason
Re: A Simple, Inexpensive WiFi System that Works

We have been using our Radio Labs Marine Wifi Antenna for over 5 years without problems...

9db or 15 db gain fiberglass antennas, internal wifi card and a USB cable. The antenna is threaded to a 1" marine antenna mount.

__________________
Tom Jeremiason
Punta Gorda, Florida

jeremiason is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-07-2012, 13:12   #23
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 277
Re: A Simple, Inexpensive WiFi System that Works

Perhaps opening a new thread with that in your title may get you updated responses. I almost closed out this thread when I saw the date.
__________________
D.D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-07-2012, 15:56   #24
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: W Carib
Boat: Wildcat 35, Hobie 33
Posts: 7,922
Re: A Simple, Inexpensive WiFi System that Works

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeremiason View Post
We have been using our Radio Labs Marine Wifi Antenna for over 5 years without problems...

9db or 15 db gain fiberglass antennas, internal wifi card and a USB cable. The antenna is threaded to a 1" marine antenna mount.
Do you plug this antenna directly into or PC or do you use it with a wireless hub?

I ask, because I normally run a wireless hub with cellular modem on the boat. Works well for me, but there are times when using a WiFi access point would be handy.
__________________
belizesailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-07-2012, 16:36   #25
Registered User
 
Cotemar's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Boat: FP, Helia 44 Evo
Posts: 5,717
Re: A Simple, Inexpensive WiFi System that Works

Listen to s/v Jedi & Colemj, Coax is bad.
Not good in your house (needs amplifiers), why would it be any better on your boat.

The radio (Bullet) on your marine antenna is the way to go.
A long Ethernet cable from the bullet will not lose signal because its digital down that cable.

These systems are simple to set up and come with everything you need to get it going. They just work.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IslandTime PC.jpg
Views:	161
Size:	74.5 KB
ID:	43975  
__________________
Cotemar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-07-2012, 16:47   #26
Registered User
 
Gene :^)'s Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Boat: 1914 Fantail M.Y. "Strathbelle"
Posts: 222
http://islandtimepc.com/imagelib/sit...g&target=_self

I got the standard Island Time PC inline mount system on top of the boat and an Apple base station inside the boat. The two systems work perfect together and I can use my iPad, iPhone, and MacBook all wirelessly. Plus anything else wireless, not just apple stuff. You could also use a different brand of wireless router inside your boat as well.

The island time system picks up wifi from outside. I use a web browser to see what is available and has a good signal then I connect.

The island time system is connected by RJ45 wire to my apple base station inside the boat. This sends whatever wifi signal I have chosen down to my Apple base station.

I set up my own wireless network with my own network name on the apple base station which all my devices link to wirelessly. Even my printer. This network name (i use my boats name) stays the same regardless of what I have the island time connected to.

If I feel like sharing, i can set up no password on my wireless and my neighbors can pick up my signal and share the connection. So I can be a wifi hotspot for the other people in the harbor if I want.

The whole system is great. My devices are always connected to my internal wifi so I can share files and print wirelessly even when not connected to the Internet. Then when in range of shoreside wifi I just open a web browser and choose a network to connect to.


----------

Gene :^)
Http://www.Strathbelle.com/
__________________
Gene :^)

1914 Fantail Motor Yacht of Riveted Iron & Steel
http://www.Strathbelle.com
Gene :^) is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-07-2012, 16:00   #27
Do… or do not
 
s/v Jedi's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: in paradise
Boat: Sundeer 64
Posts: 9,198
Have a real good look at a router like the Cradlepoint MBR95. This $99 device can do wifi-as-wan, supports 3G/4G USB modems, and has regular WAN and LAN ethernet ports. I currently use it successfully with a Millenicom 3G modem and have a Ubiquity Nanostation M2loco at hand in case long range wifi is needed.

If you're an Apple user, also look very hard at the Apple TimeCapsule with 2TB hard disk. You can connect it to the LAN ports of a router (choose bridge-only mode in that case) to take over the standard wifi service. The Timecapsule adds 5GHz 300Mbps mode, wireless Time-machine backups and a shared drive to your network.

cheers,
Nick.
__________________
s/v Jedi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2013, 11:30   #28
Registered User

Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 1
Re: A Simple, Inexpensive WiFi System that Works

question - for the hawking signal booster has anyone cut off the 120vac to 12vdc adapter to wire it directly to your boat's 12v system? I'd like to do that but hawking says it'll void the warranty ... i'm wondering how sensitive the unit might be to voltages of up to 14.5 (i.e., when heavy duty battery charging). Thanks!
__________________
streifer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 17:41   #29
Registered User

Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 55
Is there a system that can be set up and operated with an ipad only?
__________________
Vivid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 18:45   #30
Senior Cruiser
 
colemj's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Presently on US East Coast
Boat: Manta 40 "Reach"
Posts: 10,049
Images: 12
Re: A Simple, Inexpensive WiFi System that Works

Any system that can connect to a router will work. All access is through a web browser, although you may need a computer for the initial setup - depending on what system you get.

Mark
__________________

__________________
www.svreach.com

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
colemj is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Inexpensive, Yet Quality Portholes! puffin-billy Construction, Maintenance & Refit 6 04-03-2010 09:49
Windlass Works - Sometimes... makolab Anchoring & Mooring 1 19-01-2010 14:58
It Really Works! Chrisc Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 9 21-12-2009 17:47
An Inexpensive Grill mobetah Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 3 11-10-2008 12:12
Wheelpilot works/doesn't mickmul Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 0 23-05-2008 08:43



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:25.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.