Originally Posted by Clipper4730
Hey yall just curious as to what your favorite wifi booster might be. About to take the plunge and purchase
one for our Beneteau
50, just wanted to get a few opinions.
We actually use a combination of ways to access the internet
1) A 'Cell phone' based MiFi, combined with an external antenna
and at times booster. (Verizon MiFi or Tellus equivalent in this case - make sure the device has a a connector for an external antenna
, many do not)
2) Bullet based WiFi range extended.
#2 is what you were asking about by the title. Ours is home assembled, step by step guide and parts
list here: " mv.VikingStar: WiFi Repeater for the boat - An Update
" I know of several folks who have followed these steps with success. Comes in around $150, including a local router for wireless connection to your laptop
If you are not a DIYer, I would suggest to look to either the Island Time units, or the Wave WiFi unit. Both are well done, one thing nice about the Wave unit is they have a wrapper program that hids a lot of the fiddly detail of configuring and using these units. I would avoid anything based on the Alphs devices (commonly used with USB connected systems) as those devices are not rated for outside temperature usage. (Consumer spec vs. industrial spec if you will). If you really want to go low-cost, google
up "wok wifi" - and yes, these work surprisingly well!
We find we actually use our repeater as much in marina's as anything (for those times when we are in a marina). Often the WiFi system in marinas
are not well balanced (Loud talkers, not very good listeners) resulting in 4-5 bars indicated on the laptops, but unreliable connection... Are on about 9+ years with this system - it was one of the things we find has worked well.