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Old 28-06-2019, 12:14   #1
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wifi / cellular booster

I've been having a bear of time both finding if there are devices that serve as wifi boosters, but can then have a cell SIM (t-mobile in our case) for when wifi is unavailable/unreliable.

We're both going to be needing connected time for work and I'm not finding devices that do both. The forum provide A LOT of other related info though!
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Re: wifi / cellular booster

Take a look in this thread that is currently active. There are some good ideas and links in there for exactly what you want to do.
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Old 28-06-2019, 12:38   #3
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Re: wifi / cellular booster

there are cell phone signal boosters, they were $$$$$$ last I looked

If you can get a cell signal and not a wifi signal (and access point) you use that and forget about the wifi.
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Old 28-06-2019, 12:48   #5
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Re: wifi / cellular booster

WiFiRanger is supposed to be hitting the market next month with wifi/cell booster in the same package. We are anxiously waiting for it's release.
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Old 28-06-2019, 13:27   #6
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Re: wifi / cellular booster

Wifi "range extenders" "boosters" and "repeaters" are generally bad. They use the notion of picking up an R/F signal and rebroadcasting it locally. That means any time you go to a new place you have to configure all your devices to talk to this new wifi.

You want something that provides its own local wireless network, and can also connect to a provided wireless network for internet. If you've ever used DSL or cable modem, it's basically the same thing but uses wifi instead of cable or DSL for internet.

I personally have a Pepwave. For internet it has a 5ghz antenna, 2.4ghz antenna, and a cellular modem that does a wide range of frequencies including US 4GLTE. It also has a wireless access point for broadcasting your own wireless network for your boat.

Now all my devices (phones, laptops, printer, etc etc) connect to the pepwave and never have to be reconfigured. When I connect to a marina wifi or cellular network the pepwave routes all my devices' internet requests out the correct path and they go to the internet.

There are other devices that do similar things for less, but I've never found any as robust or reliable as the Peplink products, and my Pepwave Max BR1 MKII has been pretty solid for the past year.

My main argument, though, is that repeaters / booster are BAD BAD BAD. Make your own network, and then connect it to someone else's network for internet. That's how the internet is meant to work.
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Re: wifi / cellular booster

I use Wave WiFi. I can use a standard router and connect all my devices to it, then the router plugs into the long range WiFi antenna. As I cruise around and change ports, I only have to open the WiFi antenna browser page, select any available WiFi which then allows all devices on my router to connect. Works great. I am not sure, but I believe they have a Cell/WiFi antenna that can do the same. It is not cheap but it works great. My WiFi only antenna was about $300.
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Re: wifi / cellular booster

I made my own system consisting of a Bullet wifi radio and a 4G MIMO cellular antenna on the stern rail, connected to an onboard router and 4G modem with a switch. All devices on the boat connect to the router via wifi, and the switch allows the choice of cellular data through the 4G Modem (containing a sim card) or wifi through the Bullet. You can download a detailed write-up from my blog.

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