I never said I had good wifi, I said I didn't have restrictions on any web pages.
Keep in mind I've been in IT since I was a wee lad.
When I came to Mexico I brought lots of devices.
1)Ubiquiti Nanostation Loco M2 and M5 - I found one place with unsecured wifi on 5 GHz, but that may have been in the states, but not so useful in Mexico. The M2 was my primary internet
access, but I ran into several issues:
a) They updated the firmware to exclude insecure protocols (WEP, WPA), so I had to downgrade the firmware
b) Some places blacklist the MAC address, which is the unique address of the device.
c) My wife blasted it with water
at one point, right up inside it, and it died shortly later.
2)When I found places that the Nanostation Loco didn't work at, I would use an Alfa UBDo-nt. I connected it to a Alfa R36 to allow all my devices on the boat on the internet
3)When the Alfa UBDo-nt died (the usb port pulled out of it, could be fixed it I could find somebody who could SMD solder it back on), I'm using the R36 with a Alfa 1000mw with an omni antenna
4) When I go back to visit my dad in April, I plan on picking up a Mikrotik RB951Ui-2nD hAP and a MikroTik RBGrooveA-52HPn, and use that as my primary and the Alfa R36 combo as a backup.
All of these solutions have high power wifi antennas outside the boat. If you're trying to use a notebook inside your boat, I doubt you will have much luck. Even a notebook in the cockpit
will not have as much luck as a device with an actual external antenna.
I've found Mexican Marina Wifi to be unreliable and incredibly slow, to the point of unusable many times. When Marina Palmira in La Paz relocated their office it was down for 2 days, and then one dock was working while the rest took another 2 days, but which dock was working was a secret. I mentioned to guy that it sucked the wifi was down, and he said "not all the docks are down"... and then had that look of "Oops I've said too much". I knew better to ask which one was working, when I got back to the boat I tried each dock's wifi until I found the one that worked.
I do not have a sat phone
, I have an iphone
5S with a telcel SIM. I plan on buying
a Wilson 4G Sleek amp for in April as well.
Here's a summary of my marina wifi experience:
La Paz - Cortez - WEP Encryption - Extremely slow, people in the anchorage use it as well. The encryption key is well known.
La Paz - Palmira - None/Captive Portal - Allows 2 concurrent connections. Usually slow
Mazatlan - El Cid - None/Captive Portal - Allows a single
device for the duration of your service that you pay for separately, about $2/day. Very slow
- Marina Vallarta - WEP Encryption - Slow
- Flamingo Hotel
- Captive portal - Slow
Almost all of them will have times where it's almost like broadband
, but they are few and far between. Typically when something is going on and people aren't on their boats.
When I need to get on the internet for banking, I use my telcel 3g. When I need to get on the internet for weather
and the wifi is too slow, I use my telcel.
Another trick is disable downloading of images
in your web browser. Then at least if you are looking for content you can get it. I did that to post this.