Do you use an I-pad or tablet daily now? do you use a computer daily now? is it a Mac or a PC? Can you do all of your work on a tablet? (either an Ipad
or an Android?) If you don't know, then get one and try it, see if you can stand not having a separate keyboard and mouse, see if the apps you find for it work well enough to do what you need. Is the screen
big enough to see what you need to see?
Once you have all the answers to the above, you will have a better idea of what you need to work on remotely on your boat.
As a comparison, my wife and I just completed a 29 day trip on the inter-coastal water
way from Corpus Christi, Tx. to Tampa, Fl. My wife uses an Ipad
, I use an Android tablet, we also have a laptop PC on the boat, and a Mac and a PC at home. For internet
on the boat we used her Ipad which has cell service
, my smartphone tethered to either the laptop or my tablet or both, or we went to a bar/restaurant that had a free hotspot. Each device has its advantages and disadvantages. For example the ease of manipulating pictures from the camera
we used the laptop. For easy email
we used the Ipad, for texting the smartphone was best. For a backup GPS
the apps that worked best were for the Android tablet and they worked best when connected to the internet, (tethered to the smartphone).
As for how to make it work, there are a variety of options.
1. You can get a WIFI
receiver/transmitter that will have the antenna
on the mast
with a booster that will let you connect from a mile or more away. This will let you tap into those unprotected WIFI
hotspots for the restaurants and bars etc along the water
2. You can get a cell phone
with mobile hotspot software
that will let you have only a cell phone
bill, yet have internet on several devices. (I have a Galaxy S4 with Verizon here in Florida
that has this and I can have up to 5 devices attached).
3. You can get a Tablet or a laptop that has cell service
in it so that you can connect directly via the cell service.
4. There are satellite
phone/internet services that would allow you to connect via the Satphone.
There are other options, such as a modem
that works over the radio
, not sure of the level of difficulty in hooking it up/coordinating it with a network on board.
Disadvantages of cell service, you must be in range of a cell tower.
Disadvantage of SatPhone is probably the cost.
Disadvantage of the WIFI setup is finding an open hotspot close enough to where you want to work to make it happen.
But I need to go back to the beginning of my answer to your question. What will work for you on the type of device? the rest is just the mechanics of making it happen.