As a cruising programmer who loves sailing as much as programming, I thought it would be a great idea to have a discussion area for folks who participate in the IT world who are also into boats that can be used for cruising.
IT folks work best with clearly defined terms so for the purposes of this thread :
Cruising IT person: You realize that it would be great to be able to work from your boat
and you are, or are planning to, work while on the water
. ( or on the hard
from your boat
: Any computer or computer related device used in the process of engaging in any IT related activity.
: Anything that runs on the above hardware
Connection: Any type of connection to the actual internet
Disconnected IT work: Any work that does not require a full time presence on the internet.
Connected IT work: Any work that does require a full time presence on the internet.
VPN connected work: Any work that requires a connection that uses a VPN for security
So, to start off I will offer up my experience with engaging in programming while disconnected.
For wireless I use a Ubiquiti BULLET-M2-HP Outdoor 802.11b/g M2HP, connected to a Engenius Outdoor High Gain 8dBi Omni Antenna
I run this up the mast
on my flag pulley rope
. Gets about 50 feet off the water
and is powered by running 5 volts thru the cat 5 cable that snakes up after it, by using a Ubiquiti Poe-15 15VDC 0.8A Output Power over Ethernet Adapter.
I typically can reach out about 5 to 10 miles and get libraries, coffee shops, marinas
, real estate offices.... Most are password protected but some are not, like the public library.
I also have what I call a satellite
in a can. ( more like bucket ).
It is a hughesnet satellite
dish mounted in a 5 gal bucket. The bottom of the bucket has an inch of concrete holding the satellite pole mount. I fill the bucket with water when I have it positioned where I want it. Basically the bucket has to be perfectly level, on solid ground and pointed south. Then fill with water.
I also have a Cell booster that sits right below wireless receiver on the rope
that attaches to the flag runner.
Using the above rigs I can maintain a full time VPN connection while close to shore near a town or at a marina.
Full time in motion Satellite is what I would like to do but I haven't found one that isn't cost prohibitive.
Anybody have any experience with this?