I've read over some old threads and am looking for some updated info and advice.
Although I am retiring in January my Wife will continue with a phone
based psychotherapy practice out of the boat. She will "see" or talk to patients about 3 days a week, the rest of the time we will be free to travel and cruise
. She is going to do this for 2 or 3 years, or at least that's the plan. In this interval we will be somewhere along the East coast
of NA. We have 2 STEEL
sailboats, one will be our main abode and will go South from the Chesapeake. That may take us as far as the Bahamas
before she "retires." The other (Canadian registry) will go North and will be based in Lewisporte, Newfoundland
. We have that route
, Erie Canal, St Lawrence, Quebec
coast, Labradore, NL. I've done the last bit of that before, she hasn't.
On the South boat I installed a Wireie Pro which is a wireless router that boosts wifi
signals and can also use cell signals for the donor or source although I havent yet used that function. The North boat has nothing.
I had considered buying
a weBoost signal booster (bi directional amplifier) but the damn things are pricey. According to one pretty comprehensive online review the mobile versions are power limited to -50dB so you have to sit within a foot or two of the indoor antenna
to make it work. OR I could buy a model for fixed usage and get much better indoor coverage as they have a higher repeated power output. Being steel
boats that should not be a problem, practically. Legally is another issue.
But, maybe, I should just use the cell Wiriepro function and have her work over a (HIPPA compliant) Skype type connection. I can buy a lot of data for the price
of a Weeboost.
But then how do I move the Wiriepro, or weBoost, from boat to boat?
At the moment I'm leaning towards a fixed Weeboost model and a "soft" installation
so I can keep it mobile.
Thoughts, experience, observations, sympathy are all appreciated.
FWIW I also have an Iridium
with a bunch of prepay minutes but we have not found that to be sufficiently reliable and of adequate quality to do what she needs.