We have two on-board systems:
through a Ubiquiti bullet, which connects to the ship's computer, which acts as a hub you can connect laptops to; and
2. A Globesurfer III cell phone
terminal connected to an outside antenna
. The Globesurfer has its own hub built-in, so you just hook up to that. It is a GSM phone
terminal which can do HSDPA data speeds if the network is capable of it it -- we get about 500kbs sometimes, which feels more or less like broadband
Even with the antenna
lying in the salon
, the Globesurfer has many times the range and speed of a regular tethered cell phone
. We are still figuring out where to put the antenna; current
candidates are first spreader and a stern-mouned pole.
The Globesurfer has another benefit that you can connect a handset to it and use it for voice, too, so it gives you a ship's phone.
We use wifi
whenever we can get either an open hotspot or a hotspot we've got a subscription to. Otherwise, we use the Globesurfer. We have a "fair use" limit on the cell phone account of I think 2 gigabytes a month, so we are a little more sparing than at home (no youtube or other heavy data users).