There are a number of options.. You still haven't provided any detail into your needs other than a desire for a cellular option.. WHERE
is the most important, and then we should consider any other network devices you may already have, any satellite
devices you have, WiFi Extenders, etc. And of course what type of boat
you have, which may impact the ease of mounting of any particular solution. As far as data cost, there are options that depend on what cellular phone
services you may have for you phones (if any). Without that info it's hard to recommend one..
However here is a brief list of options. Note that none of these come with a SIM/Service included (like the KVH does). You simply get a SIM card from any compatible provider and install it, with any particular plan that the provider offers.
- Dome style unit. Has cellular router embedded with integral antennas. Supports USA only (currently). Includes a KVH SIM which carries a $99/Month service
plan for 10GB of data.
- Dome style like the KVH-1. Supports USA with AT&T SIM Cards (not included). Also has WiFi Extender functionality built-in, and can optionally include a TV Antenna if desired. Managed using a smartphone app.
- Another Dome style unit with LTE and WiFi Extender. Supports USA and Canada
cellular networks, using your own SIM Card. Managed using a smartphone app.
Redport Optimizer Premier LTE
- Small interior
router with integrated Cellular. Acts as your onboard WiFi router and supports multiple internet
connections (WiFi Extender, optional addon), cellular, and multiple satellite
devices. Also includes a powerful satellite firewall to limit bandwidth consumption
, and onboard email server, etc for those who are using Xgate email/web/crew services. Managed via any web browser. For same range as dome-style units you would add an external antenna and coax cable to this device and mount the antenna somewhere up high like an arch, spreader, or masthead. The LTE modem
in this device is global, works around the world with any SIM.
Wave WiFi MBR-550
- Similar to the Redport device but with a much simpler interface. Like the Redport, it can automatically switch between wifi, cellular, and satellite, and limit access for certain devices on your network depending on the internet
connection. WiFi Extender is optional, and an external cellular antenna is recommended. Same as the Redport. The primary advantage with the MBR-550 over the Redport is ease-of-use. It's dead simple to setup and manage. The LTE modem
in this device is global, works around the world with any SIM (it is the same modem as the Redport device).
Wave WiFi Tidalwave
- Not a router, but a Cellular and WiFi Extender designed for larger vessels. Has high performance (multi-antenna MIMO) for 2.4Ghz WiFi, 5.8Ghz WiFi, and LTE Cellular. The unit mounts inside the boat
with 3 antennas, plus 3 more external antennas with coax are included. It connects to your on board network (any router you have) using a gigabit ethernet port. Like the MBR-550 it is dead simple to use. The LTE modem in this device is global, works around the world with any SIM.
MVG NeptuLink (v2)
- A mast
mounted device with LTE cellular and WiFi Extender in one unit. Supports two SIM cards and can switch between them. Has WiFi for connecting from your devices or an ethernet cable to connect down to an onboard WiFi router. Supports many bands and likely works in most countries. Not quite as high performance as the Tidalwave, KVH, Redport, or MBR-550.