I use my cell phone
as a hotspot. It works great IF there is good cell service
, and depending on how much bandwidth you need. So it depends on how the cell service
is where you want to cruise
. When I was in Penobscot Bay, Maine
a couple of years ago, T-Mobile, my phone
provider, had poor to non-existent service. I was able to connect my phone
to an alternate local provider, but that was just lucky the provider was so accommodating. Depending on where I was, service was still marginal. If there is any decent cell service where you plan to cruise
, you can get either a SIM or a hotspot from that provider for the duration of your trip.
Cell extenders work
by putting an antenna
up higher and amplifying the signal. If there isn't any signal to begin with, it won't work. I've resisted installing an extender because the antenna
has to be high enough to see the signal. You can't test it until you're somewhere your phone doesn't get a signal. People do report getting a usable signal up to 5-10 miles away from a cell tower.
The Wi-Fi extender can only help if there is a reasonable Wi-Fi signal close enough, and either the Wi-Fi is unsecured, which is unlikely these days, or you have logon information for the Wi-Fi. And the Wi-Fi has to have better data rates than your cell phone
, or there's no point anyway.