It's going to be a really interesting learning
curve for me to learn how to do these things on this scale, as I am currently doing this kind of work
on the superyacht scale.
Our installations usually consist of a Pepwave MAX HD2 (US+EU cell version) for wifi and cellular internet, a Kerio Control Box
3000 for firewalling, a slew of HP 2900 series switches to get everything on board connected, a couple Ruckus 3000 controllers, and as many wireless access points as it takes to blanket a 250' five deck
yacht with so much R/F that you get a tan indoors. It all amounts to several tens of thousands of dollars.
My recommendations, however, are to avoid wifi repeaters and boosters
. If you can at all run a cable
, and then configure the extra wireless access points' SSIDs exactly the same as your primary. This is how wifi is designed to work
. The connecting devices should be smart enough to choose the one with the strongest signal. When you're at a large site like a hotel
you'll noticed the same SSID exists "everywhere". Typically they're also being managed by a central controller, but not necessarily. Our older installations don't have controllers and all the wireless access points are configured with the same SSIDs and work "as expected".
I'm also curious what kind of performance you're seeing for cellular data and in what regions. A few ships I've been working on went out for sea trials and I/we were able to maintain high speed cellular data as much as 10 miles off shore. That was using my cellphone and a freestanding cellular modem
with internal antennas. I wonder what kind of range it could get with an appropriate aerial on the mast
Our experience with marina wifi is exactly as you described. Everyone gets all excited to have terrestrial internet and get away from high latency / high cost satellite
and then they are subjected to a highly oversaturated service
and wonder why they went to the cost and trouble of installing a wifi bridge. Though honestly that's mostly to do with 2.4ghz wifi being so noisy that the signal sucks - if you can find 5ghz wifi at a marina or nearby hotel
it likely will be MUCH better.