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Old 26-08-2020, 18:24   #1
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WifFi Signal

Hi... I am currently in a marina with a GIC hotspot wifi available which is fine on deck but if below I can not get the signal. Is there such a thing as an antenna I could put on deck with a usb or whatever to connect below to my computer....

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Old 26-08-2020, 18:43   #2
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Re: WifFi Signal

We have had great success using a system put together by island time. Contact Bob We have been using his system with a router fir the past 10 years. for us it was a game changer
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Old 27-08-2020, 05:46   #3
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Re: WifFi Signal

We use a Ubiquiti bullet with an omni antenna mounted outside. There are some hotspots that support external antennas. Alfa has a product that could work for you.

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Old 27-08-2020, 07:47   #4
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Re: WifFi Signal

We had the same situation as you, great service up on deck but not down in the cabin, and we tried several approaches. In the end, we settled on a cheap wifi range extender from Best Buy for service in the marina and use a cellphone hotspot for service when underway or at anchor. Works great. The range extender is plugged in up on deck at the flybridge. It relays a signal down to the cabin and is five bars all the time. At anchor, our cellphone hotspot even allows streaming NetFlix and other services to our TV. Working well for us but your mileage may vary.
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Old 05-09-2020, 08:14   #5
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Re: WifFi Signal

I use the below on a RV and it is great if a signal booster is needed.

But much can be accomplished with just an antennae mounted high.

Height of the antennae matters. On my RV it telescopes up to 30’.
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Old 05-09-2020, 09:12   #6
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Re: WifFi Signal

I also have an Island time system and it has worked fine the last 4 years and more important the support is good.
It is OK if others want to do it different on THEIR boat
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