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Old 16-07-2019, 10:53   #1
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Internet on board, I need good solution to maximise internet on board. I wish to maximise marina signal as boat will be marina based for a year. We then plan water sailing">blue water sailing. It it best to get a WiFi booster now and 4 g booster added later . Is there a lossless combined option? Can anyone recommend an experienced good company to provide advice and to purchase solution. Uk or South African expertise preferable. I seem to just be reading and reading and not finding the optimum solution. # getting more confused.
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Re: WiFi boosters and 4g ect

Hi Skylarks,

There have been a number of posts on this very topic in recent weeks, including one started by me. Try using the forum search feature and searching for "wifi." Different solutions work different needs and locales. We went with unlimited data on a cellphone as a hotspot and it's meeting our needs as we travel.

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We went with unlimited data on a cellphone as a hotspot and it's meeting our needs as we travel.

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What is the HotSpot Limit? I have Verizon with an unlimited data package, however, they limit each devices HotSPot to only 15GB.
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What is the HotSpot Limit? I have Verizon with an unlimited data package, however, they limit each devices HotSPot to only 15GB.
Same. We’re with ATT. 15 GB per line. We have two lines and named the hotspot on each the same so all of the devices will connect regardless of which is on. We can also watch tv or Netflix or whatever on the phone and cast it to the tv without using the hotspot, unlimited data that way. It’s working for us. Might not for everyone.
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We're using Team Mobile with unlimited data and texting as a hotspot and has worked well thru the med, Caribbean, Panama, now in Tahiti. Irridium Go when we have no cell service. I've been looking for a wifi amplifier for hi speed internet from a restaurant or other source. I just havent decided on which one yet.
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Thanks , have also been looking for a WiFi amplifier. Considering WiFi ranger as recommended by the Wynn’s . I think it is being upgraded ? For cell signal booster was looking at weboost. I think someone has said that one of these companies is bringing it a product that does both? Or does anyone else know of this. ?
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I have Verizon unlimited data on iphone but Verizon limits the higher speed data to .5GB per 24 hours and no way can play Netlix on it for that reason. Verizon USA/MX/Canada only, currently based/lying Ensenada Mexico. Team Mobile is accessible in all those countries???

I was thinking a marine wifi booster on board would solve deficits while near a land based access point like marinas, restaurants etc.

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Internet on board, I need good solution to maximise internet on board. I wish to maximise marina signal as boat will be marina based for a year. We then plan blue water sailing. It it best to get a WiFi booster now and 4 g booster added later . Is there a lossless combined option? Can anyone recommend an experienced good company to provide advice and to purchase solution. Uk or South African expertise preferable. I seem to just be reading and reading and not finding the optimum solution. # getting more confused.
For over one year we have been using a Bear Outdoor WiFi Extender. This device plugs into a PC with a USB plug. It is DIRECTIONAL! It is simple and remarkably cheap.

In our marina and elsewhere we've been the multiple signals bouncing off of masts makes most use of wi-fi difficult. We fought it for four years trying various systems all with omni directional antennas. The Bear, however, is a directional antenna and works great. It cuts through the clutter. It also has very good range. We used it when anchored outside of several marinas. If we had a password we could usually get a good connection. For example, in Barra De Navidad we got connection good enough for Netflix at over 1/2 mile from the marina building. There is no external power requirement, no other pieces, just the bear antenna plugged into the computer. It is portable, not permanently mounted on the railing. Of course the Bear must be pointed towards the access point. When anchored we frequently have to go outside and turn the bear towards the shore antenna. With a 12' cord going out of the main hatch we can reach the mast or the boom, and right now it is tied to the mast with a sail tie.

We use Connectify application on the PC to create a hotspot for other devices on board.

When away from a WiFi source we use cellular service with a USB cellular modem. A prepaid SIM card with a good data plan is inserted into the USB Modem (dongle). A 9' USB extension cord allows this USB modem to also be plugged into the PC and placed outside the boat however it does not need line of sight to the cell tower. This solution works well but data plans vary in cost. Some US based unlimited plans (ATT, T-Mobile) get cut off when they figure out you are based outside of the USA instead of simply travelling.

With these two solutions we generally have (except while on passage away from the shore) full time Internet. We always use Connectify to share the Internet connection to other devices.

While offshore we used SSB and Pactor modems connected to Sailmail. it is not for Internet browsing. but good for email and weather and selected web page downloading (text) via saildocs.
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I have Verizon unlimited data on iphone but Verizon limits the higher speed data to .5GB per 24 hours and no way can play Netlix on it for that reason. Verizon USA/MX/Canada only, currently based/lying Ensenada Mexico. Team Mobile is accessible in all those countries???

I was thinking a marine wifi booster on board would solve deficits while near a land based access point like marinas, restaurants etc.

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Some restaurants have sufficient power to reach your boat anchored offshore, others are only strong enough for their inside customers. Marinas and hotels often offer more powerful access points.

A directional antenna works well if it is pointed towards the access point. See our other comment in this thread about the one we've been using successfully.
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Re: WiFi boosters and 4g ect

Ive got Google Fi which is expensive if you use a lot of data (4 sim cards give me 60GB 4g speed at a total of USD205/month with unlimited voice and sms). I am just about to install a load balancer and connect each sim card to a different WAN so that I can multiply the 256kB speed limit by 4 and hopefully reach 1mbps after the 60GB have been used. Still trying to find lower cost solutions for 4g data on international sim cards, but everything else is much more expensive. My family uses up a lot of data (between 100 and 200gb/monthly due to streaming), if anyone knows any better alternatives let me know!
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Ive got Google Fi which is expensive if you use a lot of data (4 sim cards give me 60GB 4g speed at a total of USD205/month with unlimited voice and sms). I am just about to install a load balancer and connect each sim card to a different WAN so that I can multiply the 256kB speed limit by 4 and hopefully reach 1mbps after the 60GB have been used. Still trying to find lower cost solutions for 4g data on international sim cards, but everything else is much more expensive. My family uses up a lot of data (between 100 and 200gb/monthly due to streaming), if anyone knows any better alternatives let me know!
Your family should get outside more.

Prepaid cards bought locally seem to be a bit cheaper. We're getting 7gb data package for $10 at good speed and there are better deals. Give each kid a sim card and a budget. It might be a good life's lesson for them.

Or are you the problem?
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