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Wave Wifi Technology

Each component of all Wave WiFi’s products is designed and engineered for the marine environment. All Wave WiFi products support 802.11 b/g/n thereby exhibiting high receive sensitivity and transmitter output power meaning Internet connections are possible up to several miles from a high powered, access point (HotSpot).

Wave WiFi products offer outstanding performance because of the proprietary firmware technology embedded in each unit. The web-based firmware permits the computer user to scan for public access points (HotSpots) and provides a detailed diagnosis of each HotSpot’s relative signal strength. The user can select a HotSpot that will provide Internet connectivity and connect to that access point.

This same technology allows the user to access WEP, WPA and WPA2 encrypted access points. A graphical interface allows the user to see the signal-to-noise ratio in real-time. For the first-time user, a built-in ‘Help’ system is readily available by simply holding your mouse over the appropriate question mark.

The Wave WiFi EC-Series products are Ethernet Converters (EC) allowing the Wave WiFi unit to be directly connected to all Ethernet enabled devices resulting in flawless performance as a standalone system or integrated into the vessel’s network. Because Wave WiFi’s proprietary firmware technology is built-in, there is no software to install, no USB restrictions and no power-robbing USB connections.

Now Wave WiFi’s EC-AP-ER and EC-AP-HP feature ‘MIMO’ (Multiple Input/Multiple Output) technology for the built-in access point (AP). The AP provides a powerful 500mW b/g/n MIMO wireless signal. This means multiple computers and wireless devices throughout the vessel have excellent wireless connectivity.

What is MIMO?

Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology uses Multi-path (when wireless signals ‘bounce’ off of objects and arrive at the receiver at different times) to improve wireless performance.

MIMO technology takes a single data stream and breaks it down into several separate data streams and sends it out over multiple antennas. This provides redundancy and results in:

  • Increased data throughput and range by utilizing multiple antennas
  • Improved link reliability and less fading than a single antenna system
  • Multiple data streams provide alternatives for line-of-sight issues
  • By transmitting multiple data streams at the same time, wireless capacity is increased

Today’s Wave WiFi products represent the on-going evolution of mobile WiFi and provide greatly enhanced performance and functionality for today’s WiFi dependent society.