Like other satellite internet sources Starlink can integrate directly with Wave WiFi systems. Most Starlink set ups are designed to be stationary while Wave WiFi’s cellular and WiFi receiving systems can be used while stationary or in motion. Wave WiFi systems work well with Starlink and provide additional ways to keep vessels online with enhanced onboard features.
Yes, having backup and alternative internet sources are always a good idea onboard. Wave WiFi systems provide a way to connect through terrestrial sources like land-based WiFi hot spots and cellular towers when Starlink or other satellite options are unavailable or too costly.
Wave WiFi routers have a host of onboard features not found in the basic Starlink router. Our routers are designed from the start to be Multi-Active WAN (Internet) Source “Management” devices designed to help you build and maintain your vessel network and Internet Sources. Our WiFi receivers and cellular receivers do an excellent job of getting you connected and keeping you connected to WiFi hotspots or Cellular towers, from further distances than you otherwise would be able to.
We recommend you get an add-on Ethernet adapter from Starlink. This allows the connection to a WAN (Internet Source) port on Wave WiFi routers. Starlink’s system will then assign IP settings automatically to that WAN port and allow it to be used as an Internet Source shared by the Router to all devices and computers on your vessel.
Are there any suggestions or warnings I should know about when integrating Starlink into the Wave WiFi system?
The Starlink system starts by default in “Router Mode” with the WiFi of their access point ON, keep it that way. It is not recommended to use “Bypass Mode” as this may cause a problem. Stay with Starlink defaulted to “Router Mode.”
Yes, if you have one of our WiFi receivers, you can access Starlink wirelessly through their supplied router by locating it on the scan page and connecting to the Starlink hotspot. We recommend using the Ethernet connection method described previously, but either method will work. When using the Ethernet connection, you can hide Starlink’s WiFi signal through the “Ignored APs” feature on the User Interface of the WiFi receiver.