Staying connected while working or playing on your boat is more important than ever. Wave WiFi has hardware solutions that help boaters access the internet whether in the marina, on the hook or under way. A variety of available systems work well on different types and sizes of boats. If you are interested in connecting your boat to the Internet…Wave WiFi has solutions for you.
Basic single band Ethernet converters with built in antennas start under $400. More robust systems can include dual band, wireless routers, and SIM activated cellular systems work well on mid-size boats. Systems are available for both sail and power. For large motoryachts and commercial vessels professional series systems can use twin external antennas for MIMO (Multiple input, Multiple Output) enabling AC speeds when available. Multiple APs (access points) can be purchased to provide wireless coverage throughout the entire vessel.
If you are trying to work or play “Remote from the Boat” internet connectivity is essential. Before you head off on your boat, check to see if the area you are going has internet and/or cellular available. Unless you can afford expensive satellite systems, land-based connections are the solution. In many areas there is some cellular coverage and most marinas and resorts have wireless internet where you can connect to their hot spots. Marina systems tend to get overloaded and it can be difficult to connect using your phone, tablet, or computer but Wave WiFi hardware improves connectivity. Cellular coverage can sometimes be sparse or slow but Wave’s cellular systems improve cellular reach. If you need to work from the boat intermittent internet is a problem that Wave products can solve.
Wave WiFi systems increase your ability to connect and to control what you connect to. You can access open WiFi hot spots when available and cellular data as an alternative. Ethernet Converting WiFi transceivers like the Rogue PRO DB combined with an MBR550 Marine Broadband Router and cellular system are a great solution for most vessels. The “DB” is for dual band which means you can connect to both 2.4 and 5Ghz. The PRO works on its own with the supplied ethernet cable to a laptop or wirelessly connects to the MBR550. The MBR550 allows multiple devices onboard to connect wirelessly to the PRO and has a universal SIM card slot that provides cellular connectivity using a variety of different SIM cards. When using cellular the MBR works best when connected to an optional external cellular antenna.
The system is extremely easy to use. Wave WiFi has a proprietary Graphic User Interface. This allows you to connect to the hardware and control how it is used. There are a host of available functions and controls, but most boaters simply use the basic functions to get and stay connected to the fastest source available. In marinas or near shore where there are open (unlocked) access points (APs) you find the strongest signal available and connect to it. You can pick 5Ghz for faster speeds or select 2.4Ghz when there is no 5Ghz or when you are further away as 2.4Ghz signals travel further. In marinas where there are multiple APs you can sort through them individually and pick ones that are not as active. (Something you cannot do on most phones and devices.) This allows you to connect to a marina’s WiFi even when it is crowded, and a lot of people are vying for limited bandwidth. When there are no available access points, or they are all locked, switch the MBR550 to cellular and it connects using the universal SIM card slot. (Users choose the SIM they want based on their cruising area and available plans. SIMS are purchased separately as is air time.) Cellular keeps the boat connected even when underway. SIM cards can also be changed out so prepaid SIMS can be used for different areas where you cruise.
Working and playing “Remote from the Boat” is an ideal way to stay healthy while enjoying a change of scenery. Wave WiFi provides hardware solutions that allow you to stay connected aboard your boat so that you can work and play remotely.
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