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03-22-2012, 07:26 AM
So I want to have internet access while on the water....I have a jail broken phone that can give wifi but I really dont want to do that I want something more reliable. What do you guys suggest? The verizon wifi card are pretty pricey! Any other ideas? I dont want to be locked into a contract for something I will only used 6 months out of the year....

03-22-2012, 07:27 AM ?what network does this connect to

03-22-2012, 11:07 AM
I believe boingo is a service that allows you access to wifi at certain locations.. Like hotels and such.. I looked at the places available local to me and they are all free anyhow.. So it won't help while on the water.. There isn't much more than mifi devices for on the water, but even then you are limited to cell tower location.

03-22-2012, 12:07 PM
Im on the long island sound we arent offshore anyone else?

03-22-2012, 01:14 PM
Short of dragging an ethernet cable behind your boat (still somewhat limited in range), and if you think the VZW cards are expensive, WiFi is your best bet.

Check out for long-range WiFi antennas. There are some start-up costs for the hardware, but once set up you can connect to existing WiFi networks on shore (though you won't always be able to find a free and unsecured spot). In the Sound, I can't see being more than 10 miles from a hotspot.

03-22-2012, 06:30 PM
One option is to get a Virgin pre paid plan so you can just buy the service you want when you want it. It runs off Sprint's 3G network which is pretty good in your area.

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