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Old 11-29-2003, 10:00 AM
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I have a YachtSpot internet access point set up in my yard and get the signal 1 mile from the unit. Does anyone know any good websites about marina wifi access? I got my YachtSpot at http://www.yachtspot.net but I can't find information on the best wireless card I should have.
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Old 11-29-2003, 11:39 AM
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Is this an 802.11g system?

I have a network in the house and I am using D-link. I have not had one problem with DWL-G650 card or the wireless router.

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Best solution (for a laptop) is a Cisco card (aironet 350) with the ability to add an external antenna. The power output is 100mw compared to most cards which have 30 mw. Adding a little external antenna will boost range and speed. I own a company that installs WiFi in Marinas (Ft. Pierce City Marina is one of them) and charges for wifi access. I use off the shelf access points and high-gain antennas and amplifiers and reccomend USB adapters for most users since they typically come with external antennas and can use the laptop when inside the cabin of the boat.
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The December issue of Motorboating had an article about serious wireless internet connections (The Sawdust articles) since the family travelled around the Great Circle and the guy needed to keep in touch with his business. Don't know if that's what you're looking for- he had some general comments about his system.
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The right answer is none of the above. Yes, 802.11b is good in marinas but there's a better solution which will work both on your boat and when traveling...even in the car. The wireless carriers now offer data services. Today, the best (best speed) solutions are from Verizon and Sprint however ATT has just enabled EDGE on all their cell towers so that is equally, if not slightly faster than the others. We're talking the equivalent of a 56kbps modem or faster here....not quite the same as 802.11, but fast enough for most of what we all really do. I would strongly recommend using this solution over the 802.11 solution.

There are also GSM/GPRS cards available thru cingular, t-mobile and ATT in the US....they are quite good, just not as fast as the verizon/sprint cards today. Of course these GPRS cards work worldwide so if you travel abroad, that's another consideration....

802.11 is great if you just want to stay in a marina though. Yachtspot and the other 802.11 "hotspot" vendors work with any 802.11b card. As far as I know, none have implemented 802.11a or g....which are faster prototcols....however, reality is that even if they supported them, they probably would just run at cable modem speeds....that's up to 3mps which can be handled just fine on 802.11b. Yes, the Cisco 850 does have more power and is an excellent card, but then again it cost quite a bit more than the 802.11b that's on sale at your local bestbuy, officemax, etc....which will work almost as well except if you are on the fringes of the marina's system.

Feel free to contact me if you want to know more about any of these...

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I connect at 115,000 through my verizon cell phone. Works anywhere there is digital service.
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My Turn...you are connecting at 115kbps but your effective thruput is actually slower than that....however we've found that Verizon is the fastest of the current services...with ATT Edge still to be tested. Of course, if you live in San Diego or Washington DC, EVDO is available (300kbps area) but no one knows if that will be rolled out beyond the largest marekts...

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As I CLEARLY stated in the Boaters section of the forum under the same thread:

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is ILLEAGAL on boat!!!! DO NOT allow marina's fellow boaters, or anyone else use an Internet connected on a boat!!!

My boat is the last place on the planet left I don't have to deal with Email and computer CRAP!!! I intend to keep it that way!!!

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Birdman.....I spend my working life on conference calls which use internet file sharing for presentations. In nice weather, I'd much rather listen to the presentation on my boat while fishing than sitting in my office. Indeed, I've run several worldwide conference calls while fishing...and no one knew where I was until I said....excuse me, I have to pull in my line to check the bait.

So the internet and wireless phones are not all bad on boats...

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Birdamn, I am with you brother. I have been in the Information Services business for almost 20 years and when I am on the boat, I DO NOT WANT TO SEE AND OR HEAR A PHONE RING, A PRINTER PRINT, A COMPUTER COMPUTE, DAMNIT!!!



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quote:Originally posted by Birdman:
As I CLEARLY stated in the Boaters section of the forum under the same thread:

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is ILLEAGAL on boat!!!! DO NOT allow marina's fellow boaters, or anyone else use an Internet connected on a boat!!!

My boat is the last place on the planet left I don't have to deal with Email and computer CRAP!!! I intend to keep it that way!!!


Think Tweiss,
WHICH PART OF THE ABOVE QUOTE OF MINE DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND????

I will drive to Florida to settle this if need be!!!!

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Birdman,

You go boyeeeeeee...........



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What's the best USB antenna setup for a desktop. I have a Linkysys USB antenna unit hooked to my desktop in a remote location in my house trying to reach a Linksys 4 port router and it barely makes it. I've added better antennas for the router but can't seem to find a better usb setup for the desktop. There must be something better?
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