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Old 05-24-2016, 06:08 AM   #21
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In Canada internet is part of the "hydro" (electric) delivery.

Since its "free" many folks just leave it on 100% of the time , mostly with no password required.

Many shops and rest. now offer free wi fi in the towns on the water.

A booster will help , but so does getting just a bit closer.
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Old 05-24-2016, 07:44 AM   #22
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The majority of wifi systems sold for boats are a combination of the Ubiquiti bullet and an omnidirectional antenna. The less powerful systems such as the Alfa are the exception.

Key elements to consider for a Ubiquiti based system are the power adapter and whether you want a LAN based system or a router.

Several suppliers can furnish a 12v adapter for either type system. The Ubiquiti bullet generally comes with a 110v adapter. Antennas generally come in 8db, 12 deb, or. 15db. I prefer the 15 db.

Your computer will been a LAN jack for set up even if you are installing a wireless router.

The hardware is cheap. The bullet and the Pico 12v router both sell for under $100 each you will pay for a package which includes a12v adapter, instructions and some software.







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Old 05-24-2016, 07:48 AM   #23
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In Canada internet is part of the "hydro" (electric) delivery.

Since its "free" many folks just leave it on 100% of the time , mostly with no password required.

Many shops and rest. now offer free wi fi in the towns on the water.

A booster will help , but so does getting just a bit closer.
Where did you ever get the notion that WIFI in Canada is free?
In fact outdoor hotspots are a rarity just starting to appear.
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:02 AM   #24
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All Comcast business class services broadcast an Xfinity ID that can be logged into with your account and PW if you find them. Their thought is to make WiFi more broadly available. In my case I eliminated the ability for my modem to broadcast that network setting, therefore it cannot be logged into by anyone that is not me or that has my SSID.

I turned it off because anyone could do any illicit act, trade, illegal image - anything - without my knowledge and the IP address would resolve to my home. The law would come knocking at my door because it appeared to come from my house. This can be shut off. Here is an older article about the problem:

To Xfinity WiFi we're all hotspots, but you don't have to be | PCWorld
Wow again. It's definitely a good way to get public wifi out there, I can't deny that. But I'd want a much better answer to the security question than the one they give in that article. NAT is a very important part of isolating your home network from the rest of the internet. If the Xfinity wifi is its own LAN and has separate NAT from your side of the service, and anything on the xfinity wifi LAN has to go out on the WAN and back through your NAT to reach your LAN, then it should be fine - or at least just as secure as access from anyone else on the WAN. But if the Xfinity wifi users end up on your LAN then you have a huge security hole. But most likely Comcast hasn't left such a huge hole, though you would think they would address it directly in their response in the article.....so makes me wonder.
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The news on this seems to fade after 2015, but here is a class action detail regarding this subject from 2015. I have learned that this can be stopped by purchasing your own cable router and returning the old one to Comcast.

In my own personal case, my speed picked up after I eliminated the extra WiFi spot - and also noticed that I began to pick up a network from my neighbor afterwards. Could it be that they were surfing at my expense - slowing my home office down? Who knows. Here's the article:

https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-...s-arbitration/
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:55 AM   #26
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"Where did you ever get the notion that WIFI in Canada is free?"

At least a decade ago we did the Loop and free wi fi was pouring out of lots of the summer cottages , on islands and on land.
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I use hardware/firmware from Alpha Networks....Alfa R36 with latest firmware installed compatible with; AWUS036NH, AWUS036NHR | R36

Marinized (sp?) systems/enclosures also available. I use mine below, but considering a better antennae.

In my experience, most marinas are a few generations behind on WiFi equipment/firmware/repeaters and so on. The results I find are weak signals/low data rates.

The cell hookup is getting better and is a good way to go if your data plan can cover your marine field office needs.

More trivia: want to know what your wifi performance is? Try this: Speedtest.net by Ookla - The Global Broadband Speed Test

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"Where did you ever get the notion that WIFI in Canada is free?"

At least a decade ago we did the Loop and free wi fi was pouring out of lots of the summer cottages , on islands and on land.
That's not free, you poached someone's house wifi that wasn't password protected. As was/is the case when you live in the middle of nowhere.
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""Where did you ever get the notion that WIFI in Canada is free?"

At least a decade ago we did the Loop and free wi fi was pouring out of lots of the summer cottages , on islands and on land."

Those days are drawing to a close as most folks limit outsiders on their wifi to those with the password.

We pay Shaw for our internet service, and in our subscription we get access at thousands of Shaw "hotspots". In places like Fulford Harbour, where there is little to no cellphone service, a Shaw wifi hotspot pops up and we can get internet, so we are not totally cut off.
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For areas that have Comcast Xfinity.and you are a customer.....Hotspots are poping up faster than I can keep track of.

Not a total solution...but between NJ and Florida....many places have Xfinity Hotspots near major marinas, free docks and urban anchorages.
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I use a Wirie AP (Wifi only), but they do make a unit that utilizes LTE as well. All the bells and whisltes in one easy to install unit. No networking or other gymnastics..

Marine WiFi and RV WiFi 3G/4G/LTE solutions – The Wirie
So just to be clear, the Wirie AP will pick up and boost the signal, and I an then connect iPads, Computers, and anything else that has a Wifi? That's what the website appears to imply anyway.
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I have not been all that interested in a wifi booster until recently. This last weekend I was at a couple different marinas that had wifi available, but the signal was so weak that it was all but unusable. So a signal booster might help.

OTOH, I think a lot of the problem with some of the small marinas is simply that they have terrible bandwidth. Since all boaters seem to be running at least a couple of devices that are using an Internet connection, the bandwidth may simply get overloaded. In that situation, a better connection won't help.

I use my phone as a hotspot, but that won't work for me in Canada (without it costing way too much) and in some areas of south Puget Sound even a cell signal is hard to come by.

All that to say, that a booster might be great as long as it wasn't too expensive, or too much of a hassle to setup.
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It's about service expectations and competition. When traveling, I can get WiFi in every floor, and all over the grounds of every hotel I visit. Travelers demanded it, and hotels responded. Unfortunately, that isn't the case at many marinas. Here in SoCal, I am 30' and 200' from the two closest wifi towers on the dock, and it is pretty much non-functional from either. Between the low power, and ridiculously low bandwidth, I've given up for now. The old lady at the marina office was a little aloof when I complained, informing me "it is just for checking emails occasionally, not streaming videos or anything like that"! Seriously?!

There's not an empty marina in SoCal, so voting with your dollars doesn't work.

For now I use my job provided cellular Hotspot (unlimited plan, so no cost to employer). Next year after I retire, I'll have to get serious about this Beacon wifi BS!
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So just to be clear, the Wirie AP will pick up and boost the signal, and I an then connect iPads, Computers, and anything else that has a Wifi? That's what the website appears to imply anyway.
I take the feed from the Wirie (Rogue Wave WIFI in my case, but they're similar) and feed it via ethernet cable into a WIFI router for use on the boat. It's easy to find a router with 12V power supplied by a wall wart. Ditch the wall wart and wire it directly to 12V power. My Cradlepoint router works fine.
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I take the feed from the Wirie (Rogue Wave WIFI in my case, but they're similar) and feed it via ethernet cable into a WIFI router for use on the boat.
With that setup, are you able to access your Wirie from inside your network? I couldn't but found the solution was to reconfigure my WIFI router as an access point. That leaves the Wirie (in my case Bullet M2, but same thing) to act as router and firewall. Anytime I need to check on the bullet, determine its signal strength, bandwidth, etc., I have it book marked and can get to it from my laptop (wirelessly).
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With that setup, are you able to access your Wirie from inside your network? I couldn't but found the solution was to reconfigure my WIFI router as an access point. That leaves the Wirie (in my case Bullet M2, but same thing) to act as router and firewall. Anytime I need to check on the bullet, determine its signal strength, bandwidth, etc., I have it book marked and can get to it from my laptop (wirelessly).
Rick, you are light years ahead of me. I plug it in and if it works with minimal prompting, I'm happy.
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I've used a Ubiquity Bullet for the last two years with good results. Also, you don't need Xfinity/Comcast home service in order to use Xfinity Wifi, they will sell you access by the hour/day/week/month. You can even get two one hour free passes per month.

http://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-BULLE.../dp/B002SYS22E
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