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Old 12-09-2018, 07:15 PM   #41
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We stream at least one British murder mystery at 90 minutes or more nearly every evening. We also stream music to the boat much of the day via Bluetooth. Add in my wife’s hour and a half streaming her soaps to her pad before I get up and it adds up. Once your “unlimited plan” reaches its limit and slows you down, you’ll be looking for some fast WiFi.
Heh we stream at least one episode of a British murder mystery every night that has a theremin in its opening sequence. I wonder if it is the same one you're watching!

We stream music to the boat all day long, and the crew (usually 1-3 additional people besides me) are taking pictures, uploading to social media, downloading news, and much, much more. When I actually get the drone or ROV out, I'm uploading and downloading even more than that after a successful trip.

We've easily gone through our month's bandwidth allotment in a week or less. For some of the crew, I've had to explain that it is not like their home internet connection, so they shouldn't be watching Youtube videos constantly, etc.

We always get on WiFi if we can just to save on our monthly caps.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:19 PM   #42
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Heh we stream at least one episode of a British murder mystery every night that has a theremin in its opening sequence. I wonder if it is the same one you're watching!



We stream music to the boat all day long, and the crew (usually 1-3 additional people besides me) are taking pictures, uploading to social media, downloading news, and much, much more. When I actually get the drone or ROV out, I'm uploading and downloading even more than that after a successful trip.



We've easily gone through our month's bandwidth allotment in a week or less. For some of the crew, I've had to explain that it is not like their home internet connection, so they shouldn't be watching Youtube videos constantly, etc.



We always get on WiFi if we can just to save on our monthly caps.


Good thing you aren’t using satellite :-)
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Old 12-10-2018, 12:39 AM   #43
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To give you an idea of what we pay for 4g interwebs here
Signing up for this next week when my current deal runs out.

$41/mth for 80gb data with no restrictions
Unlimited calls and text inc international
Free TV and music streaming


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Old 12-10-2018, 06:28 AM   #44
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Heh we stream at least one episode of a British murder mystery every night that has a theremin in its opening sequence. I wonder if it is the same one you're watching!

We stream music to the boat all day long, and the crew (usually 1-3 additional people besides me) are taking pictures, uploading to social media, downloading news, and much, much more. When I actually get the drone or ROV out, I'm uploading and downloading even more than that after a successful trip.

We've easily gone through our month's bandwidth allotment in a week or less. For some of the crew, I've had to explain that it is not like their home internet connection, so they shouldn't be watching Youtube videos constantly, etc.

We always get on WiFi if we can just to save on our monthly caps.
Midsomer Murders? We really like that one: we are 13 seasons into a 22 season run. We also like Dalziel & Pascoe, New Tricks, Johnathan Creek, Maigrait (both versions), Miss Fisher, Father Brown, Shetland and others.

We joke that rural England, Midsomer County, is the most dangerous place on earth!
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Old 12-13-2018, 10:00 AM   #45
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We joke that rural England, Midsomer County, is the most dangerous place on earth!

Similar to Cabot Cove, Maine.



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Old 12-13-2018, 12:16 PM   #46
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Similar to Cabot Cove, Maine.



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Yes, I couldn’t remember that name. You certainly didn’t want to be a b-list celebrity on vacation checking into the inn there: you weren’t long for this world. The thing we really like about British TV is that none of the players have ever had plastic surgery and thus they look like real people and look their age. That and the high level of skill and talent they bring to bear on even the most minor role.
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Old 12-13-2018, 02:53 PM   #47
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Hawaii is the most dangerous place on earth.
Several killings, explosions and plane crashes every day on Hawaii five o
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Old 12-13-2018, 03:05 PM   #48
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What about Oxford England? Getting to class must be an obstacle course of dead bodies...such a shame for a quaint English town.��
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:22 PM   #49
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These guys job is to test wifi and cell services for boats and RVs. I would look into their videos and do lots o research.


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Old 12-14-2018, 04:42 PM   #50
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Wi Fi antenna

The Mikrotik GrooveG-52HPacn-US, from Island Time, is a real good system.

I have been using the Island Time system for many years and I am very pleased with it.

Very good support from the owner.
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Old 12-14-2018, 05:37 PM   #51
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If you decide to go the WiFi antenna and router route, check out Island Times at http://islandtimepc.com - it has some features that are very helpful but take a little geek knowledge to set up. You can't beat the support you'll receive from the owner. That and any router is all you'll need to connect everything on your boat to a local WiFi source (you'll need passwords for secure systems, but that's not a problem when in or near a marina).
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Old 12-14-2018, 05:51 PM   #52
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if you have access to marina / hotel or other wifi you can use a portable / travel router
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and if needed can be hooked up to a full router to extend range.
I use this set up with my marina wifi, the portable device is on the fly bridge for better reception and an ethernet cable runs into the boat and connects to an apple router. (any router will work).
the whole set up should cost under $100 (if you have local wifi that is )
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Boat WIFI Systems

I was frustrated when the WIFI signal at many marinas was too weak for me to connect my laptop to the internet. I finally had a hot spot put on my phone, and have successfully been using that method of connecting to the internet for the last two years. It is inexpensive and worked well everywhere we went, i.e. Intercoastal Waterway, Chesapeake and Delaware Bay, Hudson River, Erie Canal, St Lawrence River.
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:26 PM   #54
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Boat WIFI system questions

You've gotten a lot of good answers, BUT, there are some other/more considerations.

We have a wi-fi extender. We got it from a company in MA which just this year, closed their doors. They didn't go into any great detail, just we're closing, Good bye. Therefore do your due diligence on any system you would contemplate purchasing.

The equipment still works so until it doesn't I'll stick with it, but you should consider where you are going to try and use it, what ever you buy.

Obviously some are better than others. The 1 I have has only a single box, which was the attraction, as I didn't have all kinds of wires and multiple parts I had to make room for on the boat. 1 box and a 12V connection.

We are on the Loop and a consideration is, as I said, where you are going to use it. Seems like you will be off-shore quite a bit so wi-fi might not be your solution. We've found that wi-fi in Canada is quite limited.

When my box finally stops working I'll be looking into a Hot Spot alternative. Our cruising in Canada has shown that wi-fi is not the best technology. We currently have AT&T who want just $300/mo extra to give us cell coverage in Canada. I got a local phone for considerably less per mo. Needless to say I am looking for another alternative. Fortunately it doesn't seem to have to happen right away so the cell technology and pricing can mature (get better, get cheaper) as I am waiting.

With your off-shore needs and presuming you aren't springing for satellite, cell is your only alternative to staying connected and the additional expense of a booster, WeBoost, could be a smart expense.

You don't say you have any weather info alternatives but it would be smart to have a weather service for forecasting while off-shore. The cell booster and a hot spot along with your computer would enable you to get weather reports.

Don't know, which steps out of the current topic, if you have a PLB or better, but I might suggest an inReach by Garmin. This item will allow family & friends to know where you are and in an emergency will broadcast an SOS. It has other benefits, go to Garmin's site and check it out.

Good luck with your travels, think and keep it safe. Remember you are not only looking out for yourself, you are also thinking about 1st responders if the SHTF.

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Old 12-14-2018, 07:52 PM   #55
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I use a Verizon Jetpack which is nothing more than a hot spot. I get fine service up and down the east coast. I use it constantly for work and for net surfing. My plan allows 50 gig and I rarely top that out. If I do, I call Verizon and politely ask for some help. Usually they will give me a credit and often up my gig allowance as well. I should point out that my plan is a business plan with 8 lines of service. They have also told me that if I move to an unlimited plan that business plans are not throttled down when you exceed 20 or 30 gig.

We also have Dish Satellite TV service which we have been pleased with. At marinas that have decent WiFi we also use an Amazon Fire Stick.
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Old 12-14-2018, 09:25 PM   #56
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King Swift WiFi booster from Dishformyrv is working well for us. 199.00
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Does anyone here have any familiarity with the Wirie Pro? I installed one about a year before they went out of business. The wifi hotspot works great. The cellular was not set up as the data coverage at the marina is non-existent. I tried to set it up after they went out of business. I followed the manual and was unsuccessful. I have not been able to find any user groups. I know that their unit spec'd GSM, and I tried a T-Mobile SIM card and was unsuccessful setting it up through the Wirie software. I recall Wirie telling me when I bought it that T-Mobile's network was different here in Florida and that LTE would probably not be possible; 4G would. If anyone knows where I can find any help, it would be appreciated.

Also, for those who use GSM cellular data, what kind of plans do you have? Are you on the hook for a monthly amount, or are there any plans where you can buy it as you need it?


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+1 for the Island Time set up. excellent value and it works great for my purpose.

I have Xfinity cable internet at home, and it comes with the ability to find Xfinity or Comcast hotspots and use them securely as part of your service. I find Xfinity hotspots by the dozens (and even hundreds) in New England and Florida coastal waters. There's probably lots more hotspots than I've found. Each Xfinity customer is automatically a hotspot as the modems have two units included; one for the subscriber and one as a hotspot. it's a great system and doesn't impact the individual subscribers.

I set up my Island Time to automatically log in to Xfinity send the signal to my old AirPort Extreme router, and the entire boat has wifi internet which is just like we have at home. Blistering fast and no throttling.
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By looking at the MAC ID found in packet headers, a WiFi service can figure out if it's talking to a router or directly to a client device such as a PC or IPhone. Some WiFi services will block router communication. A good example is the City of Alton Illinois which serves Alton Marina. You'll be able to connect with a client, but not with a router.


I've never been able to figure out why these service don't want to talk to routers, but some don't.


BTW, Mikrotik products for extending WiFi and making your boat a hot spot work well. Island Time sells and supports the products.
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Also, for those who use GSM cellular data, what kind of plans do you have? Are you on the hook for a monthly amount, or are there any plans where you can buy it as you need it?


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