Wireless Internet Connection
internet connection on a boat can present special issues. These include
possible signal interference from electronics, cordless phones, battery
chargers and inverters and rigging.
you buy equipment, try to determine if there is free technical
assistance in setting it up and if that assistance has any savvy
whatsoever about boating issues.
had experience with cell phone technical assistance in which we were
actually told that cell phone signals don’t
work over water. This, and other misconceptions, can make technical
assistance worthless to boat users.
- Be sure
that you can return equipment, because it may not work in your boat’s
circumstances. Try it out thoroughly right away.
with many grains of salt claims of good data (as opposed to voice)
transmission more than 20 miles from a cell phone tower. You may
get it, but it may be slow. And you may not get it.
- If a
cell phone tower is “aimed” onshore to where the
population is located, you may not get good coverage even though
you are relatively close to it but offshore.
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