The received Wi-Fi signal is relayed through a single weatherproof cable to a Wi-Fi router included as part of the package which is installed in your cabin, and can then broadcast your own local area Wi-Fi network for your onboard devices to connect to.
Coastal Marine touts the booster's ability to receive a Wi-Fi signal "even at one nautical mile or more under ideal conditions."
Coastal Marine touts that:
The real advantage of the Coastal Marine WiFi system lies in its ease of use, since most other vendors don't provide convenient mobile apps for connecting to hotspots -- but we have the software expertise to make it happen.
- Base Technology: TRENDnet
- Wi-Fi Router: Yes
- Cellular Tethering via USB: No USB Port
- Integrated Cellular Modem: No
- Ethernet Ports:
- Special Features: Highly weather resistant / water-proofed
- Power Source: 110-240VAC or 12/24VDC
- Dimensions: Hub: 4''x4''x1.5''
- Outdoor Rated: Yes - IP65
- Retail Price: $455 +extras
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