WIFI booster or extender

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Jim Schilling

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Sep 8, 2021, 11:12:53 AM9/8/21
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Hi Gang!

Has anyone installed a WIFI booster or extender to enhance the signal aboard the boat? We are in a marina that normally has had good reception but is failing often as we attempt to stream on our smart TV. Thanks for your help!

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Jim 
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STEWART SMITH

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Sep 8, 2021, 11:49:25 AM9/8/21
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Hi Jim, I do not have a booster on the boat however I do in my home. EERO is referred to as a mesh booster and consists of a series of small pods placed throughout the house. They come in  1 2 or 3 pod groups and I bet 1 would do the trick. Im not a techie but think it might be worth a try, look them up on the internet and you decide.

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Jim Schilling

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Sep 8, 2021, 12:00:33 PM9/8/21
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Thanks, Stewart! I will check it out.

Phil Kling

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Sep 8, 2021, 12:32:49 PM9/8/21
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A good question. I am looking for same. 

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K Man

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Sep 8, 2021, 2:52:29 PM9/8/21
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Jim,

I haven't on the boat but have in other situations.  
The key is that you must have a decent signal AT the booster/extender. Then it gets leap-frogged to another farther away location(s.)  It could be possible that it's JUST marginal at a TV location and might benefit from an extender located at the precise best location (say maybe near a companionway or in a cockpit) and then would fill the boat with full bars.  But, I found that in another situation that it just wouldn't work (this happened to be trying to extend WiFi down and inside a row of 7 motel (i.e., "motor court") rooms from a utility room at the end.  The distance was too great and was brick construction, so I had to extend the WiFi router antenna to the mid-point of the stretch.  One should work great if, say, you had a closer point to the WiFi source to plug it in, but alas.....

BTW, sailboats are for sailing!


Jim Schilling

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Sep 8, 2021, 9:37:17 PM9/8/21
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Thanks, K Man!! 

Definitely for sailing unless you are lucky enough to live on it 24/7 in the summer!! 😎
Thanks for the advice on the WIFI!

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Mark Hensley

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Sep 9, 2021, 5:07:21 AM9/9/21
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When I had the boat commissioned in 2016 I had an Island Time WiFi booster installed. See www.islandtimepc.com

This booster was recommended by the Catalina dealer and was professionally installed. The ON/OFF switch is on the electrical panel with the antenna mounted on the mast, and that’s all you see. The system is simple, effective and and has been trouble-free.

Mark Hensley
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Jim Schilling

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Sep 9, 2021, 9:07:18 AM9/9/21
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Thanks, Mark!! 

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