Articles: WiFi Connectivity

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Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 Promotion

The Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 smartAIS transponder with WiFi and NMEA 2000 gateway has been voted the best black box a boater can buy. Unlike an ordinary AIS which only sends and receives data, smartAIS from Vesper Marine is an active AIS system with smart alarm logic that proactively alerts you when you have potential collision situations.

Looking for Visitor Moorage? There’s an App for that.

April is always a good time to start planning your summer boating and there is a new app that makes booking visitor moorage easier than ever. Swift Harbour, from Yachting’s Best Media, allows you to save your boat information in the app so as soon as you choose a marina, you receive the price based on your boat length and time of year............

Garmin Acquires Navionics

It was announced this week that Garmin has acquired Navionics, a privately-held worldwide provider of electronic navigational charts and mobile applications for the marine industry.

Garmin's Product Updates

We recently attended a Garmin training course and thought we would share some of the things we learned. Some we knew and some are new. For 2016, the Garmin GPSMAP 76XX series chartplotters will include the full Western Canada G2 charts. Up until now, only the USA...

Vexilar Portable Depth Sounder/Fishfinder with built-in WiFi

This is a very cool idea. It looks like a tennis ball but it is a portable WiFi fish finder. The Vexilar SonarPhone T-Pod Sonar/Transducer can be cast, thrown from shore or pulled behind your boat. The SP100 has a single beam, 30 degree wide-angle beam signal using a 125 kHz transmit frequency. It has a self-contained battery that turns off automatically to save power, is charged through a computer USB port or the included USB wall plug charging cube and lasts up to 4 hours on a single charge.

Furuno 1st Watch Wireless Radar DRS4W

The Furuno DRS4W is the first wireless radar that can connect to your iPhone or iPad from up to 10 meters away. The radar is very similar to the Furuno 4KW dome radar, with a 36 mile range but the DRS4W has a built-in WiFi module. You still have to run a power cord but no thick radar cable.

Garmin Helm and Marine Wi-Fi Adapter Kit

In an earlier post, we looked at two very cool apps from Pocket Mariner, Boat Beacon and Boat Watch Pro. This time we would like to look at a new app from Garmin called Garmin Helm. This free app allows you to control a Garmin GPSMAP 8000 series with your iPhone or iPad when paired with the Garmin Marine Wi-Fi Adapter.

Set your sights on better WiFi with The Bullet

In today's connected world, many marinas understand the importance of providing WiFi internet access to their patrons. But with the size of some marinas and the range limitations of WiFi, when you are sitting in the cabin of your vessel hunched over your laptop, you may find your internet access lacking.

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