Ask PYS: Communications

Judi, on Mar 23, 2012 asked:

In Pacific Yachting magazine you mentioned The Wirie. Do you recommend that system for the WiFi boost? Since we are in the US, we have Verizon not Telus. Do you think it might be better to connect to Telus when we are in Canadian waters?

The Wirie will only connect you to a Wi-Fi hotspot. Other than some marinas, Wi-Fi hotspots are very sparse along the coast. The Wirie is better suited for the boater that goes from one marina to the next. To eliminate the roaming cost I would strongly suggest that you get a Telus solution and not a Verizon one. Telus has a month-by-month plan that most of my clients sign-up for. At the outset you have to buy the cellular to WiFi hardware but at least you are not stuck with a 12 or 24 or 36 month contract.