Product Reviews: WiFi Connectivity

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Fusion Apollo Marine Entertainment System with Built-In WiFi

PROs:

  • Bluetooth, UPnP, Optical Audio, advanced SiriusXM, AM/FM radio, AUX and USB connections
  • The world’s first touchscreen marine stereo, the one-piece glass touch display is flawless, edge to edge
  • Wirelessly connect multiple Apollo stereos to play music throughout your entire vessel via PartyBus

CONs:

  • The Apollo SRX-400 is a smaller, more compact version however it offers less functionality
  • Subwoofer and full range line outs require additional amplification

RogueWave Long Range Marine WiFi

PROs:

  • Supports 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
  • Up to 7-mile range
  • Includes 2.4 GHz 8.5db 20” outdoor antenna and stainless steel rail mount

CONs:

  • The signal strength bar colour shows signal strength in relation to each other, not total strength
  • In order to see the real strength of each hot spot you have to mouse over the actual coloured bar
  • The signal strength screen also is not real time, but an average over a few minutes

The Star Walk App

PROs:

  • Night mode to preserve your night vision
  • Tap each object for a full description
  • A calendar of celestial events will make sure you never miss something cool in the sky

CONs:

  • Not a free app but worth $7

MOB + Wireless Kill Switch

PROs:

  • Mounted in-line with your existing kill switch
  • If the fob battery dies you can hold the hub button for 13 seconds to manually override
  • Uses the proprietary WiMEA Protocol that does not interfere with other wireless systems

CONs:

  • To manually override the system, you must insert a jumper hat on the back of the hub unit

WiriePro WiFi and 2G/3G/4G

PROs:

  • Fully waterproof enclosure
  • Draws on average 750mA at 12V
  • Marine grade stainless steel and aluminum mounting system included

CONs:

  • 2 amp fuse/breaker is required for installation is not included

Raymarine a9/a12 MFD

PROs:

  • 10Hz internal GPS and external antenna support
  • Video over IP support for security cameras
  • Built-in Bluetooth for remote control of music

CONs:

  • RMK-9 wired remote and RCU-3 wireless steering remote not included

Garmin Helm and Marine Wi-Fi Adapter Kit

PROs:

  • Record button in the app to save a video of the chartplotter display to your mobile device
  • Power options for 120/240VAC or 12/24VDC
  • Includes 2 Power Over Ethernet (POE) injectors for use with AC or DC

CONs:

  • No Android support

Vesper Marine XB-8000 AIS Transponder with WiFi

PROs:

  • Free iOS app
  • Routes NMEA 0183 instrument data over WiFi
  • Silent Mode

CONs:

  • No mobile apps for Android, Windows, or Blackberry

Digital Yacht NavLink

PROs:

  • Optional USB interface allows for a more permanent, wired installation
  • Internet connection is not required for system to work, just connection to NavLink hotspot
  • Eases installation and creates an integrated system due to items being connected by spur cables

CONs:

  • Network covers vessels of up to 20m, larger vessels need extension
  • Digital Yacht products must be ordered from the UK
  • Cost is approximately $550 CAD

NautiCloud Wifi Range Explorer

PROs:

  • Easy to install (just need to mount, power and connect)
  • Personalized Wifi network onboard
  • High-powered Wifi network link offboard (up to 5 miles)

CONs:

  • New technology that is not fully developed yet
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