Features April 2010 Issue

Details Distinguish the Best Wi-Fi Antenna for a Sailboat

Power over Ethernet Wi-Fi Antenna options are easy to set up and use, but The Wirie offers better portability.

Practical Sailor looked at three Wi-Fi antennas suggested by readers: the Bad Boy Xtreme from Bitstorm, Rogue Wave’s Wave Wi-Fi from GeoSat Solutions, and The Wirie, developed by cruising couple Mark Kilty and Liesbet Collaert. All three are marketed specifically to boaters, and they represent the two principal types of devices that users will find: USB-type units that plug into computer or laptop USB ports and Power over Ethernet (PoE) “bridges” that network via your computer’s Ethernet port to provide a pathway to the Internet.

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