Port Network’s approach to maximized marine WiFi is to minimize coax loss, packing a high-powered radio and 5.5-dB antenna into a waterproof box for deployment on deck whenever you anchor or tie up. Both power and signal run through a no-loss 25-foot Ethernet cable. While the $349 MWB-200 will usually find the best available WiFi signal automatically, complete control software is accessible via browser. In several areas tested, the MWB worked well when normal WiFi was helpless. Note that this unit does require 110-volt A.C. power but that it can be used most anywhere (like in a hotel when you’re not boating).
This article originally appeared in the September 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.