Keep the comforts of home on your next voyage. KVH, a manufacturer best known for its satellite-based marine communications systems, just changed the connectivity game for offshore mariners with its new TracPhone LTE-1 marine communications system.
The new cellular device combines LTE Advanced cellular network technology with two leading carrier contracts to provide connectivity up to 20 miles offshore. So, whether you're sport fishing on your cruiser or starting a voyage on your megayacht, you will stay connected.
But how good is it? Like Netflix and chill good. Multiple users can connect at a time to the Internet via a wired Ethernet cable or WiFi for superfast LTE-A data speeds with no throttling.
Michael and Karen Fishelson, owners of Jarabacoa, a 43-foot Sabre Trawler, rely on the TracPhone LTE-1 for cruises along the northeastern seaboard.
“We both work, and having Internet access on the boat is very valuable. Before the TracPhone LTE-1, we relied on marina WiFi when in port, but that was often slow and insecure. We love our TracPhone LTE-1 for the security it gives us to count on reliable and safe Internet access,” said Karen Fishelson.
The TracPhone LTE-1 is compact—a little larger than a football—and easily mounts onto pole mounts and antenna mounts, making it a plug-and-play addition to any boat.
The complete system includes a high-gain dual antenna array, modem, GPS, and WiFi router. A single cable connects the antenna to a belowdecks Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) injector to provide power to the system.
“Boaters have been wanting near-shore connectivity for years, to check the weather, check water temps, be on social media—all while they are out on your yacht,” says Jim George, senior director of global leisure sales for KVH. “We tapped our engineers to create an LTE solution unlike any other, and they devoted months’ of development and beta testing to make sure this high-quality, all-in-one system has the top performance that KVH is known for with our marine products. The LTE-1 is ideal for everything from the 30-foot center console up to the 100-foot luxury sportfish yacht.”
The TracPhone LTE-1 automatically switches between carriers to achieve the most seamless WiFi experience yet in U.S. waters, including Hawaii and Alaska.
With the TracPhone LTE-1 you can host friends and family on your motoryacht and keep everyone happy. Don’t worry about entertaining the kids.
“We had the TracPhone LTE-1 onboard when we cruised from Long Island to Cape May, New Jersey, and it was great to be able to stream a movie while at port for the night and get work done on the laptop,” added Fishelson. “While our daughter was with us, she even did a videoconference from the boat. We recently traveled further south along the Chesapeake and I was able to work while underway. Today, we all rely on dependable Internet access, and having the TracPhone LTE-1 gives us flexibility and peace of mind.”
$1,699, with a flexible, month-to-month airtime 20 GB data plan for $199 per month with no annual contract.
Enjoy HD streaming and Internet more than 20 miles offshore with KVH, the #1 global marine communications provider. www.kvh.com