Wifi Booster Gets "Thumbs-Up" After Maiden Voyage
08 April 2013 | Little River, SC
I recently added a Rogue Wave wifi booster to Aria (pictured here). The manufacturer claims that the device can find wifi hotspots up to seven miles away. I don't know about that, but the first time I turned it on in my slip, I picked up over 50 wifi networks from the condos that ring the marina. I've never seen more than seven using the antenna in my laptop. Our spring cruise was the Rogue Wave's maiden voyage, and I am very impressed. I had access to multiple networks, even at anchor, many with strong, 5-bars signals.
Rather than mount it permanently, I clamp it to the handholds on my hard dodger when I arrive. Then I remove it before getting underway and stow it below decks. The device is connected to a Netgear router (mounted in the aft cabin) that puts out a wifi network called, "Aria" so that anyone aboard (and who knows the passkey) may simply turn on his/her laptop and go online. It draws less than one amp at 12V, so power is not an issue. I adapted the router to run on the house bank, so the whole setup is wired into the instrument panel. I now believe we can add a wireless receiver to our entertainment system and stream Netflix and Pandora through our television using the Aria wifi network. Wow!
All in all, the Rogue Wave is a great addition to Aria.