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TimmyK May 1st, 2014 09:52 AM

WiFi Booster for onboad
 
Hi, after reading several cruise line websites and the speed of the internet, does anyone know if I can bring a wifi signal booster like a airport utility from Apple? If so, has anyone done this before to boost the signal or speed onboard?

Mike M May 1st, 2014 10:18 AM

Tim,

The problem with the speed is not in the speed of the wifi on board the ship. The speed problem comes from the speed of the satellite connection. There is just so much bandwidth available. Quite often it is no more than 128kbps or 256kbps. Some newer ships have more bandwidth available.

The wifi booster may give you a better signal in areas of low wifi reception but they aren't really going to speed up the upload and download.

Take care,
Mike

TimmyK May 1st, 2014 12:34 PM

I know that bandwidth is a problem; when I travel and stay in hotels I know that sometimes the airport utility booster can help. I've stayed in hotels with large amount of rooms; and they have repeaters in the hotels. I wonder if the cruise ships would put repeaters around the ship like large hotels do. Oh well

Mike M May 1st, 2014 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by TimmyK (Post 1499694)
I know that bandwidth is a problem; when I travel and stay in hotels I know that sometimes the airport utility booster can help. I've stayed in hotels with large amount of rooms; and they have repeaters in the hotels. I wonder if the cruise ships would put repeaters around the ship like large hotels do. Oh well

TimmyK,

A repeater is a requirement for wifi on ships. The steel superstructure is a signal killer and the number of repeaters on board is far more than you would find in a land structure of that size.

The main reason that "some" ships do not have in cabin wifi is because they have not installed the wifi repeaters into the passenger areas.

Take care,
Mike

TimmyK May 1st, 2014 07:23 PM

Got it, thanks

Paul Motter May 7th, 2014 01:47 PM

By the way - Royal Caribbean is testing super high-speed Internet on Oasis & Allure right now, and they say it is faster than most people's home connections. They believe people will be able to even stream movies and use Skype on it.

http://www.o3bnetworks.com/media-cen...nternet-access

TimmyK May 8th, 2014 10:19 AM

Paul, thanks for this article. I do hope in the next three to five years all major cruise lines add hi speed internet. If you want to say in cabin and want to stream a movie that would be added fun; also for those who post pictures of their cruise vacations they will be able to post a lot more pictures quicker.

zydecocruiser May 9th, 2014 02:12 AM

A cruise ship will usually have multiple access points you can connect to. Some will be better than others for various reasons. If you had a way to select which access point to connect to and a way to boost the signal into your cabin, you could be ahead of the game.

The access point you connect to can make a huge difference in throughput in my experience.

Some experimentation might be needs, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the same SSID on different channels and some will be better than others.

TimmyK May 9th, 2014 06:51 AM

I will try and figure a way to boost the signal and get faster speed. The article Paul mentioned is pretty good. If the airlines can get decent wifi and the planes are traveling at 500mph; surely cruise ships going 30mph can get fast wifi.


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