Wi-fi based router
Hi - My name is Russ (John to salesmen and bill collectors) and I am new to the forum. I have been in electronics most of my life and worked in computers for 50 years, mainly mainframes. I am retired and live on a yacht (pictures on request) on the Caribbean coast of Panama. I got hooked on the workshop videos and have a new must-do project after each video.
My main interest is a wi-fi based router to connect my on-board devices to the internet. I had a Wirie which was great, until (a) Wirie went out of business and (b) I took a lightening strike which turned mine into slag. I selfishly think it would make a great project for the workshop, but I am willing to accept any ideas or suggestions anyone might have.
Thanks in advance
A quick look at the Wirie startup guide http://www.thewirie.com/wirie-manuals-firmware_files/wiriepro-QuickStartV1.8.pdf makes me think that you were connecting to a nearby onshore router. Some years ago wanting to connect to our favorite RV Park's personal router (with their permission & password) I bought several Ubiquiti NanoStation M2 devices that worked great to connect over distance to their router. It's been a while so it would be best to study what Ubiquiti has available now and read their specs & setup instructions. The NanoStation M2 had a built-in directional antenna but they also sold a similar device with an omnidirectional antenna which would be better since you are on a boat. An inexpensive router (back then I bought one at Walmart) can be cabled up to the Ubiquiti with an ethernet cable (RJ45). Hope this helps!
@anotheroldbitshuffler Thanks for that. I will look at Ubiquiti. A Walmart router would certainly be quicker, but the hassle of an ethernet cable and a power line to the receiver, coupled with 110v for the router makes it a plan C or D option. The idea of something compact, powered by 12v and bunged into a pelican box hung a ways up the mast is very attractive, offset by the fact that if I were to do it that way would probably tempt me to try marketing it to the sailing community. I shall have to see what is under the hood in a house-style router and perhaps put the whole thing in the box. I still haven't forgiven Wirie for going out of business.