A new Wi-Fi system
Even though we have been very happy with the WirieAP Wi-Fi booster that we have used in the past, when it came time to purchase one for the new boat (we left the Wirie on ZTC for the new owners), we decided to go a different route this time around.
Outside of the cellular service offered by the local telephone companies, I believe the largest internet provider in Grenada is Cruisers Wi-Fi. At least it’s the one that we’ve always used. Rikky Knowles, the owner of the company, also sells Wi-Fi antennas, and when I contacted him to discuss our needs, we opted to purchase one of the Bullet-based systems that he had in stock.
Even though the guts of the system is different from what we’ve used in the past, it functions very similarly. In addition to the antenna and booster, there is a small wireless router that creates a network, and we can connect to that network with any of our laptops and iDevices.
In spite of the fact that I’ve had this setup for weeks, until just now I had yet to try it out. The hurdle preventing me from doing so has been running the wires to the location that I want to permanently mount the pieces (antenna, router, etc.). I decided this morning though that prior to investing the time to run any wires, it would be prudent to first test the antenna to see how it works.
Well, I am happy to report that even with the antenna simply sitting on the nav table, leaning up against a bulkhead, the system works as advertised. With very little configuration, I was able to connect to our Cruisers Wi-Fi account, and post this info to our blog. Now I can’t wait to get it installed properly!