Enjoying a high-quality broadband connection at sea can be expensive, due to the high price of satellite Internet services. To overcome this problem, Frontier Computer Corporation has tested solutions to make open-sea connectivity more accessible and affordable. Frontier Computer Corporation MD Richard Koenders said their tests, which used a combination of a Peplink BR1 router and two Poynting OMNI-291 4G cellular marine antennas, produced great results.
This made it possible for them to use land-based 4G networks while at sea, which was more affordable than satellite access. “As a result, 6GB-8GB of cellular data was consumed in the test phase, and only 80MB via the satellite connection,” said Koenders. He said it was possible to establish and use a mobile connection when the ship was 35km from the shore.
The images below show the Peplink router and the Poynting antennas installed on a ship.
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