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Important notice for metal hull boat owners: 

The Wireless Router used in our product is not electrically isolated from the antenna mounting.  12 VDC Ground is exposed on the antenna mounting.  Owners of metal hull boats should take steps to electrically isolate the antenna mounting from their hull.

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Is your system Mac compatible?

Absolutely!
  All models of Apple Computers, iPads, iPods and iPhones are supported.  Os support includs all versions of OSx and iOS


Is the unit waterproof?

The manufacturer states that the unit is completely weather proof and designed for outdoor installation directly connected to outdoor antennas and is used that way in commercial applications. (See the Specifications page).
 



Do I have to mount the antenna on the top of my mast?

No.  Our recommendation is based upon the characteristics that radio signals in the frequency of Wi-Fi are adversely affected by water and wave chop. By raising the height of the Wi-Fi antenna you improve the direct signal path above the reflections and signal absorption over water giving a better and more reliable connection.  Do try to avoid locations where the signal will be blocked by mast or other structure in close proximity to the antenna as that will shadow its reception and transmissions in that direction.


Does your antenna require a special antenna mount?


Yes.  You will need to make a custom mounting for the Antenna and Rocket M2. 
The antenna has significan wind and inertia load created by the sailing motion and marine wind environment.  We supply a sample light weight mounting as an example for having a strong custom 3/8" Stainless Steel mounting made.  Please your mount includes a place for the Ubitiqui Rocket M2 to mount within 7 inches of the bottom of the antenna.


Is the POE (Power Over Ethernet) 12 Volts?  How is that handled?

The radio actually works on approximately 6 Volts with an internal regulation allowing power from about 6 volts up to 24 volts to power the unit.  We supply a small "power injector" which you connect to your boat's DC system.


I read on the Internet of Wi-Fi connections over distances of miles.  Can I do that?

The radio we use is actually designed and used in those long distance links.  That is why I selected it and the reason we achieve the distances we do.  

Long distance links use extremely high gain parabolic antenna's with 24 db gain on both ends of the connection. These antennas transmit a highly directional beam signal to a fixed location.  As such they are not practicle for use on a boat that is swinging at anchor.

Our 15 db MIMO Omni antenna allows your boat to swing in the wind while maintaining your Internet connection.  Yes, we give up the multi-mile link capability, but can you imagine your boat keeping that parabolic antenna aimed!


I have been talking with a friend about the system. He says he's heard that if the power injector is more than 50' away from the amp the losses don't allow a high-powered amp to get all the juice it needs. What is your understanding? He says he thinks the standard is for 36v at 100m, but with lower voltages the losses are higher over the same cable.
 

The specifications for the radio call for a maximum of 24 volts, so if you were able to supply 36 volts as your friend suggested it would in fact burn out the radio.  Let me share with you the calculations I did concerning voltage drop across a Cat5 cable.

The specifications state that the unit consumes maximum of 8 watts of power at peak power.  This is .66 amps at 12 volts.  Assuming a boat voltage of 12 Volts DC with 24 gage wire for 200 feet (the round trip electrical flow) the voltage drop is 3.0756 volts for a voltage at the device of 8.9244, well above the necessary voltage. Actual measurements show a power consumption of .12 amps and a voltage of 12.05 at the unit with 200 feet with 12.75 Volts at the injector.

Our unit is able to run at full power, both at the theoritical maximum power consumption, and as as measured in actual use.

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