sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Rogue Wave - IT technology that will have sailors surfing
Rogue Wave - IT technology that will have sailors surfing

'Crystal Blues and her crew Neil and Ley Langford'    Ley and Neil Langford    Click Here to view large photo

Neil Langford, AV & IT Consultant and practising cruising sailor, has been long-range cruising with his wife Ley for over ten years. On their yacht Crystal Blues, they are currently in Malaysia. Here Neil gives his bird's eye view - a qualified one - on a new internet connection product ideal for cruising sailors, Rogue Wave:

Staying connected to the internet is important these days, and most cruising sailors have exactly the same needs as their land locked brothers. We all want web access and email, and then there are Facebook & Twitter, online shopping, video downloads, chart updates etc etc.

There is a new kid on the block - the Rogue Wave from Wave WiFi - and it is a significant improvement over previous technologies for those who live on boats (or RV's, camper vans, etc).


We learned about the unit on the great Panbo website, but have only recently purchased and installed, once we had committed to leaving Singapore.

Rogue Wave: Neil Langford gives his expert - and personal - opinion -  .. .  

Using this thing is a revolution - imagine turning on the wi-fi connection and finding more than 50 hotspots to chose from (thats not going to happen everywhere, but you get my drift ...). Or imagine connecting reliably to your favourite hotspot from more than 3 kilometres away ....while the boat is swinging at anchor, with no fancy directional antennas or complexity. Finally, think about one transceiver providing internet to all your on-board devices - from notebook PC's to iPads, smart phones and internet TV's. That's the promise, and (mostly) the reality delivered by the Rogue Wave.

Some people ask why we need good internet, on boat that is designed (destined?) to cross oceans. The answer of course is that most cruising folk spend most of their time in coastal waters and anchorages, and a minimum of time actually blue water sailing.

We all want internet onboard, specially when we're close to land. With our previous system we did have better than average wi-fi service available - we could connect to a good hotspot at more than a kilometre. However the old Senao hi-power transceiver used co-axial cable to feed signal from the external antenna to the transceiver, which was installed at the nav station and linked to our PC by a USB cable. In systems of this type the really big signal losses are in the co-axial cable and connectors. The need to link by USB to the computer also limits the distances involved.

Rogue Wave - where it all happens -  .. .  

The Wave WiFi product fixes all these problems by placing the complete transceiver (the radio) right underneath the antenna, in a weatherproof enclosure - so that no co-axial cable is required. It also solves the distance problem by using ethernet as the communications medium, meaning that anything up to around 90metres won't be a problem (our boat is not that big !). Sweeter still is that power to the transceiver is POE (Power Over Ethernet) so no separate power cable is needed - 12 volts is connected to the ethernet cable 'down below', using the supplied POE injector.

The ethernet cable from the Rogue Wave can be connected directly into your PC or notebook computer, and will work perfectly. However most users do as we have - they connect it to a wi-fi router that is installed inside the boat. The wi-fi router then effectively shares the internet service throughout the boat, with other devices connected by ethernet cable or by Wi-Fi.

Aboard Crystal Blues we have numerous appliances that share that solid internet service :

• Mobile phone(s)
• Apple iPad (for both Neil & Ley)
• Sony TV (this one has internet capability)
• AC Ryan PlayOn HD Media Player (also a 12volt device)
• Navigation PC

Screen grab of Rogue Wave -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo

Of course the new world of marine navigational equipment can also use the service, so if you have a any new generation navigation system or tools with wi-fi or ethernet connectivity they can use the ethernet connection, network and router as well. Examples would be iNavX for iPad, Navionics mobile device applications and even the latest Fusion Marine Stereo system, which uses ethernet and NMEA 2000 to let you control the audio via your iPhone or iPad from anywhere on the boat.

Our recent visitors from Australia were able to connect to the internet, responding to email and updating their Facebook pages easily - you can decide who can connect by controlling password access. We're using a D.Link Wireless-N router, that runs happily on 12v DC from the boat supply, and draws minimal power.

Back to the Wave Wi-Fi unit..... and some technical notes. The Rogue Wave acts as a DHCP client and accepts an IP address provided by the onboard router, or a static address. You control the unit via web browser - it publishes a very simple web page that lists all available hot spots - and you choose which hot spot or site to connect with.

We purchased our unit from Land & Sea WiFi in the United States. They provide a complete product package with high gain antenna, rail mount, ethernet cable, and power supplies for both AC and DC situations. We spoke to them by telephone then placed an order on line, and had the equipment in Singapore seven days later. Customer support via telephone and email has been great with those guys.

Now for the slightly weird aspect of how we use the system - when we're away from a marina or local hotspot, my iPhone with a local 3G SIM card can share it's 3G internet service. We tell the Rogue Wave to connect to the iPhone, and then every device on the boat has internet, including the cabled devices. This approach often gives us faster and more solid connectivity than the closest marina Wi-Fi service.

OK, so what doesn't work ?
Not much ... the high-gain antenna works fine, but the chrome plated coating on the base has bubbled and degraded quite quickly - a little surprising for a 'marine' product. The rail mount supplied (pic at right) works with standard 25mm rail (and a little bigger), but does not fit larger diameter 40mm stainless railing. Both of these are pretty minor issues. The only other issue we've found is one public hotspot in Penang that did not support wireless bridging. The Rogue Wave IS a wireless bridge - it logs on to remote wi-fi access points and then bridges the signal across to its 'local owner'. It seems that some public access points can detect the bridging device and deny internet service - but we've only seen it once. This is not a problem with normal marina wifi services, nor with the great majority of public access hotspots.

If you need reliable and versatile access to public wi-fi hotspots, from a vessel in a marina or at anchor, this is the best product we've tested.

If you would like to follow the adventures of Crystal Blues and her crew Neil and Ley Langford, go to their website.


by Neil Langford

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=97099

1:55 AM Fri 11 May 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Practical

Related News Stories:

04 May 2012  Product of the Week: The Parasailor
25 Apr 2012  World-first AIS/GPS personal device approved for sale
23 Apr 2012  Five simple steps to Winch Wisdom
20 Apr 2012  Product of the Week: New MLS Fuel Purifier
11 Apr 2012  Product of the Week: Friendliest-ever sailor's torch
10 Mar 2012  Shore-power cords - are yours safe? - A checklist
28 Feb 2012  Quick tips: Jack Lines and Lazy Jacks for the short-handed sailor
23 Feb 2012  Top anchor producer Manson releases the Manson Boss - and more
17 Feb 2012  Product of the Week: Quick-release line guides for continuous furlers
12 Feb 2012  LightSquared and the USA's GPS system - is the alarm warranted?
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World













Monaco's Miani wins Melges 20 2014 Audi-Tron Sailing Series by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,






















































Half Ton Classics Cup - Concorde wins the Half Ton Spirit Trophy
49er and 49erFX Europeans - Maloney and Meech bullet into the lead
Committee announces Marblehead Yacht Racing Hall of Fame Inductees
PredictWind's Weather Routing tool gives option of comfort or speed
Stena Match Cup Sweden 2014 - Three in a row for Bjorn Hansen
Clipper Round the World - The fight for final points gets underway
49er Europeans: Live video action from Helsinki, Finland
Bell’s Beer 90th Consecutive Bayview Mackinac Race
America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature
2014 Sarasota Grand Prix - 77 Lucas Oil SilverHook got second place
Half Ton Classics Cup - Swuzzlebubble victorious with a day to spare
U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship - Top teams to battle
Audi-Tron Sailing Series - Melges 20 fleet ready for action
Volvo Cork Week - Front runners emerge on day 3
Nacra 17 Europeans - Big winds halt racing in La Grande Motte
49er and 49erFX Europeans - Tough end to qualifying phase + Video
New Classification Code for consultation released by the IPC
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race fleet heads for London
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi and Team Alvimedi head for England
Rio 2016 in the sights of ISAF Youth Worlds 420 sailors
Exciting new International Audi Melges 20 Ranking System now in play   
FISU World University Match Racing Championships - GBR women win gold   
2014 Seiko 49er and 49erFX European Championship - Day 2   
Volvo Ocean Race teams Abu Dhabi and Alvimedica leave Newport, RI   
Half Ton Classics Cup - Champagne conditions on Day 2 + Video   
ABYC Fourth of July Regatta - Snipes join the action   
Volvo Cork Week - Three bullets for ballistic catapult   
Nacra 17 Europeans - Besson and Riou lead the overall standings   
Formula 16 World Championship - Aussies claim title in Newport   
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - The journey beckons   
Clipper Round the World - London to provide emotional heroes welcome   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Italians to lead RS:X fleet in Tavira   
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - Over the Horizon   
Foiling Week - Italian Moth Championship - Final results   
NYYC Race Week - Yachting history on display   
Rescued sailors reach shore after dramatic ocean rescue   
Half Ton Classics Cup: Swuzzlebubble out front on Day 1 + Video   
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Yachting history on display   
Volvo Cork Week - Thrilling conditions welcome international fleet   
Nacra 17 Europeans: Success for Italy's Bissaro and Sicouri   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT