A Lot More Than Just The Best Wireless Internet Service
Beacon Wi-Fi has been providing their multi-faceted wireless Internet service at marinas for boaters since 2002. Our focus has always been on one industry – marine. We continue to expand our network which covers over 250 prominent marinas in the US and Canada so our customers can depend on a powerful, safe, fast and reliable Internet service virtually anywhere they cruise. Boat owners, crew, marina staff and visitors can reliably surf the net and manage emails – and depending on available bandwidth – connect securely via VPN to their corporate networks, watch TV, talk on the phone, watch movies, stream video, trade stocks, work and play.
Internet – Most of our services start and end with a solid connection and access to the Beacon Wi-Fi Network. Once you are online, there is literally and unlimited amount of activities, services, work and fun!
ACCESS CODE CUSTOMERS: If you are located at a Beacon Wi-Fi FREE location, please see your dockmaster or marina manager about obtaining an access code or Voucher. This access code will allow you to create an account (duration of your account is up to your location) for use on the Beacon Wi-Fi Network. If you are a seasonal or yearly slip renter or member of a Beacon Wi-Fi FREE location, the account that you create and its corresponding username and password will allow you to login at all of our participating locations!
CREDIT CARD CUSTOMERS: If you can connect to the Beacon Wi-Fi Network but are not at a Beacon Wi-Fi FREE location, you can subscribe for service on a yearly, seasonal or short-term basis by clicking on the signup now link from our login page.
Phone – any VOIP service such as skype, vonage, magicjack that is run from your computer can be operated over the Beacon Wi-Fi Network as long as you have the appropriate credentials for log in.
TV – any Web TV system that has a browser and Wi-Fi modem can pull our login page and connect to the Internet. Wireless set-top boxes or Internet ready TVs are the most popular manners in which to watch TV via the Internet while you are on your boat, if there is appropriate coverage and bandwidth. Many mobile devices struggle to return signal through boat hulls so boat systems are recommended for reliable service in cabin.
Movies – Any Movie download service can be utilized to stream video over the Beacon Wi-Fi Network. Many movie download systems require a lot of bandwidth because they are designed for a single user at a home. Boat owners, crew, marina staff and visitors can reliably surf the net and manage emails – and depending on available bandwidth – connect securely via VPN to their corporate networks, watch TV, talk on the phone, watch movies, stream video, trade stocks, work and play.
WebCams – IP cameras can be located on your boat and viewed remotely using the Get Unplugged Now MarinaCam product line and viewed over the Triton’s Portal media viewer. The MarinaCam comes with a wireless router programmed to connect to the Beacon Wi-Fi Network and allow the camera live view to pass through our system. You can then password -protect your live view or open it up for anyone to see.
Network on my boat – Many boaters like to set up their boats much like a home or an office. A networked boat will attach to any Wi-Fi network via a high-powered system, will rebroadcast wirelessly to multiple users onboard. Printers, phones, or any network device can be plugged in and used like a home or office.
Boat Monitoring – Many of our customers use remote Boat Monitoring services and utilize the Beacon Wi-Fi Network as the communications mechanism for alarms. Please contact us directly if you interested in doing this as each service works a little different.
What technology do I need to connect to Beacon Wi-Fi? A simple built in Wi-Fi modem that comes in just about every new mobile device will get you connected at many of our locations. Based on the layout, geography and complexity of your marina, sometimes and little help is needed from a higher powered system. Why is this?
Height limitations: Many of our locations have boats that are taller than the highest structure available to us for antenna installation. We generally can design a system that defeats this problem but sometimes, based on the size of the boats and their layout, the built-in modem of your mobile device (as little of 10mW of power) is simply not strong enough to penetrate the layers of fiberglass, RF interference, water line, etc. If/when this happens, we will do anything in our power to improve your experience. If you are receiving some signal but not an adequate amount, a simple $99 High Powered USB Adapter at www.getunpluggednow.com will do the trick.
Covered Slips: Many of our locations on the UA and CAN west coast have a percentage of covered slips and boat houses that have metallic roofs and walls. This is NOT a wireless friendly environment since wireless signal bounce off of anything metallic. There a variety of methods that we use to rectify this situation, however, it is impossible to provide 100% coverage at some of these type of locations. We recommend products sold through www.getunpluggednow.com that have an antenna outside of the metallic structure and will bring the signal down to your boat and also rebroadcast wirelessly for multiple users.
Ports: Many of the ports on the US and CAN west coast are widespread marinas, yards, retail stores on government properties where the location of our equipment is less than ideal and not always up to us. We do the best that we can in these circumstances by adding the most powerful equipment allowed by the FCC. However, we cannot always cover the entire area.
Megayachts: Whenever a megayacht docks near you boat or in front of any Wi-Fi system, it generally causes interference. During our installation and planning process we usually can accommodate megayacht traffic but sometimes there are changes to slip layouts after our design and we deal with these one by one.
Connecting from Neighboring areas: If you are docked at a one of our locations that has an access controller, your coverage will most always be adequate for connecting from any location. However, if you are at what we call a “covered by” location, which is a location next to an access controller, you are receiving peripheral signal and may need a booster to increase your signal. If this is the case, please contact the Dockmaster or Manager and ask them to contact us about becoming a member marina.
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