Beacon has been leading the Marina Wi-Fi market for over 15 years. We had some of the first “pay as you go Marina Wi-Fi programs” in 2002, introduced the first “amenity based Marina Wi-Fi program” in 2007, lead the market with the “Marina Wi-Fi Network Concept” with MarinaCams and Web TV in 2010. In 2014 Beacon introduced the Next Generation of Marina Wi-Fi deployments designed to match and grow with the ever-changing mobile device landscape.
Beacon NextGen Marina Wi-Fi networks combine the latest in Wi-Fi technology and custom development with the experience that comes with over 1,000 outdoor Wi-Fi installations. What does a NextGen Marina Wi-Fi network bring to your customers? Speed. Coverage. Security. Simplicity. Support. Most importantly, it gives your customers a reason to come back.
The Transition to Beacon NextGen Marina Wi-Fi: The Beacon systems of 2010 – 2013 were designed to service the current Wi-Fi landscape, which consisted of 80% laptop communication and 20% other (other being defined as tablet, gaming devices and smart phones). Many laptops utilized a 30mW+ built-in Wi-Fi radio which has a specific strength of communication and all Beacon network topology supported this structure. As a result, the signals that Beacon sent from our antennae matched up with the strength of the signal returning from the majority end user devices.
Beacon's unique layouts offer an overlapping approach using 5 Ghz and 2.4 Ghz designs. Manipulating the strengths and minimizing the weaknesses of both frequencies is a science and in cases, an art. Our references can explain it best...
Do you have a plan for the next 3-5 years? Currently 90% of our end user devices are smart phones, tablets and media devices (gaming, TV, other media). This percentage is only going to continue to increase. These devices offer significantly less power/performance as compared to many laptops. Not only do these newer devices have less Wi-F power, there are many more of them at each marina than ever imaginable, requiring a dynamic approach and a sustainable growth plan. Beacon has a plan for you. The Beacon NextGen Marina Wi-Fi solution has been battle tested by many of our customers since 2014, all over North America and the Caribbean. It is ready, it is here. Beacon NextGen Marina Wi-Fi = multiple mobile devices per boat, communicating at streaming video speeds, with robust wireless connection using the most advanced radio and antenna designs.