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Marine Internet Access Kit

Marine internet 4GX/4G LTE Modem Router with Wi-Fi

PicoSense have created a kit to allow you to have high speed internet access while onboard your boat.  The kit contains a high quality 4Gx/4G/LTE/3G modem/router with integrated Wi-Fi access point, 2 x high gain marine antennas and 2 x Wi-Fi antennas allowing all users aboard to access the internet at high speed. This is a must have if cruising the Australian coast ensuring the best range and performance.

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Price: $1685  $1585 inc GST and free freight Australia wide

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The PicoSense Marine Internet Access Kit has been put together to make getting fast and reliable internet onboard your boat a reality.  The kit includes everything you need to get going without the hassle of needing to choose antennas, cables, mounting brackets or even configuring the modem.   

All the hardware has been chosen because it suits the marine environment and is designed to provide you the best connectivity possible.  All you need to do is supply the SIM card for your chosen internet provider. 

PicoSense recommends the use of Telstra in the marine environment as they have exceptional coverage around the Australian coastline and are provisioned to utilise the 4GX network (700Mhz) which provides the best range from a land based tower.  Telstra 4GX coverage maps available here.  Installation of the SIM card is as easy as placing the SIM card on a tray and sliding it into the modem.  No further configuration of the modem should be required.

The Marine Internet Kit is not the same as a Cel-Fi booster.  The Cel-Fi devices are specifically designed to boost the available mobile phone signal for making and receiving voice calls and sending and receiving SMS.  Cel-Fi recommends forcing the unit into 3G mode to ensure the phone and SMS services work correctly, however this also limits the data speeds to 3G as well.  The Marine Internet Kit is a dedicated 4G/LTE data modem which connects via its high gain antennas back to the cellular tower and then shares this internet connection around your boat via its Wi-Fi hotspot.  Many users of the Internet Kit use Wi-Fi calling to make and receive phone calls via the modem and as such don't require the Cel-Fi unit.  The Cel-Fi units have their place in the market, however they are often not the best solution for marine use.  The Cel-Fi units cannot be compared to the Marine Internet kit.

 

 Benefits:

  • Allows you to share your internet connection with multiple devices without the need for turning on your phones "Hot spot" and using excess battery power
  • Internet of Things Afloat ready
  • Supports up to 2 SIM cards to allow redundancy or when cruising you can easily add a local SIM provider
  • Able to connect to the new 700Mhz band (B28) allowing even greater coverage range as provisioned in Telstra and Optus towers around Australia and specially designed for marine use. 
    ** If you are comparing this with the competition make sure it supports B28 or Band 28.  This is key to long range coverage on the water.  
  • Utilises a 4G Cat 6 modem, allowing download speeds up to 300Mbps
  • Operate your business from your boat.
  • Enable access to critical weather reports online and allowing fast download of GRIB weather charts.
  • Connect to your chartplotter for easy software/firmware updates and to take full advantage of connected services.
  • Easily stream Netflix or any online media service or stream online music through to Fusion and other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
  • Easy to install and get online
  • Potentially faster than your home NBN connection!

 

Download the Installation Instructions to learn about the best positioning options for the antennas and modem and just how easy the kit is to install.

Kit contents:

MIM200 Kit contents

 Specifications:

  • Built-in 3G/4G/LTE industrial/marine cellular modem and 2 x nano SIM card tray
  • Cat 6 modem that supports carrier aggregation enabling downloads up to 300Mbps
  • 2 x 9dB 4G marine grade antennas with adjustable nylon deck mounts
  • 2 x 10m LCU-400 high quality coax leads
  • RJ45 network port for hard wiring to devices if required
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 150Mbps MIMO
  • Wi-Fi can be used as Wi-Fi client
  • Easy web based managment interface
  • 1 year warranty

Connection Overview:

MIM200 Connection Overview 

 

Coverage

Coverage of the kit includes many factors, most of all the height of your primary antenna above the water.  The antenna must be able to see the cellular tower it is connecting to.  As such, as you move over the horizon, the height of the antenna above the water becomes critical to this visbility of the shore based tower.  We cannot overcome this factor.  Telstra explains their "out to sea" coverage very well in the below statement:

"Telstra's network can typically extend 20 to 70 km out to sea from mobile base stations located near the coast. However, there are many factors such as the weather, tides, sea conditions and your antenna installation (type and height above sea level) that can significantly influence coverage, data speed and performance. As a result, you must not rely on the Telstra Mobile Network as a primary method of communication at sea. 

To assist with your mobile services at sea, you should use a directly connected external antenna – one that is omni-directional or a specialist marine antenna. The antenna should be mounted as high as possible on your vessel using marine-grade cabling and connections.

In order for a service at sea to work effectively, line of sight to the terrestrial base station is required. This is influenced by the height of the serving base station, land based obstructions and the general topography of the land, which can block signals. Coverage will not be reliable over the horizon from a mobile base station even though it may be usable at times."

Are you planning to cruise the Whitsundays?  If so, you might like to check out a couple of maps that a client of ours mapped out showing signal quality from his Internet kit while moving around to various parts of the Whitsundays.  Whitsundays' Internet Coverage Maps

Testimonials

Our previous model, the MIM100 was so successful we decided to upgrade the performance and features for the MIM200.  Below are just some of the things our customers said about their internet kits.

" Just letting you know that we are absolutely wrapped with the internet reception that we are recieving. We are currently in Hexham Island heading to the Percys and my wife's business has not stopped with her on her laptop for at least 6 hours a day.  Being able to communicate with her office staff has been a godsend. It is amazing."  Owen

"... we are up and running with a very strong signal, thanks for your help"  Linda

"Have just arrived at Lady Musgrave Island, and am happy to say the internet connection is working"  Rob

 

FAQ:

Q: Why can't I just use my internet access on my phone?
A: By installing dedicated hi-gain 4Gx/3G antennas on your vessel you can ensure you will excellent access to the internet at any time. 

Q: How does this kit compare to the competition?
A: The competition kits often don't support the must have Band 28 support or have quality external marine grade antennas with high quality marine antennas and mounts.  They also require someone knowledgable to configure and setup.

Q: Is this kit 5G compatible?
A: At this time 5G rollout in Australia is very limited and focussed around capital cities.  It is unknown how long until or if this coverage will extend to marine coverage.  The current speeds obtained are frequently more than enough to stream video, web browse and check emails.

Q: Why are there two 3G/4G antennas in the kit?
A: Installing two identical high gain antennas allows you the best bandwidth/ speed and connection reliability possible.

Q: Is this secure?
A: Yes, by purchasing one of the PicoSense on-board marine internet access kits you will receive the hardware pre-configured with firewalls enabled and Wi-Fi access passwords set.  Of course you can modify this later if you wish.

Q: Will this run from my boats power supply?
A: Yes, the marine modem will operate from a power supply of 12V DC to 24V DC  

Q: How do I know which plan I require?
A: This will depend on how much data you think you might use.    

Q: How does this kit compare the the Cel-Fi devices available?
A: The Cel-Fi devices are not a modem and you still require your mobile phone to provide a hotspot for data.  The Cel-Fi units are locked to a particular carrier and are designed for boosting mobile phone signal, the Marine Internet Kit is a dedicated data modem with high quality external marine antennas.  Reception range will be greater with the Marine Internet Kit. 

We have produced a guide to internet on boats, it is available here.

The antennas are a marine grade 4G/4Gx/3G antenna with deck mount and 10m of low loss LCU-400 coax connected with a matching plug for direct connection to the modem.  

The antennas are 67cm long with a peak gain of 9dB. The Wi-Fi antennas attach directly to the modem, all that is required for boat wide Wi-Fi coverage.

Marine dealers who are interested in selling the kit should make contact with us.