When we first arrived at marina Costa Baja all we initially knew about the wi-fi is the name and password required to log on. And oftentimes I either heard my wife or other cruisers complaining about the spotty wi-fi internet. Most cruisers in our marina only knew about the free marina wi-fi signal to connect to the internet. By talking to marina personnel I quickly found out another option – hard wiring my boat for direct internet service.
Another option also available is to use a satellite phone or mobile broadband data (also known as 3G)
The pictures above demonstrate how we are presently connected to the internet. This allows us to watch Netflix movies, UTube or any other video streaming – flawlessly. Here is how easy it is to do:
- First plug-in your coaxial cable to the cable box located at the dock. If you don’t have cable the marina guy will gladly cut to size any cable needed; and all you need to do is give him a tip for his efforts.
- Then connect the other end of the coaxial cable to your boats cable box. If you boat does not have a cable box entry point then you can route it into the boat any number of ways.
- Obtain a router either by purchasing one or renting one from the marina. Plug in the cable to the router.
- Next connect an ethernet cable from the router to your computer. The ethernet cable that comes with most routers is only six feet long; by making a trip to your local electronics store, Wal-Mart or even Home Depot; you can obtain a 16 or 20′ ethernet cable.
- Enjoy your flawless instant internet, 24/7.