Marine Internet Access Kit

The Marine Internet Access kit was created 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 shown includes GST and free delivery Australia wide.

The 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 install the nano 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.  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.

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
  • Supports up to 2 nano 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

Kit Contents

Marine Internet 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
  • 240v plug pack is included to operate the modem from a standard mains outlet instead of wiring to DC system
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 150Mbps MIMO
  • Easy web based managment interface
  • Overall dimensions of modem with attached Wi-Fi antennas: 55cm tall, 18cm wide
  • Optional kit available to relocate both Wi-Fi antennas if mounting in a constrained location or steel vessel
  • 1 year warranty

You may wish to add the Wi-Fi antenna relocation kit to your cart if you think you might have space constraints fitting in the modem with Wi-Fi antennas attached or on a steel vessel.

Kit includes 2 x wall mount brackets for the Wi-Fi antennas and 2 x 1.5m coax cables.

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Connection Overview

FAQ

Q: How does the kit look installed and do you have any installation photos?
A: Yes, we have a selection of installation photos available. Check them out here

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 the 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. The kit will still operate on a single antenna however this will be at reduced performance.

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.  It will also operate from a 240V outlet using the supplied plugpack.

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 the signal, the Marine Internet Kit is a dedicated data modem with high quality external marine antennas.  

Coverage

Coverage of the kit includes many factors, most of all the height of your main 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 visibility 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 the 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.”

We have a post relating to Whitsundays coverage available here.

Telstra 4GX Coverage maps for marine are available here.

Testimonials

Our previous model, the MIM100 was so successful that we decided to upgrade the performance and features for the MIM200.  Below are some of the things our customers have 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