Antenna Simplifies Adding Boat Internet Access

May 2022 News

Between updating software, downloading the latest weather or sending a quick SMS message, cellular connectivity has become a common—and necessary—part of being on the water. Once limited to large vessels, web access is now readily available to smaller boats with the innovative Glomex weBBoat® 4G Lite EVO US antenna from GA Communications. Extremely compact and lightweight, it receives 3G/4G cellular and Wi-Fi signals up to 15 miles from shore and distributes them throughout the vessel using its integrated router.

With the Glomex weBBoat 4G Lite EVO US, up to 24 individual devices can securely connect to the Internet simultaneously at speeds up to 72 Mbps. Designed for real-world usage, if the antenna is connected to a shoreside Wi-Fi and the boat moves out of that signal range, it automatically switches over to cellular data. Users won't notice the seamless transition and don't have to reconnect to the router.

Engineered for North American waters, a cellular plan is needed for offshore connectivity with the weBBoat 4G Lite EVO US. But with automatic APN, it's simple to add a single SIM card from any US-based GSM carrier and connect it without any programming. The router also features LAN and WAN ports to expand its onboard adaptability.

The weBBoat 4G Lite EVO US includes a feature called satellite pass-through. With it, the antenna can automatically connect to another router, V-SAT/SAT signals or other satellite Internet connection if the 4G cellular signal is lost. Access is then passed through the LAN port so the Wi-Fi never changes.

Managing weBBoat 4G Lite EVO US couldn't be easier with the Glomex app for Android or iOS. With it, users can set up and configure the device with an encrypted connection, and monitor and control the SIM card. Built-in SMS management displays Internet usage, and can read and send messages. It also serves to contact technicians who can remotely troubleshoot software and power issues.

At only 8" H x 5.5" dia., the UV-resistant radome easily fits on a coach roof, radar arch, stern pulpit or spreader, and at only 2 lbs., it's negligible weight aloft. It has a 10/30VDC power supply with a single lead and draws a mere 500mA at 12VDC. Available from GA Communications, the weBBoat 4G Lite EVO US costs $799. 

Glomex manufactures a wide range of marine connectivity and modular wireless system monitoring solutions that meet the needs of virtually any vessel. For owners venturing up to 20 miles offshore, the weBBoat 4G Plus EVO internet antenna has dual SIM card ports that make international travel easier. The weBBoat 4G PRO EVO expands on this model to add commercial-grade heavy-duty mounting hardware and upgraded construction.

Contact GA Communications LLC, 9351 Suite I, Philadelphia Rd., Baltimore, MD 21237. 803-722-7296.

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