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New Digital Yacht WL70R systems brings affordable wifi internet access on board

Press Release   •   Jul 21, 2016 09:42 BST

Simple two part solution with 1.25m antenna and compact below deck wifi router

A new, competitively priced high power wifi solution for boats is now available from Digital Yacht called the WL70R.

The system uses the well proven, WL70 1.25m wifi antenna and ships complete with a compact, DC powered wireless router called iKConnect. This creates a local wifi network on board the boat allowing mobile devices like phones, tablets and laptops to share the connectivity of the long range wifi antenna - effectively allowing multiple devices and users to share the internet connection.

More and more boaters want access to the internet afloat. Marinas and ports as well as a large number of cafes, hotels, restaurants and service providers offer wifi connectivity but you may just miss that vital connection if you’re moored or anchored away from the dock – especially if below decks about to enjoy a movie or catch up on email.

The WL70 features a hi power modem integrated into the rugged 15dBm antenna. It's self powered from a USB connection - either direct to a PC/MAC or via the iKConnect router in the new WL70R bundle making installation really easy. The WL70 can offer reliable and fast connections up to about ½ NM/1km depending upon conditions.

WL70R bundle features:

  • Rugged 1.25m 15dBm antenna with industry standard 1" mount compatabilty
  • Super compact iKConnect router with direct 10-18V DC power connection
  • Simple to use web interface for setting up and connecting to hotspots
  • Offers typically 15-20x normal wifi connection range and maximises speed
  • iKConnect creates an 802.11n wireless network onboard with full WEP/ WPA/WPA2 encrypted password protection
  • Detachable 5dBi antenna on iKconnect router to footprint boats up to 25m
  • LAN and WAN connections for network expansion and other applications - compatible with iKommunicate too
  • Also compatible with Fusion marine audio network for Fusion app audio control
  • 3G/4G USB modem support coming soon

The WL70R system is shipping now and is priced at GBP£300/US$449.90/EUR415

See it at the Southampton Boatshow 16-25 September, Stand J346

DIGITAL YACHT 2016 IS ALL ABOUT NEXT GENERATION NAVIGATION, COMMUNICATION AND ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS FOR YOUR BOAT. BOATING SHOULD BE FUN, SAFE AND EASY AND OUR PRODUCTS INTEGRATE INTO EXISTING AND NEW BOAT NETWORKS TO BRING A POWERFUL DIMENSION TO YOUR ON-BOARD ELECTRONICS.

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