How to Connect our WL70+iKConnect to a Marina Hotspot

Our WL70 long range Wi-Fi Antenna and iKConnect mini wireless router are a great combination for cost effective long range Wi-Fi connection on a boat. We have tried to make the process of connecting to a marina hotspot as simple as possible but if you are not doing this every day, then it is easy to forget the steps involved.

With this in mind, we have created a new “How to Video Guide” that gives you a step by step guide on connecting to the two different types of wireless Hotspot that you will encounter, using the web interface of the iKConnect.

This video is also applicable for our other popular combo; the smaller WL60 long range Wi-Fi adaptor and iKConnect, when used in caravan or RV sites.

New set of “How To” Videos on our Long Range Wi-Fi Products

WL510+iNavConnect

Getting a good long range Wi-Fi connection in a marina can be a challenge, particularly if you have not used the equipment for a while and cannot remember the steps involved.

To try and help make this a little easier, Digital Yacht have created a set of “How To” videos that explain how to connect to the two main types of wireless hotspots that you will come across on your travels; the “Open” captive portal type hotspot favoured by most marinas these days and the “encrypted” password protected hotspot that most bars and restaurants still operate.

At the same time we also created a third video that covers the important process of securing your boat’s wireless, by changing the default wireless network name and password, so that only the people you want to connect, can join your network.

We recommend watching them in the order shown below and simply click on the link to take you to the video on our YouTube channel…

  1. Connecting our WL510 to a Captive Portal type Marina hotspot
  2. Connecting our WL510 to a Password Protected type Restaurant/Bar hotspot
  3. Changing the default SSID and Password on our iNavConnect/iNavHub/iKConnect routers

IMPORTANT NOTE
After Apple changed the way their auto login feature of iOS and Safari behaved earlier this year, we now recommend installing the free Google Chrome web browser for maximum compatibility when connecting to hotspots, on your iPad or iPhone and this is also true on Windows PCs as Internet Explorer does not always seem to trigger the re-direct to the marina’s welcome/login page.

WL70R – New lower cost solution for wifi afloat

A new, competitively priced hi power wifi solution is now available from Digital Yacht called the WL70R

The system uses the well proven, WL70 1.25m wifi antenna (details HERE) 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.

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.

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

ikc router

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 you’re below decks about to enjoy a movie or catch up on email. The WL70 can offer reliable and fast connections up to about ½ mile/1km depending upon conditions.  For ranges up to 5-7NM, the more powerful WL510 is available.

The WL70R system is shipping now.  Download the manual from HERE

Part number: ZDIGWL70R (comprises bundle of WL70 and iKConnect router)

UPC: 081159830472

Price: GBP£300/US$449.90/EUR415

Find out more by calling + 44 1179 55 44 74 (US 978 277 1234)