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.

Digital Sneak Peek – Southampton Boat Show 2016 – Stand J346

The Southampton Boatshow runs from 16-25th September and Digital Yacht will be exhibiting on stand J346 in the heart of the electronics area together with our reseller Cactus

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We’ve our biggest ever selection of award winning AIS products with amazing deals – Class B transponders complete with all antennas for under £400 including VAT and a FREE AIS Lifeguard MOB alarm with our best selling AIT3000 Nucleus Class A AIS – that’s a saving of over £250

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Plus there’s a great deal on our new WL70R hi power wifi system for reliable internet access afloat

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There will also be new products too – like iKommunicate, our new next generation interface for ANY marine electronics system now commercially available following a successful Kickstarter crowd funded development project.  Start connecting your boat to the internet of things and get easy access to NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 data thanks to the new Signal K open interfacing standard – you can find out more at http://www.ikommunicate.com

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Finally we’ve some interesting instrument developments with our new wireless wind system, WindSense making its debut at the show and here’s a sneak peek of another development – instrument data on your Kindle.  These low cost, high bright sunlight readable displays make a great read for any boater – and now with your real time boat data too!  Find out more at the show…

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Remember – Stand J346 – we look forward to seeing you there.

The Digital Yacht team

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

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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)

AIS Antennas & Accessories

We’re often asked for compatible AIS antennas, mounting accessories and connectors for use with our range of products so the latest AIS Antenna & Accessory Guide is now available to download.  Just click on the image below.

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It’s not just AIS products either – we’ve accessories for our wifi products too that will prove prove popular with users of our WL70 wifi antenna.  Many boaters want to rail mount the antenna when in port and stow away below decks while sailing.  The PA41 detachable rail mount makes installation a breeze.

The PA82 can also be used as a mast mount for the DTV100 DTV antenna

There’s lots of possibilities here for the best, professional installation.  Just drop us a line or call if you need to order any parts (Europe + 44 1179 554474 or US 978 277 1234)

Digital Yacht October 2015 US$ Product Guide Now Available

Here’s our latest product guide and price list for the US market with new products including:


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WL70 – Easy hi power wi-fi solution for internet access afloat with USB connection.  MAC and PC compatible and a low cost router coming soon for iPads and tablets.  The easy, value solution for being connected on board.

AISnode – Add AIS to any NMEA 2000 system with AISnode.  Self powered NMEA 2000 receiver. Simple “T” connection into NMEA 2000 network to add AIS data.  Competitive and easy to install.

DTV100 – The ultimate in terrestrial DTV antennas.  Outstanding performance with FM and TV outlets. Pole or 1″ x 14TPI mounting.  Optional dual TV amplifier available.

Click on the picture above or HERE to get our latest product guide

See you at Annapolis Boat Show 8-12 October 2015 A1

Digital Update August 2015 Now Out!

Digital Update is Digital Yacht’s regular newslettter to keep you abreast of our latest product introductions.  The August 2015 edition is now available to download from HERE or click on the image below.  This month we take a look at the new DTV100 TV antenna, WL70 wifi antenna and Sonar Server.

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WL70 WiFi Antenna Brings Affordable Hi Power WiFi Aboard

The WL70 has just been released as a replacement for our popular WL60 wifi antenna solution.  It’s a hi power wifi antenna for a PC or MAC that will offer  up to 15x the range of a normal wifi solution built into a laptop.

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 wi-fi 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 connections up to about ½ mile/1km depending upon conditions.

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It has a very high performance 1.25m 15dBm antenna to suck in the weakest of signals and the internal low noise, high sensitivity modem connects to the PC via simple plug ‘n play USB interface. It fits a standard 1” mount (not supplied) so can be permanently mounted or even taken out into the cockpit when moored and temporarily installed.

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The WL70 replaces our existing WL60 model which is now end of line.

For more information, download the Dealer Preview Pack from HERE

The WL70 has a list price of £125/€185/$199.95 (ex vat) and is available now

Welcome to the new internet connected boat!