Go to our help desk (http://helpdesk.brightlan.net) and open a ticket, letting us know the following information:
At most marinas, you may qualify for something we call “Direct Connection”.
Although it is not an actual wire that is connected to your boat, it is a small antenna that mounts on the outside of the boat and directly connects you to our ‘backbone” distribution network. This gives you a full speed wired Ethernet connection plus an integrated WiFi access point inside your boat.
Some of the benefits of Direct Connect and on board WiFi:
You must route the included Ethernet cable from the outside unit to the place you wish to centrally locate the small, included power supply unit. The unit will provide the WiFi signal plus one Ethernet connection for a hardwired device. By using an inexpensive Ethernet switch, you can connect more than one hardwired device.
This device is also your WiFI access point. The equipment has been especially selected for close-quarters marina use to cause as little interference to other users as possible. When centrally located it is strong enough to cover most boats but yet not interfere. Simple enough to do the job without paying for needless bells and whistles.
The power supply and access point are designed for INDOOR use only. The antenna is weatherproof and must be mounted outside on the boat itself. If you choose to mount the antenna on the dock, you are totally on your own.
This equipment must be purchased from and programmed by us. It is installed by you.
If you are not comfortable doing this, we will be glad to refer a contractor who will do it for you. We will also need some basic information from you for programming.
Here is the cost for the equipment needed
Antenna/router/WiFi Access Point/Router and 50 foot Ethernet Cable. $196.90
7% Sales Tax $13.78
The device looks large here, but is really just about 8 inches in diameter.
We welcome your installation photos
Even with this device, you will still need to log into the Brightlan portal every 24 hours (or whatever you are currently doing)
HOWEVER- If you prepay for your service for 6 or 12 months, we will be glad to remove the need to log in. After prepaying your service please let us know via a Help Desk ticket that you desire this.
As a bonus for pre-paying you will get a free month of service for every 6 months you prepay. Pay for 5, get 6. Pay for 11, get 12.