The ability to communicate while inshore just got easier. Concord Marine Electronics launched its partnership earlier this year with Marine Data Solutions, providers of the MDS 101 Mobile Wireless Router. This now guarantees cost-effective 4G LTE Internet and communication service to yachts cruising the waters of the continental U.S.A. This innovative technology has already been installed on 25-plus yachts including brands such as Hargrave, Ferretti, Azimut, Westport, Benetti, Riva, Pershing, Alloy, Outer Reef, Heesen and Broward.
“The MDS 101 Wireless Router will unleash your yachts’ potential to run data on multiple devices such as audio/visual equipment, to download and watch movies, listen to music, computers to send business correspondence and search the Internet on mobile devices, all at the same time,” explains Michael Robilio, president of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based provider of marine navigation, communication, entertainment and security solutions since 1988. “And, because it offers truly unlimited 4G LTE service, the users will never be throttled down to 2G speeds.”
The MDS 101 service range offshore is about 5 nm. However, the MDS 101 was not designed to be used offshore, but rather to complement the yacht’s VSat service by offering higher speeds at lower costs when inshore or at the dock. It’s perfect, for example, for large yachts with multiple live aboard crew and charter guests. Since most yachts already come equipped with a VSat (i.e. KVH-V3), the VSat option may be chosen once out of range of shore side 4G LTE wireless service. Concord can also install external antennas on the MDS101 system which can help boost the wireless 4G LTE signal in fringe coverage areas. concordelectronics.com