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Internet connection on Yacht

by SVWillow / February 18, 2013 2:08 AM PST

We will be spending the summer cruising the New York and Canadian waterways and canals. We have a Dell Laptop with a WiFi card, but we need to have a secure connection most of the time even if there is no WiFi available. We do our banking, work, etc., every day on the internet. I am thinking of a Verizon USB data stick, and a month to month plan. Will this do the trick? Do I need to add a VPN. I've used HotSpot VPN with good sucess on WiFi and hotel connections, but not with a "cell phone" type connection. Will this set up also work in Canada?

Thanks for any help

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The short answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 18, 2013 2:25 AM PST

You'll want one of those cellular internet or broadband devices. It can be that USB stick or the little box device.

As to VPN, I never bothered with that on my MiFi or USB sticks. I did however use WPA2 if I was creating a WiFi hot spot.

Coverage is what it is. I rarely see coverage maps over the water but around harbors it should be fine. Each carrier varies so any coverage question or costs is one for the carrier.

Good sailing,

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Canadian VPN
by williambjacobs / February 26, 2013 11:20 PM PST

You can find a Canadian VPN at

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