YachtMama to offer WIFI to boaters

NEW YORK – Yachtmama.com LLC is launching a WIFI system that will provide 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g wireless public hotspots at marinas, industry tradeshows and boat shows across the country, the company said this morning.

Called “YachtSpot,” the system will allow boaters and users of laptop computers, or other wireless Internet access devices, to tap into the Internet at speeds comparable to high-speed broadband connections offered in offices and homes, the company said.

“Demand for the YachtSpot has been tremendous,” said YachtSpot developer and director Jack Schaefer. “A wireless hotspot does not take vast amounts of technical experience or maintenance, and the return on investment is extremely high with competition being very low.”

Schaefer said the product was originally developed for use in weather intensive marina environments and has been adopted by the private sector. The YachtSpot service was offered in limited mooring areas of New York City last year.

YachtSpot uses radio technology that is low-energy, highly robust, and operates in the unlicensed, 2.4 GHz radio spectrum, ensuring communication compatibility worldwide.

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