New Antenna Brings Internet and Hi-Def TV on Board

November 21, 2016

Yachting Journal

Image: Shakespeare

Shakespeare has expanded boaters' ability to stay in touch with the world with its new WebWatch, an all-in-one Wi-Fi hotspot and high-definition television (HDTV) antenna that can keep devices connected to the Internet from nearby Wi-Fi hotspots or cellular data. Designed to be fast, reliable and tailored for long range reception, it provides increased reception and more range than PC and mobile device wireless data connections.

WebWatch provides Internet access for up to 32 users from nearby Wi-Fi or, with a data-only AT&T SIM card, a cellular network, with speeds up to 4G. It also supports T-Mobile and Cricket networks up to 3G speeds. The cutting-edge system shares the signal wirelessly throughout the boat or via an Ethernet cable. The Ethernet capability provides flexibility to extend its Wi-Fi network to areas that are shadowed from its Wi-Fi signal.
With the built-in HDTV antenna, owners and guests can enjoy local TV network programming with sharp, high-definition picture quality. It receives over-the-air digital signals, allowing televisions to play even during storms, when satellite connections may fail. A version of WebWatch without HDTV is also available.
The antenna will switch automatically between Wi-Fi and cellular, picking up the best signal for uninterrupted connectivity, and saving money on data charges. WebWatch is easily controlled using the iPhone or Android apps, and the built-in web-browser based device management tool makes it optimized for PC, mobile and tablets.
Both versions feature easy set-up and universal compatibility. Energy efficient, they run on 12-24V DC and draw a maximum of 1 amp. They're RoHS compliant and hold FCC wireless approval. The durable antennas are only 13" high and 11.75" in diameter, and weigh a mere 3.85 lbs. They come with a 25' power cord, 25' Ethernet cable and 25' TV cable.
WebWatch WCT-1 costs $899.95; WebWatch WC-1 without HDTV is $850.95.
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