Communication in your everyday life is a must nowadays. Getting those items, configuring them, connecting them to all the others, and figuring out what is going on is why MCS is second to NONE in integration, training, documentation and troubleshooting the technology you want and need to stay connected. Please read through, follow links and become familiar with communication technology.
From Iridium handhelds to Large FleetBroadband domes, satellite communication is a great choice for anything 30 miles or more off shore. Typically there is a system that will fit perfectly into you budget and needs. They allow you to connect a PC and surf the internet, use compression weather software, like Ocens WeatherNet and ClearPoint weather, to download weather files via their internet connections. Consider the size of your vessel and data communication needs when picking the right unit for you.
Cellular communication, options, data:
From your everyday cell phone to a dedicated cellular modem installed for the entire vessel, staying in touch via a cell phone on your vessel can be as easy as staying in touch with your cell phone in your car.
WiFi or wireless networking:
WiFi is the new kid on the block for marine applications. Offices, homes, cafés, and airports, etc. are all wired for this communication and now more and more boatyards and marinas are following suit. Getting your PC connected can be easy with a laptop and its built in WiFi card. Additional equipment can extend your short range from 300 meters (give or take) to 15 miles (line of sight).
The industry standard for communication at sea, SSB and VHF allow you to quickly communicate with other vessels and land stations. Integrated with DSC, these systems become a strong backbone for safety at sea, getting you connected with the people who can help you quickly and easily. Additional features and options allow you to connect to weather file downloads (GRIB Files), and capture weather faxes and Navtex information. These extra features round out radio communication and make it very viable.