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We had awful wifi on a cruise earlier this year but when I left my cabin it improved. Sailed same ship 5 weeks ago and had great wifi in my cabin because there was a wifi repeater just outside our cabin. Weather plays a huge part in the satellite signal too!
Hopefully those are not wifi "repeaters" but actual antennas or even mesh systems. Repeaters do extend the signal, but they cut the speed in half. And if you are unlucky enough to be going through two repeaters, it's halved again, so 25% of max speed. I suspect the cruise ships use antenna arrays and maybe the newer ones have mesh systems. I do know that all the metal in the ship is a real challenge for providing good wifi. I do wish they would provide a hardwired Ethernet jack in the cabins. That way I could either plug-in my laptop or bring my own router to cover the room. I actually used to do this in the early days of hotel Internet service when they did not have wifi.
So is there a wired port in the cabin that your access point plugs into, or are you just using it as a repeater for the existing wifi? I guess I've never looked for Ethernet jacks in the cabins as I "assumed" they did not have them!
I use a travel router which will connect to voom wifi so that my devices in room have a stable WiFi connection. The router seems to do a better job of keeping a connection to a weak wifi signal as well. I usually only use it when in the room for stable WiFi connection. I turn it off when I leave so I can connect normally to voom from other locations.
Maybe I am using the wrong name - maybe they are some type of wifi boosters but someone on CC told me they were called wifi repeaters. I am not sure but whatever the device that was mounted on the wall near the ceiling outside my cabin made a big difference for our surf n stream pkg.
A series of antenna nodes won't cut the throughput, but they also do nothing to increase the number of devices a single wifi access point can handle. The best solution is a mesh system with many access points spread out so each can handle a different group of devices, with enough overlap that as devices move around between them, they don't lose the signal and can be handed-of between them. This is how the cellular telephone systems work.
I know we joke about the seeming incompetency of RCI "IT", but I would hope the network engineers have done everything they can given the challenging environment of a cruise ship to maximize throughput of their wifi. I am sure they don't want us complaining any more than we want to have to complain. We don't cruise until October, but I may do some "snooping" to see if I can tell what they have configured.
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