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Optimising Internet Connectivity at Sea

In the realm of maritime internet connectivity, there are three primary options available. These are Starlink, 4/5G technology and VSAT.

Starlink stands out for its exceptionally low-latency connection, although its global coverage is still under expansion. 4/5G technology impresses with its speed and cost efficiency, especially advantageous for vessels operating in nearshore environments. However, the catch is that its range becomes restricted at sea, posing challenges for offshore connections. VSAT, on the other hand, has the benefit of reliable global coverage, invaluable for ships on diverse routes, but when it comes to speed, latency, and cost, it doesn’t quite match up to the performance of Starlink or 4/5G. 

For the installation of 4/5G technology, there are two main methods. The traditional method involves using whip antennas placed on the top deck that connect to a below-deck router via coaxial cables. An alternative to this is the dome solution, which is an integrated approach, consolidating the router and antennas into a single connectivity hub. This method addresses the signal losses which can be common with the traditional approach. 

Poynting is at the forefront of maritime antenna innovations. Celebrated for its manufacturing of wideband antennas optimised for various frequency bands, Poynting has distributed over 15,000 maritime antennas globally, boasting a remarkable record of minimal quality complaints.

Their offerings are not just about high performance; they also have an aesthetic appeal, making them perfect for luxury yachts. Some of their noteworthy products include the traditional whip antennas, which are omni-directional and high performing, the Wavehunter™ range that brings antennas inside a distinctive dome design for improved signal quality, the EPNT-4, a compact solution tailored for smaller vessels, and the RIPPLE Series, known for their robustness, expansive frequency coverage, and technological advancements. 

EPNT-4: Compact Efficiency 

Designed for smaller vessels, the EPNT-4 is a compact antenna solution by Poynting, addressing the space constraints of boats without compromising on performance. Despite its size, it offers reliable connectivity, withstanding aquatic challenges with its durable, water-resistant build. 

Ripple Series: Technological Resilience 

Poynting's Ripple Series combines durability with advanced technology. Tailored to endure tough maritime conditions like salinity and storms, its enhanced resilience is matched by its broad frequency coverage and design that minimises signal interference. It's a symbol of both robustness and technological excellence. 

Wavehunter Range: Uncompromised Connection 

The Wavehunter represents Poynting's peak in maritime antenna design. Its iconic dome shape ensures a 360-degree signal reception, crucial for the ever-moving maritime context. Coupled with its wide frequency range and premium build, the Wavehunter is a paragon of maritime connectivity. 

These three antennas from Poynting - EPNT-4, Ripple, and Wavehunter™ - exemplify the company's dedication to maritime connectivity, catering to diverse needs while navigating the challenges of the sea. 

Diving deeper into Poynting's philosophy, they emphasise more than just the antenna gain. The radiation pattern is a game changer in maritime connectivity. Poynting is well aware of the challenges posed by the maritime environment and their priority is to facilitate consistent and reliable connectivity, ensuring their antennas deliver steady performance, even under dynamic maritime conditions. 

YOT LTD provides expert solutions in maritime connectivity working with reputed brands including Poynting, Peplink, and Teltonika. From maritime antennas, routers, cables and connectors, please get in touch at or visit our website for further information.

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