Digital Yacht 4G Connect, with WiFi router and Alexa

This Digital Yacht 4G Connect was impressively demonstrated at the Miami show. The standard model shown uses indoor MIMO antennas to connect with cellular data services, then WiFi and/or Ethernet to make the link to devices on the boat. The Pro model uses two exterior antennas that looked very rugged and well designed for running serious coax cable.

All that’s attractive in itself — and recently approved by the FCC for U.S. use, I’ve heard — but DY added some special sauce related to some of their many other communications products. In the Miami booth, for instance, you could ask (Amazon) Alexa questions about a boat somewhere else on the planet and get a sensible answer like this:

You: “Alexa, ask iKommunicate for my position”
Alexa: “SARITA is travelling North East at 6.0 knots in the English Channel, 6 miles South of Bournemouth, United Kingdom”

That feature is thanks in part to an easy connection between the Connect 4G and a DY iKommunicate, as diagramed below with other possible DY integrations. The other part is a set of new Alexa SignalK skills being developed by Pocket Mariner. In fact, their free Boat Watch app already has an Alexa AIS skill and we’ll have more on these talking boat features soon.



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Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

2 Responses

  1. Looks like nice stuff, Ben, but why would I buy this for $500 vs say a AC791L Jetpack for $80-$100? both have external antenna capability, and the Jetpack is small enuff I can put it in a tiny waterproof box & hoist it to the top of the mast 🙂
    As far as Alexa onboard – no, thank you.

  2. Alan Spicer says:

    Ask Alexa about Alan Spicer Marine Telecom. We have LTE Advanced (600M) and LTE Advanced Pro (1200M) systems available. As usual we are ahead of the curve on the way to 5G. LTE Advanced/Pro will be integral part of 5G systems and routers with modem expansion slots can take upgrades later as technology advances. (1200M may work on AT&T Network only for now, manufacturers restriction, but in a couple months will take a firmware upgrade to open up the rest.) SIM-based, Auto-carrier selection. Simply insert the SIM and wait for the router to automatically detect
    the SIM and establish a connection. A+ (SIM-based, Auto-carrier Selection for all North American,
    European, and Asia Pacific carriers)—Pending on 1200M, available on 600M.

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