New Winegard Marine Wi-Fi/4G LTE Antenna Keeps Professional Mariners Connected
American Made ConnecT™ WF-200M Provides Fast, Simple and Secure Internet Service For Those Who Live and Work On The Water
BURLINGTON, Iowa (May 1, 2018) — Winegard® Marine has introduced an affordable, easy-to-use and professional grade marine antenna that is ideal for use aboard workboats, river tugs and coastal commercial fishing vessels.
The American-made Winegard ConnecT™ WF-200M antenna combines a long-range, high-performance WI-FI signal extender with built-in nationwide 4G LTE cellular. Hard-working professional mariners can enjoy the benefits of uninterrupted coverage as they surf the web, stream entertainment and stay connected with friends and family. This technology is ideal for handling important vessel business such as emailing catch reports, maintenance logs or other "paperwork," or ordering parts and supplies to reduce downtime in port or updating software for onboard computers and electronics. Crew will also appreciate the ability to enjoy entertainment when off duty and stay in touch with their lives back home. The ConnecT WF-200M's advanced cellular capabilities make it a great solution for workboats and river-going tugs that operate in remote inland waterways. For vessel owner/operators, this technology is an easy and practical way to enhance crew morale and retention at far less cost than VSAT or satellite communications.
The ConnecT WF-200M accesses and boosts available shore-side WI-FI signals for improved WI-FI access, signal strength and reliability. This makes it an ideal solution for mariners wishing to stream entertainment to onboard laptops, tablets or other devices while they relax in port, follow social media connections or even touch base with the office. When on the move or out of range of WI-FI, a simple click allows the ConnecT WF-200M to keep boaters connected using Winegard's nationwide 4G LTE coverage.
The antenna is designed and manufactured in Winegard's Burlington, Iowa facility to meet the performance and durability needs of serious mariners. It utilizes Power Over Ethernet (POE) and offers streamlined installation/setup with a single Ethernet cable.
Winegard ConnecT WF-200M
Winegard's proven dome design has been rigorously tested to withstand the harsh marine environment. To accommodate a variety of vessels types and styles, the WF-200M includes a mounting pedestal that allows for level installation on flat to 30-degree slopes; it can also be mounted using any 1-inch, 14-thread extension pole. At 10.3 inch in diameter and weighing only 3 pounds, it is an ideal addition to many types of vessels.
Three high-gain, marine-grade antennas capture even weak WI-FI signals and amplify them for compatible onboard electronics and mobile devices. Two additional marine-grade, multi-band, omnidirectional, 4G LTE antennas provide a boosted cellular signal when a boat is on the move or out of WI-FI range.
To meet the needs of today's tech-savvy boaters and provide them with a practical, affordable, mobile-connectivity solution, the WF-200M comes with Winegard's "pay-as-you-go" ConnecT 4G LTE data program — no annual contracts, activation fees or monthly bills. To accommodate a range of needs and boating lifestyles, Winegard offers a range of affordable, pre-loaded data plans ranging from 1GB to 20GB. It's easy for boaters to choose the pre-paid monthly data plan that makes sense for them using a credit card on the Winegard ConnecT WF-200M website.
The Winegard ConnecT WF-200M retails for $479.00, and is available through a network of authorized Winegard Marine dealers. Contact Winegard at (800) 288-8094 or visit www.winegard.com/connect/marine for more information.
About Winegard Company
For 60 years, Winegard Company has proudly manufactured advanced antennas, communications and connectivity solutions in its Burlington, Iowa factory. Its wide array of product offerings include VSAT and wireless antennas for home, recreational vehicle, commercial trucking and marine use, satellite and broadcast HDTV antennas, WI-FI and 4G/LTE cellular extenders, and other technologies engineered to keep "on-the-go" people connected to their lives and the outside world. Winegard Company technology even played a part in Apollo 11's first manned mission to the Moon.