Over the last few years, more boaters than ever are transforming their staterooms, salons and cockpits into remote offices. Working from the water has the dual benefit of allowing you to spend more time enjoying your boating passion while also working from an environment that inspires calm, creativity and perspective (plus, lunch break dinghy rides clear the mind better than anything else we know).
All that Zen creativity, however, goes right out the cockpit door faster than you can say “weak connection” if you’re not on a reliable WiFi network. “I can hear you; can you hear me? Hold on, I’ll restart,” is a surefire way to frustrate everyone on the Zoom call. Well, today, NETGEAR looks to toss connectivity issues into the wake with their new Nighthawk M6 Pro 5G mmWave WiFi 6E Mobile Hotspot Router. An omni-directional antenna allows boaters to effortlessly and instantly connect to 5G speeds up to 8Gbps—the kind of performance many professionals rely on while hosting video calls and downloading large media files. The router also offers 13 hours of battery life on an intuitive and clear touchscreen display, allowing you to work all day from a secluded cove (as long as you have cell service) without needing to fire up the generator.
When the work week is done and you have the grandkids aboard for the weekend, they’ll all benefit from the fact that the Nighthawk offers 1,000 sq. feet of coverage (or 2,000 sq. feet when plugged into 12-volt power) for as many as 32 devices. As a bonus: You can just as easily pause the WiFi connection, so you can all enjoy a truly “connected” dinner.
NETGEAR is currently offering two models; the base Nighthawk model boasts speeds up to 2.5Gbps for $700 while the M6 Pro boasts 8Gbps speeds for $1,000 (via the cellular provider of your choice). When considering the cost of these products, you should consider two things. One: Putting your business at risk by using an unreliable and unsafe marina connection is infinitely costlier. Two: There’s the value of being able to pursue your personal passions and professional goals at the same time. That’s real freedom, and that’s priceless.
For more information, head on over to NETGEAR.com.