"My Whole Boat is a WiFi Hotspot" – Cradlepoint in Action Photo Contest

The Cradlepoint in Action Photo Contest was held March 1–April 12, 2013. We invited our customers to tell their stories of how they use Cradlepoint products, with the winners determined by votes on Facebook. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing some of their stories.

The overall winning entry for the contest came from Cristina Sison, who moved onto her boat, the Tadhana, in May 2009. Cristina and Tom, her "other half," are based in Deltaville, VA in the southern Chesapeake Bay. Tom has a desk job, but Cristina works online from the boat. They cruise around almost every weekend – from early Friday afternoon until Sunday, or even early Monday morning, in time for Tom to get back to the office. They dream of one day living free of dock lines.

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Cristina has long had a USB modem for mobile broadband. Initially she could only use her modem with one laptop at a time; she and Tom used to have to swap the modem back and forth just to check email. Now they have several devices connected all the time to a Cradlepoint router: "My whole boat is a WiFi hotspot."

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Cristina and Tom have also used their Internet connection to monitor and track nearby ships.

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Cristina and Tom are certainly not the only ones who use Cradlepoint for Internet on boats; Robyn Wilson of Florida also leverages Cradlepoint so that she can cover her sailboat, Calusa, with WiFi – "all 45 feet of her." Like Cristina and Tom, Robyn and her husband live aboard their boat. Their Cradlepoint-powered WiFi solution "allows us access to news, keeps us entertained and most important it is our source of communications, including video chat, with our loved ones."

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Also check out some of the other stories from the Cradlepoint in Action Photo Contest: