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  WL500 Hi-Power WIFI system with Ext Antenna

The new WL500 allows boat owners to connect to wi-fi hot spots so that their on board PC’s or equipment can connect to the internet.  With internet connectivity on board you can download the latest weather or chart updates as well as having a mobile office on board. Most harbours and ports have either free or subscription based services available

The system has a compact, DC powered below deck mounted 500mW booster/modem and external, hi-gain (12dBm) antenna with 10m (33ft) low loss LMR400 coax interconnect cable.  The antenna measures 0.9m (2.95ft) and can be supplied with desk, mast and industry standard 1” x 14TPI mountings. 

The WL500 modem connects to an on board PC through a regular USB connection with a plug ‘n’ play driver disk supplied for Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.3 (and higher) and LINUX* operating systems.  It supports 802.11b/g protocols as well as WEP and WPA encryption.  

Even if your system already has wi-fi access, this can be disabled and you can take advantage of the superior range (and speed) that this system will offer.

Wi-Fi range depends on many local factors but Digital Yacht have seen ranges of up to 4-6 miles with this low cost system.  In general, using an internal wi-fi adaptor typically found on a notebook, you’ll be lucky to find the signal at the end of the dock so if you plan to access the internet whilst on board the WL500 could be the solution for you.

  • Ideal solution for permanent installation and new builds
  • Simple Plug and Play USB connection
  • 500mW wifi modem and high gain (12dBm) omni-directional antenna
  • Industry standard 1" x 14 TPI thread mount
  • Supplied with 5m USB cable - can be extended with optional 5m USB Active Extender
  • External Modem requires connection to boats 12v DC supply 
  • Windows XP/Vista/7 compatible
  • Mac OS X and LINUX* compatible

* The WL500 has not been tested with all LINUX distributions but all of the latest Debian based distributions should include the necessary drivers  

 UPC Number: 738435472542

Italian PR
Click to download WL500 - in Italiano (WL500_Febbraio2011.pdf 112 Kb)
 WL500 - Press Release Febbraio 2011
Manuals (English)
Click to download WL500 Quick Start Guide (WL500 Quick Start V1_00_Eng.pdf 645 Kb)
 WL500 Quick Start Guide in English V1.00
Click to download Wireless Networking on Boats Presentation Notes (Poole YC Wifi 2012.pdf 2.2 Mb)
 20 March 2012 - Presentation by Paul Sumpner at Poole Yacht Club
Product Catalogue
Click to download Product Catalogue 2012 (Digitalyacht 2012_web.pdf 997 Kb)
 January 2012 - Our latest catalogue featuring our newest products for 2012 is now available
Product CDs
Click to download WL50 and WL500 CD-ROM (WL50+WL500 Wifi 13.9 Mb)
 Latest WL50 and WL500 CD-ROM Contents (Zipped) includes; Drivers and Utilities
Tech Support Notes
Click to download Tech 00004-2010 (Tech 00004-2010 Sharing Internet on Mac.pdf 326 Kb)
 Sharing the Wifi Adaptor Connection on a MAC
Click to download Tech 00009-2010 (Tech 00009-2010 WL50+WL500 Adaptor Drivers.pdf 1.1 Mb)
 WL50 & WL500 Wifi Adaptor Drivers Not Installed Correctly
Click to download Tech 00012-2010 (Tech 00012-2010 Kaspersky inhibiting Wifi Adaptors.pdf 410 Kb)
 WiFI adaptor prevented from working by Anti-virus software such as Kaspersky
Click to download Tech 00000 - 2013 (Tech 00000-2013 Index.pdf 313 Kb)
 Tech Note Index
Click to download WL500 High Res (WL500_AntennaandBox.jpg 1.2 Mb)
 WL500 - High Res
Click to download WL500 High Res Group Shot (WL500 Group Shot.jpg 7.6 Mb)
 WL500 Group shot - High Res
Click to download WL500 Black Box High Res (wl500 hi res pro shot.jpg 1.2 Mb)
 WL500 Black box only - High Res
Click to download WL500 (WL500_Discovery.jpg 284 Kb)
 WL500 - High Res
WiFi Antennas
Click to download WL500 (LOWRes_WL500_GroupShot.jpg 338 Kb)
 WL500 - Low Res
Click to download WL500 (LOWRes_WL500Box.jpg 57 Kb)
 WL500 - Low Res
Click to download WL500 (LOWRes_WL500_AntennaandBox.jpg 42 Kb)
 WL500 on black background - Low Res
Click to download WL500 (WL500_Discovery.jpg 284 Kb)
 WL500 - Low Res
Press Releases
Click to download WL500 (WL500.pdf 155 Kb)
 WL500 press release November 2009
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1. I want to get Long Range WiFi for my Aqua PC, but have been told it is not possible if I also have the NMEA 2000 gateway installed, is this correct?
2. I am trying to setup a wireless network through my Mac using your WL series, how would I do this?
3. I have bought a WL400 from you guys and I am having a problem installing it, I am running it on a MAC with Snow Leopard OSX, any ideas?
4. Where should I mount my WL500 antenna? At the top of the mast?
5. Why is my WiFi adaptor shown as “Wireless Network Connection 3” in the Windows Connection Manager?
6. I am running Windows 64-bit; do the drivers supplied for the WL series work with both 32-bit and 64-bit systems?
7. My WL50/400/500 is not picking up a very good signal, why is this?
8. I am using Windows 7, and wondered if you still have drivers for the WL200 antenna?
9. 15. I would like the ability to use Windows Wireless Manager instead of the bundled RealTek software, is this possible?
10. I have plugged my Digital Yacht product into the USB, but it does not appear to be working, what do I do?
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