GL.iNet AR750 travel router, a low-cost boat router option

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

10 Responses

  1. Tom Somerville says:

    Is it powered by 110v or is there a way it can be connected by 12v boat power?

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Maybe worth noting that a boat router can also be useful when no internet source is available. For instance, my Vesper XB8000 talks to my old Netgear N600 router via WiFi and hence my iPad sees AIS, depth, wind etc. when it too is on the router, whether there’s internet or not.

    And now the new Fusion Apollo WB670 hideaway stereo and ERX400 remote both connect to the boat router via Ethernet, which is how they work together and also means I can run the stereo via apps and/or play music over AirPlay from the iPad or other mobiles on the boat network. Very slick and useful.

  3. Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

    I’m intrigued by GL.iNet’s take on a MiFi type personal router (https://www.gl-inet.com/products/gl-e750/). I end up using various MiFi’s regularly in testing and this one looks fuller featured and without some of the carrier-specific branding and features most come with.

    -Ben S.

  4. John Macrae says:

    These are attractive devices and I used one last winter on the boat. However, there are some problems. The average modern laptop has no wired ethernet connection, relies on WiFi. My (GL300) locked up about a month into our winter trip to the Bahamas. The recovery procedure required a wired ethernet connection which I could not provide with the available resources on board and thus, the router was rendered useless and eventually returned.

    Its a bit like many pieces of boat equipment. You either have to have the parts and ability to repair it or you need to carry a spare. Happily, I have a spare.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Can you use an external wifi antenna to boost the range with this router? Will it boost the If so what would be recommended?

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      The antennas aren’t removable so I don’t think you could use an external antenna to boost range. The way I’m using the router is probably already outside of how GL.iNet planned the router would be used and external antennas are even further away. But, you could use an external WiFi bridge for better range to a land-based access point or an access point for better WiFi coverage in the boat.

      -Ben S.

  6. Ken says:

    The GL.iNet stuff is great … however they require a separate 5 VDC power supply. I like to use the “Alfa ap121u / hornet”, which runs on 12 VDC (via a barrel connector or POE). I install OpenWRT kplex or gpsd (which will connect to NMEA 2000 w/ the “canable” USB device : http://canable.io or “8devices Korlan”)

  7. Steve says:

    I just got one of these, along with a Mikrotik Metal 52ac, in hopes of setting up a network on our boat that uses the WiFi extended from the Mikrotik to the Spirit via ethernet (and an Android phone for LTE access). Overall, it wasn’t too hard to set up, but I’m not able to access networks with capture pages (e.g. Xfinity, as we’re a subscriber at home and can use that account to gain access). I turned off the DNS rebinding protection on the Spirit via a recommendation on the GLiNet site, but so far, no go. I’ll bring a laptop to plug the Mikrotik into and see if a direct ethernet connection lets me get the capture page and log in, and possibly then plug it back into the Spirit router with an active connection; however, that doesn’t seem like an ideal long-term solution, and I don’t know how long the authorization lasts (for the moment we are berthed long-term in the same marina, so we might like to keep the connection active for days or weeks at a time to check in on the boat and some networked instruments). Any pointers?

  8. Jim says:

    Off Amazon site a few ideas to get the capture page to come up:

    Yes, Just login to the router and select the Hotel wifi network. Then open a new browser window and login to the hotel wifi thru the router and you are set. Just note that if you turn on the DNS to be set to tls the hotel wifi login screen will not come up. just disable that for a login then turn back on if you want.
    By Chad Emory on December 17, 2018
    I recall a discussion somewhere about this question. The browser trick maybe doesn’t always work. One workaround is to login with one device in the usual way, then change the MAC address of the router to that device (spoof).
    By fUNWiThTyPiNg on December 16, 2018
    A trick to get the login screen to pop up for hotels/McDonalds/Starbucks etc is to navigate to: captive.apple.com
    By Julia Merris on October 25, 2019

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