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.

7 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.

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