internet access while onboard ship?

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  1. was just wondering how internet access is made available onboard ship? do some of the ships have wireless internet access so i could use my laptop from my bunk or am i being a bit too hopeful for wireless access :D. or are there just designated plug in points or computers available to the whole crew for internet access.

    i forgot to ask this question on my acquaints course a couple of months ago.

    thanks in advance to any replies.
     
  2. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    I'm not aware of any ship provided wireless systems - for a variety of good reasons they're probably not the way ahead for the immediate future.

    You will get access to Navystar which will allow you to send/recieve email and browse "most" websites.
     
  3. Wireless? Wireless ! whats that then?...you'll be lucky to recieve an e-mail a week!...No seriously Pussers grey's don't do wirless internet..too many security issues there... Internet will be through LAN networked pc's and each person has a log on and password i.d...so no surfing porn sites.
     
  4. i think i read some where the new type 45s have wifi , but im im not to sure becides i would think theyd let you use your own laptop as it may be a security risk
     
  5. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    CHAN. Engleesh es knot your furst language is it.

    Nutty is our T45 expert, he will be along to advise on Wi Fi aspects at some time
     
  6. oh it is but i dont have fire fox to help me with my naff spelling :lol:
     
  7. What the feck is Wi Fi my little carrot muncher????????????????????? :idea:



    Nutty :D
     
  8. Think it's a Geordie Hi-Fi?
     
  9. :x Do you mean its Geordie High Five :wink:

    Nutty
     
  10. Faraday cages inside faraday cages with lots of faraday cages around for good measure :)
     
  11. You will be able to access the Internet aboard, but you will be subject to the normal MOD Firewall, which means no eBay, porn or suspect sites etc. So no Asian babes dot com for you laddie. As previously stated, you will be given a NavyStar account by the communicators and this will enable you to send and receive emails to both military and commercial contacts with certain caveats in place. Misuse can lead to your account being disabled, so be warned.

    Regarding the WiFi on the type 45, this will be for the FICS system only and not anything to do with Internet or email facility. So, NO, you will NOT have WiFi to browse the web or download emails etc. The 45 should have an Internet suite aboard to connect to the DLP (Defence Learning Portal), which will enable the ships company to access distant learning.
     
  12. Nutty

    As I understand it, Wi Fi stands for Wireless Fidelity. In practice, this means that, instead of having a long cable plugged into the back of my laptop and also into the telecoms socket in the wall, there is no cable and nothing visible at all because it is all travelling via High Frequency radio waves. It's called having "Wireless Broadband".

    This also means that, if I have my laptop with me and I'm out and about and see a sign for a "Hot Spot", say in a cafe, I can park myself and the laptop at a table, ask the laptop to search for the "invisible" connection in the air; it picks it out (it needs to be within a certain distance of its transmitter) and my laptop links up with it, piggy backs down the connection into the internet and I'm ready to surf the web!

    I couldn't begin to explain the really scientific stuff but this is as I understand it.
     
  13. It's in the microwave band, rather than HF :D

    HF would be interminably slow, and the antenna would be somewhat bigger than the laptop.
     
  14. Thanks Karma, I knew that I could rely on someone who really understands it coming along!
     
  15. Current hot spots are Iraq and Afwanie, Falklands and Nth Korea have asked BT for a connection. Do ask for a bunk near a window when you join ship.Some cable companies provide a special flattened cables for passing in through windows which may be compatible with the seals on boats so that you may [not guaranteed ] be able to run your own aerial out before diving. Signal can be poor when under ice.
     
  16. Geek head on.

    WiFi works in the microwave band and mostly around the 2.4 GHz range (802.11b and 802.11g) and the trouble is that many other now common household products work on the same frequency (cordless phones, microwave ovens, baby monitors etc) and these can all cause significant inteference to your WiFi connection. This can often be overcome by changing the channel that your WiFi card works on (1 to 11).

    There is also a 5 GHz range (802.11a and 802.11n) which can alleviate the problems associated with interference difficulties.

    So, it depends on what sort of card you have installed in your laptop or dongle as which band you use or are able to use.

    Also remember the security issues with WiFi and ensure you have set your access point with WEP encryption or anyone will be able to eavesdrop/access your connection and piggy back for free and they can also spoof your MAC address/change it. Every laptop or device you have in the house will then need to use this 'code' to enable access to the router.
     
  17. Ah bless… he thinks he'll have time to sit around and play on the internet. :eek:
     
  18. Join boats, only got limited access on the roof/pd mainly for jpa. No internet, no worries, problem solved
     
  19. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Nutty

    Wot soleil said!

    :roll:

    Dont ewe no nuffin.
     
  20. Wot that in Swahili. Not like us in the old days when we just unreeled a telephone wire when we sailed out of Blockhouse which kept us in touch. With the added advantage at the end of the patrol you just wound it in and followed it back to Blockhouse Pontius could never get us lost. :roll: :roll: :roll: :p

    Nutty
     

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