I recently purchased a Max BR1 MKII, along with a Puma 221 antenna to install on my boat. The boat is a 35’ Tiara Open cruiser/fishing boat with a hard top.
My idea is that the system will connect to the marina’s WiFi when we are in the slip, and then to cellular when we are out on the water. (pretty much a standard use case). When out on the water, I want to maximize the range of the cellular connection, which is why I purchased the Puma antenna.
The hard top has VHF, open array radar, and TV antennas on top. Yet, the top is large enough to allow for some separation between each antenna.
My plan would be to install the Max BR1 MKII in the cabin with other equipment, and the Puma 221 on the hard top.
My questions are primarily around what I should do regarding antenna configuration.
Is it a good idea to install the antenna, above the radar, on a pole, vs. directly on the hard top?
My initial plan was to connect the primary cellular, primary WiFi, and GPS to the Puma antenna, and use the smaller antennas included with the Max BR1 for WiFi (B) and Cellular (diversity aux). Does this make sense, or am I better off connecting all 5 connections to the Puma? (or some other combination). The boat isn’t that large, but I do want solid Wifi inside the boat, as well as outside in the cockpit/helm area.
I’m not totally clear on the relationship between the primary and diversity cellular connections, as well as the WiFi A & B connections, so it’s hard for me to decide which antenna setup is best.
Thank you all for any advice you can give me!