One of the best things about heading into the wilderness is getting off the grid; just about anywhere you head in the mountains or woods will be out of range of cell coverage. Likewise, one of the most inconvenient things about heading into the wilderness is that lack of cell coverage. As nice as it is to go incommunicado, sometimes it can be necessary to make a call – especially should an emergency arise. That’s where Sonnet comes in.
Sonnet is something we’ve never really seen before, an “off-grid mesh network” device that connects to your phone (via Wifi) but uses long-range radio waves to send text messages, voice recordings, photos and access your GPS, without ever using needing your cell coverage. It’s similar to using a powerful walkie-talkie, that connects to your phone, and then to other Sonnet devices. And by creating a web, or mesh, of devices, the Sonnet is able to relay messages even longer distances – up to 50 miles. Sonnet says the typical range between two devices is 5 miles, but can go up to 9 if there is nothing blocking the line of sight – add in a web of other Sonnet devices and you can cover much larger distances. Further, you can attach an antenna to increase range even more. (If you’d like to know more, we refer you to their Kickstarter).
You can use more than just your phone, too, and Sonnet lets you use a variety of USB devices, such as webcams, USB drives, a GPS and 4G dongles. There’s also offline maps, real-time location tracking, an SOS message button, and 4000 mAh LiPo battery built in, so you can charge your phone as you go. The device itself lasts for 36 hours on a single charge.
Finally, they’ve built this thing for the outdoors. It’s IP66 rated, dustproof, waterproof and shock-resistant, and equipped for any adventure you find yourself on; there’s no question about it’s reliability.
If communication and safety are important to you on your expeditions, grab one of these.
- Shockproof, dustproof, waterproof device built for the outdoors
- Send and receive text messages, voice recordings, photos, locations, without cell coverage
- Connects to Smartphone via Wifi
- Offline Maps
- Real-time Location Tracking
- Panic Button for EmergenciesUses a mesh of other Sonnet devices to increase range – up to 50 miles
- Battery lasts up to 36 hours on a single charge
- USB port lets you connect webcams, USB drives, 4G dongles
- Built-In Battery for charging your device