Installing External WiFi Access Points on FPSO Vessels

Installing external WiFi access points on FPSO vessels helps enhance operational efficiency and productivity by overcoming the challenges of the marine environment. 

While FPSOs are marvels of engineering, their steel hulls and complex machinery can pose challenges to wireless communication. Let’s dive into it! 

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Understanding the Challenge

Before delving into the installation process, it’s crucial to grasp the challenges posed by the topside environment of FPSOs. These vessels are subjected to harsh marine conditions, including saltwater exposure, extreme temperatures, and high winds. 

Additionally, the topside modules house a myriad of equipment, from drilling machinery to processing units, creating a complex and potentially obstructive environment for wireless signals.

The Solution: External WiFi Access Points

Installing external WiFi access points on FPSO topsides offers a comprehensive solution to the connectivity conundrum. These access points are specifically designed to withstand the rigors of marine environments while providing reliable wireless coverage to critical areas of the vessel.

Site Survey

Before installation begins, conduct a thorough site survey to identify optimal locations for the access points. Consider factors such as signal strength, potential obstructions, and coverage areas.

Weatherproof Enclosures

Select weatherproof enclosures for the access points to protect them from the elements. These enclosures should be rugged enough to withstand saltwater exposure and UV radiation. 

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Securely mount the access points in the chosen locations using stainless steel brackets or mounting hardware. Ensure that the mounting location provides optimal coverage while minimizing signal interference.


Run Ethernet cables from the access points to the vessel’s network infrastructure. Use marine-grade cables and connectors to ensure reliability and longevity.

Power Supply

Provide power to the access points using either onboard power sources or dedicated power cables. Consider backup power options to maintain connectivity during power outages.


Once installed, configure the access points to create a seamless WiFi network. Adjust settings such as SSID, encryption, and channel allocation to optimize performance and security.

Get the Right Team

Properly installed WiFi access points on FPSO vessels provide many benefits such as cost savings, enhanced communication and flexibility. Talk to the professionals at Vivo Asia, who are well-versed in industry regulations and have over 10 years of experience in the design and installation of WiFi systems for harsh and hazardous environments. 


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