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Old 10-25-2008, 09:14 PM   #1
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Internet!?

My wife and I are trying to figure out our options for internet. As mentioned elsewhere we plan on dry camping, or living, full time not plugged in, re-energizing once a month or so with water and propane. We want Lady Franklin to be able to receive internet in remote locations. My wife is a writer and internet is her life blood, and a source of income. But are the $5000.00 setups really the only option available? These services then demand a monthly fee on top! If I could afford $5000.00 I might as well launch my own satellite into space! Any one have alternatives, please help!?
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Old 10-25-2008, 10:08 PM   #2
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Re: Internet!?

Are you still going to be within cell phone range? A skycard of some type for a laptop with service provided through your cell provider may well be the cheapest option.
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Old 10-25-2008, 10:31 PM   #3
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I use the internet for my work. I use a tripod-mounted, satellite-based system purchased from Maxwell Satellite, but do not recommend them. Have heard good things about Dusty Foot.
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Old 10-25-2008, 11:12 PM   #4
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Do you guys know if these service providers are available in Canada. I could check but just thought I would ask?
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Not sure about resellers in Canada, but there are a few satellites that cover Canada.
http://www.montanasatellite.com/satelli ... prints.htm
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:58 PM   #6
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don't know how "remote" you plan to be, but my sprint card works anywhere i have a sprint cell phone signal. as a matter of fact, i'm driving across I-80 near toledo oh right now. this is my only internet, costs $60/month no roaming no long distance in the US. I would immagine they also have Canadian plans. You can get the USB gizmo for your computer for free or nearly free. I've had mine over a year now and love it!
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:26 PM   #7
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That sprint card doesn't sound so bad. I also found Virgin has some dishes and has pretty decent northern coverage for us Canadians up here. Even has coverage in Nunavut! If Lady Franklin ever makes it to the high arctic then maybe Internet won't be my biggest concern! Thanks for the help, will do a little more research before buying. Three more weeks of work then full time bus converting woooo huuuuu!!!
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you might try MaxWell Sat or DustyFoot for portable tripod systems $1000 > $1800.

Mine was $1500 and costs about $55 a month.
For those living off-grid, does anyone know what the power consumption is for these systems?
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For those living off-grid, does anyone know what the power consumption is for these systems?
my sprint card is usb and runs off of my laptop. I use a cheap 100 watt inverter plugged into the cigarette lighter in the car when driving to run my laptop (and sprint card)
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I don't even use the air card, my Verizon cell phone with USB cable, plug the phone right into the laptop and connect on their EVDO (wireless broadband)... works very well and cost $60 per month, no roam, no LDX, 24/7 access but has a 5 gig per month limit,...have never exceeded the limit. I also have a hi-gain WiFi set-up too so I can tap into any open portals...
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