satellite internet systems

ws9876ws9876 Solar Expert Posts: 435 ✭✭✭
was wondering if anybody uses systems like the BGAN systems for internet at their travel/remote homes and what you think of it.
I am interested in mobile broadband non cellular and the best deals for a portable antenna set up.Like this but cheaper...


  • DRickeyDRickey Registered Users Posts: 22 ✭✭
    Unless you have money to burn, it's not viable as anything but an emergency lifeline in places with no cell coverage. In addition to the high equipment costs, it runs dollars per *megabyte*, as compared to per gigabyte for cellular. This page is several megabytes. Just one discussion page, and it would cost you the price of a meal at a chain restaurant to read it. Streaming a movie from Netflix would cost the equivalent of buying a car.
  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 32,923 admin
    Here is some pricing:

    bullet It is a high-speed, real-time Ethernet port to the Internet mag glass for any TCP-IP/Serial M2M, SCADA device.
    bullet The connection is always live 24 hours a day 7 days a week from most locations on the globe. map
    bullet It operates in extreme hot or cold temperatures -40°F to 167°F (-40° to 75° C) using only 4 watts.
    bullet Can use special BGAN M2M service with that does not charge for overhead networking costs.
    Poll mag glass remote equipment for 1 to 2 cents per poll (if under 1 Kilobyte). This is a great deal!
    Poll remote equipment 2,000 to 20,000 times per month for $47 to $158 per month!
    bullet BGAN M2M service only bills for the meaningful data transferred through the terminal, and not for
       overhead, connection charges, or any data not from the attached equipment or client network.
    bulletGlobal Coverage - Equipment can be located anywhere without notification to Ground Control.
    bullet Ubiquitous Global Network - Use the same service provider (Ground Control) for all remote locations.
    bullet When a critical issue arises, having broadband 448 Kbps communication speed is always available.
    bullet The data connection is open, and stays alive. No wake-up operation needed to transmit/receive.
    bullet It is secure from hackers with powerful firewall rules in place, or use a private network for ultimate.
    bullet It draws only 3 to 4 watts for an always open TCP-IP network connection. Hibernation mode draws
       just 0.01 watt and wakes up (in 30 seconds) on any LAN activity - Excellent for small solar installations.
    bullet SMS messaging control. Hibernate, Activate, Get usage totals, all from any authorized browser.
    bullet It does not require a laptop, or certified technician to install at remote locations. more
    bullet Serial RS232 M2M devices may use a simple serial to ethernet adapter. more
    bullet Service Fees for BGAN M2M start at $47.11 a month for 2 MB Plan (Up to 2,000 monthly polls).
    bullet Hughes 9502 may be configured to operate with standard BGAN and BGAN Link Service.

    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,583 ✭✭✭✭✭
    >  Service Fees for BGAN M2M start at $47.11 a month for 2 MB Plan (Up to 2,000 monthly polls)

    I use my cell phone as a 4G hot spot for my home internet.  Used to manage with 6Gb plan at $80, but video ads on many web pages have pushed me into a 12GB plan.

    roughly $50 for 0.02 Gb  That is VERY expensive
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  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 1,805 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Our ATT plan was just upgraded to unlimited data because of bundled satellite TV. Basically with unlimited data we can give up home internet and use the hotspot feature on our phones. The have also given us free talk, text and 1Gb. of data while in Mexico. I have finally gotten "free" internet while in Baja, awesome. 

    2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric,  460 Ah. 24 volt LiFePo4 battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

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