Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Internet Connection

Last Week we decided to have a look round the boat show at the NEC we now realise that the only show really worth visting for anything canal related is Crick, still at the show did have one major result which was a guy called Julian. For ages since we decided to make our life changing decision to be liveaboards we have been looking into the best way to receive a reliable internet connection. So far we have explored using mobile phones, data cards and satellite (1 way), so that I can continue to run our CAD/CAM business whilst constantly cruising the system. I have found there is not a cheap way around this problem but think I may have to go the 1 way satellite route using a data card for the upload. I had for sometime going to use a company called AVC to provide this service but a couple of months ago they had to stop offering their one way satellite service, this service seemed so good as you could also receive satellite TV through the same dish. Well spoke to loads of people about getting a connection on a boat and to be honest most of them are only workable if you are a multi-millionaire with a very posh gin palace or an oil tanker fleet owner and sorry to say neither of these describes us. Then we arrived at Julians stand and to be honest didn't hold much hope as he wasn't advertising this type of service but thought we'd ask anyway, well how refreshing is it when you find someone who fully understands their business, apparently he has recently swapped a couple of people from their existing AVC accounts. We have since spoke to him and he gave us time, quality information and benefit of his experience and is putting forward a detailed quote to supply us with a system. Its a shame really as I think in a couple of years this will all be so easy with the advent of HSDPA (3.5G) but as our boat should be completed towards the end this year/early next year we don't think the networks will have spread wide enough with this type of coverage by then. One thing I did read the other day was that Vodafone/Orange are going to start sharing masts to improve coverage for both networks which could be good news, we will have to wait and see. We intend to use a self aligning dish with two LNB's so that we can also get TV through the dish although not at the same time but there is always has to be compromise whilst living on a boat (reckon this could be the liveaboards mantra). If anyone has any other solutions to this problem drop us a comment it would be great to hear from people who have experience of a good "on the cut connection"

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Blogger Del & Al said...

Hi all
We are also at the same stage as you and have ordered the shell and we should be completed at the end of the year.
We were at the NEC and thought the show was better than the London boat show. Have you looked at the Linksys WRT54G3G-ST which when on the cut picks up the strongest signel for getting on-line.

Ali & Del
N.B Derwent6

11:38 AM  
Blogger Peruvian Skies said...

Many thanks I did see one featured in canal and rivers magazine last month. The trouble is the only mobile company at the moment with a dececent upload/download is T-Mobile and as far as I know their coverage is pretty patchy. I have read vodafone is the most stable for data usage and orange has the best coverage on the cut, but both of these I believe have a "unlimited use" of 1 gig per month which won't be enough for me.
If i use data card for upload and satellite download hopefully this will give me enough per month.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi all, hope the following is of interest.

We've been using one-way satellite at home for some time (we live in the depths of West Sussex).

After the satellite owners pulled the plug on AVC's existing one-way satellite broadband service (and promptly gave it to Sky), AVC advised us to change over to a company called Mediasat in Ireland. Although they don't have an offical sales outlet here in the UK, they refer non-Ireland enquiries to independent installers over here.

We were put in touch with a company called Nymrod Associates who do Mediasat's referrals in England & Wales, including the mobile leisure market. Their direct line is 0208 133 1610 - ask for Guy Stanbury as he deals with all enquiries and is red-hot on the technical stuff. Hope this helps. Ross & Carolyn Richards, Pulborough

3:29 PM  

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