Sunday, April 22, 2007

more news on the connection

Well the Saturday demo went well, Guy Stanbury from Nymrod Associates came over and did a demo from the back of his truck we were well impressed as it didnt take him long to set the demo up and soon had us surfing the net from the back of his truck, Download speed was good downloading at 1 meg so that is well usable, he was using Orange gprs upload (no 3G here in the depths of Lincolnshire) but even on gprs the system worked well. We did have a problem hitting the sky satellite from the demo area outside but wasnt surprised as the sky installation man had trouble finding a good location for our own dish. The dish soon locked on to the internet satellite though which was the part of the demo that we needed to really see. I did also have an Email come through via the blogg recommending Guy as the "man" to talk to and fully agree that he has been reliable prompt and informative on all issues of this type of connection. see Email below:-
"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."
I know Del & Al (see comments) are anxious to know how he demo went so hopfully these comments will help them aswell.
By the way if anyone who reads this fancies having a go a the liveaboard life Sue and Vics boat N0 Problem 1 is up for sale on ebay
When we first started looking into being liveaboards they were so helpful in taking time to answer all of our questions. You can find a link to their informative blog from the No Problem link on this site.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Internet Update

Well so far been very impressed with the service I have been given by Julian, he has taken time with the many questions that I have raised to obtain my broadband connection on the cut. He has put me in touch with the chap who deals with the one way connection who is coming to demo the system on the 21st at our home, we are anxious to see how it performs, also Julian has spec'd out all the equipment that we will need so that we can also obtain our TV through the dish both in the saloon and the bedroom. We have deceided that one digibox will suffice, this will mean that we cannot have different channels on each set at the same time but we dont see that as a problem as we we watch very little TV and what we do watch we both love the same things, so as long as we get to see the Moto GP's, Superbikes, F1 and the Rugby we will be well happy. Julian did suggest that we have a "magic eye in the bedroom though, this will allow us to change channel without us getting up" and me being a true gent would never expect "the skipper" to do that :). Intially we will just go for the freeview card which I believe will cost a one off of £20. We have yet to deceide who to use for the data uplink although I have heard that vodafone data is probally the most stable not sure about their coverage on the cut though (so any comments welcome). This is not a cheap option for a connection but the price has come down quite a bit since we started shopping around 2 years ago, I have just done my end of year accounts and by the time we factor in my BT Line, broadband, mobile bills etc. reckon we can do it for about the same cost if I can get the right deal with the mobile company when the time comes. We now can't wait for the Crick show and are anxious to have a look around on Lorimar and lots of other liveaboards and pinch a few ideas, We have been keeping up with the build progress of Lorimar via the Heartwood site, although design wise I think we are just about there and cant wait for our shell to arrive at the builders hopefully this should still be in June. Anyway for those who may be interested we will let you know how the demo goes.