Broadband on the Move

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  1. Jim

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    I have fancied getting the Alden Netmaster for a while now but two things have put me off. Firstly the £3500 price tag :Eeek: Secondly the ever increasing mobile broadband speed and coverage. However, when overseas the mobile broadband data prices are crippling. But I have just discovered this satellite Broadband for just £300 Yes its a manual system but if you are in the back of beyond and need the internet it has got to be a viable connection medium:thumb:
     
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    Well spotted it does seem to have merit at the lower sub. levels priority download limits seem quite low but at least a system of that type would be of great use in uk where no mobile signal from any operator exists or the silly rates charged for dongling abroad. :thumb::thumb: Alan
     
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    Not bad for a set up price but £40 per month for a 1meg connection speed - Ouch!
     
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    a quick trip to Lanzarote might get the 3.5k price tag down somewhat.

    Some really good bargains to be had from genuine shops there.
     
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    Hi Jim

    If I'm reading the info correctly it wouldn't be suitable for mobile use, it requires a land line for uploading..

    BeyonDSL - Opensky Limitations

     
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    That is why it is cheaper then, sat is only one way:Doh: Shame.
    Its only accross the channel a service like that is needed. I have a 3 dongle and an Orange phone with broadband and its rare, even in Wales to be in a place with no access from either. As soon as data is cheaper accross the water,the Netmaster will become obsolete in a minute.
     
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    yeah, like they say, if it looks too good to be true ... etc

    IIRC billym had a two way manual sat internet system that wasn't that expensive but the connection subscription was about < £80 a month.. can't really justify (or afford) that unless you are running a business and making money from it ..
     
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    Beyond DSL do seem to offer a two-way service . .

    Hi everyone

    I'm particularly interested in this as I am full-timing in Europe and all of the normally suggested methods of internet access, such as free hotspots, local sim cards and campsite wi-fi are too unreliable and / or expensive if you need to do more than check a few emails. I am trying to study on-line, do some business on-line and I need regular on-line chat access for some things I have to manage in Asia. The Netmaster type things are much too expensive for me, but I'm finding getting a regular and reliable connection quite difficult.

    The Opensky service described on the Beyond DSL site is clearly one way only, but they now claim to be offering a service called Astra2Connect which is two-way; i.e. the whole service is performed via satellite.
    The initial set-up cost appears to be about £450 to £500 (if you include some extras to allow TV reception etc) and they have some subscription choices depending on the speed you want. The 1 MB/s service (about the same as you would normally, realistically get from a hotspot) is £39.99 per month, which is hugely expensive compared to a normal UK household subscription (I was paying £16 pounds a month for 24 MB/s before I left) but very cheap compared to hourly or daily European campsite wi-fi access charges.

    The website says quite specifically that you must email them to ask for a shipping quote if you are outside The UK but, unfortunately, they haven't responded to me. I hope it's just because it's the holiday season, and not because the service isn't really available.

    I'll follow up with them and if anyone else is interested I'll let you know what happens.
     
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    Also you would have to watch for being within the Astra satellite footprint :shout:
     
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    Th one I'm considering getting is sold by Conrad Anderson, it's about £3,500 but is fully automatic, and 1 Mb speed, with TV as well. Footprint is Northern Europe which is OK for me. TV and Internet are not simultaneous 'tho. and there is a monthly service charge but not too heavy.
     
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    Your all nut!! :Eeek:

    Why don't you do what I did, buy a WAP antena/booster (cost £125 and has a 10 mile pickup radius) and hook up to free WAPS or pay the site your on to connect to theirs (usually about £10 - £15 a month) or you could just find a way to log onto theirs or anyone else's free :Wink:

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    Hi

    I looked at this system but I couldn't justify the high capital cost or afford the monthly charges..

    £25 - £85 per month.. depending on level of service

    The 1mb service with 1.4gb download limit is £40 per month ..

    Oyster Mobile Satellite Broadband | Mobile Satellite Internet

    As Boo suggests, a WLan antenna will pick up a lot of wifi going free ...

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    Hi boo, can you give me details of your antenna, cheers:Smile:
     
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    Up and Running with Astra2Connect

    BeyonDSL shipped all the gear out to me in Slovenia and I've just done all the alignment et.c..

    It was all quite easy and now I'm hooked up with a 2Mb connection. I went for a package which allows unlimited data between midnight and 6am CET for £51 a month.

    Total set-up cost was £450, which includes an optional extra quad-LNB (£50) to provide simultaneous TV reception.
     
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    Where I am I don't get, in reality, much more than 512kb/s anyway regardless of what my connection speed should be. This speed is adequate for most purposes and faster than a dongle. If you don't pay for a higher speed than this the costs seem quite reasonable.
    I shall look at this when I retire, but there may be something better/cheaper by then:RollEyes:
     
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    It is cheaper abroad than you think with with an unlocked 3G dongle

    In France with "Orange FR" I paid €12 per month in France, OK for only 500MB

    In Italy with "Wind" I'm paying €20 for 2.5Gb, or €30 for 4.5Gb

    Italy has just launched a 24Mb service with a dongle.
    Can you imagine that!
     
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