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  • Satellite broadband: mobile "T1" system

    This looks very interesting, and likely expensive. Nevertheless, the most capable mobile satellite system (including data, GPS, VOIP) I've seen yet:

    DataBahn


    "Basic connectivity service will offer at least 256kbps uplink and 2.5mbps downlink speeds while businesses can opt for even higher bandwidth if required."

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    and probably only usable if you're sitting still.....but it'd be great for rural areas with no cable/DSL access
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    • #3
      The $79 a month wouldn't be bad but that first $3995 cost is more then my car!

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        No, not all of them have to be stationary. There are some that can track as you drive.
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        • #5
          there's that boeing "internet on the plane for $ 30 per flight" system
          another solution would be to have everyone with a mesh network setup
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          • #6
            Sounds like a new generation starband (cough ugh) but where are you going to mount the antenna at? Actually the dish.. and then point it.

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            • #7
              DataBahn, SpaceWay, and WildBlue are all dependent on the launch of the new Ka-band satellite. Currently, there is no Ka-band coverage at all in North America and this would be the first use of Ka-band via satellite.

              All existing 'consumer/prosumer' grade 2-way satellite systems (i.e. Starband, DirecWay) use the Ku-band. Ka-band satellite is suppose to 'pave the way to the future of ... <insert moniker here>'. It has yet to been seen since all the Ka-band providers went bankrupt during the 1990's and now they're trying again. And satellite-based Ka-band has yet to be proven other than in laboratory/computer simulations.

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              • #8
                actually I just went through it and it says "You have to have a clear view of the souther sky when your PARKED" so yea you ahve to be parked and you also have to have a clear view of the sourthern sky as well.

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                • #9
                  Would be great to have one of these in an RV.

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                  • #10
                    I was talking to a freind of mine the other day who sells RV's. He mentioned a system similar to this, so I asked him about it being mobile.

                    He told me that not only do they have "mobile T1" equipment, the antennas are small enough to fit on my 2-door Saturn.

                    Its just that the antennas are $4,000 and the service is extremely expensive, too. These systems generally go on RV's that cost $250,000 or more, so those people have more money than they know what to do with anyway
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                    • #11
                      What's the point - it's not like you are going to use the Internet while you're driving down the highway at 115 kph :|
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                      • #12
                        Actually even though you have to be stopped those Sat. services really aren't that bad. We have DirecWay that we use for our boat when we dock. Other than the horrible latency and upload speeds it's really not that bad.

                        I was thinking that you could do like the mobile DirectTV dishes do, but I forgot you have to allign a transmitter and receiver instead of just the latter.

                        We should just build a giant WiFi network across the US, just use every car as a router.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sssssss27
                          We should just build a giant WiFi network across the US, just use every car as a router.
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                          • #14
                            Would be an interesting project to put some motors on the dish and hook its control up to the pc and run a program to point it based off of a GPS

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                            • #15
                              How would that satellite dish look on top of my cars roof...hahahaha
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