Internet/TV access-On the Wallaby ??

After many years of protesting- I now find I have to 'give in' to technology. The co-driver has suggested we have internet & (if possible) TV.
The 'net would be used for sending emails back home, looking at places of interest and general low usage. The TV would be to catch up with the news and a bit of entertainment.
Is this possible thru a Lappy PC?? I guess it would not be possible in remote ares, mainly near towns??
In simple terms- what is required, without making the vehicle look like a space shuttle??
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Reply By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 09:48

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 09:48
With the advances in net access by phone, we can now send/receive emails form both of our phones - a Nokia 6120 and Blackberry. The Blackberry is very good for email use and simple browsing.

We can also use the Nokia as a modem with the laptop and do this occasionally for banking etc.

We've just got a satellite dish for TV reception. Prices are now around $300 and this gives ABC, SBS etc.

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Reply By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 10:23

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 10:23
Signman.

For local TV reception you could use on of the laptop plug in cards.

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 15:18

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 15:18
G'day Wim, hope you guys are well there. With the laptop cards, how may are analog TV capable cards? I know that a lot of smaller centres may take a while to change to digital transmissions. You are closer to that than I am, but when I wanted to tune to analog a while ago, I found I hadn't got the cable connections right :-(


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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 15:35

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 15:35
Hi John.

I believe there are still a number of options available. I think Harvey Norman even have them.

Eg: www.megabuy.com.au/avermedia-usb20-avertv-volar-p84397.html

Will you guys make it to St George this year.

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 16:06

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 16:06
St George timing looks like it won't fit in at the moment Wim, even though I see it is marked on the planner.

I have a TV in the car actually, but the digital signal isn't much good if you are moving past trees and buildings. Good if you are parked in town to catch the news...

Best wishes to Judy
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 11:05

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 11:05
I have researched this fairly well before settling on a Telstra casual data pack.
The price varies depending on the amount used and can be varied at will.
At present I am using a bit while sitting in a park for a month so am on 5gig a month $89
For 1gig a month it is $59

If you return home for a while you can reduce it to $5 a month and just up it when you go away again.

The USB modem cost $199

No other providor has the coverage of Telstra unfortunately.
Just a warning Dont exceed your monthly limit as it can get horribly expensive.

I found this cheaper than using a mobile as a modem although I can put the sim in my phone and use it I guess.
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Follow Up By: DesF - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 13:29

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 13:29
Hi, I have the same phone , but I got a Bigpond Data pack , $10.00 for 150 meg @ month, It seems enough for doing Email daily and checking a few things as well, you can get bigger packs and there is no contract, and when i am at home they just shut it off and only charge you pro rata usage.
The download speed is 6 times faster than my ADSL at home, so it does not take long to get your mail, have to be a bit carefull on the net as it rips everything so fast you can fill up your quota.
If you find you are running out , you just ring up ( toll free) and they will switch you to the next pack, it is added to your phone bill.
So easy , my mate has just come back from a trip thru QLD , NSW and in land and he had Next G coverage in everytown , even Undara Lava tubes .
Magic , Cheers Des.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 15:29

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 15:29
Graham, you can actually buy a modem for 'non-subscription' pre-paid internet for $149 which frees up the systems at home where the business used the Next G broadband. This arrangement doesn't have an external antenna capability though. I have been amazed at the capability though and I had it working on a 1.5m USB lead combination. They provide Velcro to put it up high to advantage the signal.

Telstra's Pre-paid offer
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 18:25

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 18:25
Yes I know but the usage charges are higher than the Casual Data plan.
Not a lot but they are higher and got a y connector with mine so I can have it and another device in the same USB slot and the velcro as well
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 12:26

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 12:26
G'day David,

Last year for my Wa trip, I needed to keep in touch with the stock market. I took on a $59 a month data pack from Telstra for my Nokia 6120. I used it as a modem for my laptop. It all worked well and I even posted to this site a couple of times from Alice Springs.

I think the only thing you MUST DO is go Telstra Next G - their coverage through country, areas leaves everything else for dead.

Apart from that, hooking the phone up and connecting, is more of a hassle than just having the Next G card in the slot of the 'puter.

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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 14:22

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 14:22
Willie, "keep in touch with the stock market." You must either be one of them short sella fellas or just a glutton for bad news :))
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 16:09

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 16:09
Prolly liquid as hell now F'loosie. He will pounce soon and with all that gold he has been scratching. Do you reckon it's in the caravan or the car? Be in a safe place for sure.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 16:15

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 16:15
Willie, I agree absolutely "I think the only thing you MUST DO is go Telstra Next G - their coverage through country, areas leaves everything else for dead." If you cant get through just there, move a few metres and you most likely will over there.

There ARE exceptions through more distant areas though. All the B towns from Bairnsdale to Boulia are likely to get it. Exceptions like Birdsville though. I am sure the coverage maps are colouring in.
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Reply By: Member - Tom V (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 19:27

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 19:27
Signman
we use the lappy both for TV & internet.
have an upgraded version of Windows Media Player, which picks up the local TV stations through a standard aerial.
internet done with Telstra USB unit.
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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009 at 18:42

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009 at 18:42
Hi Tom
Tell me more about this TV system. Do you need a plug in ' thingy'- and wots this upgraded Media Player?? Running XP here..
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Reply By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 20:08

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 20:08
Dave, mate I dont belive this, LOL
Whats wrong with a DVD in the puter and playing the sound through the car sound system.

OK I know, what happened in the HC stays in the HC.
My mistake.
Cheers Colin.
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Reply By: Member - Linda M (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009 at 19:49

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009 at 19:49
For TV on my laptop I use a USB TV stick which gets both analogue and digital channels. It comes with a tiny tv antenna (which only works well in the middle of town) but has a connection at the end of the USB stick for you to connect to an external antenna in a caravan or camper or whatever. The brand of my USB TV stick is Pinnacle.

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Reply By: Member - Tom V (WA) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 19:17

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 19:17
Signman
sorry I have not replied sooner. one of the staff has borrowed the lappy.
it's a spickky lappy with 17" lcd screen. runs the top version of windows vista, which comes with the upgraded media player which enables u to "click on", play tv section.
has a inbuilt digital & analogue tuner.
we also run telstra USB modem for company email use when outside metro area.
god luck Tom
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