Mobile Broadband Satellite for Cape York Trip

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 15:00
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Anyone know a good Mobile Broadband Satellite setup I could take to the Cape without too much mucking around to get internet??

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Reply By: Member - lyndon NT - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 15:10

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 15:10
Bgan is what you want, contact TC communications in Sydney and ask for Darren. Works very well, cost around $5000.
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Reply By: Cruiser .- Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 15:51

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 15:51
gparker,

Forget the internet for 3 weeks and just enjoy the trip.

The rest of the world will wait for your return.

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Reply By: Voxson - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:34

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:34
Go and get Telstra Next G sim prepaid for internet.....
With that you can surf the web in Cooktown, Coen, Weipa, Chilli Beach, Bamaga, Seisa, The Tip of Cape York,,,,....
Only cost me $180.......

And things not to miss along the way,,,,

OTL, Frenchmans Track, Weipa, Thursday Island, Sat Night at the fishing club in seisa, seisa jetty for fishing, muttee heads and towers, somerset beach area,, capt billy landing, chilli beach, punsand bay, loyalty beach, lakefield nat park, daintree track, virilya pont, twin fall, fruit bat falls, sheldons lagoon, etc etc... can keep going forever..
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:37

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:37
GP,
take a look here. Use Next G and you will have phone and internet from time to time, and much cheaper than other methods. External aerial needed though.
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Reply By: Notso - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:40

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:40
If you've got a Telstra Next G mobile why not use it connected to the pc as a next g modem. Buy a data pack for it, you have no set up or upfront costs just pay the data pack for the size you think you need.

Get an external antenna with a decent gain and you have the best set up.

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Follow Up By: Member - T N (Qld) - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 18:33

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 18:33
I agree regarding NextG and antennas. We use a magnetic base antennal purchased from Maxon who make the Telstra turbo modems. The download speed using our LG TU500 is slow when compared with my old orange Telstra Turbo Modem. You might need to buy a patch lead for the antenna.

I recommend you buy a casual business data pack plan which is added to your home phone account (paid in arrears), that way you get a much cheaper rate than the prepaid casual plans. Mine currently costs $59 for 1GB per month, and I can cancel and/or reinstate it at any time, simply by phoning Telstra. If used for part of a month only then costs and download Kb is prorata, so always check how much you've used before cancelling the service as it might be cheaper to leave it on for longer than pay for excess Kb used.

http://www.telstrabusiness.com/business/portal/online/site/productsservices/monthlyplans.44017 (The Telstra webpage seems to have changed, so you should phone them to check my info.)

All the best

Tom
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Follow Up By: Notso - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 18:53

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 18:53
Also having sat beside someone using the Bigpond Next G Modem with my phone plugged in I could get reception where he couldn't.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 21:21

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 21:21
There ain't nothing remote about the Cape these days...save ya dough..and enjoy the camping.
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Reply By: Ianw - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 23:14

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 23:14
Have a look here. They have a setup designed for Nomads, all Aust and NZ coverage.

http://www.ausnomadtech.com.au/

Ian
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Follow Up By: Matt Watson - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 13:48

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 13:48
Hi,

What is the latency like on these? They say that they support VOIP, does anyone have any experience with these?

I already work from home. I'd love to pack up everything and just go out on the road :)

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 15:57

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 15:57
Well it is barely fast enough for decent voip service I had a 1500 connection at home and it wasnt always the best.

The pricing of that service is rather expensive for the speeds and d/load amounts.

If you are only needing it for when on holiday the setu cost is exorbitant.


Dont know what its signal to noise ratio is but I had Satellite internet in the south of NZ and had to have a 1200mm dish to get dwcwnt service and even then if a rainy cloud went passed it dropped out.

Was told that Sky had a s/n ratio of 20 to 1 and the net was only about 3-5 to 1 so I would be asking the question well before I spent that much.

Only cost us $49 a month and setup was free at the time.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Matt Watson - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 18:25

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 18:25
Yeh, I definitely wouldn't even think about it for recreational use. If I ever go on the road for a long time, it would be nice to keep working to keep the money rolling in, I doubt little country towns have alot of use for computer programmers :)

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Ianw - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:20

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:20
Contact the people at this site. They are doing a trial in NZ at the moment. They seem to think it's OK.

http://hobohome.com/news/?p=350

Ian
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