portable satellite Internet self install??

Discussion of non-automatic dish setups (tripod, fly-away) for different sat-internet platforms.

portable satellite Internet self install??

Postby bintyre » Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:56 am

We would like to buy a reasonably priced portable satellite Internet system and install it ourselves.  We would use it at our house for 6 months and then take it on the road in our 5th wheel for 6 months in the south.  However after searching the Internet for such a system, we only found one dealer - Maxwell Satellite.

Questions:  Is anyone familiar with Maxwell?  Are there any other dealers that allow you to install a portable system yourself?  We are both computer literate and electronically inclined.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks!

Re: portable satellite Internet self install??

Postby RV - tripod » Fri Mar 24, 2006 6:29 am

You can check with the RV tripod users at http://www.datastormusers.com/rvsatinternet.cfm where you can find some examples of companies who provide tripod equipment.
RV - tripod

Re: portable satellite Internet self install??

Postby Richard101 » Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:14 pm

I just installed a HughesNet dish, adapted for mobile use (satellite internet antenna mounted on a portable tripod), using AMC-9 satellite. The picture shows my temporary set-up at home in the Boston area, trying it out before heading for Mexico with it. Signal strength is 70+, speed varies from down 700k to 1Mb, up 50k to 100+k. Not quite cable broadband quality but adequate for the traveller who has no alternative. Cheers and Thanks for your Site.

The image below shows the HughesNet feed arm and outdoor RF modules. These comprise the feed horn, the ortho-mode transducer (OMT) which separates the vertical and horizontal polarisations, the filter assembly which prevents spurious power from the transmitter overloading or destroying the LNB input low noise amplifier transistor. The LNB is not visible as it is behind the filter. There is a 14 GHz silver coloured waveguide coupling the output from the BUC to the filter assembly. The transmit BUC is attached under the feed arm.

HughesNet feed arm and outdoor RF modules.
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Two 75 ohm impedance coaxial cables are involved, one for the transmit signals and DC power to the BUC and one for the receive signals and DC power to the LNB.

The following image shows the elliptical HughesNet dish mounted on the bracket which is attached to a tripod. Note the tie down loops to prevent movement during wind.
The elliptical HughesNet dish mounted on tripod.
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Re: portable satellite Internet self install??

Postby DataSatPlus » Fri Jun 02, 2006 5:33 am

We offer a business class XSport transportable system now. Based on a 1 Meter reflector, tripod and offset adapter and training. Let us know if this is what your looking for. We typically sell and support users in the Emergency Response sectors with this system.

The XSport is a perfect solution for first responders, emergency crews, insurance adjusters, Oil and gas workers, event coordinators and even an RVer here and there. DataSatPlus now offers 1 Meter rental systems for short or long term commitments.

Oil & Gas - Remote Mudlogging, Wellsite Geologist
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Comes with:

# 1 Meter Dish and mounting hardware
# 2 Watt Transmitter/BUC Assembly
# Heavy duty surveyors tripod or customer may choose Non-pen mount (recommended)
# Dish mount bracket for tripod (not needed with Non-pen mount)
# DataSatPlus hands on and/or telephone training is required
# iDirect 3100 Modem or SurfBeam Modem- works with all DataSatPlus service plans
# Birdog digital sat meter not included but required + $460
# Ongoing support provided by DataSatPlus

Live Event Streaming with mobile dish on a tripod
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Our VoIP Etc. Voice Over IP and Video Over IP services are a great companion to this system.

This system requires one of our DataSatPlus Commercial Satellite Bandwidth offerings. You can contact us at info@datasatplus.com.

Re: portable satellite Internet self install??

Postby atrexx » Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:00 pm


you can do this with BGAN. If you do not know much about BGAN check Inmarsat products.
Its now available in North, south and Central America.


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