[kwlug-disc] ISP recommendations for sailing

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Fri May 29 08:58:31 EDT 2009


 The US has had for a number of years decent cell modems you can buy 
that plug right into your laptop as a PCMCIA card.  If you can get cell 
coverage, you can pretty much get internet access in the US.  I think 
we're starting to see this kind of stuff in Canada now as well.  In any 
event, I believe most of the larger US cell providers would have some 
type of coverage available throughout the US just by buying a cell modem 
and a subscription.

I'm not sure how far from sure the cell coverage works though.  I do 
know you can get perfectly fine cell coverage on lakes up north ;).

Daniel Jolkowski wrote:
> I am not sure if they are suitable for 'boat programming' but we are 
> using xplore.net at our home and they are quite reliable - rarely any 
> outages and decent speed for 49.99 a month.  I think the initial 
> equipment fee will run you about a thousand dollars depending on 
> whether you install and calibrate it yourself.  They also offer a 
> service that works with the giant old Hughes satellite dishes.
>
> Daniel
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* Darcy Casselman <dscassel at gmail.com>
> *To:* KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> *Sent:* Thursday, May 28, 2009 7:43:49 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [kwlug-disc] ISP recommendations for sailing
>
> Some useful tips on "boat programming":
>
> http://www.mattmcdole.com/blog/?p=9
>
> The only real option would be satellite Internet, and that costs
> $1000-5000/month and is kind of crappy.  There are some other handy
> tips.  If it were me, I'd probably look into the "marina wifi" option
> and check out Internet cafe options on shore.
>
> Darcy.
>
> On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 10:19 PM, Oksana Goertzen <ogoertzen at gmail.com 
> <mailto:ogoertzen at gmail.com>> wrote:
> > Hello Everyone,
> >
> > Someone at work asked me for a recommendation for
> > an ISP that will work from the east coast of Canada
> > down the coast of the U.S. into South America - for
> > a sailboat.  It will be frequently docked along the
> > shoreline.  I'm at a loss as to what to recommend.
> > Any ideas?
> >
> > Thanks, Oksana
> >
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