Online Time All The Time – Part One

Crystop Satellite JpgOnline all the time – or, at least as much as one can manage and for so many reasons, whether it’s using online maps, wikipaedia or just resolving an argument over how to spell a word :), the internet has become an ‘essential’.  The first question at the pearly gates for many of us might well be “please can you tell me the wifi code”?  So, needless to say, a little time and effort and talking to the experts has taken place to see how best to equip the new vehicle.  There is a fair amount of information to impart so I have split this into two posts – the second one will be tomorrow.  This one concentrates on satellite internet with tomorrow focusing on WiFi and 3G/4G.

I will follow up on all of the items mentioned here and in the next blog in later entries and let you know just how well they did (or didn’t) perform.  I have high expectations that they will perform well and no reason to doubt it because these are good suppliers who generally give good advice.  I should also emphasise I have no financial connection with all the suppliers mentioned and am receiving no benefit for reviewing these products.

Let’s start at the rather more expensive end of the spectrum and satellite internet.  After talking to the irrepressible Andy Harris at RoadPro he recommended the Crystop Autosat 2s as being the most popular and for ease of use in Europe this autoskew.

Auto Skew

Auto Skew

At £3,149 plus a further £399 for the Auto Skew it isn’t cheap and probably 30% more than TV satellite alone.  In addition, it is the online package which is perhaps a little more taxing on the wallet (you can see the choices by clicking on this link – 3Mb Download).  But going inline by satellite has reduced in cost substantially over the last few years and no doubt will continue to do so.

I will probably opt for either the Easy 10 at £57 per month or the Go 6 at £60 per month for unlimited usage.  If you match that to the cost of say Vodafone Euro Traveller which I have currently – that comes in at £90 per month if you use it every day so maybe not that expensive after all?

So, a few grand down and guess what, still limitations apply.  Firstly, it can’t be used on the move so how to settle that argument with a quick google search when hurtling down the French autoroute?  Secondly, it does have usage limitations potentially in terms of download especially if one opts for the smaller packages and then there are those pesky trees and buildings which somehow or other manage to block a signal.  And what if you want to go beyond our European borders – then what?

Tomorrow, I will cover off the other ‘bits and pieces’ in part two of this article.

 

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    […] Yesterday’s blog focused on Satellite Internet.  Why would we need anything more than this?  Haven’t we spent enough already?  Because our planned travels from 2017 onwards will include hopefully leaving these shores for North (and possibly even South) America, satellite internet alone is not going to be the complete answer.  Thankfully, WiFi and roaming 3g and 4G are international standards and should fill all the other gaps as well as deal with giving us a signal when we are actually rolling along. […]

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