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Don't know anything about this stuff. Why can't one just get a land based Direct TV subscription for TV, phone and internet and a TracVision receiver and have it all? Unlimited satt internet, etc??
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Don't know anything about this stuff. Why can't one just get a land based Direct TV subscription for TV, phone and internet and a TracVision receiver and have it all? Unlimited satt internet, etc??
Because most of the DirecTV type internet connections use a modem for the uplink, and the satellite dish for the downlink, and provide a very asymmetrical connection. There are some satellite dishes that can handle both up and downlinks...but I don't believe that TracVision makes a dish that can support it yet.

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Because most of the DirecTV type internet connections use a modem for the uplink, and the satellite dish for the downlink, and provide a very asymmetrical connection. There are some satellite dishes that can handle both up and downlinks...but I don't believe that TracVision makes a dish that can support it yet.
While that used to be the case (needing a phone line) I dont believe the current generation of Hughes home internet plans require a phone line for their internet access. I think the limitations is frankly related to the constant movement one encounters on a boat. Satellite communication needs stabilized equipment for clean uplink/download capability.

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KVH and others have the hardware to support sat TV and Internet. It's just about money.

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KVH and others have the hardware to support sat TV and Internet. It's just about money.
Considering the KVH TracPhone V7, which does satellite-based bi-directional broadband internet is about $28,000, yeah, it's about the money. Fixed monthly rate data plans start at $1995.00 per MONTH.

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Sat service is definitely more expensive than the average cruiser wants to spend, but not nearly so expensive as listed above. Talk to people who have BTDT.

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2 way Sat. internet that's under $100 a month. Has to be mounted to a piling etc. WildBlue Satellite Internet Service Providers - Affordable, From MyBlueDish.com

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DIRECTV delivers high-speed Internet (up to 1.5Mbps) powered by WildBlue™ to any home, virtually anywhere in the country. You don't even need a phone line. For as low as $49.99 a month for 12 months (up to 512 kbps) you can keep an "always–on" connection — watch videos and download photos and music. This is the best offer you can get on satellite Internet. And it's available only from DIRECTV.

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Now we're talking. I wonder if there is a separate antenna that does the uplink or if is uses the dish somehow. I suppose whether the subscription is compatible with a gyro stabilized antenna, like the TracVision, is a critical issue.

I know of a place or two on the out islands of the Bahamas that had internet access, but certainly no phone. It was definitely through satellite. Got me thinking here. It just doesn't seem like it should or needs to be as crazy expensive of some marine systems are.
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