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ahoy,

so, one of the big things I wanted to get away from by sailing was the computer, and networking. but alas, it is my livleyhood, and I could make a decent sum, even remotley, as long as I can access the net, preferably reletivly fast (>300kb/s) anyone have any first hand experience with internet connection from sea? what type of pricing am I looking at? what type of speed? reliability? power consumption?

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When you are talking "internet connection from sea" just what do you mean. Coastal? Blue water? makes a big differance.
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If you are in cell phone range of the coast connecting to the internet is no problem. I use my cell phone to call into AOL and it works just fine. And it doesn''t cost anymore or require any special programs, etc.

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Verizon and Sprint have higher speed internet cell connnections. Pop a Sierra Wireless PCMCIA card into the laptop and go--at about twice dialup speed. Cost is perhaps $80-100 for an "all you can eat" program. I have Verizon--they just lowered their cost to $80/mo, and it works well, within range. That means checking their web site for coverage, and mostly coastal US near larger cities, like Florida, Mid Atlantic and Northeast.
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Cool. I hadnt even thought of cell. At least in the beginning, I''ll be coastal, near my home town of LA, so that works out realy well.

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Ref your description of Verizon internet connection thru their cellular network. Just finished talking to them and they told me that all I had to do was connect my cell phone to my computer with a USB cable and I could then interface with the internet with their regular service plans. I don''t understand what the Sierrea wireless PCMCIA card does/is and what the $80/mnth charge is for if it is in addition to their regular plan charges. Thks for your help.. Joel Strumph
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I also use a Verizon cell phone connected to my computer via the standard RS-232 port (no driver needed). No extra charge.
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I do the same thing with Cingular. No need for extra software.

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OK, so I''m not going to pretend to be any kind of techie here, BUT....

I think the difference between the cell phone connection and the PCMCIA "dedicated" wireless connection is speed.

I used the Sprint wireless Internet service while I was a "Corporate Barbie" and it was excellent. Much faster than a dial up connection, and, since I was within the coverage area, I was able to work from the boat no matter where she was. Between that and the cell phone, my associates didn''t know I was on the water!!!

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Beleive Trish is right...I use the slow Verizon connection and get on the net to get my email and do my banking up and down the east coast...seem to get a connection most everywhere... you might consider sailing in the Abacos... high speed wireless is available in Marsh Harbor.

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