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07-20-2008 12:21 PM
wind_magic In general my opinion is and has been that it's best to be prepared to get access any way you can get it. Be prepared to use WiFi w/ an assortment of external antennas for different situations, be prepared to use a telephone line with a modem, be prepared to use ethernet, etc. The O.P. didn't say they were leaving the states, but if you ever go to Mexico or latin America, etc, then you just have to use whatever is there. They have a lot of cyber cafes all over the place, much more than in the United States, with very reasonable rates. Offshore you still have SSB/Pactor-3 and other options and then of course satellite, etc.
07-12-2008 12:25 AM
camaraderie Mark...there has been a huge issue with no satellite signal available and poor connectivity when you do get a call through due to older satellites. They have had to reduce prices to retain customers until the new birds get launched. Looks like things are getting better from specialD's post. 9600 baud is the throughput...I have a warm spot in my heart for G-Star as they saved our bacon in Grenada after the hurricane...but be prepared for disappointments along the way given the current satellite situation.
07-11-2008 06:15 PM
tonybinTX uhhh. what's a modem? Don't you just plug the blue cable into the back of the computer?
07-11-2008 04:48 PM
speciald Goes down another $10 next year! They are trying to keep their customer base until the new sateelites are launched begining in one year from now.
07-11-2008 04:36 PM
mtschindler I looked up Globalstar plans and the unlimited plan is $40/month -but seasonal or other monthly plans are farm more than that. What am I missing? My cell phone is a lot more than that.

Mark
07-11-2008 12:18 PM
speciald Don't know why, but my Globalstar hookup has been much more constant over the last two months. Maybe they have sent up some of the old satellites while waiting on the launch of their new ones. 9600 baud is better rthan no baud, its much faster than SSB connection and the price is right with unlimited minutes. I use it when off-shore and where wi-fi is either unacailable or too expensive.
07-11-2008 12:03 PM
sailingdog Shoot... Y-modem and Z-modem are relatively new protocols...I remember when X-modem was introduced...
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Damn Dog, now you're dating yourself!

Mine was a 1200 baud Hayes Modem. I had a coupler, but it was CRAP.

Ahhh I can still remember how happy I was when Y and Zmodem protocols were released.
07-11-2008 11:39 AM
Birdface Damn Dog, now you're dating yourself!

Mine was a 1200 baud Hayes Modem. I had a coupler, but it was CRAP.

Ahhh I can still remember how happy I was when Y and Zmodem protocols were released.
07-11-2008 09:42 AM
sailingdog Yes, the Iridium/Globalstar phones do only 9600, but some of the Inmarsat ones do 128Kbps or 256Kbps and effectively provide an ISDN equivalent broadband connection. However, these are considerably more money, since they require a external antenna and need to be gyro stabilized.

BTW, first modem I owned was an Andersen Jacobsen 110 baud Acoustic Coupler.
07-11-2008 02:38 AM
camaraderie Dawg...well you can do 9600 baud...but I don't call that full access. Fine for email and some ftp stuff but I've done 9600 on my cell phone and internet was simply too painful. Funny...I still remember my FAST 9600 baud modem...course it was a text and cga world back then!

I believe Iridium is only 4800 with Gstar 9600 and you lose the signal every 10 minutes!
BethLeonard & Evans S. use Iridium to send in pix and stories but at $1.50 a minute or so...even that can get expensive at 4800!
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