Watch this website as I
develop my RV Satellite Internet system and post the progress here.
I am writing and posting this article from my RV,
with a high speed broadband satellite internet connection. No external
power source, other than the sun, is being used. This is truly "go
How is my RV Satellite
Internet System powered?
A 110 watt solar panel is used to charge my
battery bank of two 6 volt deep cycle RV batteries. An inverter is
being used to draw power from my battery bank and to convert it to 120
VAC household power. This is used to supply 120 VAC power to run my
satellite dish and high speed modem.
This power source can also be used to power up my
desktop, printer, scanner or any other device. It makes my coffee in
the morning on a timer ... coffee is ready when I get up.
Since the sun is supplying the energy and charging
my batteries during daylight hours, I can be at any remote location and
still run my web sites, post and recieve e-mail, and communicate with
the world. Miles away from any power line or phone line. If you run an
on-line business, need to review your stock portfolio, or simply need
to connect to the internet where ever you may be, then this system is
the other benefits?
Telephone service is a snap with high speed
internet available. No cell phone coverage is needed. If you have an
internet connection, you have telephone capabilities.
This same dish will receive satellite TV at the
same time as high speed internet. (A satellite TV subscription is
did you get this equipment?
tell them Les Doll sent you :)
hard to get set-up?
Well, it does take some persistance and a certain
learning curve. With practice you could be online in roughly 15 minutes
or so. My first set-up took several hours but my home is located in a
heavily treed area. It took some time to find a sutable open spot to
locate the tripod and dish for a clear view. There are devices
available that simplify the process and one is included in the 3i
communications tripod package.
Subsequent set-ups improved with
experience. My last set-up at my home base took about 10
minutes and has remained stable for over 3 months..
automatic dish system available?
Yes, but it is pricey at about $5,000 to $6,000
installed. Since the dish is two way, the automatic dish must find the
satellite and then fine tune itself to transmit a signal back up to the
satellite. If cost is not a concern (lucky you!), then a press of a
button gets the dish aligning itself and within a few minutes you are
connected. Of course you must have a clear view of the southern sky for
a lign of sight. With the tripod system you can locate the tripod up to
40 feet away if needed.
More info on this coming soon ...