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Satellite Internet in remote area Southern Illinois - Minnesota / Canadian border

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E David Charles
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Satellite internet in remote area
on: 27. Jun 2004 at 21:31

I am looking at direct way for a satellite internet system. I live in Southern Illinois and would have the system installed there.  I also have a cabin on a remote island on the Minnesota / Canadian border.  I would like to install a second dish there and carry my laptop and modem when I go there.  I installed my own TV dish at the cabin, can I install a 2 way internet dish myself?  Direct way says no but should I believe them.  What problems will I encounter if I try.  It would be very expensive to get someone to boat out to my island to make the install. Can anyone recommend a book or web site to get me started?

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Re: Satellite internet in remote area
Reply #1 on: 28. Jun 2004 at 03:53

If you have no background in two way satellite communications, it's a good idea to take them at their word.
Satellite TV is one way - no transmitter. Direcway is a whole 'nuther kettle of fish. Having said that, you could very likely get your Direcway systems set up as far as the received signal stage. But at that point you should strongly consider calling in somebody who understands how to optimise the transmitter isolation.  
If you elect to do a partial self install, the whole job hinges on getting the pole or mounting arm exactly plumb and very rigid. If that's off, the whole installation will be off - permanently.
 
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E David Charles
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Re: Satellite internet in remote area
Reply #2 on: 30. Jun 2004 at 12:48

I have no problem getting the mast plumb and setting the dish.  I would be bringing a modem/receiver from a unit that would be professionally set up at my residence in Southern Illinois.  The cabin is almost due North of my house in Illinois (about900 miles) .  Would I access the same satellite? Would the modem settings be the same?  I would love to have a pro set the system up but I think cost may be prohibitive.  I am out on an Island and We have to go through Canadian waters to get to our place.  Is optimising the reception a mechanical or software operation?
thanks,  
Dave

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Reply #3 on: 03. Jul 2004 at 03:33

It would have to be the same satellite, otherwise you'd be paying for two accounts. Same satellite that is, unless your 2nd location does not have a line of site to the satellite you  access at the 1st location.  
The only modem setting you'd need to change between locations - is the location. The modem must know WHERE it is, in order to have the correct information to calculate time and distance to satellite (necessary to obtain and maintain synchronization with the network timing loop).
Optimising involves hardware manipulation, normally with a proprietary test set supplied by a certified installer. The modem software can perform the same function, but it then becomes a two-man job. If you don't understand transmitter isolation, it can be a tricky undertaking.
 
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E. David Charles
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Reply #4 on: 03. Jul 2004 at 15:22

Now we are getting some where.  I'm looking at the DW 6000 unit. can it be installed and optimised without a phone line for set up? No phone line on the island.  Where can I find out what satellite I will access from southern Illinois?. ( that way I can get dish pointing data from this site.  Is there a phone number I can call you at to save you having to type replies?.  Is there literature I can access to help me?.
Many thanks,
Dave

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Reply #5 on: 05. Jul 2004 at 03:28

The good news is that DW6000 does not require a phone line for either installation or operation. The bad news is that you have very little say in your satellite assignment. You just have to hope that you have a clear shot at the satellite to which you were assigned down home. It's not impossible to get a satellite reassignment AFTER installation, but it requires quite a bit of hoop-jumping. I sent an email to your listed address antenna pointing angles and literature
 
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Last Edit: 05. Jul 2004 at 03:30 by USN - Retired

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