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Access Central Mexico

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Sep 20th, 2007 at 5:15pm  
I'm very much a novice about satellite communications. We are building a  home in central Mexico in the town of Mineral de Pozos in the state of Guanajuato. There are about 20 gringos looking for internet alternative to dialup and Telmex not very interested in solving via land lines.
1st, I guess impossible to successfully consolidate TV, internet and VOIP over single satellite dish.
Given that is true, what need we look for/do to get internet with VOIP where a US phone number.
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Reply #1 - Sep 21st, 2007 at 4:49am  
Well, there are a few "one dish solutions", but your VoIP requirement really cuts down the choices. And the one dish solution is usually more expensive than two separate dishes anyway. When mounted in the vicinity of a transmitter, the TV LNBs must be RF shielded. Typical ROTV satellite dishes use the less expensive unshielded variety.

Start here:

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Reply #2 - Sep 21st, 2007 at 3:25pm  
Greg, this really useful starting point. A little overwhelming with the options and choices. Given that my primary focus is home with 2-4 wireless laptops off of wireless router and VOIP, hopefully with US phone number, is there some set of key evaluators/delimeters that should be applied to options.
Expect these include initial cost, installation and service coverage, monthly cost, maximum & sustained up & down links, and latency for VOIP as well as volume clip levels. Expect that there are more and that some more important than others.

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Reply #3 - Sep 24th, 2007 at 12:26am  

I sell and use both Hughesnet and iDirect. I have Net2phone VoIP running over our iDirect system, and it works very well. We shutoff our Verizon land line service many months ago. If you want best quality VoIP use iDirect. I also use Hughesnet for broadband internet use. It provides the  most bandwidth per dollar, and iDirect provides best quality.

I would be glad to give you a call to discuss further.
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Reply #4 - Sep 24th, 2007 at 3:45am  
Tom, I would like to discuss as doing research for a group on options.
Best number is (919)875-8755.

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Reply #5 - Oct 4th, 2007 at 4:43am  
You can get good solid internet and VOIP service with the Viasat Surfbeam with Echosat service.   This is on AMC9 and there is coverage in Guanajuato.   I have installers near Guanajuato and can assist you with the installation with a lead time of 10 days.  The purchase of this system would be less expensive than idirect.  You can contract any VOIP service such as Lingo or inphonex that uses the G.729 protocol or similar efficient Codec for VOIP.

You may contact me at 281-398-6232

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Reply #6 - Oct 27th, 2007 at 6:25pm  
Just curious - How did the conversation with Tom go?   

He has access to over 17 companies in Mexico that do HughesNet & iDirect installations - including us.
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Mel Berry : Houston Media Systems : Hughes HX & HN - covers North, Central, and most of S America
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Reply #7 - Aug 9th, 2008 at 1:24pm  
I need
help getting Internet access in Central Mexico. I know special needs kids and
horse therapy, but most of what you are talking about on the Forum I am lost.

Since 1997 I have had DirecWay (which changed to HughesNet) two-way about 12
miles north of the Mexico/Arizona border on a remote monastery site on solar
and wind power (our caretaker is using it now). We were the first in that
county to get it installed. For the last 4 months we used Vonge phone service
off that satellite, but using it like a walkie-talkie. I can bring that
Internet system into Mexico if that is my best option for Internet and phone
(no gaming, no video).

I am a mature graduate student in Cajones, Guanajauto, Mexico (about 9 miles
south of Guanajauto, GTO central (where thousands of Internet Cafe's exist). At
this minute, I am using IUSACEL BAM (Banda Ancha Movil) a dial-up cell phone
Internet access system. With a LOT of patience, I can use Skype through the
dial-up system and sometimes hear the other party, but Vonage does not work at
all. I have Nextel USA walkie-talkie only (they charge us nearly 3 times what
we pay for renting our house in Mexico for that walkie-talkie only service). Nextel Mexico will
not even rent us phone service here because we do not have permanent FM3 visas;
IUSACEL phone demands months of home rental receipts or proof of land ownership,
firngerprints of first born child (well, almost); it's crazy.

I have a lot of research to do. One of my professors is in Beruit right now
using a laptop, another in France on a Blackberry. I need to access the U of
Ariona library, etc. There are not enough hours in ANY day to use this dial-up
and expect to complete my research! Not even considering the phone problem.

Please help me. What are my options here in Central Mexico?


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