The joy of 24/7 Internet with our
Our pretty Patio Surprise!!! We NEVER lost signal All dressed up for Christmas
NOTE: In May when we set up camp in our site at Golden Pond - Dish signal was great but when the trees grew leaves we lost signal. When I mentioned this in the Diary a friend told us about the TV -LNB. This little Gismo sells for $200.00 but it simply hooks onto the Sat Dish-LNB. We attach a second cable from the TV-LNB to the Receiver and we once again have Express Vu TV reception. Yahoo!!! Click picture at the left to enlarge for a better view.
However we continued to enjoy our (DirecWay) Hughes.net Tri-pod System throughout the USA last winter - out west last summer and we are into another winter in the south. It feels so great to be on line 24/7 no matter where your travels take you. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants Internet contact as you enjoy the freedom of the RV Lifestyle. My connection speed began at 18 times faster than dial-ups and it has VASTLY improved since I began to use the DW7000. It is a slight bit less than tycpical high-speed, but it is sooooo much faster than dial-up and light years ahead of Data feed Cell phone.. This way of connectivity continues to impress us.
one park we set our Dish up near the edge of our campsite because the
park was not very busy and we didn’t expect neighbours. However when a
large 40-foot Monaco Panther pulled into the adjacent site, we were
convinced we would have to move the dish to continue service –
thankfully this was not the case. His
extended motorhome slides rested about two-feet from our Dish –
however surprisingly our Internet signal remained strong and
Guess it found the satellite above our neighbours motorhome
Guess it found the satellite above our neighbours motorhome
Ten days into ownership, Galaxy Broadband, our Canadian satellite server called just to check if everything was working as expected. They simply wanted to ensure we had the Tech contact numbers if we had any problems down the road. Galaxy came across as a company that cares for their customers. Armand (and Todd) from (3i Communications) is also available for set-up problems as well. (Contact info is at end of story).
Our first choice to access the satellite was to bring the cable into the RV through a window. This worked fairly well but it also was an open invitation to the flying ‘bug’ population to take up residence. Friends chose to add an access point from a storage pod in close proximity to his inside office area. In a secluded spot he drilled a hole through the coach wall and permanently installed a short piece of Co-Axel cable complete with adapters to connect this cable to the dish cable. Because his modem/connections are inside, they are protected from the elements.
This system would also work with a desktop set-up. (To be wireless, a computer connects easier if it uses XP operating system). Some RVers store these components in a storage pod if their computer works wirelessly – however it has to connect to electricity. Most can connect wirelessly within a 100 metres. My new computer has the ultra bright screen so now I can work on the patio. However because John’s former computer used ME operating system – it had to be connected by wire.
These days our modem/adapter and router nestle in the base of an end table - designed to hold magazines. It sits near the driver’s door. I never disconnect the wires on my modem. Bungies secure the extra co-axle cable ( in rolls) that connect the Dish to the modem, adapter and the power bar (designed to protect everything from power surges). Previously to using the table we stored these items under the drivers seat. Sometimes we pass the Dish cable under the coach to connect to the DW 7000 modem through the door – the door will still lock. There are several connectivity options available – the above offer only a few ways to consider.
for our Dish set up on our campsite
In the beginning to discourage our components ‘from growing legs’ in some areas, we added a chain from the back of the Dish area - through the tripod legs before locking it in place – we secure the other end to a stationary support. Since the Dish is only part of the set-up we no longer secure it with a lock however we do weigh our Dish down with 3 gallon plastic jugs of water - one on each tri-pod leg and sometimes another in the centre, In the beginning ours did go over twice but not since we began to weigh it down.
Over the past two years I had heard of numerous RVers who would drive around an upscale neighbourhood to see if an open WiFi connection was available. They would then log onto these connections with their laptops. If a computer is wireless and there is an unsecured connection available – such as with our type of system, other campers can connect to the ‘Net. They may not be able to send their email but many of these surfers can receive theirs. However Armand placed a security password on my computer – so John and I are the only ones who can access the signal from our DirectWay system. When I want to share my system with a special friend that stops by to visit, I simply share my security number for input into their computer.
Extra Equipment Required
received the DirecWay dish, tripod, Co-Ax cable (we requested 40 feet),
supporting hardware, manual and support as needed from 3i
Communications, now Tech Mobile and Communicatons. (Co-Ax
Cable may??? work better in two connecting lengths – 15’ and 25’).
All software is part of the DW7000 modem – no extra
programs are added to our computer. We also purchased a surge protector
(for piece of mind) and a router for wireless operation from Armand –
these are available from other sources as well.
previous computer operated wirelessly with the aid of an antenna
connected to a USB cable (I used this set-up when connected to WiFi in a
campground). However I needed a router before my computer could
connect wireless to the Dish. John’s computer had no plug-in adapter
for a LAN (Local Area Network) line. So Armand added one to enable
connection to the router or to the DirecWay modem.
, Training And Support
price is $1495.00 Cdn plus tax (prices could change).
One-time fees at Galaxy include a $75.00 (Licence) and $49.00 (satellite). Monthly service ranges from $69.00 (for a two year
contract) - slightly more for one year contract. These rates may/may not
include a $10.00 monthly mobility fee - all prices in Cdn$.
If money is no object, the fully automatic DataStorm Roof-mounted System offers another option – no set-up on your part. ($5995.00 plus tax - $500.00 installation) Fees above are similar. The manual DirecWay system is also available as a roof mount for the same cost as the tri-pod – for both roof and tripod units add an additional $295.00.
The training manual and ongoing tech support from "Tech Mobile and Communications" is second to none. Their equipment is of the highest quality. Superio to some Set-ups I have sceen.
Armand and staff from Tech Mobile and Communications (formerly 3i Communications) will ship the set-ups across the border for American RVers. Prices will be in US$ as well as users will be connected to American satellite servers.
In the meantime PLEASE CONTACT ARMAND AS TO SERVICE FOR AMERICAN RVers,
and I set our DirecWay up at every change of campsite, especially if we
stay for two days or longer. (During short periods when I could not set up
the DirecWay I reverted to connecting using my slow cell with Verizon’s
after-hour Canada plan – I was able to retrieve email and limited surf when
connected to my Ositech USB charger/connecting cable). The DirecWay Dish
is fairly large (.74 metre) but when dismantled it fits inside most RV
storage pods. In our case the Dish/Tri-pod system travels in the back seat
of our car.
DirecWay systems were available from many sources but WHEN POSSIBLE??? Armand, users who visit their shop can receive a 5-6 hours of set-up training plus follow-up support. PART OF THE KIT IS A COMPREHENSIVE BINDER THAT COVERS ALL ASPECTS OF SETTING UP ETC, TECH MOBILE(3i Communications) have refined their easy to assemble tri-pod with turn knobs instead of wrenches etc, but it does take a some learning to get it all together.
don’t seem to be overwhelming. We
initially set up our dish on the 15 May 2005 and moved it 10 days later just
for practice. It now takes us about 10-15 minutes to assemble and
usually another 5 minutes to receive signal.
Bottom line is “If we (sometimes me alone) can do it; anyone can”.
For more user info feel free to contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll be happy to answer any Questions I can from a new user
point of view.
Armand Lalonde email@example.com 705-934-3217. Tell him Peggi asked you to call. RV Living is a referral affiliate of this system.
This info is very different these days. My system is for sale on our Marketplace Forum
Lalonde from Tech
Prices. May be different for 2012
OR $10.00 more for one year. ($10.00 per/month mobile fee may be added)
A $75.00 Cdn$ one time licence fee is required and
$49.00 to register the satellite
Info is also available on the DataStorm Automatic Roof-mount.
Cost $6995.00 Cdn$ plus $500.00 Cdn Installation