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Satelite linking?

By Pap_Samuels ·
Is it possible to link to the internet from a laptop via a satelite?

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by TheChas In reply to Satelite linking?

Sure.

But, just as with a desktop you will need a satellite receiver, dish and to subscribe to a service.

Check on the availability of Wi-Fi service where you use your laptop. You might be surprised.

Many US cities are offering some level of Wi-Fi service.

Then all you need is a Wi-Fi card.

Chas

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by Pap_Samuels In reply to

I left out one keyword: "mobile" in my original question.
I still do not know if I can "beam-up" & "down" to/from a satelite from/to my moving (mobile laptop)!?
I am assuming Wi-Fi and/or Directway use "fixed" dishes aimed
precisely to function as receiver/transmitter with satelite arrays.
What equipment are our troops in Iraq using to get online via satelite(s)? (as an example).

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by TheChas In reply to Satelite linking?

Wi-Fi is your best option.

Wi-Fi uses a regular antenna.

For fully mobile satellite access, you need a dish with the ability to lock onto the satellite and adjust the dish position to keep the signal.
Not cheap, or readily available.

Our troops are using portable, but stationary dishes and receivers.

Chas

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by Pap_Samuels In reply to

Thanks "TheChas"!
Can you add any Wi-Fi's competitor(s) to this discussion?
You have answered my base question but I want to get specific
information on sources for this service; i.e. fully mobile access to the internet.

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by TheChas In reply to Satelite linking?

I am not personally aware of any service that would provide a fully mobile broadband Internet connection other than Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi's primary competition is fixed location broadband connections.

Wireless hot-spots have limited range, and generally are not linked to allow you to switch from one hot-spot to another as you change location.

The only other mobile connection technology I am aware of is cellular connections.

I suggest that if you want further input, close this question and start a thread in the Discussion Center titled something like "Mobile Internet Connection Alternatives".

For the best results, wait until late Sunday, or early Monday to start the thread.

Since next week is a short "holiday" week in the US, you may get a better response if you wait until the following week.

Chas

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