Broadband by satellite

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LJC
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Broadband by satellite

Post by LJC » Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:40 am

Is there any posibility for access to exitel by satellite. I am about to tour Australia by motorhome and need to be on line wherever I stop. I know of your Optus wireless coverage, however the coverage is not universal.
Thanks,

Ravenous
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Re: Broadband by satellite

Post by Ravenous » Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:03 pm

Have you considered mounting an antenna attached to the optus wireless modem? Omni-directional would be the most 'practical' but if you could get a yagi attenna on a mount which you could twist and pivot to the direction of a nearby mobile tower when required that would get much better results. Finding the location of nearby towers within range is the short-fall to this however. :mrgreen: .

LJC
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Re: Broadband by satellite

Post by LJC » Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:52 pm

Thanks for the suggestion. When I check the optus broadband coverage maps, coverage is only shown as concentrated around cities, and along the coast. The Exetel coverage maps are more detailed than the Optus on line maps but show most of inland Australia as not covered.

Ravenous
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Re: Broadband by satellite

Post by Ravenous » Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:34 pm

This would be the most accurate map http://www.optus.com.au/aboutoptus/Abou ... k+Coverage
It is for 'on-the-street' coverage.

Exetel claim that a YAGI antenna could extend range to 25-km with line of sight: http://www.countrybroadband.com.au/greater-coverage.php

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