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It is available but you need an Internet provider that supports mobile use, not many do. Google "satellite internet" or "datastorm users" and you can find some options.

 

Unless you can't get a signal on a cell Internet connection you don't want to even think about a satellite hookup. Expensive, slow, really really slow for secure connections, bulky gear and expensive.

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Sorry Jack. I wrote up a whole thing on satellite TV service instead of INTERNET connection. Sorry about that.

 

We use a Verizon Jetpack modem type device for when we are on the road. Works well most of the time. We use it at the house too. And verizon does not care whether we use it at home or on the road.

 

I read Stan's reply and agree completely. We used to have the DataStorm system but the cell phone type connection beats it hands down as long as you are in range of a tower. Good luck. Dennis

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Thanks guys.......I kept looking after I posted the question. Nothing. Came up with a cell phone hot spot or a dedicated hot spot is the way to go...........or park close to Starbucks or the like.

 

Going to work on the tv thing next. I was really hoping that one could combine the two.

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Dish does offer a spot beamed satellite Internet service, but it is not suitable for mobile RV use. There are satellite services available for RV use though, the RVDataSat roof mount system at about $6500 plus monthly subscription fees, and the RTC Spaceway tripod based system at about $1000 plus monthly fees if it's still being offered. The RTC setup is not showing on their website, but an inquiry might turn something up. The DataSat is fully automatic, but the RTC requires manual aiming that can be quite time consuming compared to setting up a tripod mounted satellite TV dish.

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Yes, there is mobile RV satellite internet and the newest hardware and service is terrific. Word is getting out slowly.

 

We've been long-time satellite Internet users since 2007 and last year upgraded to the newest technology, MobilSat's roof-mounted auto-pointing RV DataSat840 system. It's fast, easy and awesome but it's not for everyone. Our blog has tons of information about it in the tag RV DataSat.

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There are currently only two satellite services suitable for mobile use currently available to new customers:

 

HughesNet Spot Beam KA-Band (Tripod setup .. offered through RTC) - Equipment cost is around a grand, and service is about $99/month for 20GB of 5mpbs service.

 

RV DataSAT 840 / Insta-Sat (rooftop install) - Equipment costs are around $6000-6500, and service is pay as you go by the GB, no contract. Cheapest option is $1000 for 100GB of data, that can be used over 12 months.

 

- Cherie

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Linda, No monthly fee as such as they work like a pre-paid cell phone where you buy minutes/data and if unused it expires. They have a chart here:

 

EDIT: Looks like there might be monthly plans too, see the second link below on system price.

 

http://www.liveworkdream.com/2015/09/30/instasat/

 

instasat-plans.png

 

Hardware cost looks to be about $6500

 

http://www.rvdatasat.com/

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Great info from you all............in the mid/late 90's.........(using a converter box and some adaptors).......traveling down highway 5 in Ca., emailing my friends using my cell phone/laptop.........(with the limited reception in those days). Some almost 20 years later and still tinkering with it.

 

Chirie.........how is your latest cell phone booster shoot out coming?

 

Jack

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Great info from you all............in the mid/late 90's.........(using a converter box and some adaptors).......traveling down highway 5 in Ca., emailing my friends using my cell phone/laptop.........(with the limited reception in those days). Some almost 20 years later and still tinkering with it.

 

Chirie.........how is your latest cell phone booster shoot out coming?

 

Jack

 

 

We've completed 4 testing locations so far, and still compiling data.

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Way too rich for my pocketbook! I suppose if we worked out of our RV and had to have Internet access no matter where we were, I might consider it. But, based on where *we* travel, about the only place we don't have Internet access using our Verizon android phone as a hotspot is at Mesquite Springs Campground in Death Valley.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I have only been fulltiming in my trailer for 14 days, and so far my little mobile hotspot I bought at Walmart has worked for me everywhere except for one night up in the Adarondacks in New York.

 

I'm headed out west to boondock, so I have no idea if this will work out there, but I don't see why not since it's satellite.....

 

 

 

Actually, the mobile hotspot that you purchased at Walmart is a cellular system, not a satellite system. It will work as long as you are within range of the cellular network(s) that the system is tied to. If it is the Straight Talk device they don't own or operate a cellular system. They purchase bandwidth from various other providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Don't be surprised if your coverage is less reliable in the western states, especially in remote areas.

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There is also the Wideye iSavi satellite hub - http://amzn.to/2bPwF9M
This portable hub connects phones, tablets, and laptops to the Inmarsat satellite network.

Internet connection speed is 240 Kbps send and 385 Kbps receive.
The hub acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot to connect devices with a range of 100ft (30 meters),
and a built-in firewall.
It is small, easy to carry and setup and can be powered with solar panels.

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