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Old 09-01-2011, 15:00   #1
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Internet Access Around the World

I plan to go mobile with my life, and sail around the world.

I am a self-employed intra-day financial trader. I can work wherever I have an internet connection. What is your impression on the current state/future of wireless internet access around the world? Where do you think it is going? Tips on how to make this work? Ideas? Is it only reliable in marinas?

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Do a forum search on internet,,, this topic has been beat to death
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Yes, the question of general internet access has, but I feel my request is a different side of it. I don't need internet mainly for email, weather, etc. I need internet that is relatively reliable and fast
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If your budget suppost it , consider installing Inmarsat Fleetbroadband, startings systems at 150Kbps for about 4K dollars at 10 dollars/megabyte. That way you are independant.

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@WaW : if you rely on real time quotes, then be aware that satellite based internet (such as Inmarsat, Globalstar etc) has a huge latency.

Personally I am day trading weekly options ... and 1/2 sec too late can ruin the trade. So you need to incorporate approx 2-3 sec delay (quote display and your actions) in your day trading strategy.

Btw - my first post on CF ... :-) ... planning to do a "tour de world" but still trying to figure out how to finance such a project.
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Personally, I trade forex, I have done so on Inmarsat for quite a while at sea, while the latency is a little annoying it is bearable. If of any interest, I use GFT.

Mini v-sat is another interesting one, I would like to use it, but they have very little coverage of the Pacific, since the Pacific is where I tend to do most sailing it isn't an option for me. The terminal I run is an FB250.

Inmarsat has 50mbps coming sometime in 2013, perhaps earlier if rumors are correct, but I wouldn't count on it, the Inmarsat website says sometime in 2014. It will be interesting to see how much prices change when this is introduced.
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@JJB : I assume if you do FX then you use a software showing real time quotes. I use TOS (TDA) and TW (IB) and looks to me there is some amount of data transferred ... just wondering how your monthly bill looks like. I would really appreciate if you could share some info about the traffic and the cost you experienced with FB.
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While we're at sea, we only use Dealbook 360 and Email, it's expensive but not too bad, $2750, buys me 750mb per month, I know it doesn't seem like much, but I have yet to see a month where I go over it.
Sometimes if there is anything left, I will allow my kids to do a little web browsing, but no Youtube, Facebook etc.

I tend to open dealbook twice a day when at sea, I don't leave it running all day. I prefer just to set my trades every morning according to market conditions and just allow it to take it's course until later that night where I check on the results or perhaps setup a few more if the market is presenting well.
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While we're at sea, we only use Dealbook 360 and Email, it's expensive but not too bad, $2750, buys me 750mb per month, I know it doesn't seem like much, but I have yet to see a month where I go over it.
Sometimes if there is anything left, I will allow my kids to do a little web browsing, but no Youtube, Facebook etc.

I tend to open dealbook twice a day when at sea, I don't leave it running all day. I prefer just to set my trades every morning according to market conditions and just allow it to take it's course until later that night where I check on the results or perhaps setup a few more if the market is presenting well.
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on fxcm and wondering the same thing. Would it be that hard at sea to keep an eye on it 4 or 5 times a day. Mmmmm
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on fxcm and wondering the same thing. Would it be that hard at sea to keep an eye on it 4 or 5 times a day. Mmmmm
I don't see any reason you couldn't do that. it just isn't the way I trade even when on land.
I haven't played with fxcm's platform much but I understand it uses less bandwidth than most. I usually wind up with about 100-150mb a month to spare at the end of the month. If you exceed the 750mb you get charged an excess if I remember correctly of $11 per meg.
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Wonder if it would be possible to have each cruiser out on the water act as a network router and have something like a world wide cruiser network in place so anybody could access the internet with WiFi ... :-)
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Wonder if it would be possible to have each cruiser out on the water act as a network router and have something like a world wide cruiser network in place so anybody could access the internet with WiFi ... :-)
That would have to be some pretty powerful WiFi hehe
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