You may want to check out XGate satellite data service
XGate allows you to do email, web-browse, post to social media (although as some users have pointed out this functionality is not currently working because of how FB recently changed their posting capabilities), and post to blogs using SailBlogs direct integration.
There are two main issues with satellite
- Slow bandwidth speeds with high latency (Iridium GO! and other handheld satellite phones, for example, run 25 times slower than dial-up)
- Modern devices and websites that are incredibly Internet-hungry
XGate (and the web-browsing component, XWeb) strips out almost all of the overhead associated with data transfer. XWeb, for example, removes ads and extraneous data that loads on page, and compresses all the data to load webpages much, much faster than other options. So between XGate and XWeb, the actual data compression
portion is taken care of.
The issue of "devices are incredibly Internet-hungry" is a tricky one, because even if you connect up to a satellite terminal/modem like a BGAN system, which offers unfettered Internet
access, do you want your computer to do an automatic update in the background at $6 per MB? Probably not.
That is where RedPort Optimizer comes into play, as it sets up a firewall that blocks any data from going over the line unless it's coming from XGate or XWeb.
Iridium GO! (and other Iridium WiFi
hotspots like the RedPort Aurora) include firewalls built directly into the hardware
, so you wouldn't need an external one.
Messaging apps over satellite are tricky because the APIs don't allow for parsing of the data that is utilized by the end user. So for example, if someone is sending text only - no problem! But what if their contact decides to send an animated GIF or initiate a video chat? There is no way to stop that, at least with many of the most popular messaging services (WhatsApp, etc).
We always recommend that satellite users stick to SMS or email. Depending on their plan, on or the other will be less expensive. (Email, certainly, offers much longer communication as an option!)