Originally Posted by Pashenkova
We're planning to move aboard a boat and telecommute. We want to begin cruising in the Caribbean for a few months, cross the Atlantic in May, and then cruise
the Med for a while.
Can anyone recommend options for effective telecommuting? I will need about 5 hours of internet access per week (that's just for checking in, downloading emails, and sending emails).
When we're near land, obviously we'll head
to shore and check in there. So, we're looking for an option that we can pay per use, but one that is not prohibitively expensive.
No idea where to start. We're new to this lifestyle so we value any advice you might have!
areas where only the sat phone gets a signal, we use UUplus
email service with our Iridium Extreme (9575) phone. Stellar performance and great support and service (which you won't need...) They intelligently engineered the software
and service to your advantage. For instance, we have it fetch grib and wx reports twice daily using either sat phone or internet via cell data or WiFi. If we skip a few days fetching, the next time we log-in it only fetches the most recent report(s) instead of downloading all the old [out-of-date] reports we didn't fetch prior- saving precious data minutes...
We also have UUplus send a [free incoming] text message to our sat phone so we are notified whenever a new email arrives [we don't waste time and $ checking an empty mailbox...]
To make a fully informed decision, one must read in depth
and understand all the UUplus features... there are many. The service more than pays for itself with the sat phone minutes/cell data it saves [everything is compressed...]
For areas where we might get an open WiFi signal or need a local cell data SIM card, we installed a WiriePro
combination Wifi and cell data 'booster' when in areas where either is available. Works great, and rounds out our communications
We also carry cell phones and use them as mobile hot spots. To augment the reception
of our cell phones for calls and hot-spot use, we use a Wilson Sleek 4G
booster with a marine
external antenna. [Read this article on Panbo
I'm ignoring HF radio
and packet modem options [Choosing SailMail over WinLink since you are conducting business...] because I sounds like they would not suit your stated use case.
Of our choices, only our cell phones and the WiriePro provide web browsing capability [unless you consider the built-in UUplus web fetching capability using SailDocs
as a static variation of web browsing- like someone giving you print-outs of web pages...]
The bottom line is there are many viable options available depending upon your needs, but staying in touch has an ongoing cost...
These are simply the choices we have made that suit our present needs based upon current
service offerings... If we could afford [and justify] higher bandwidth satellite services then we would need to do much more research
... Hopefully the new Iridium satellite constellation [which is supposed to start launching later this year and be operation by the end of 2016- last I read...] will improve the bandwidth and costs.
I should also mention that, as of this moment, the costs for our sat phone and plan [Limited to Canada
only for now] and UUplus are still are far less than an unlimited data plan [US$125/month] on an IridiumGo, and offer far more flexibility... for now...