We are retiring our dish.
You who have been following us for a while know how much we love our Internet satellite service. We had it installed in ‘03 before we left Florida, our first year out.
Back then, cellular broadband was almost non-existent and Wi-Fi was in its infancy. Dial-up was out of the question for us.
Our fledgling business plan was based on the ability to be connected with high-speed Internet wherever we traveled. Satellite Internet was the only viable solution at the time.
So, we bit the bullet and forked over the $6K for the (then) state-of-the-art F1 DataStorm with the 4020 Hughes modems and D1 controller. Service with one static IP address was $115/month through Ground Control.
I turned off service last fall while we were in Florida for the winter because our home park, Paradise Island, has good Wi-Fi. Besides, our 3rd set of modems had finally bit the dust and I needed to upgrade.
Since we left Florida this year, I replaced the Upper Control Board on the mount, got the newest D4 controller and a new 7000S modem. I figured I was all set. Wrong. I was not able to get everything working together. Hours were spent on the phone with MotoSat technical support. More hours were spent on site by a MotoSat tech at the FMCA Convention in Bowling Green. They finally decided that a new LNB and arm might fix it. But our dish was just too old, they didn’t have a replacement to send.
We could spend big bucks and replace the dish.
What we will do is use our Verizon cellular broadband and Wi-Fi when it is available to access the Internet.
Next year we might replace the dish for our travels west. There are still lots of places we want to go where cell towers are scarce and Wi-Fi is not available.
Like we always say, “If you *Need* the Internet, you need all three ways to connect. Satellite, Cellular, and Wi-Fi”