Category Archives: Off the Grid

Exede now offers an unlimited download time period

Exciting news for satellite internet users! From 12 midnight to 5AM, local to your installation time zone, you can download an unlimited amount without it affecting your monthly bandwidth quota. Woot! ūüôā Late Night Free Zone: free downloads and uploads every night from 12 midnight – 5 a.m. local to your time zonehttp://www.exede.com/exede-customers/late-night-free-zoneEvery night during the wee hours, we‚Äôre giving Exede customers a free hall pass to enjoy their superfast Internet service just a little bit more. Or a whole

ViaSat-1 Flyaway mobile internet via SurfBeam 2 Pro Portable Terminal

A while¬†back¬†I found this¬†reference¬†to the “Flyaway” portable satellite internet kit by ViaSat. It fit the entire dish, modem, and router into a large suitcase and it utilizes the super-fast ViaSat-1 satellite: How ViaSat‚Äôs Exede makes satellite broadband not suck | Ars Technicahttp://arstechnica.com/business/2012/01/how-viasats-exede-makes-satellite-broadband-not-suck/The home market isn’t the only target for Exede service. ViaSat is also going after mobile and remote applications, including a satellite “fly-away” kit that packs into a 25-pound, airline-checkable suitcase and can be used to transmit live high-definition

Difference between original WildBlue and Exede [explained]

Recently I had some people ask me what the differences are between the¬†original WildBlue and Exede satellite internet plans. The answer: They utilize different satellites and offer vastly different speeds and usage experiences. Exede utilizes ViaSat-1, the most capable commercial communications satellite in existence Launched October 19, 2011 aboard a¬†Proton rocket, it is the world’s highest capacity communications satellite with a total capacity in excess of 140 Gbit/s, more than all the satellites covering North America combined, at the time

Shipping container modular ceiling installation [video]

[please scroll down for the video] Samantha and I are considering shipping container (ISBU) construction for our garage and possibly our new house. We currently have an 8’x20′ container that we mounted our solar (PV) panels on top of and inside we have our batteries, inverter, etc. ¬†We also use it as a simple storage container. But when taking the container concept beyond storage/utility into a more advanced structure, there are some issues. One problem with building with ISBUs is

Off the grid solar system maintenance

This morning I performed a couple simple maintenance tasks for our off-the-grid solar system: Washing the solar panels This is actually optional maintenance, as you don’t have¬†to wash your panels. However, keeping solar panels clean and free of dust etc. can appreciably boost your power output. After washing the panels (it has been pretty dry and dusty lately) I had about 10% more electricity being generated. Woot! Adding distilled water to the batteries Flooded lead acid* batteries periodically require distilled

Differences between original WildBlue FAP & Broadband (Exede) FAP

The orignal WildBlue services uses a rather unusual ‘rolling FAP’ that is pretty hard to explain. The new WildBlue broadband (Exede) uses a much simpler monthly usage reset date. Here are the policies for both old and new WildBlueas of 2012.06.28 followed by an explanation and example where¬†appropriate. –JD Original or ‘old’ WildBlue Plans WildBlue Original Plans:¬†After exceeding either of the usage thresholds, which vary by service package, the speed of your service will be slowed to 128 kbps download

Exede satellite internet review

Long-Term Exede Internet Review (May 2012-2016) NOTE: There is a a lot of information in the comments at the bottom of this review, feel free to ask your own Exede questions there or share your own satellite internet experiences! Thank you, –JD 2016.06 My¬†Exede modem’s Ethernet ports recently stopped working. Currently waiting to hear back from them on when they will be able to replace it. 2014.Feb Still pleased with Exede, the speeds reach their advertised rates and the usage