exede as a mobile system?

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My question is the following. I'm planning to mount the exede system in my van, and travel from where I live to the Florida Keys, do my work there, and go back home in Miami on the same day. Is this possible? Disclosure: I have the know how on how to calculate the dish orientation for my new position.
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JEP

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I don't believe Exede supports mobile installations.  Miami and the Keys are in the same spot beam so you wouldn't have to re-initialize the modem.  It might be doable, but you would definitely be on your own.  It would be frowned upon because the FCC holds Exede responsible for making sure that the individual aligning a transmitting satellite dish has been properly trained.
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Hi Merak, unfortunately we currently do not offer a broadband service for RVs, boats, service vehicles, etc. Exede Internet service requires a stationary, fixed installation at your home to receive service. For more information please give us a call at 866.945.3258 or visit http://www.exede.com/ 
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Alex, Viasat Corporate Communications

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JEP is correct. Exede requires a fixed, physical location for installation and we don't allow self-installs or adjustments as you're suggesting. As you may know, we've recently begun installing systems on aircraft, which requires a highly specialized antenna that can rotate to track the satellite(s). We get a lot of requests from RV users and people like you who'd like something like this on the ground, but the tech as it stands now is fairly high-end. It's possible that some day a system like this will be created, but it's not clear how great the demand is and whether we could offer something workable that'd be affordable for someone other than, say, an airline. 
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Is it not possible to give customers some sort of signal meter that would show on a computer screen once the modem is connected to the dish and computer and, powered up?

That's how RV'ers and truck drivers handle DirecTv, they have very creative ways of setting up the dish when they park for a few hours and, with the signal meter on the receiver and a simple zip code or gps coordinates input, they can aim the dish manually.

Seems that might be feasible for Viasat to offer?
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Alex, Viasat Corporate Communications

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The internet dish requires a more precise alignment than a video dish does, but it's certainly within the realm of possibility some day.
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I wonder if the antennas QualComm uses for satellite in cab truck communication could be adapted to work with Exede. It is satellite send and receive but, text only and needs a special program at a home terminal to work and, only communicates with that terminal but, that's similar to a gateway.

How that system tracks and how many satellites they have for it I don't know but, I do know it isn't all that costly if even small trucking companies can afford it.
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I want to clarify something, I'm not pretending to use the system while moving, of course it will not work while moving..what I don't understand is first, why exede make user orientation look so "technical" (http://www.dishpointer.com/) ...my van would be parked, so IT IS a fixed position, I would just need to repoint the dish, which again, its not that complicated at all if you have a minimal knowledge of how to do it..why they then will frown so much w this? my only concern is, do i need to point to another bird without any additional change on my modem? can i use any viasat bird without any other configuration (beside to repoint my dish) ?
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Merak - If you are staying within the same beam footprint, I believe all you have to do is realign your dish. Again, this is not condoned by Exede and you are on your own.  At one point in time, the FCC required that companies have properly trained installers when aligning a transmitting dish to minimize the possibility of interfering with an adjacent satellite.  I don't think that is an FCC requirement any more, although a company has the prerogative to make that a requirement.  I would think that if you want to operated from multiple fixed locations that a cell phone provider would be a better choice.
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Merak, the modem is configured to work within a specific beam, or geographical area, and needs to be reconfigured if it is in another beam. Just accept the fact that only Exede qualified technicians can do this, including dish pointing to ensure compliance with FCC regulations, since Exede is a transmitting system.

If you want a portable system, consider wireless cell based systems or cable based wifi hotspots, albeit limited in coverage.
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I wonder which certified technician would come to Cay Sal to do the "professional install".. where is no coverage for cell....Exede is not really a Global Coverage ISP then..it's limited to where a technician would go... 
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and viasat-2 would not cover cay sal?
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That may happen, but that is still a year away. ViaSat2 does have an expanded coverage area. At that time, there will be technicians nd dealers available to handle the installations and service calls.
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unfortunately like Steve mentioned it'll be quite some time until we know what all we'll offer or provide with ViaSat 2 so I can't say yes or no to your question because we don't even know marketing details at this time
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You need to become a trained installer and then you will be able to align your dish and keep it aligned.
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Merak

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Markgc nailed, lol...