Traveling with Exede Internet

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I plan on doing some rather extensive traveling around the US& Canada and my question is: Is there a way to travel with Exede that won't cost me through the nose. I am especially interested in using the Freedom Plan
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Francis X MacFarlane

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JEP

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I don't believe there is a way to "travel" with Exede since the modem has unique modem keys for individual beams, plus the fact that the Freedom Plan is only available in certain areas.  Folks used to do it on the down low with WildBlue, but I don't think it can be done with Exede.  Try a cell phone based plan, maybe.
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Francis X MacFarlane

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I know that mobile internet is available as my brother is using such a system on his sailboat. I was just curious as to wether Excede offered anything similar as Hughsnet is not an option. Unless I find something I'll just travel from one wifi spot to another. Thanks for your response.
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Steve Frederick-VS1/Beam314, Champion

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Mobile internet is not available through Exede, as JEP said, since the dish must be pointed at a fixed position aimed at the satellite. The best choice as JEP said is through a cell based provider to travel with, and then it will be available in many but not all areas of the country.
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This is absolutely correct Francis. We used to mount the dishes on RV's but it proved to make the service unstable. Now we require the equipment be in a solid spot.
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Francis X MacFarlane

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I don't want to argue, but I have traveled on several high-end RV's and had full high speed access to the net, there are cars and SUV's that offer Internet access and even Exede is offering net access while flying across the Country - not to mention the net access my brother enjoys on his boat while under sail?
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Steve Frederick-VS1/Beam314, Champion

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The internet access that is being offered in new automobiles is through wireless providers, like OnStar, Verizon, AT&T, etc, and not satellite providers. Yes, Exede does provide internet on the Jet Blue flights, but just not to individual subscribers. Exede Kimberly is giving you the straight story, take it or go on believing whatever you wish.
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There is so many places with wifi, even RV parks. Maybe you are not comfortable using WIFI. But I too, travel a lot. But I have never had a issue finding free use of WIFI. I myself would hate to have to worry about taking that dish.

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Bob Roeske

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Winegard and DirecTV have a neat self deployment dish and auto satellite finder.  Exede w DirecTV should partner with Winegard and offer a similar package.
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The thing that's tricky about this for internet is that it has to go both ways within much smaller spot beams, not just down like DIRECTV with its big 'CONUS' beams. That means the dish has to be much more precisely aligned. In the case of our in-flight service, it required an entirely new kind of antenna that could rotate and stay fixed on the satellite, and installation on the fuselage of the aircraft within a special protective cover called a radome. While creating something like this for use on things like RVs or even cars may be in the future, right now the cost for an individual application would be enormous.
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James Hughes

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What about park and aim? With a sat finder and a wrench, you could do this.... 
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Matt B, Viasat Employee

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Yeah, if you used the right processes, you could align your own dish. 

However, this would only work in your assigned spotbeam.  If you're on a ViaSat 1 beam, covers most of a state.  If you're on ViaSat 2, the spotbeam could be as small as the size of a city (not to mention the GPS in the transceiver, which would report you are not at the listed service location).  Once you are outside of your assigned beam coverage, the device will not receive a strong enough signal to connect to the network.

Also, performing your own maintenance is against the Customer Agreement signed at activation.  

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