Monday, November 01, 2010

The World Wide Web or how we get Internet...

A lot of you have been emailing asking how we get our Internet connection aboard Rasmus.  So instead of writing the same reply to a slew of people, I'll just kill a bunch of birds with one blog post.

Currently, we have an Ericsson W-35 router which takes a data SIM card.  In addition to the router, we have a long-range cellular antenna which is on our radar arch (we are still not sure if that is the best place for it) which should boost our signal as far as 50 miles offshore (however we can't seem to get signal past 20, but who can complain?!).  The idea is that wherever there is a cellular signal - we'll have Internet.  This (in theory) should be more reliable than looking for a WiFi signal which is tricky, even with a WiFi booster - and sometimes requires a password.  Cell phones, on the other hand, are everywhere.  Currently, we have an AT&T data card, but when we leave the states we'll just get a SIM card from the local country (from whatever their leading carrier is; tellucel, vodacom...etc), and voila!  We'll be connected and be able to bring you our daily (or not so daily) dispatches!  In addition, I have an iPhone that I can 'tether' to, so if I need it, we have that option as well.

Some people like to completely 'disconnect' when they go cruising...in fact, it is why a lot of people go cruising - and I get that, really I do.  But the Internet has been so wonderful for us.  We get weather, we research where we are going, we find solutions for problems and all that jazz...but the best part is we get to connect with all of you! All the support we have gotten from our readers is amazing.  From a warm shower, to a bed, to home-cooked meals to suggestions on where to go, to emails just saying "thanks!"- you guys have made our trip better.

So we are not completely going to disconnect.  This is just too much fun.

3 comments:

Allen said...

Hey you two:-Britty i just got an iphone,what fun learning how to use,no book came with this puppy. The month of October here has been really nice.Will probably go sailing with friend who is at Belmont now until end o- season.Stay warm, H&K Mr.AJ

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

The internet and hearing from other cruisers is a great thing! I think I'll feel much better with the support.

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